Long a welcoming capital city, Raleigh hosts a bevy of universities alongside buzzy cultural and culinary institutions. Stroll the walkable downtown, home to friendly cafes and pubs. Cruise along a sprinkling of leafy, shaded parks or explore the 19th century Oakwood District, teeming with an array of architectural gems. Later, lace up your sneakers and bike the Capital Area Greenway or explore the nearby nature preserves. Drop in craft breweries for small batch suds, walk into converted art galleries and taste the best of emerging bars. Welcome to the easygoing, creative landscape of North Carolina.
GRAND OPENING: A new Kimpton hotel will open in Raleigh in 2025.