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Raleigh , the state Capital of North Carolina, is situated in "The Piedmont" region of the state, which lies between the coastal plains and the mountains. The Piedmont is where you will find the vaunted Research Triangle, a scientific institute founded in 1958 by Duke University, the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University in Raleigh. The city of Raleigh is an educational and historical center, boasting six college campuses, including St. Mary's College, which was founded in 1842, as well as NCSU. New suburbs and shopping malls dominate the outskirts of town, and beautifully designed new homes blend into the landscape that retains much of its original wooded character. For the best tour of the city, make the Capital Area Visitor Center your first stop, where the staff will help you organize a walking or driving tour. A few of the places to consider visiting are the historic State Capitol, North Carolina Museum of Natural Science, the North Carolina Museum of History and the Museum of Art. Raleigh has 156 parks in addition to its greenway connecting some 46 miles of hiking paths. A number of state recreational parks are an easy jaunt from the Research Triangle, and the Falls Lake State Recreational Area is just to the northwest of Raleigh. Here you'll find campgrounds, hiking trails, playgrounds, fishing, swimming and boating. All of this, plus fine accommodations and restaurants makes Raleigh a fantastic base from which to explore the whole Piedmont region of North Carolina.

Surrounding areas: Cary, North Carolina (8.1 mi), Zebulon, North Carolina (18.5 mi), Chapel Hill, North Carolina (24.9 mi), Oxford, North Carolina (37.3 mi)

Raleigh Vacation Rentals

Raleigh Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Amerisuites1105 Navaho DrRaleigh, NC (919) 877-9997
Best Western Crabtree6619 Glenwood AveRaleigh, NC (919) 782-8650
Best Western Hospitality Inn2800 Brentwood RdRaleigh, NC (919) 872-8600
Best Western Raleigh Inn And Suites3618 New Bern AveRaleigh, NC (919) 256-2800
Best Western Raleigh North2715 Capitol BlvdRaleigh, NC (919) 872-5000
Candlewood Suites Raleigh Cary1020 Buck Jones RdRaleigh, NC (919) 468-4222
Candlewood SuitesRaleigh/Crabtree4433 Lead Mine RdRaleigh, NC (919) 789-4840
Claremont Inn2639 S Saunders StRaleigh, NC (919) 828-5151
Clarion - State Capital320 Hillsborough StRaleigh, NC (919) 832-0501
Clarion Hotel-Raleigh4501 Creedmoor RdRaleigh, NC (919) 787-7111
Comfort Suites Arena1200 Hurricane Alley WayRaleigh, NC (919) 854-0502
Comfort Suites Of Raleigh1309 Corporation PkwyRaleigh, NC (919) 212-6900
Comfort Suites4400 Capital BlvdRaleigh, NC (919) 876-2211
Courtyard By Marriott North Raleigh1041 Wake Towne DrRaleigh, NC (919) 821-3400
Days Inn Raleigh North Beltline3201 Wake Forest RdRaleigh, NC (919) 878-9310
Days Inn Raleigh North3401 Capital BlvdRaleigh, NC (919) 872-9114
Days Inn South Garner3901 South Wilmington StRaleigh, NC (800) 329-7466
Days Inn300 North Dawson StRaleigh, NC (919) 828-9081
Days Inn6329 Glenwood AveRaleigh, NC (919) 781-7904
Econo Lodge2641 Appliance CtRaleigh, NC (919) 856-9800
Edinborough Commons6421 Campus DrRaleigh, NC (919) 845-0065
Embassy Suites Hotel Raleigh/Crabtree Valley4700 Creedmoor RdRaleigh, NC (919) 881-0000
Extended Stay America911 Wake Town DrRaleigh, NC (919) 829-7271
Fairfield Inn-crabtree2201 SMT Park LnRaleigh, NC (919) 881-9800
Hampton Inn & Suites - Raleigh/Cary111 Hampton Woods LnRaleigh, NC (919) 233-1798
Hampton Inn Capital BLVD North3621 Spring Forest RdRaleigh, NC (919) 872-7111
Hampton Inn Raleigh Crabtree6209 Glenwood AveRaleigh, NC (919) 782-1112
Hampton Inn Raleigh North1001 Wake Towne DrRaleigh, NC (919) 828-1813
Hilton North Raleigh3415 Wake FRST RdRaleigh, NC (919) 872-2323
Holiday Inn Crabtree Valley Mall4100 Glenwood AveRaleigh, NC (919) 782-8600
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites11400 Cmn Oaks DrRaleigh, NC (919) 570-5550
Holiday Inn Express4716 New Bern AveRaleigh, NC (919) 231-2727
Homestead Studio Suites Hotel4810 Bluestone DrRaleigh, NC (919) 510-8551
Homestead Studio Suites Hotel2601 Appliance CtRaleigh, NC (919) 807-9970
Homestead Studio Suites Hotel3531 Wake Forest RdRaleigh, NC (919) 981-7353
Homewood Suites Raleigh/crabtree5400 Homewood Banks DrRaleigh, NC (919) 785-1131
Howard Johnson Express3120 New Bern AveRaleigh, NC (919) 231-3000
Knights Inn2813 Capitol BlvdRaleigh, NC (919) 878-4429
La Quinta Inn & Suites2211 SMT Park LKRaleigh, NC (919) 785-0071
Microtel Inn & Suites1209 Plainview DrRaleigh, NC (919) 231-0002

Raleigh Weather & Climate

The Piedmont Plateau in central North Carolina has become popular with retirees looking for a moderate climate. The region is protected by the western mountain ranges in winter, so the cold, snowy conditions of the mountainous ski resorts is less common here in the warmer east. Summer weather is the least variable and the most predictable - often with very calm conditions. Wind speeds are also much lower in summer than in winter. Intense, short-lived local showers are often common on a summer afternoon, although occasionally there are more widespread, gentle rain showers. Autumn is the driest season. Average humidity does not vary greatly from season to season, and the lowest levels are found over the southern Piedmont region. Tropical hurricanes come close enough to North Carolina to influence the weather about twice in an average year.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 51°F 32°F 4.43 in. -
February 55°F 34°F 3.60 in. -
March 63°F 40°F 4.44 in. -
April 72°F 48°F 2.98 in. -
May 79°F 56°F 3.95 in. -
June 85°F 65°F 4.05 in. -
July 88°F 69°F 4.48 in. -
August 87°F 68°F 4.23 in. -
September 81°F 62°F 4.41 in. -
October 72°F 50°F 3.58 in. -
November 63°F 41°F 3.19 in. -
December 54°F 34°F 3.21 in. -

Raleigh Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Raleigh Durham International airport (RDU) located about 11 miles northwest of Raleigh, the Rocky Mount Wilson Regional airport (RWI) located approximately 42 miles east of Raleigh in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, Fayetteville Regional Grannis Field (FAY) located roughly 55 miles south of Raleigh in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and finally Kinston Regional Jetport At Stallings Field (ISO) located around 65 miles southeast of Raleigh in Kinston, North Carolina.

Raleigh Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Wet 'n Wild Emerald PointeGreensboroNC67.8 mi.
Water Parks
Emerald Pointe Water ParkGreensboroNC67.8 mi.
Golf Courses
Cheviot Hills Golf ClubRaleighNC 
Eagle Ridge Golf ClubRaleighNC 
Hedingham Golf ClubRaleighNC 
Par 3 Golf CourseRaleighNC 
Raleigh Golf AssociationRaleighNC 
River Ridge Golf ClubRaleighNC 
TPC at Wakefield PlantationRaleighNC 
Wildwood Green Golf CourseRaleighNC 
WilMar Golf ClubRaleighNC 
Eagle Crest Golf CourseGarnerNC4.6 mi.
Lochmere Golf ClubCaryNC8.0 mi.
Meadowbrook Country ClubGarnerNC8.5 mi.
Knights Play Golf CenterApexNC12.2 mi.
Neuse Golf ClubClaytonNC13.5 mi.
Pine Hollow Golf CourseClaytonNC13.5 mi.
Riverwood Golf ClubClaytonNC13.5 mi.
Hidden Valley Golf ClubWillow SpringsNC13.6 mi.
Wendell Country ClubWendellNC15.1 mi.
Heritage Golf ClubWake ForestNC15.5 mi.
Paschal Golf ClubWake ForestNC15.5 mi.
Wake Forest Golf & Country ClubWake ForestNC15.5 mi.
Zebulon Country ClubZebulonNC20.3 mi.
Crossings Golf ClubDurhamNC20.6 mi.
Duke University Golf ClubDurhamNC20.6 mi.
Falls VillageDurhamNC20.6 mi.
Hillandale Golf CourseDurhamNC20.6 mi.
Lakeshore Golf CourseDurhamNC20.6 mi.
Keith Hills Golf ClubBuies CreekNC25.5 mi.
Reedy Creek Golf CourseFour OaksNC26.0 mi.
Willowhaven Country ClubDurhamNC27.6 mi.
State Parks
William B Umstead State ParkNC7.8 mi. 
Falls Lake State ParkNC16.7 mi. 
Raven Rock State ParkNC25.5 mi. 
Eno River State ParkNC29.7 mi. 
North Carolina Museum of HistoryRaleighNC(History)
North Carolina State Museum of Natural SciencesRaleighNC(Science)
North Carolina Museum of ArtRaleighNC(Art)
North Carolina Museum of Life and ScienceDurhamNC21.1 mi.(Science)
Duke University Museum of ArtDurhamNC21.1 mi.(Art)
Old West Durham OnlineDurhamNC21.1 mi.(Art)
Ackland MuseumChapel HillNC25.3 mi.(Art)
Alexander Vaisman GalleryChapel HillNC25.3 mi.(Art)
Imagination Station Science MuseumWilsonNC40.7 mi.(Science)
Zoos and Aquariums
North Carolina Zoological ParkAsheboroNC66.0 mi.

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