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Raleigh - North Carolina's City of Oaks

© By Adam Southwood
Raleigh was founded in 1792 as North Carolina's capital, named for Sir Walter Raleigh, who tried to establish the first English colony in the 1580s. The city's founding fathers named Raleigh the "City of Oaks," and dedicated themselves to maintaining the wooded tracts and grassy parks. Raleigh boasts more than 4,300 acres of parkland and almost 1,400 acres of water, offering recreational activities year-round. If you enjoy the outdoors, a nationally acclaimed greenway system spans 41 miles, providing 24 walking, jogging and hiking trails that connect many of the city's 150 major parks.
     Hockey fans here celebrated their 2006 Stanley Cup Champions, the Carolina Hurricanes at the RBC Center. There is also baseball, soccer, stock car racing and terrific college sports.
     With all four of the performing arts, Raleigh offers an exceptionally diverse arts scene with theatre, opera, symphony and ballet. Visitors can catch a Broadway show, view original plays, and marvel at the Carolina Ballet. In the park, there are opportunities to listen to the N.C. Symphony or the Opera Company of North Carolina.

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     For shopping, there's the usual array of well-known retail stores, boutiques and locally owned shops but try the Fairgrounds Flea Market and the Raleigh Flea Market Mall for something unique or the more than 30 antique stores spread throughout the area. High Point, the furniture capital of the world is an hour away and has more than 125 manufacturing plants offering great discounts.
     Greater Raleigh is home to nouvelle Southern cuisine; menus range from upscale fine dining to brewpubs and traditional southern cooking. At night, climb aboard the entertainment trolley and enjoy nightlife in downtown Raleigh in several entertainment districts - City Market, Glenwood South and the Warehouse District. Listen to live music performed by popular local bands or international stars at one of the area's concert venues or entertainment complexes.
     Here are some recommended sights to see:
 •  The N.C. State Capitol
Built between 1833 and 1840, it's one of the best preserved examples of Greek Revival style architecture. The building offers free tours and events scheduled throughout the year.
 •  North Carolina Museum of Art
This museum houses 5,000 years of artistic heritage, from ancient Egypt to the present. The collection of Renaissance and Baroque paintings, with works by Van Dyck, Jan Brueghel and Raphael, is internationally recognized. Admission to the museum and the permanent collection is free. There is a charge for select special exhibitions. www.ncartmuseum.org
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 •  North Carolina Museum of History & North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame
The collection contains more than 250,000 artifacts representing the state's rich heritage, with exhibits on agriculture, politics, folk life and more. The North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame displays personal items donated by many of the 200 inductees. From Richard Petty's #43 race car to Charlie "Choo Choo" Justice's #22 football jersey, this exhibit is a treat for all sports fans. Admission is free. www.ncmuseumofhistory.org
 •  North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences includes 70,000 square feet of walk-through environments. Four floors of exhibits feature four great whales, the world's only Acrocanthosaurus - better known as the "Terror of the South" - and Willo, the dinosaur with a fossilized heart! Museum admission is free; special exhibits may charge. www.naturalsciences.org
 •  North Carolina Railroad Museum
The collection includes a recently restored Vulcan Tank Steam Locomotive. To ride the rails, catch a one-hour adventure from Bonsal to New Hill and back. From May through November, guests can board the train the first Sunday of each month. Special holiday trains including the spooky "Halloween Express" in October and "Christmas Train" featuring Santa in December are always a hit. Admission is charged for train rides only. www.nhvry.org

     Raleigh will keep you busy in many ways for several days!

Koka Booth Amphitheatre  Memorial Auditorium  Museum Of Art  Museum Of Natural Science  Pullen Park

Adam Southwood writes for Canadian, U.S. and European magazines and newspapers. He is a graduate of both McMaster University in Hamilton and UWO in London with an interest in culture and history. He has produced several educational programs for TV.

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City Market: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56a4TL1V0AY
Capitol District: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJ87EwWj7TM
Oakwood Cemetery: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOP344FBmt8
K.C. Ralston Arboretum: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3oj2te3Hew
RBC Centre: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RAzn1Cy9LqQ

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raleigh,_North_Carolina
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Wikitravel: http://wikitravel.org/en/Raleigh
About.com: http://raleighdurham.about.com/od/localeventsandfestivals/RaleighDurham_Local_Events_and_Festivals.htm
Greater Raleigh Convention & Visitors Centre: http://www.visitraleigh.com/

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