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Why fly to Raleigh-Durham?
It is home to some of the most wonderful examples of old architecture in the US and on the outskirts it is a lovely beach paradise, a perfect mix of quaint and lovely.
Raleigh is one of the country's oldest cities. It was founded in 1792 as North Carolina's capital. As a result there are many historic buildings you can visit to get a taste of old America. Visit the Victorian Oakwood neighborhood for a tour of period homes as well as the North Carolina Executive Mansion.
Raleigh is known for its great collection of museums, hosting some of the greatest collections in the country. Visit the North Carolina Museum of Art to view Rodin's works or head to the African American Cultural Complex to learn about the history of African Americans in the country. The North Carolina Museum of History and the Contemporary Art Museum are two other big ones. If you are traveling with kids think about checking out the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences for some vacation-style learning and follow it up with a little fun at the Marbles Museum.
This East Coast city is home to Research Triangle Park, which is spread across Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill. It one of the largest research centers of its kind in the world and is also the home of North Carolina State University and Duke University. This triangle means a lot of young people in the area and that also means a lively night life and affordable restaurants and bars.
The City Market historic area is a great place to visit for lovely dining as well as great shopping set in a wonderully quaint atmosphere. You can find small galleries to peruse and on the first Friday of every month all of the places housed in the old area are open for extended hours to celebrate this market first established in 1914.
If you want to get some beach time head out of the city and take in a different sort of landscape. Here you will find soft sand and lovely blue waters to sit by for a nice relaxing day.
Raleigh is a grand old city in the heart of very modern America, the people and the architecture will take you back to the old days of a country in its founding years.
Raleigh residents are lucky enough to experience four distinct seasons. The summers are hot with temperatures in the low 30s. Moving into fall there is a risk of hurricanes in the region and the numbers tumble into the mid teens. In the winter temperatures can fall to below 0 and this is when the city becomes layered with snow. Moderate rainfall occurs throughout the year.
When to fly to Raleigh-Durham
Summers are a popular time to visit the city as the weather is toasty and perfect for exploring the city. This also means flight ticket prices in the summer are fairly high.
The hurrican risk in the end of summer and into the fall is a deterrent for travelers, however due to the university located in the city flight ticket prices are still pricey as students and teachers start reassembling in the city. October and November, however are good months to score flight deals.
Getting into Raleigh-Durham
Your gateway into Raleigh will have you touching down at Raleigh-Durham International Airport. From the airport you can use Triangle Transit to get you to the regional bus station and from there you can take a second bus to get you to your destination in Raleigh or Durham. Many of the hotels in the region have shuttle services to and from the airport. Once you arrive at the airport head to the Accomodations and Reservations board in baggage claims and follow the instructions on how to let your hotel know you've arrived. Several private companies also run shuttle services Alternatively, there are taxi stands located outside of each terminal.
Getting around Raleigh-Durham
The city has quite an extensive public transit bus system, which can get you around the city as well as into the neighboring regions. Additionally, you can use the taxi service.
- Visit the JC Raulston Arboretum housed at North Carolina State University. The gardens have an incredible selection of landscaping plants that have been adapted or the local environment. The site also hosts numerous events to educate the public, with some being geared specifically for children.
- Check out the giant North Carolina Farmer's Market. This isn't your average market but rather where local farmers sell their produce wholesale. Additionally there are a ton of shops where you can be artisan breads, cheeses and meats. The market is also a great place to do some souvenir shopping as locally-made arts and crafts are also for sale at the site. You can start your day early and have breakfast at the Market Grill, which opens up at 7:30 a.m.
- Enjoy a cherry bounce, which is a liqueur that is believed to have played a role in the decision to establish Raleigh as the state's capital. Apparently, this liqueur was served to state leaders at a particular tavern and influenced them enough to purchase land from the tavern owner to establish Raleigh. You can ask the bartender more about the story.
- The city has several professional sports teams so attending year-round sporting events is part of life in the city and one of the favored sports to watch is basketball. Check out a Carolina Hurricanes game and get to know the city a little better, you can tell a lot about a city through how their sports fans interact.
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