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Raleigh NC

Fayetteville Street
Along Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh, ringing in the New Year means wandering this glorious capital city with family, friends and the hope of having a stellar 12 months!
Photo credit: Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau |

Loren Gold has had a front row seat view of the growth seen by Raleigh and Wake County for many years.  He knows the people here are passionate visionaries, always working to build this destination as one folks are drawn to from around the world.  “This community is full of diversity in regard to people, opportunities and experiences,” Mr. Loren says of the unique way the community stands out from others.

The capital city has grown, and the restaurants have become much more diverse, but it’s still an easy town to get around in, and has even more to recommend it to newcomers. Young families, boomers, retirees and young professionals are drawn to Raleigh and the Triangle for all it has to offer.

The city is packed with cultural experiences that include theatre, ballet and opera, music venues and museums of art, history and natural sciences. And with a variety of sports including professional hockey, baseball, some of the nation’s top collegiate basketball and world-renowned golf, there’s plenty to offer both residents and visitors.  

Once a sleepy Southern capital, Raleigh, The City of Oaks, now constantly ranks among the best places to live in the U.S.

“I love it,” says Heidi Tyson, who moved to North Raleigh from a Chicago suburb with her husband and three daughters. “The people are really friendly and helpful. It’s a very easy town in which to get around.”

Another desirable neighborhood in Raleigh is in the North Hills area, with its mixed-use shopping center, which has become a magnet for business, fashionistas and dining connoisseurs.   

Shoppers looking for the season’s hottest runway fashions enjoy high-end, one-on-one shopping experiences in Raleigh. Retailers from the upscale boutique Vermillion to the ritzy Peter Miller, Anthropologie and even home décor shops and luxurious spas bring a contemporary feel to the area.  North Hills has 130+ options including shopping, restaurants, events, hotels, and more. Don’t miss Quail Ridge Books and ArtSource for great gifts for yourself, or those you love.


Among its acclaimed museums are The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (the largest natural history museum in the Southeast), the North Carolina Museum of History, Marbles Kids Museum (hands-on interactive museum with programs for all ages), the Contemporary Art Museum and the North Carolina Museum of Art.  

The performing arts also thrive. Raleigh is home to the North Carolina Symphony, the North Carolina Ballet, the North Carolina Theatre, Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek, and Raleigh Little Theatre, among others.  

Known as a big sports town, Raleigh is home to one of the state’s three major-league franchises, the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes and the 2006 Stanley Cup Champions.

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