RELOCATION2019-01-20T19:48:45+00:00

Welcome to the Triangle

All are welcome here!

How does an old Southern city once called the “Sleepy Capital of the South” become the “Startup Capital of the South?”

For starters, transformation of this kind takes investment and vision.

Many people come to Raleigh for higher education.  Some bring a glimmer and others a clear view of a dream.  They might come for a conference, concert, or to participate in their favorite sport. Then they’re hooked…on a culture energized with youthfulness and the spirit of intellectual adventure, where ingenious people grow and make things happen. This is Raleigh.

Gleaming with 21st-century modernism, Raleigh holds dear its history, preserving art, culture and the more than 200 historic places held in high esteem on the National Register. Sites old and new tell a bevy of stories.

The cosmopolitan Southern city of Raleigh teems with people possessing the “forward look.” City leaders value natural spaces throughout all the progress, so you’ll have no trouble finding a park or greenway where you can unwind or work out.

Talented artists, athletes, creative-class innovators, politicians, business and tech workers, students and educators have made Raleigh a special place to visit—a thinking person’s destination where the free and open exchange of ideas is cherished. This is where people from all walks of life, backgrounds and futures come together to share enriching experiences. We wouldn’t have it any other way because all are welcome.

You never know who you may meet in the City of Oaks, or where and when inspiration will strike.  If you are visiting Raleigh for the first time, you’ll feel like a local in no time.

CITIES &
TOWNS

The Triangle is one big community-focused neighborhood and the quality of life here is unparalleled.  Whether you choose one of our dynamic cities or a charming small town, the Triangle has something for everyone.  

Things to do in Raleigh and the Triangle Area

Raleigh and the surrounding towns that make up The Triangle region offer endless options if you’re looking for something to do or somewhere to go.  If you’re relocating to the Raleigh area, use this local area guide to get to know your surroundings.  If you’re a Raleigh native or have already lived here a while, this guide can help you plan your next weekend and ensure you never run out of things to do.

Loading...
Loading...
Loading...
Loading...
Loading...
Loading...
Loading...
Loading...
Loading...
Loading...

Raleigh N.C.

You can’t get much more central than this. Raleigh, N.C., is located just two hours from the beach and three hours from the mountains.

The basics

Just a few key things you need to know about getting here, what to pack and how to get around once you arrive…

Raleigh, N.C., is easy to get to by way of the interstate and state highway systems

  • I-440 circles the center of Wake County.
  • I-540 loops around the outer perimeter.
  • I-40 is the main interstate going east/west.
  • I-85 and I-95 pass within about 40 miles.
  • There are multiple state routes to, throughand around the county.

When we speak of Raleigh, N.C., we’re talking about all of Wake County, North Carolina, including Apex, Cary, Fuquay-Varina, Garner, Holly Springs, Knightdale, Morrisville, Raleigh, Rolesville, Wake Forest, Wendell and Zebulon.

Raleigh, N.C., is served by RDU International Airport, a world-class air travel facility
Nine major airlines serve 45+ nonstop destinations (some international, including London and Paris) to RDU International Airport, which is located about 15 miles from downtown Raleigh. RDU was recently ranked #3 in a North America Airport Satisfaction Study by J.D. Power and Associates.

In 2017, carriers added nine new routes including nonstop service from San Francisco aboard Virgin America (part of Alaska Airlines). Two new cities were added to the RDU route map: Austin (via Delta and Frontier) and New Orleans (via Allegiant and Southwest).

Other new routes included:
• Delta from Seattle, Nashville and Newark
• Allegiant from Cincinnati
• Frontier from Las Vegas

New for 2018, Frontier Airlines has added six new routes to its service to RDU International Airport: Buffalo, N.Y., Harrisburg, Pa., Houston, Texas, Milwaukee, Wis., New Orleans, La., Portland, Maine, San Antonio, Texas, San Juan, P.R., and Syracuse, N.Y. Frontier now serves 18 cities paired with RDU.

Raleigh’s four-season weather
The weather here stays fine—moderate temperatures in the spring, with highs in the mid 80s. It’s warm and humid in the summertime, with highs in the upper 80s to low 90s. Fall feels a bit chilly in the morning with highs in the 70s, and winter can be surprising; it might bring a dusting of snow or an unseasonably warm day in the 60s °F.

Catch a free ride around downtown Raleigh
The R-LINE is a free eco-friendly hybrid electric bus service that runs approximately every 15 minutes. It will connect you to restaurants, retail, entertainment venues, museums, hotels and parking facilities in downtown Raleigh. For details call 919.485.RIDE (7433) or visit raleighnc.gov/transit.

Other ways to get from Point A to B
You can always request an Uber or a Lyft or call a taxi or consider renting a motorcycle from Tobacco Road Harley-Davidson during your stay. For those staying and meeting or playing in downtown Raleigh, flag down one of the local rickshaws for a convenient, environmentally-green ride. Have some time to spare and want to explore downtown Raleigh at your leisure? Jump on the Trolley Pub for a party on wheels (must be 21 or older), or glide around on a Triangle Glides Trikke tour.

Raleigh’s history
Raleigh was founded in 1792 as N.C.’s capital city. It was named for Sir Walter Raleigh, whoattempted to establish the first English colonyon the shores of the new world in the 1580s. It is the only state capital to have been planned and established by a state as the seat of state government. The city’s founding fathers called Raleigh the “City of Oaks” and dedicated themselves to maintaining the area’s wooded tracts and grassy parks.

Raleigh, N.C., is served by RDU International Airport, a world-class air travel facility Nine major airlines serve 50+ nonstop destinations (some international, including London, Toronto and Paris) to RDU International Airport, which is located about 15 miles from downtown Raleigh.

In 2017, carriers added nine new routes including nonstop service from San Francisco aboard Virgin America (part of Alaska Airlines). Two new cities were added to the RDU route map: Austin (via Delta and Frontier) and New Orleans (via Allegiant and Southwest).

Other new routes included:
• Delta from Seattle, Nashville and Newark
• Allegiant from Cincinnati
• Frontier from Las Vegas

New for 2018, Frontier Airlines has added six new routes to its service to RDU International Airport: Buffalo, N.Y., Harrisburg, Pa., Houston, Texas, Milwaukee, Wis., New Orleans, La., Portland, Maine, San Antonio, Texas, San Juan, P.R., and Syracuse, N.Y. Frontier now serves 18 cities paired with RDU.

Take the train

Newly-constructed Union Station is about to provide service in downtown Raleigh in 2018. Amtrak trains run through downtown Raleigh and downtown Cary. Routes with local stops include The Carolinian (Charlotte to Cary to Raleigh to New York), The Piedmont (Charlotte to Cary to Raleigh) and The Silver Star (Florida to Raleigh to New York).

Raleigh’s new, multi-modal Union Station will include a large waiting room, a grand Civic Hall for large public events, space for retail, restaurants or offices and a passenger platform with level-boarding for better access.

What’s new?

The saying is that a rolling stone gathers no moss. That saying fits Raleigh as the energetic and passionate minds of our community leaders are always moving forward, looking for ways to improve our area for citizens and visitors alike. If it’s been a while since you were here, be sure to stop by these hot new spots.

Up next

Something new and exciting is always on the horizon in Raleigh. Bright minds are leading the way with innovative ways to repurpose older structures with new visions. Check the status for opening dates on these new features and join us as we celebrate growth and change.

Originally Raleigh

Meet the purveyors of Raleigh, N.C.’s creative and innovative experiences for visitors

What does it mean to be an original? In Raleigh, N.C., the spirit of originality comes in many forms. It surfaces in a denim company hand-crafting jeans with keen attention to detail. It sizzles in the passion of a restaurateur who is building her distinctive brand throughout Raleigh. It stands out when a creative soul pours his energy into preserving, presenting and promoting traditional music. It takes hold of a scientist as he implores all ages to use their imagination.

When you visit Raleigh, N.C., our creative and passionate people will welcome you to join in. Chefs like Ashley Christensen will serve up amazing meals. Brewmaster Sumit Vohra will show you how a Texas-themed brewery can brew a delicious German-style Hefeweizen.

Passion is in the bag with Holly Aiken who threads together person, purpose and place at Stitch, her downtown Raleigh design studio. William Lewis’s driving force, PineCone, Piedmont Council of Traditional Music, produces more than 30 concerts each year.

Former rocket scientist Joel Graybeal motivates others to reach for new heights at the Triangle Rock Club, where the challenge is as much about problem-solving as it is physical. Dr. Emlyn Koster at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences points out that we are all children at one point and should continue to be extra curious about the world around us.

Come see what the city will inspire in you. Its authenticity is homegrown by passionate locals who are Originally Raleigh.

Throughout the Raleigh area
Passionate minds and originality can be found throughout Wake County. From barbecue to youth sports, creative and caring people energize their communities, making them inviting places to live and visit.
• In Apex, follow the enticing aroma to Big Mikes BBQ where Michael Markham showcases the art of smoking meats.
Patrick Byrd chose Garner for his Full Bloom Coffee and Craft, where he works to reconnect communities with small businesses.
• At Cary’s La Farm Bakery, master baker Lionel Vatinet utilizes centuries-old baking traditions and techniques.
White Street Brewing Company in Wake Forest handcrafts flavorful, small-batch ales and lagers under the watchful eye of owner and founder Dino Radosta.
• Raleigh, N.C., native Lee Browne located his Oaklee Distilling Co. in Wendell. His first release was Boots Vodka, followed by a signature gin.
• In Zebulon, Nelle Carroll welcomes customers to her family’s furniture store, which first opened in 1909.
• Knightdale’s Jenny Cope embraces the history and charm of the area with her vintage farmhouse home furnishings.

They all have passion for their work and passion for their communities, for the Raleigh area and beyond. If you see them on your visit, be sure to say hello.

“Creativity doesn’t just live in the arts. Creativity lives in business. Creativity lives in science. That is what makes for a Smart City.”