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.