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5 days in Raleigh

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5 days in Raleigh


I will be in Raleigh for a conference in June 201.

I will have 5 days after the conference to explore.

Any ideas?

Many thanks


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1. Re: 5 days in Raleigh

Visit the Raleigh museums - FREE! The NC Museum of Art is especially good - if you like art. But - it will help if you let people know what you like to do. You might not be a "museum" person.

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There is enough in the immediate area to hold your interest for a couple of days, especially with Durham and Chapel Hill within easy reach, but I think most would point you to the mountains or beach, each within an easy drive.

To the west, I would suggest Asheville and/ or Blowing Rock, both of which are top destinations and which are connected by a particularly scenic segment of the Blue Ridge Parkway.

The closet beaches would be in the Wilmington area and are only about two hours from Raleigh. I might suggest those in the Morehead City area which are a little further but which include historic Beaufort.

You could try to do both but expect a 6 hour drive from Wilmington to Blowing Rock.

I am sure you will get plenty of good suggestions on what to see and do, where to stay and dine, etc. once you set your itinerary. Weather should be near perfect either place.

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In general the middle of the state of North Carolina is where people live and work. Raleigh is a great town for that and does have good museums and restaurants (also especially good restaurants in nearby Durham and Chapel Hill), but when North Carolinians want to play we do usually head to the mountains or the beaches. Raleigh is just 2 hours from the beach if you'll have access to a car. It's a straight shot down I-40 to Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach.

I see from your profile that you're from South Africa? Very far away from NC!! I have only seen pictures of SA, but what I've seen looks amazing. Reminds me of Zion National Park in SW Utah. North Carolina is a very beautiful state, but it's a very pleasant, relaxing beauty rather than dramatic beauty. Our mountains are green and tree-covered, rather than rocky outcroppings, but lovely. Our beaches are sandy and dotted with lighthouses and lots of rental homes for vacation getaways.

Let us know what interests you and we'll point you in the right direction.

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4. Re: 5 days in Raleigh

This NY Times article might be a place to start.


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