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The population of this area of Eastern Piedmont is around 400,000.
Escape the adult world and be transported into a place of wonder at Frankie's Fun Park and the North Carolina State Fairgrounds. North Carolina Museum of Life and Science and the Marbles Kids Museums are also well worth checking out if you want to keep the good times coming.
The only trouble you'll encounter when visiting a brewhouse here is deciding which one looks best! A destination with a famed beer culture, you'll find the Aviator Tap House, the Aviator Brewery, the Carolina Brewing Company and the Bombshell Beer Company are all open to the public. So get some friends together, organize some transportation and see how many you can tick off in a day!
There aren't many things in life more enjoyable than a full-bodied wine. Experience some of the region's finest at the Iron Gate Winery and Draft Line Brewing Company. Looking for one or two more? The Cloer Family Vineyards and White Rabbit Brewing Company are also very popular.
Bright and colorful native and exotic plants, sheltering trees and long, twisting footpaths await you at the North Carolina Botanical Garden and Coker Arboretum. Botany enthusiasts might also want to take in the collection at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens and Mordecai Historic Park.
When the weather is fine, grab some lunch and find a shady corner at one of the picturesque green spaces, such as Pullen Park and J.C. Raulston Arboretum. Lake Johnson and William B. Umstead State Park are two more pleasant spots to while away a lazy day with a good book.
Deciding on what to see and where to go is the trickiest part of any trip. Why not let the friendly people at Capitol Area Visitor Center help point you in the right direction? You may also enjoy leafing through the informative pamphlets and maps at Falls Lake Visitor Assistance Center and Hillsborough Visitors Center.
Freshwater lakes offer a range of activities for travlers of all ages. From skimming stones to bird-watching, there's always fun to be had. Lake Wheeler Park, Bass Lake Park and Fantasy Lake Scuba Park are the most frequented. Find out which one best suits you before heading over for a fun-filled day outdoors!
Need to escape the bustle of the city? Head out on an adventure to Harris Lake County Park and Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve. Fred G. Bond Metro Park and Eno River State Park are also popular with nature-loving locals.
The area's exhibition spaces are a treasure trove of interesting stories and quirky facts. Savor the contemplative atmosphere as you admire the displays at the North Carolina Museum of Art and Morehead Planetarium. Another two to look at are the North Carolina Museum of History and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.
View the variety of specimens on display while you meander through the exhibits of the African American Cultural Complex.
Raleigh is a hub of artistic energy, with gallery spaces all over the place. Swing by the Artscenter and the Ackland Art Museum for the best of what this creative destination has to offer. If you have time afterwards, the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University and the Cedar Creek Gallery are also well worth checking out.
The Raleigh City Museum will offer you a worthwhile glimpse into the world's colorful past. On top of that, you just might like to take a look at the items on display at the Orange County Historical Museum and the Wake Forest Historical Museum.
Learn more about this area's past with a trip to North Carolina State Capitol or Raleigh City Hall, just two of the historical sites here. When it comes to days of old, the stories are countless. Horace Williams House and the Bennett Place are also great places to stop by.
When traveling, we are constantly faced with different traditions and religions. Spending an afternoon taking in the peaceful atmosphere of Duke University Chapel, St. Mary's Chapel or the Sri Venkateswara Temple of North Carolina is a terrific way to see Raleigh's spiritual side.
After experiencing the major points of interest around Raleigh, take the time to explore a couple of its lesser-known sights. The Raleigh Country Club and Marsh Creek Park could be up your alley. If you can squeeze it in, also visit the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts and the Durham Performing Arts Center.
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from RDU Observation Park and 3.1 mi (4.9 km) from Lake Crabtree County Park. Park West Village and Phillips Farms of Cary are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Situated in Raleigh, this hotel is 2.5 mi (4 km) from Marsh Creek Park and within 6 mi (10 km) of North Carolina State Capitol and Raleigh Flea Market. Mordecai Historic Park and North Hills Shopping Center are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Situated in Apex, this motel is 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Halle Cultural Arts Center and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Knights Play Golf Center. Bombshell Beer Company and Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Situated in Raleigh, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Brier Creek Commons, Frankie's Fun Park, and Lonerider Brewing Company. RDU Observation Park and Lakeshore Golf Course are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from RDU Observation Park and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Lake Crabtree County Park. Park West Village and Phillips Farms of Cary are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Brier Creek Commons, Frankie's Fun Park, and Lonerider Brewing Company. Lakeshore Golf Course and RDU Observation Park are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Situated in Cary, this motel is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) from Crossroads Plaza and within 3 mi (5 km) of Cary Towne Center and Lake Johnson. Cary Arts Center and Bond Brothers Beer Company are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Situated in Raleigh, this motel is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Marsh Creek Park and within 6 mi (10 km) of North Carolina State Capitol and Raleigh Flea Market. Mordecai Historic Park and Hedingham Golf Club are also within 6 mi (10 km).