If you’re traveling solo…
Traveling alone doesn’t ever have to be lonely. The Raleigh community will embrace you with places to stop and think, places to revisit the past, spots to get your exercise and welcoming tables where the food and company are divine.
Better check your heart rate after this action. All of this white-knuckle fun is sure to get your blood pumping and your adrenaline spiking.
North Carolina Museum of Art—Find what speaks to you and ponder for a while. The collection includes Rodin sculptures, Renaissance paintings, contemporary photography and much more.
CAM Raleigh—The ever-changing exhibits and experiences challenge you to a new way of thinking. Stop by during First Fridays (6-10pm) for food trucks and entertainment.
Go for a run or paddle
American Tobacco Trail—Go for your most energetic playlist in Apex on this recreational rail-trail. If you have the stamina, run the entire 22-mile length.
Neuse River Canoe Trail—Take your pick from five canoe launches along 17 miles of the Neuse River, starting at the Falls Lake Dam.
Robertson Millpond Preserve—East of Raleigh in Wendell, Robertson Millpond Preserve is a hidden 85-acre refuge for nature lovers, canoeists and kayakers. The blackwater swamp property is the only bald cypress habitat in the area, creating the unique experience of paddling through a forest-like setting.
History buff Little House Museum & Gallery—Venture to Rolesville and spend time delving into the history of local families. Stand beneath the “wedding day” magnolia tree, planted in 1860.
Historic Yates Mill County Park—The necessity of the gristmill made this area a popular gathering spot more than 200 years ago. The same is true today as you visit the county’s only operating mill.
Room for one more Clyde Cooper’s BBQ—When the food is this good, who wants to waste time on table talk? They’ve been serving Carolina-style barbecue in downtown Raleigh since 1938. Barstool seating is great for solo diners.
A Place at the Table—Become a part of the community when you enjoy a meal at this pay-what-you-can café at 300 W. Hargett St. in downtown Raleigh. Join the community table and pay it forward when you can.
You finally got the gang all together. Now what are you going to do to keep everyone in your group happy? Great news! Raleigh, N.C., is a perfect destination for friends and family trips. With a mix of parks, museums, sports and arts, family fun activities are always available.
Let’s eat Food trucks—An integral part of Raleigh’s foodie and cultural experience, you can find food trucks outside museums, breweries, art galleries, music venues, office buildings, parks and anywhere else you can think of where hungry people congregate.
Morgan Street Food Hall—More than 60 food stalls in one amazing location at 411 W. Morgan St. Burgers to curry. Southern fare to sushi. Check it out!
The kids, the parents, friends from school. Your group is unique, and the Raleigh area is uniquely suited to keep everyone happy.
Learning is fun Marbles Kids Museum—Keep the kids entertained with hands-on exhibits, neverending fun and the chance to learn while they play. Conveniently located in the heart of downtown Raleigh.
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences—Discover the Southeast’s largest natural history museum, complete with its Nature Exploration Center and Nature Research Center, with four floors each of exhibits, live animals, gift shops and cafés.
A walk in the park
Ann and Jim Goodnight Museum Park at North Carolina Museum of Art—Explore 164 acres in the park and along the trail system. Wind your way through natural areas and view more than a dozen commissioned works of art.
Pullen Park—Recreational opportunities for everyone, with a Dentzel Menagerie Carousel, C.P. Huntington train ride, boat rentals, picnic shelters, playground and outdoor café. Small fee for amusement rides.
Daniel Dhers Action Sports Complex—Head to Holly Springs for the largest family-oriented, year-round, action sports facility in the world with more than 37,000 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor riding terrain.
Rush Hour Karting—Challenge your friends to see who’s got the best skills at this state-of-the-art adult indoor go-kart track in Garner. Bragging rights are on the line.