Raleigh North Carolina Tourism - Historic Sites, Museums, International Airport, Parks, Motorcross Racetrack, State Fair, Festivals, Outdoor Adventure

Raleigh is the state capital of North Carolina. It is located in the Piedmont triangle area. The main roads / transportation in and out of city are I-40, I-440 Beltline, I-95, I-85. The Raleigh Durham International Airport located between Raleigh and Durham. The Amtrak Train is located at 320 West Cabarrus St . Capital area Visitors Center is located at 301 North Blount St. The Greater Raleigh convention and visitor center is located at 9421 Fayetteville St. Colleges in area are NC State university, Duke University, UNC at Chapel Hill.

Executive Mansion is located at 210 North Blount St. It is the governors mansion. It was built in 1885. Tours are available

Capitol Area Greenway runs along the Neuse River, Walnut Creek and  Crabtree Creek. There are trails along waterways for biking and hiking

Silhouetted Worth Bagley Statue OutsideNC State Capitol building is located at 1 East Edenton St. in Capitol square. It contains the offices of the governor and lieutenant governor. The State Capitol building was built between   1792-1796. It is a National historic landmark. The ghost of a confederate soldier is said to haunt the 2nd floor. Tours are available

Parks in the Raleigh area: William B Umstead State Park, Durant Nature Park

Lakes near Raleigh: Jordan Lake, Shelley Lake, Johnson Lake, Falls Lake

Historic Oakwood District is located in Northwest part of Raleigh. It was built after Civil War. It has Historic homes and is on the National Register of Historic Places. There is an annual Oakwood garden tour

Blount Street Historic District is the State archives and State Library. It is located next to the State legislature building  and Executive Mansion

Joel Lane House is located at St. Mary's and West Hargett St. It was built in 1760. The house is the oldest house in Raleigh. There are tours of house and gardens with guides in period costumes

JC Raulston Arboretum at North Carolina State University is located at Carolina State University on Beryl Rd off I-440 Beltline. Guided tours of gardens are available

Exploris is located at 201 East Hargett ST. Exploris is an Imax theatre that shows travel to distant places via a seven story high screen

North Carolina Museum of Art is located at 2110 Blue Ridge Rd. The museum features the artwork of Winslow Homer, Georgia O'Keefe, Thomas Cole, Singleton  Copley. Guided tours are available

NC Museum of History is located at 5 East Edenton St in the BicenteNial Park. The museum features exhibits on NC history of industry, agriculture, military, political and more. It Houses NC Sports Hall of Fame. Guided tours are available

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences is located at 11 West Jones St.

Olivia Raney Local History Library is located at 4016 Carya Drive. the Library has old records of Wake County are for Genealogical research such as historical journals, census, tax, marriage records

Raleigh City Museum is located at 220 Fayetteville St. The museum features exhibits on the history of Raleigh. It holds the aNual Fayetteville Street Fair with music and exhibits

Artspace is located at 201 East Davie St in downtown Raleigh. It has open studies

Lake Wheeler Metropolitan Park is located at 6404 Lake Wheeler Rd. The Park is run by Raleigh Parks and Recreation. There are picnic areas, Kayak, canoeing, sailboat rentals. However, there is no swimming. The Park hosts Special events like the Tar heel Powerboat Regatta, boat shoes and more.

Capitol City Bicycle Motocross Race Track is located at 516 DeNis Ave in Lions Park. The Race Track features BMX Races

Neuse River Canoe Launch  areas: are located at Falls of Neuse Launch, Buffalo Rd, Poole Rd, Neuse River East Launch

North Carolina State Fair is located at 1025 Blue Ridge Rd Raliegh on the State Fairgrounds. The fair is held in October

Artsplosure Spring Art Festival is held the 3rd weekend in May. The festival features Jazz, blues, country, pop music

First Night Raleigh is held New Year's Eve in downtown Ralegh. The event features art, music, dance, fireworks

NC Renaissance Faire is held at 1025 Blue Ridge Rd. The event features 16th century festival includes pageantry, period costumes, singing, dancing, more

Falls Lake State Recreation Area is located at 13304 Creedmoor Rd north of Raleigh (pronounced rawlee) in Wake Forest NC. The recreation area features a lake and woodlands. There are picnic tables and hiking trails. You can go swimming and boating.

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