Raleigh Quick Guide
Known as the “City of Oaks,” on account of its many – you guessed it – oak trees, Raleigh exudes more old southern, small-town charm than you would expect for a city that’s both a state capital and a hub for high-tech research. Along with the cities of Durham and Chapel Hill, Raleigh forms the region commonly called “The Triangle,” named for the Research Triangle Park that inhabits 6900 acres within – yet again, you guessed it – the triangle formed by North Carolina State University in Raleigh, Duke University in Durham and the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. The Triangle is home to more than 140 research-and-development companies and organizations, including those for pharmaceuticals, computers, optics, telecommunications and health science. Aside from venturing to the nearby universities that are an intrinsic part of the region, visitors also enjoy touring many of Raleigh’s historic landmarks, such as the Joel Lane House or the Executive Mansion. For information on Raleigh city offices and departments, call (919) 890-3000 or visit Raleigh City Hall, located at 222 West Hargett St. (Map). For state offices and departments, call (919) 733-4994 or visit the North Carolina State Capitol Building, located at One East Edenton St. (Map).
Getting Around Raleigh
Getting maps, driving directions and latest traffic info.
Find rental car agencies.
Find airport transportation services, if you’re flying in or out via Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU).
Get Capital Area Transit info (Raleigh): (919) 828-7228.
Get GoTriangle Transit info (Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill): (919) 485-7433.
Making Raleigh Your Home
Find a place to live: real estate agents, apartments and rental services.
Set up utilities: electric, water, gas, garbage collection, phone, internet, cable/satellite television.
Register to vote, or get voter information: (919) 856-6240.
Get or renew your North Carolina driver’s license: (919) 715-7000.
Raleigh Shopping and Services
Where to Go in Raleigh
Although Raleigh still maintains its southern charm, it doesn’t mean it lacks sophistication. Wine and dine in some of Raleigh’s most vibrant spots, such as Blue Martini in the Powerhouse Square district, Enoteca Vin in the Glenwood South district, or Second Empire, which is a four-star restaurant inhabiting the beautifully restored, historic Dodd-Hinsdale House. For more leisurely dining and shopping, stroll the boutiques, galleries and eateries of the historic City Market (Map), where old-fashioned lanterns light cobblestone streets and brick walkways. More info: (919) 821-8023.
Things to Do in Raleigh
From March to December, take the one-hour, narrated Historic Raleigh Trolley Tour to see many of Raleigh’s notable landmarks, including Mordecai Historic Park, the State Capitol at Bicentennial Plaza, the Glenwood South district and the historic Joel Lane House. Tours operate only on Saturdays. More info: (919) 857-4364. Every October, round up the family for Raleigh’s largest event, the North Carolina State Fair. The blue-ribbon blow-out attracts more than 850,000 Carolinians for ten days of southern vittles, concerts, demolition derbies, competitions, carnival rides and all the foods on a stick you’d expect from a cotton-candied shindig. More info: (919) 821-7400. For everyday entertainment: movie theaters, ticket sellers, night clubs, restaurants, museums, golf courses
Popular Raleigh Attractions
Executive Mansion: (919) 807-7950 Map
Historic Joel Lane House (closed Dec.-Mar.): (919) 833-3431 Map
North Carolina Museum of Art: (919) 839-6262 Map
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences: (919) 733-7450 Map
North Carolina State Capitol Building: (919) 733-4994 Map