Experience some typical Southern hospitality while visiting North Carolina’s Raleigh. The city has a lot to offer, especially if you are into performing arts, world class museums, and culinary specialties. Already at Raleigh-Durham International Airport, you can pick up your rental car to make it as easy as possible to navigate your way around the city and surrounding area.
Raleigh is the state capital of North Carolina, one of the southern states of the USA. Raleigh is located in the middle of the state, which means a four hour drive to the western mountainous park or to the beaches in the east. This makes Raleigh the perfect home base for exploring the state of North Carolina. If you love cruising, it is good to know that the North Caroline Highway system is the second largest state maintained highway network in the country, which makes driving to all the sights a lot easier.
North Carolina is ideal for outdoorsy people. From swimming and surfing by the Atlantic beaches in the summer, to skiing in the mountains during winter, there is a lot to be had in any season. Also hiking, camping, bird watching, fishing, rock climbing, boating, sailing, and caving are popular activities.
While you are discovering the state, you cannot miss the culinary specialties. Pork barbecue is an important staple, for example. There are strong regional differences and even rivalries over the sauces and methods used. As for drinks, oenophiles will need to visit Yadkin Valley for wine tastings and vineyard visits, while beer enthusiasts will appreciate a visit to microbreweries all over the state. Here, Asheville is the most popular one, being named Beer City USA.
A lot of culture can be found in Raleigh, especially performing and visual arts, as well as museums. Popular museums in the city are the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, the North Carolina Museum of Life and Science, the Joel Lane House, the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame, and the North Carolina Museum of History. Performing arts are quite important in North Carolina and Raleigh as well since some of the best jazz musicians are native to the state. You can find concerts, theater performances and locally organized symphonies, operas, and dance performances as well.
Are you visiting Raleigh with children? They will have the time of their lives at the Marbles Kids Museum. Its mission is to “spark imagination, discovery and learning through play”. Take them to one of the many parks in and around the city. Pullen Park is very popular with families, thanks to its many playgrounds, facilities and ravishing scenery. For a fun-filled day, you could also take the family to Frankie’s Fun Park, which has rides accommodating both children and adults. In case your family is up for an adventure, go on a treetop adventure course.
Renting a car allows you to experience the city of Raleigh as a local would and gives you the freedom to go wherever you want to and whenever you want to. We at Orbitz offer low rates and rental car classes for everyone, whether you’re looking for a compact car or an SUV.