Raleigh Travel Guide

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Raleigh Things to Do

  • Historic Oakwood Cemetery

    Historic Oakwood Cemetery is a 150-year old cemetery near downtown Raleigh in the historic Oakwood neighborhood. Although it's still a working cemetery, it's a beautiful and historical place for a nice stroll. Tours are available on weekdays, but we visited on a weekend and just milled around for an hour or so. You can find gravestones from the...

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  • Umstead State Park

    William B. Umstead State Park is an urban oasis, a state park nestled in between the bustling cities of Raleigh, Cary, Durham, and RDU airport. Despite being located right in the middle of a crowded urban area, it's an oasis of natural tranquility and a great way to get away from the hustle of the city. There are two entrances to the park: the...

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  • Walking and Wildlife at Lake Lynn

    For a great afternoon stroll, check out Lake Lynn in North Raleigh. The park, part of the Capital Area Greenway, includes a 2.5-mile loop around the lake. And it's a scenic walk. Besides the beautiful lake, there are many creatures that call the lake home, including ducks, geese, herons, turtles (snapping and painted), beavers, deer, and more....

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  • JC Raulston Arboretum

    JC Raulston Arboretum is a research and teaching gardens associated with NC State University. But the gardens are open to the public and free of charge. The focus of the gardens are plants that do well in the North Carolina Piedmont conditions, and so many of the species seen here may someday be seen at a nursery or plant shop. They also have...

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  • NC Museum of Art

    The North Carolina Museum of Art is located in Raleigh near the intersection of Wade Avenue and Blue Ridge Road. The museum houses a large permanent collection, including American, European, Egyptian, African, and modern pieces. In addition to the permanent collection, the museum hosts special exhibitions. I recently went to the Rembrandt in...

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  • Haywood Hall House

    Haywood Hall House was built, federalstyle, in 1799. It is one of the oldest original residences within the original Raleigh city. This house museum contains family portraits, original furnishing, and dolls collection.

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Raleigh Restaurants

  • Good Sushi in Brier Creek

    Hayashi Ya is a relatively new sushi restaurant in the Brier Creek shopping center and since it opened, this is our first choice for sushi. The décor of the restaurant is very Japanese and besides regular tables and booths, they also have the booths that are recessed into the floor, so its like your sitting on the floor but actually in a seat....

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  • Sweet memories

    Not that I am all that sophisticated now but when I went away to college, I was really a country boy. Not only was I educated academically at Duke but I also grew up a lot in those four years. One of the early highlights of that process was to learn about The Angus Barn. Located between Durham and Raleigh, it was "the place" to go if you really...

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  • A quite dinner for four!

    I was asked to join some colleagues for a dinner; and it was quite a good experience. The restaurant is not that large, but it is comfortable and the staff are friendly and professional. There is a bar area and a main dining room; there is also another dining area for functions (I think so anyway).The clientele were very mixed and the atmosphere...

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  • The best crunchy rolls!

    I am a huge sushi fan and I am constantly trying to find the best sushi. This place makes some of the best sushi I have had in the area. This place also is a hotspot for nightlife downtown- has a great bar with some really delicious coctails. On Tuesdays from 10pm to 12 midnight the sushi is half-price! Crunch Rolls, but all the rolls are awesome!

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  • a cozy diner/cafe

    A restaurant with decor to honor the World War II generation, Hayes Barton is reminiscent of another generation. It is housed in a smallish space, so go with some extra time or at a non peak hour. The desserts are the reason for many patrons' visit. They're yummy and served in very large portions, so bring a friend to share it with or get it to go....

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  • a local favorite

    The New York Times called the Irregardless "the place to eat when you're in Raleigh," and I wholeheartedly agree. This is by far my favorite restaurant in the area, for the food, the atmosphere, and the service. Founded 35 years ago as a vegetarian restaurant before its time, the Irregardless has changed over the years to meet the needs of its...

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Raleigh Nightlife

  • Dueling Pianos & drink specials

    Rum Runners in Raleigh is a lively bar and danceclub located downtown in the Historic Market area and features dueling pianos, audience participation, drink specials and some wild times on the weekend and special event nights.The dueling pianos live music is all done by requests with emphasis on rock n roll, country (at least in Raleigh) The Full...

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  • irish pub

    tir na nog is a very nice replica irish pub located at moore square in downtown raleigh. good import beer selection. a great after work place to down a guinness or two in downtown raleigh. casual.

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  • Sophisticated Wine Lounge

    Mosaic is a hard-to-find Moroccan Wine Lounge at the intersection of W. Jones St. and Glenwood South. There's a big patio out back and inside has 2 rooms- 1 with a bar and dance floor, and then an upstairs lounge room. There's plenty of seating everywhere, with comfortable sofas and cafe tables. On the weekdays, it's a quiet, romantic place to take...

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Raleigh Transportation

  • Transportation from Raleigh-Durham...

    Unless you are renting a car at RDU for travel locally or long-distance (to the coast or other cities in the state) your options are limited to taxis (where the final cost is a guessing-game), the Super Shuttle (only to points in the Triangle - inexpensive but you will have no idea how many stops the shuttle will make before you arrive at your...

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  • Capital City Sedan & Limousine

    Capital City Sedan & Limousine is NCs exclusive point- to- point, luxury sedan & limousine service. We offer affordable luxury transportation including a private sedan service, private Limousine service, airport transfers, corporate events and meetings, weddings /bachelorette & bachelor parties, and theatre / concerts / sporting events...

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  • Capital Area Transit (CAT)

    CAT buses can be seen all over Raleigh. The service is mostly reliable once you get used to what time the bus will show up (mine is about 10 minutes later than the posted schedule, but it's everyday so at least it's constant). The map and schedule can be found on the web site, as well as detour updates. As of 6/10/08, fare is $1, but the website...

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Raleigh Shopping

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  • Poinsettia Open House

    Homewood Nursery is a nursery and plant shop in North Raleigh. They have a great selection of plants and a beautifully landscaped outdoor area. But my favorite is their poinsettias during the holiday. The open house is the last Saturday before Thanksgiving in they have tens of thousands of poinsettias on display, most for sale, but some...

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  • b1bob's Raleigh shopping tip

    Everything you could imagine is at Crabtree Valley Mall. Every above category is featured either in a department of one of the anchor stores or in its own specialty shop. Because of the number and diversity of stores, every price range is represented.

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  • Suits you Sir!

    I found the store when I was out for a session of evening Mall shopping after a day at work in RTP. The service here was excellent and the staff were great and good fun too!The main sales activity with me was done by Jeff Savelli - and unsurprisingly my money was taken by a Ticknor, in fact it was Blake Ticknor. The business seems to focus on...

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Raleigh Local Customs

  • Great stuff.

    Great things.47 St. Oyster Bar. Great food. The restaurant is a local icon. I believe it has been around since the 30's. I have always gotten great service and food there. Definitely go.518 West - Italian restaurant. 'Nuff said.The previously listed restaurants are a little on the pricy side so go and plan to spend some money. Believe me it is...

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  • First Night

    Every New Year's Eve, people around the world celebrate in different ways. In Times Square, NYC everyone's familiar with the giant ball drop. Well, here we drop something entirely different, a huge bronze acorn. The significance here is that Raleigh is the "City of Oaks" so the acorn is a fitting symbol. (If you think that's weird, in Mt. Olive, NC...

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  • Be careful what you say about...

    Be careful what you say about whatever College Basket Ball team around here. We are talking the dead center of the ACC. NC State is here with Duke and UNC only a yell away (the rest aren't exactly far either... except Florida State). Rivalries run deep.Otherwise, Raleigh is your typical American city.

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Raleigh Warnings and Dangers

  • Traffic Hah!

    I recently moved here from Atlanta. I remember watching the morning news and the local Raleigh station would be talking about the terrible traffic and they would show the traffic cam. I thought to myself, that's not traffic. I can be on the other side of Raleigh in about 20 minutes as opposed to 2 hours in Atlanta. I worked 12 miles from my home...

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  • The homeless

    Like any city, Raleigh has it's fair share of homeless. The main areas I've noticed are Hillsborough Street (across from NCSU campus) and downtown (mostly in the parks). They will ask for money, but I've never had a problem. Many of them seem to talk to themselves a lot so don't get thrown off if someone starts cursing at the bears. (Yeah, I've...

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  • More than a few crazy drivers

    Not being a native Raleighite, I sometimes feel that in this city you only have to memorize the alphabet to get a license. Changing 4 lanes, pulling out in front of cars moving at high speeds, etc., things I'm sure happen everywhere to some extent, but I am constantly appalled by the stunts that people pull on the roads here. I've been lucky to...

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Raleigh Off The Beaten Path

  • Oakwood Cemetery

    Oakwood Cemetary is the resting place of 2,800 Confederate Soldiers, 5 Civil War Generals, 7 governors, and many U.S. Senators. Established in 1869 it is an excellent example of lovely Victorian landscaping. Yes, it's a sad place yet peaceful and comforting too.Historic Oakwood Cemetery701 Oakwood AvenueRaleigh, NC 27611ph: 919-832-6077 /...

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  • Hike: East Fork Creek Trail

    This trail in Shining Creek Wilderness rises along the pretty gurgling (or roaring, depending on what time of year it is) of the East Fork Creek. This hike is a one-way trail, but it allows you to connect with many other trails ranging through the area; at the top of the ridge you'll find the Art Loeb Trail, which can lead you through the...

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  • Lake Johnson

    This beautiful lake is divided in the middle by Avent Ferry Road. The trail on one side is paved and is about three miles, while the other is a dirt path and is about 2 miles. You can do the loop on the 3 mile side without crossing the road, but the 2 mile path is shaped like a U and each end opens to the road. I prefer the shorter one because it's...

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Raleigh Sports & Outdoors

  • It's Redneck Hockey!

    Raleigh has become quite the hockey town, among other things. We are very proud of our Carolina Hurricane's, who won the Stanley Cup in 2006. I am not a big sports person, but I just love going to the games. They are some of the most fun I have ever had. The RBC center is a beautiful facility and you will always stayed entertained watching the the...

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  • College Basketball

    North Carolina loves college basketball like the rest of the world loves soccer. Basketball season runs from the fall to the winter, and the biggest month is March, when March Madness takes over and productivity grinds to a halt. The ACC tournament is huge, as four of the ACC schools (NCSU, Duke, Wake Forest, and UNC-CH) are located in the state....

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  • Carolina Hurricanes hockey

    Come see the Carolina Hurricanes play hockey. If you goto the box office on gameday you may be able to get a ticket for a little over $10. This ticket will of course be in the upper level seats. The beauty of the RBc center is that none of the seats are really bad. This picture was taken from a $10 seat.

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Raleigh Favorites

  • Getting there, 17 December 2001

    The day I had anticipated since 13 August had finally come. Gary came by the house to pick me up at 2.00, earlier than the originally agreed upon 3.00. It didn't make any difference. Because the weather is opposite south of the equator, I packed my warm weather clothes and was effectively read to go for a week. Gary and I hung out a bit before...

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  • Gary's place

    We crossed the Virginia-North Carolina border at 3.58 at Warren County. We arrived to Gary's flat exactly 3 hours after leaving my driveway in Mechanicsville. we had supper at Fuddrucker's (see "restaurant tip"). I felt better on eating something and better still on taking a shower. A trip by car over 140 miles (225 km.) should not be that big of...

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  • Take in the fact that Raleigh...

    Take in the fact that Raleigh is one of the most spread out cities I've ever been in. The city itself isn't very large or crowded but traveling to one end to another seems to take forever. Check out the museums downtown and the beautiful houses of North Raleigh. I was born here... how's that?

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