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The City The guide was updated:When you're looking for the excitement and attractions of a great city, combined with the affordability, approachability and appeal of classic Southern U.S. towns, look no further than Raleigh, North Carolina’s state capital.
The Raleigh area really does have it all, which is why the city is constantly named everything from Best American City for Singles to Best Place to Do Business to Best City to Live, Work and Play. Raleigh has also been called the “City of Oaks” based on its number of trees and penchant for green space, the “Smithsonian of the South” for its high caliber of free museums and the “Silicon Valley of the East,” paying homage to the renowned tech scene. The Research Triangle Park is right in the city’s backyard, and 10 traditional colleges and universities call the Raleigh area home, including North Carolina State University.
Just outside the city of Raleigh are 11 fascinating towns that make up Greater Raleigh. Places like Apex, Cary, Garner and Wake Forest all have their own personalities, charming visitors with historic downtowns, tree-lined main streets and some of the best golfing in the state. These next-door neighbors are perfect for a unique day-trip or a cozier bed-and-breakfast stay. And if you’re looking for a traditional soda fountain, local-grape winery or even a scuba park, we’ve got those covered, too.