Welcome to Raleigh

Brimming with history, culture, natural beauty and a vibrant economy, Raleigh is quickly developing into one of America's most talked-about cities and one of the South's most intriguing visitor destinations. With one visit to Raleigh, you'll learn right away why this charming city founded more than 200 years ago is earning such lofty praise as it busily prepares for the 21st century.

Some of the city's top choices for visitors include:

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
11 West Jones Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
+1 919 733 7450
The Southeast's largest natural history museum offers four floors of exhibits, live animals. The massive "Mountains to the Sea" exhibit, a recreation of North Carolina's terrain and ecosystems, features native plants and a 20-foot waterfall. Other highlights include an Acrocanthosaurus dinosaur skeleton (the only one in the world on display), and Willo, the only dinosaur discovered with a fossilized heart.

Shelley Lake Park
1400 West Millbrook Road, Raleigh, NC 27612
+1 919 420 2331
Shelley Lake is surrounded by greenway trails and features fishing, canoeing, sailing, rowboating, pedal boating, biking, hiking and picnic areas. The playground is not large but boasts plenty of swings, including several for toddlers. The big draw here is the 50-acre lake, populated with lots of hungry ducks ready to be fed.

North Carolina State Capitol
1 East Edenton St, Raleigh, NC 27601
+1 919 733 4994
Built in 1840 at a cost of three times the state's annual income, this marvelous example of Greek Revival architecture once housed all of North Carolina's state government. The impressive marble statue of George Washington in the rotunda is a replica of the actual piece that Antonio Canova created in 1820.

William B. Umstead State Park
8801 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27617
+1 919 571 4170
Next to the Raleigh-Durham airport, you'll find this 5381-acre park featuring hiking, biking, horse-back riding trails, camping, fishing and boat rentals. There are two sections, the Reedy Creek section which can be accessed from Harrison Avenue in Cary and the Crabtree section which is easily accessed from Highway 70 in Raleigh. The best time to visit is in the spring when the rhododendrons are in full bloom.

Skin Sense - A Day Spa
6801 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh, NC 27615
+1 919 870 0700
Your visit to Skin Sense will be truly unique and enjoyable. It's goal is to ensure you leave the spa feeling relaxed and rejuvenated, whether you've spent an hour or a day there.