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Vacation in Raleigh - North Carolina

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Area Overview

A visit to Raleigh, N.C., 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.

Things to Do

Recreation & Fitness

Raleigh's passionate, entrepreneurial and innovative residents have propelled the development of world-class cultural assets and a growing lifestyle scene that, in turn, have created a host of homegrown, authentic visitor experiences for you to take part in.

Get your toes tapping to the sounds of emerging music and bands, as well as rollicking bluegrass festivals and more. Invigorate your senses by sampling the many flavors of artisan craft brews and spirits. 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.

Cultural Activities

There is a reason Raleigh has been called the "Smithsonian of the South." Bursting at the seams with a large variety of live performing arts events and visual arts collections, the area is also home to the best collection of museums in N.C. (and perhaps the Southeast), nationally-acclaimed organizations like Carolina Ballet and North Carolina Theatre and plenty of locally-owned galleries and collegiate arts programs to satisfy all of your artistic sensibilities.


Take a look at some of the ways Raleigh will tempt your taste buds with original products made right here in N.C.'s capital city area. Sweet tea may be the "house wine of the South," but in Raleigh, it has some competition. Sample craft beers from the area's breweries, or take a tour and taste a vintage from one of three wineries.

Founded as N.C.'s state capital in 1792, Raleigh reaps many rewards for history lovers. Visit the State Capitol building to learn about secret rooms, ghost stories and the principles upon which the State of N.C. was founded... while viewing George Washington in a Roman toga!

Historic Oakwood is a Victorian-style neighborhood and features an old graveyard full of once-prominent Raleigh area figures. Among several historic homes to tour is the North Carolina Executive Mansion, which was constructed entirely of materials from our state.


Interstate highways and transportation systems make getting to Raleigh, N.C., easy with such a wide variety of choices. You can come by plane, train or automobile. In fact, more than half of the United States population lives within a day's drive or an hour's flight from Raleigh.


Monthly Temperatures / Rainfall

 Month  Low  Avg  High  Rain
 January  30.3  39.8  49.3  4.4 "
 February  32.5  43.0  53.5  3.5 "
 March  39.8  50.8  61.8  4.4 "
 April  47.6  59.4  71.1  3.0 "
 May  56.5  67.2  77.9  4.0 "
 June  64.8  74.8  84.8  4.0 "
 July  69.3  78.7  88.2  4.4 "
 August  68.0  77.1  86.3  4.2 "
 September  61.8  71.1  80.4  4.3 "
 October  49.3  59.9  70.4  3.7 "
 November  41.3  51.5  61.7  3.1 "
 December  33.6  43.1  52.6  3.2 "

Best Time To Go:

Summer and spring.

Springs and summers range from the upper-60s to the upper-80s (degrees Fahrenheit); fall averages in the 70s; winters hit the high-20s to mid-50s. Mean annual rainfall (inches): 45.23. Annual average temperature (°F): 71 (high), 50 (low). Annual average snowfall (inches): 4.7. Average relative humidity (%): 71.3.


With more than 145 options, area hotels and accommodations are designed to help you rest easy. From luxurious, full-service hotels to romantic bed-and-breakfast inns, you can relax in the certainty that your preference, budget and expectations will be met.


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