A gateway to spectacular natural scenery and a metropolis with the heart of a small town, Raleigh/Durham will please outdoor enthusiasts and metropolitans alike. Once you land at the Raleigh-Durham International Airport, you’ll have access to the Research Triangle Region of North Carolina, a sprawling multi-county area that includes the state capitol, Raleigh, as well as the vibrant cities of Durham and Chapel Hill. And with these three burgeoning burgs in close proximity, you’ll never run out of things to do.
Raleigh/Durham is more than a blossoming Southern hotspot. From its enticing array of museums to serene natural parks and vast greenways, this destination is filled with diverse diversions for all travelers. In the heart of downtown Raleigh is the Museum of Natural of Sciences—the Southeast’s largest natural history museum, complete with the Nature Exploration and Research Center. View exhibits on coastal and prehistoric North Carolina or participate in hands-on learning and research. If your creative side calls, visit the North Carolina Museum of Art. With a collection ranging from Egyptian funerary art to contemporary pieces, there’s lots to explore.
For more active travelers, Raleigh/Durham contains a number of parks and trails. William B. Umstead State Park is a peaceful getaway with more than 5,000 acres of lush forest and peaceful lakes. The park includes 22 miles of dedicated hiking paths and other multi-use trails perfect for jogging and cycling. For mountain bikers, Lake Crabtree County Park boasts 215 acres of thrilling trails. The single-track mountain biking trails feature gentle climbs and descents, manageable for beginner riders and the more advanced. For other outdoor adventures closer to the city, check out the Art to Heart Corridor, a six-mile-long path that runs through downtown. Join the trail on Fayetteville Street and discover some of the best parts of downtown Raleigh/Durham while getting some exercise.
There are many other places to discover downtown on foot, such as historic attractions like the North Carolina State Capitol. This National Historic Landmark was completed in 1840 and is the center of activity for North Carolina state government. The building’s original Greek Revival-style architecture has been preserved, which makes for a visually stunning tour.
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Things to do in Raleigh/Durham.
- Art to Heart Corridor
- Lake Crabtree County Park
- William B. Umstead State Park
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Gardens
- North Carolina State Capitol
- Sir Walter Raleigh statue
- North Carolina Museum of Art
- City of Raleigh Museum
- North Carolina Museum of History