Raleigh's ever-changing skyline at sunset.
Get to know the real Raleigh
Home of NC State University, Raleigh blends the fun and excitement of a big city with the hospitality and charm of a small Southern town. North Carolina’s capital city is located in the heart of the state’s Triangle region and minutes from world-renowned Research Triangle Park, the largest research park in the world and home to industry giants like IBM Cisco, GlaxoSmithKline, Lenovo, Nortel Networks, Sony Ericsson and others.
Raleigh is a city of contrasts beginning with its location. Situated midway between the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean, the beach and the mountains are never more than a two to three-hour drive away. With a vibrant social, sports, cultural and arts scene, multinational business and diverse recreational opportunities, plus a climate that’s mild year round, it’s easy to see why Raleigh and the surrounding region are consistently rated among the best places to live and work in the United States.
Arts and Culture
Museums and Galleries
- N.C. Museum of Art
- N.C. Museum of History
- N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences
- N.C. Sports Hall of Fame
- Raleigh City Museum
- Marbles Kids Museum
- N.C. Symphony
- Opera Company of North Carolina
- Carolina Ballet
- Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts
Sports, Recreation & Leisure
- North Carolina State Fair
- First Night Raleigh
- Artsplosure Spring Arts Festival
- North Carolina Renaissance Faire
- Lazy Daze Arts and Crafts Festival