Other areas to stay in Raleigh
For those planning the weekend getaways with a soul, visiting Downtown Raleigh, NC, is one of the best places to stay. It is a safe historical and bustling area with friendly people and many fantastic landmarks to see. If you are interested in museum tours, you should visit the North Carolina Museum of History with a permanent educative exhibit on state history. Then, admire the North Carolina State Capitol.
Don't miss Videri Chocolate Factory and the possibility to discover all the steps of the chocolate-making process. After enjoying Raleigh Street Art, it is time for one of the local restaurants with delicious southern delicacies. Durham international airport is only 20 minutes away from Downtown, but you can also come here by bus and train. Their train station is a real masterpiece worth to visit. You can stroll or use Crank Arm Rickshaw, but you will need public transportation or Lyfts when going outside the area.
If you look for top-notch entertainment, go to so-called Raleigh's Midtown that provides modern stadium-style cinemas and an exclusive bowling lounge. It is only 11 miles from the international airport and located not too far from North Carolina State University and Duke University. With 130 local shops, spas, world-class bars, restaurants, groceries, specialty stores, and premier hotels, North Hills is a kingdom for those who want to stay at the place offering full service. Whether you are a fan of Italian cuisine or prefer barbecue and fast food, this place provides it all.
Don't miss visiting a farmers' market and Midtown park, the vibrant outdoor gathering place. Whenever you come here, you will have an opportunity to enjoy one of the outdoor concerts held throughout the year. Golf courts, walking trails, swimming pools, tennis courts, and an athletic club make North Hills an excellent choice for sports lovers to stay.
Once deciding to stay in Raleigh, don't miss their extravagant shopping mall, Crabtree Valley Mall. With 140 stores, it is the largest enclosed mall in the Research Triangle area that spreads over 1,300,000 sq. ft. Since 1972, after the grand opening, this mall has attracted shoppers from all over North Carolina. After remodeling in the 1980s, many restaurants and specialty stores were added, which enriched the existing offer.
Note that it is the only mall in the region with its own private police force! Even though Police officers can't carry firearms while on duty, they have the power of arrest. If you are a shopaholic, the nearby eponymous hotel is an ideal place to stay. Besides, you can quickly go to the most downtown restaurants and PNC Arena. Thanks to genuine Southern hospitality, this place also provides transportation for people in a wheelchair after a timely booking.