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Raleigh Introduction


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Raleigh, North Carolina, is a thriving city—just what you'd expect from a state capital and an internationally ranked research center in an area defined by three major universities. Ranked by several major business magazines as one of the nation's top places to live and work, the Raleigh area has attracted many new restaurants, shopping venues and cultural activities.   Click here to see the full Raleigh travel guide on Travel42 »

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Raleigh Geography


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Raleigh is located on the eastern edge of the Piedmont, or central section, of North Carolina, which falls between the Atlantic Coast and the Blue Ridge Mountains. It's traversed by Interstate 40 and sits west of I-95, the primary north-south corridor of the eastern U.S. The city center is circled by I-440, called the beltline.   Click here to see the full Raleigh travel guide on Travel42 »

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Raleigh History


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In 1788, North Carolina became the 12th state of the Union. But it was without a permanent capital, so legislators selected a site in townless Wake County, in the middle of the state. They bought 1,000 acres/405 hectares of uninhabited woods and fields from Joel Lane and began building the city—naming it after Sir Walter Raleigh, the 16th-century English statesman who sent the first English colonists to Roanoke Island.  Click here to see the full Raleigh travel guide on Travel42 »

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Raleigh Sightseeing & Things to Do


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Raleigh is the state capital, and many attractions are tied to government institutions. The Legislative Building, an imposing structure of white marble that extends an entire city block, was the first state building in the nation constructed exclusively for the legislative branch of government. The 40-room Executive Mansion, a Queen Anne cottage completed in 1891, is one of the finest examples of Victorian architecture in the U.S.   Click here to see the full Raleigh travel guide on Travel42 »

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Raleigh Nightlife


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Raleigh's lively nightlife scene is primarily concentrated downtown in the Warehouse District and along the Glenwood South corridor. Most bars close around 2 am, but some of the more upscale spots close earlier (especially those that are restaurants, too).   Click here to see the full Raleigh travel guide on Travel42 »

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Raleigh Restaurants & Dining


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Raleigh's culinary style encompasses the best of traditional southern food, from barbecue, Brunswick stew and banana pudding to fried green tomatoes, updated with the stylish "nouvelle southern" staples such as shrimp and grits and pecan-crusted chicken in Jack Daniels sauce.   Click here to see the full Raleigh travel guide on Travel42 »

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