A visit to Raleigh, North Carolina is more than a trip to a blossoming Southern metropolis—you’ll feel enriched and energized the instant you’re warmly welcomed by its smart, savvy locals. Raleigh’s bright minds head top-tier technology, education and life science institutions; its artists create a bevy of cultural and culinary touchstones; and its storytellers proudly carry on the collective heritage of a rich, historic capital city.
Invigorate your senses by sampling the many flavors of cutting-edge Southern cuisine enhanced by artisan craft brews and spirits. Get your toes tapping to the sounds of emerging music and bands, as well as rollicking bluegrass festivals and more. Discover gifts and treasures from local boutiques, including many handmade and custom designs for truly eclectic finds. And, join in broadening your horizons through an enticing array of visual and performing arts exhibitions.
Raleigh may be quiet about the fact that it’s leading in most recent quality-of-life rankings, but the fact is, you’ll enjoy visiting as much as people enjoy living here. Come see what the city will inspire in you. Its authenticity is homegrown by passionate locals, rooted in Raleigh.
It’s a great time to be a foodie in Raleigh, NC, and visitors and publications from all over have taken notice. Travel and Leisure named Raleigh one of America’s favorite cities for barbecue, Zagat called the City of Oaks one of the “Hottest Food Cities of 2016” and OpenTable tallied up more than 10 million restaurant reviews and reported that two of the best 100 restaurants in the country are right here in Raleigh (Bida Manda and Saint Jacques French Cuisine are truly trip-worthy).
Forbes Travel Guide even named Raleigh one of 12 global destinations to travel to in 2017, thanks to our culinary prowess and superstar dining spots, including Crawford and Son (headed by five-time James Beard Award-nominee Scott Crawford), Herons at the Umstead Hotel and Spa (the state’s only Five-Diamond restaurant) and the soon-to-open Morgan Street Food Hall & Market (the brainchild of Ireland native Niall Hanley, who also owns the world record-setting Raleigh Beer Garden).
Passionate mind and James Beard Award-winning chef Ashley Christensen has earned her own accolades. Fresh off the release of her first cookbook (which the The New York Times raved about), Christensen was recently named a Breakthrough Rock Star Chef by Rolling Stone, had Food & Wine Magazine declare the chicken and waffles at Beasley’s Chicken + Honey one of the best chicken dishes in the country and was named the national Chef of the Year by Eater.
Brewery Bhavana—the brewery, bookstore, flower shop and dim sum restaurant in downtown Raleigh's Moore Square district—was named a top 10 “Best New Restaurant” in America in 2017 by Bon Appétit, and Forbes listed the hot spot among "The 10 Coolest Places to Eat in 2018" in the entire world!
Raleigh’s vibrant performance culture is enthralling. From dynamic local troupes to nationally-acclaimed touring companies, theatre to symphony concerts, there’s always something to see on stage. The North Carolina Museum of Art, CAM Raleigh and numerous galleries offer visual arts for the viewer.
Museums and History
Raleigh holds dear its history and preserves more than 200 historic places on the National Register. Numerous museums (the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, North Carolina Museum of History and North Carolina Museum of Art are all free-admission—Natural Sciences and History are both a short walk from the downtown convention campus), historic sites, programs and special events lay out a bevy of stories for history buffs, collectors and the endlessly curious.
It’s that rush of excitement when the lead singer steps to the microphone, when you sing along with your favorite songs or hear a tune for the first time. It’s the energy of live music, and Raleigh has it in abundance.
There’s a lot going on after dark in Raleigh. One of Raleigh’s hottest hot spots is Glenwood South, downtown, with bars, restaurants, live music venues and more, open well into the wee hours.
Variety—it’s become one of the best things about shopping in the Raleigh area. Household names you know; fresh, new and different merchants you’re seeing for the first time; the soulful, energetic makers themselves—the storefront forecast calls for sunny and warm conditions.
Scenery and Nature
Raleigh isn’t known as the "City of Oaks" for nothing. Often described as a “park with a city in it,” an oak canopy practically covers the area, and there are also lakes for water activities, parks and greenways.
The average high temperature for June is 86° F. For an up-to-date, detailed weather forecast, visit the National Weather Service Forecast Office.
For more information on things to do, where to eat, special events, etc., please Visit Raleigh.