What to see in Raleigh

Raleigh Attractions

Raleigh has been described as somewhat sleepy in the past, but its nightlife scene has become much livelier in recent years, and its diverse historic districts and neighbourhoods cater to many different tastes. The area surrounding the Capitol is the centre of government, business and history. Despite its daytime bustle, it remains a lovely spot for a stroll, with grand museums and a leafy square. Nearby Oakwood is full of exquisitely restored 19th-century homes and gardens. Moore Square, with its old-fashioned lampposts and cobbled streets, is another city oasis. By day, visitors can lounge in the park and must rub for good luck the giant copper acorn sculpture, in honour of Raleigh's 'City of Oaks' nickname. By night, Moore Square comes alive with upscale bars and restaurants, as do pedestrian Fayettesville Street and the chic Warehouse district, popular with Raleigh's 'urban hip' crowd.

Shoppers should head for the posh shops of North Hills or the boutiques of Cameron Village. Those in search of a more colourful atmosphere, however, will find it on Hillsborough Street and in the NC State University district, where a jumble of undergrads, professors and tourists mingle in coffeehouses, restaurants and casual pubs. NC State is North Carolina's largest university, and its strong reputation for research is often overshadowed by its wildly popular Wolfpack, a leader in intercollegiate sports.


Artspace is a pioneering visual arts centre that allows the public to become part of the creative process. As the heart…

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North Carolina Museum of Art

The collection at the North Carolina Museum of Art spans about 5,000 years, from ancient Egypt up to the present day.…

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North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences has recreated a series of natural environments, complete with living animals…

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