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10 Things to See and Do in Raleigh

To an unassuming outsider, the city of Raleigh, North Carolina, probably seems like any other mid-sized American city. Don’t let the exterior fool you though: Raleigh is a city unlike any other on the East Coast or anywhere else in the U.S. This state capital has a storied history, one that has fashioned the city into one of the country’s fastest-growing, most technologically advanced metropolises. In fact, Raleigh continuously places high on the list of best places to live in the U.S.—and it certainly makes EscapeHere’s list of American cities that get less recognition than they deserve. With a distinct Southern flavor, a flair for the arts (including being named after Sir Walter Raleigh, a British poet and early American colonist), a celebrated history and plenty of greenspace and natural escapes, there’s no shortage of things to see and do in Raleigh, North Carolina. Here are 10 ideas to help you get started planning your next trip to the City of Oaks.

10. Go to the City Market

One of the biggest tourist draws in Raleigh is the City Market. The market has been a central figure of commerce in the downtown core for over a century. From the time it opened on October 1, 1914, until the post-World War II period, the market flourished. As shopping shifted to supermarkets and malls in the 1950s, the market fell into a period of decline. In 1980, the market became a historic place and the Raleigh City Council began to study the architecture. Since then, the market has undergone various revitalization initiatives, including a May 2008 art project by the Visual Art Exchange. On the first Friday of each month, the market plays host to Raleigh’s First Friday festival.

The market has become a haven for local artists and currently, 5 art and décor shops are counted among the market’s boutiques. Showtime Events is a full-service producer of audio/visual events. Other businesses include clothing retailers, cafes, bars, restaurants and event spaces. Triangle Glides offers eco-friendly outdoor activities and guided tours of Raleigh. Stop by for a coffee, browse unique arts and crafts and then head out on a Segway to see the city sights!

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