Raleigh's accommodations choices include hotels, motels, furnished apartments and bed-and-breakfasts. You'll find options in every part of town, but the areas best suited to leisure travelers are downtown, near Crabtree Valley Mall and on the northern end of town.
Business travelers and tourists planning to divide their time among Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill might prefer staying in or near the Research Triangle Park.
For stays during spring or fall, you should try to book at least two to three weeks in advance. With many colleges in Raleigh and the vicinity, rooms can be scarce during May graduation: Make reservations at least six months ahead if that's when your trip is scheduled.
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