Exploring Raleigh, North Carolina

It's quite evident that Raleigh, N.C., is a destination for everyone. Here's a quick glimpse into just some of the things that the city has to offer.

If you are into museums, you can divide your time among exploring North Carolina Natural Science Museum (the largest in the Southeast), North Carolina Museum of History and North Carolina Museum of Art.

Don't overlook North Carolina Railroad Museum in nearby Bonsal, or Legends of Harley Drag Racing Museum, located inside the Ray Price Harley-Davidson dealership. If you're traveling with children, Marbles Kids Museum is a must.

History lovers can put on their walking shoes and take in the many historic sites, such as the State Capitol building and the Sir Walter Raleigh Hotel while on a self-guided walking tour of downtown. The tour includes over 60 sites. If you aren't up for a walk, you can still learn about the area on a Trolley Tour.

Near downtown is the historic Oakwood neighborhood filled with homes reflecting various architectural style. If it's historic neighborhoods that you are interested in, be sure to check out Boyland Heights, Pilot Mill and Glenwood Brooklyn.

Raleigh is also a great place for the budget-conscience traveler as well. If you're watching your travel wallet these days ( and really, who isn't), you'll appreciate these 30-plus free attractions..

Did You Know

If Raleigh was a color, it would probably be green. There are over 150 parks, gardens, lakes and greenways in the city. Like to hike? Enjoy the 20 miles of hiking trails at William B. Umstead Park. Love roses? See the nearly 60 varieties blooming at Raleigh Municipal Rose Garden.