DescriptionFounded in 1792 and named for Sir Walter Raleigh, Raleigh was planned from the beginning as the “unalterable seat of government” for North Carolina; the town site was established on land purchased specifically by the state to be used for the state capital. Laid out in a square grid pattern, the city's subsequent expansion hasn't deviated much from those original plans.
Preservation of the natural environment has always been a priority for the “City of Oaks.” In 1974 a system of 22 public recreational trails was created, and in 1975 Raleigh was named the first “Green Survival City” in the country. Today the destination forms the southern portion of the Raleigh-Durham-Cary region known as the Research Triangle.
There are things to do in the area. The National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes play at the PNC Arena, 1400 Edwards Mill Rd.; phone (866) 645-2263 for ticket information. Football fans cheer on the NC State University Wolfpack at Carter-Finley Stadium, 4600 Trinity Rd.; phone (919) 865-1510 for tickets. Minor league baseball is played at Five County Stadium in nearby Zebulon, where fans root for the Carolina Mudcats, a Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Atlanta Braves; phone (919) 269-2287 for ticket information.
The city hosts World of Bluegrass Week in early fall at the Raleigh Convention Center; the celebration includes a trade show, the International Bluegrass Music Awards Show and a fan festival.
Pullen Park, next to the North Carolina State University campus via Western Boulevard, has fun things to do with children, such as a 1911 Dentzel carousel and a miniature train; phone (919) 996-6468. Animal shows, a petting zoo, traditional midway rides and games, live music, fireworks and a variety of food places with deep-fried desserts draw crowds to the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in mid-October for the North Carolina State Fair; phone (919) 821-7400.
InfoOfficeGreater Raleigh Convention & Visitors Bureau Visitor Information Center 500 Fayetteville St. Raleigh, NC 27601. Phone:(919)834-5900 or (800)849-8499
Self-guiding tours:Maps for self-guiding travel tours that include the Capitol, the legislative building and the Victorian-style neighborhood of Oakwood are available at Visitor Information Center, 500 Fayetteville St., Raleigh, NC 27601. The center is open Mon.-Fri. 9-5. Closed major holidays. Phone (919) 834-5900 or (800) 849-8499.
Shopping in RaleighCary Towne Center, I-40 exit 291, offers anchors Belk, Dillard's and JCPenney as well as 100 other stores. Crabtree Valley Mall, north of downtown at 4325 Glenwood Ave. (US 70), has more than 175 shops and food places, including H&M, J. Crew, Johnston & Murphy, Madewell and Williams-Sonoma. Among the 120 stores and local restaurants at Triangle Town Center, I-540 at US 1, are Belk, Dillard's, Macy's, Saks Fifth Avenue and Sears.
The State Farmers Market, 1201 Agriculture St., covers 75 acres and is open daily year-round; phone (919) 733-7417. The smaller Raleigh Downtown Farmers Market, which still has plenty of things to see, sets up at City Plaza 400 Fayetteville St.) on Wednesdays, mid-April to mid-October; phone (919) 821-1231.
Attraction PlaceHoldersCity of Raleigh (COR) Museum