An incredible city known for its universities, museums, and technological institutions.

Welcome to Raleigh

The vibrant capital of North Carolina with plenty to offer.
Raleigh, North Carolina, is an incredible city known for its universities, museums, and technological institutions. Over 470,000 residents call this capital city home, giving it a dense, urban feel. Raleigh has a handful of gorgeous historical buildings in town, including the North Carolina State Capitol building, a perfect example of 19th-century Greek Revival architecture. North Carolina State University calls Raleigh home, as does Meredith College, Shaw University, and William Peace University. Homes for sale in Raleigh have increased in value over the past five years. From beautiful Colonial homes to Federal styles and Georgian architecture to new luxury condominiums, Raleigh homes come in various shapes and sizes, with a series of historic homes inside the beltway.
Locals love the many sights and attractions Raleigh has to offer, from the North Carolina Museum of Art and the Museum of Natural Sciences to the historic Pullen Park, which holds the title of the fifth oldest amusement park in the United States. Raleigh has several upscale restaurants, from the Heirloom coffee and tea kitchen to Tacos El Patron 323. Ultimately, with 28 trails, three golf courses, and thousands of cafes and restaurants to choose between, Raleigh provides a solid blend of indoor and outdoor recreation.

What to Love

Local Lifestyle

Locals love Raleigh’s energetic atmosphere along with its modest cost of living, up-and-coming businesses, and activities for all ages and stages of life. Temperate seasons and plenty of outdoor access round out Raleigh as one of the best places to live in the country.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Second Empire Restaurant and Tavern is one of Raleigh’s most upscale eateries. Second Empire is housed in a historic 1870s home specializing in American fare. Many great restaurants in Raleigh fall west of South Dawson or east of South McDowell, including spots like Taverna Agora, which serves Greek and Mediterranean fare atop a rooftop patio. Stanbury is a hip spot with rotating menus, while ORO is the best place to go with family and friends for their shareable plates and cocktails.
Raleigh has incredible performance venues, from the intimate Burning Coal Theatre Company to the large-scale Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. At the latter, locals can also take in a show at the Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, a historic 1930s theater that features plays, musicals, stand-up, and more. Those who prefer live music never miss a concert at the Coastal Credit Union Music Park or the Lincoln Theatre.
For the best retail therapy in town, Raleigh has the Village District, with its more than 90 boutiques and services to choose from, including Capital Runwalk and Great Outdoor Provision Co. There’s also the Ridgewood Shopping Center and the Mission Valley Shopping Center, where locals can taste many international cuisines or catch a movie.

Things to Do

The best festivals and events in Raleigh are the Raleigh Festival for the Eno, which brings live music, a craft show, and plenty of food to the community, and the New Years' Eve Acorn Drop, which is Raleigh’s take on the NYC ball drop.
Raleigh has a few golf courses close to town, including the Lonnie Poole Golf Course and the Carolina Country Club. For a day of adventuring indoors, Raleigh has the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and the North Carolina Museum of Art, in addition to the City of Raleigh Museum and the North Carolina Museum of History. For kids, the Marbles Kids Museum is in town, too.


Raleigh belongs to the Wake County Public School System. Some of the top schools in the area include:

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