Adventure. Cuisine. Nature. Culture. You name it, Raleigh’s got it. Raleigh is one of the most up and coming cities in America. It is a unique place full of countless things to do. Whether your visiting for the day, the weekend, or considering a move, you won’t be disappointed by stopping in Raleigh on your next road trip.
Here are six reasons you simply must visit this Southern metropolis.
It’s foody heaven. Whether your craving Korean Barbecue, New York style pizza, or authentic Mexican cuisine, Raleigh has plenty of high-quality, low cost options.
If you’re looking for some good, Southern fare, they’ve got that too! Take a visit to Chapel Hill and stop to eat at Crossroads at The Carolina Inn. The Chocolate Silk Pie is to die for.
There are endless mountain bike trails. Lace up those shoes and head outdoors to fly through the many trails Raleigh has to offer. Whether you’re an experienced biker or a novice who’s looking to try something new, mountain biking will be sure to get your blood pumping! Trails such as Crabtree County Park are smooth and easy, providing you with lots of downhill glides and shady rides.
You can go for a hike. If mountain biking isn’t your thing, not to worry, go for a hike instead! Or do both. Soak of the lush green foliage as you wander through miles of trail. Many of the trails are surrounded by lakes that offer paddle boarding, kayaking, and sail boat rentals, so you can finish your hike with a dip in the water!
You can visit free museums in Downtown Raleigh. Yup, that’s right, let out your inner geek by visiting the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and Nature Research Center. Explore exhibits about everything from dinosaurs to rainforests to ecosystems. Who doesn’t love spending a day, or at least a few hours, at a museum? Expand your mind, and you’ll go home with all sorts of new knowledge to impart on all of your friends and family.
Summer festivals are a thing. Forget Coachella (it’s overrated anyways!) and say hello to free cultural festivals! Throughout the summer and early fall, Raleigh has a plethora of festivals happening throughout the city. From Irish Music festivals to early Oktoberfests, Raleigh’s festivals will have you feeling like you’ve stepped across the ocean into a different country.
For those of you country music lovers, visit one of Raleigh’s well known Bluegrass Festivals! In case you don’t know what Bluegrass is (think Wagon Wheel by Darius Rucker), it’s a type of music that originated in the U.S. and is a blend of many different musical cultures including Scottish, Welsh, English, and Irish. The African American culture also brought a jazz sound to Bluegrass, bringing to our ears a unique sound that will have us tapping our feet and dancing along. Simply bring a blanket and lay out in the fields; Bluegrass festivals are the perfect way to relax and meet new people.
It’s an ideal location for shopping. Raleigh contains one of North Carolina’s largest malls, The Crabtree Valley Mall. Shoppers come from hours away just to shop at this two-story shopping center. With brands such as Maui Jim, Lilly Pulitzer, Free People, and all of your favorite high-end restaurants, you can get in that shopping fix before heading back home. There is also a ton of flea markets, farmers markets, and antique stores where you can search for the perfect souvenir to take home.
So whether you want to visit a festival, spend time in nature, or eat and drink to your hearts content, the Southern metropolis of Raleigh has something for everyone. And better yet, it’s just three hours from the mountains and three hours from the beach, the perfect stopping point for whatever your summer plans may be.