Raleigh is the capital of North Carolina and located in Wake County in the United States. Raleigh is known as the "City of Oaks" for its many oak trees, which line the streets in the heart of the city. Raleigh is home to North Carolina State University and is part of the Research Triangle together with Durham and Chapel Hill. Raleigh, N.C., is a booming metropolis that offers a big city feel with Southern charm. During your stay be sure to visit Pullen Park, one of the words oldest amusement parks, spend a morning at the North Carolina Museum of Art hike the Mountains to sea trail and enjoy restaurants in the Raleigh area. There is plenty to discover in the North Carolina State Capitol.
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When to visit
The best time to visit Raleigh is during spring and summer with temperatures ranging from 15 to 26 °C. It’s the perfect time to enjoy Raleigh area's mixed conifer forests that are home to a wide variety of wildlife, including wood ducks, white-tailed deer, Canada geese and wild turkeys. Fall averages in the 20°Cs. Winters the temperatures average -6°C making it a great time to visit the museums, ice rink and sample local cuisine from food trucks to restaurants. It’s a family friendly city, so be sure to plan a trip to Raleigh and experience the many attractions on offer.
What is the main airport called?
Raleigh–Durham International Airport (RDU)Opens external site in a new window is the main airport serving Raleigh, Durham, and the surrounding Research Triangle region of North Carolina. It is located in Wake County, and is surrounded by the City of Raleigh to the North and East, and the towns of Cary and Morrisville to the South. The airport has three runways and is located about 16km from both downtown Durham and downtown Raleigh.
Arriving in Raleigh
The staff at Raleigh Airport will greet you when you land and assist you with your needs. Once you collect your bags from the arrivals area, there are various transport options available to get you on your way.
Getting into Raleigh from Raleigh International Airport
Getting into Raleigh from Raleigh International Airport is simple with various transport options available at the airport. Taxis are available through Taxi Taxi or a walk-up taxi service is available at both Terminals in the Taxi zones. Other options include Personal transportation services pick up from the brown limo zones outside bag claim in each terminal. Ride share services, tour and charter services are also available at RDU. Many hotels from across the Research Triangle Region provide shuttle service to and from Raleigh-Durham International Airport. Hotels drop off and pick up from the red zones outside of the terminals. Car rental services are at the airport, catch the shuttle bus for your rental car company at the green Rental Car shuttle stops outside bag claim at Zone 4 in Terminal 1 and Zone 5 in Terminal 2. Public transport options include the GoTriangle Route 100 and RDU Shuttle public bus routes. Amrack is the train that operates in the Raleigh region.
Getting around Raleigh
Interstate highways and transportation systems make getting around Raleigh, N.C., a breeze with such a wide variety of choices. Located centrally on the East Coast, Raleigh is halfway between Florida and New York City making transportation easy from the major population centres. Within the area, the GoRaleigh, GoCary, downtown Raleigh R-LINE and Wolfline bus systems provide riders with an extensive network of local routes. The Research Triangle Region (Raleigh area, Durham and Chapel Hill) is served by the GoTriangle bus service. Bus fares are cheap, and lots of busses are equipped with Wi-Fi. Traveling in downtown Raleigh? Hop on the free R-LINE downtown circulator to get around to the best things to do, restaurants, shopping and hotels. You can also catch paid rickshaws for a fun way to see the city. Getting around the city via car, whether you’re driving or taking a taxi, Uber or Lyft, is easy.
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