As a proud American, an architect, and a nerd, I love state capitol buildings. The North Carolina capitol building in Raleigh is one of the more interesting ones I've stopped at.
Once again, the people of Raleigh are just as nice as it gets. The folks at the entry desk were so nice and helpful, and even the security guard at the security walk-through was professional, nice, funny, polite.. I just continue to be floored at how nice people are in this city. I can see why folks move here and why it's growing in population.
This historic building is a must-see when you're in Raleigh, or even remotely in the area. It's a great self-guided tour with the brochure they give you and the fun, hidden stairs and the dome and historic House and Senate chambers and the architectural details are fun to see. Needless to say, there's a lot of interesting history in North Carolina, some of it maybe not as popular as it once was when the world was different a couple of hundred years ago. But, they don't hide anything here, the intrepretive exhibits and plaques tell the story of the state and it's founders and it's so interesting, especially for someone from Minnesota. There are a lot of statues and signs around the Capitol grounds and there are just a ton of things to do in the immediate area. Raleigh is a great walking city and this time of year (fall) is beautiful here and the temperatures are perfect, I think.
I can't say enough good things about the people in this city and state, and in the whole region. What a great city to visit. If you're in this area you simply must stop and tour the North Carolina State Capitol building in Raleigh.