North Carolina is one of the most beautiful states on the East Coast. Known for its beautiful mountains and oceans, there are so many ways to enjoy this state. One of them is to travel to Raleigh – state’s capital. Aside from being the capital, Raleigh is also famous for their many oak trees, which can be found on many streets in Raleigh. When you’re in Raleigh next be sure to check out some of the best place to eat, drink, play and shop in North Carolina’s capital!

Food & Drink

Downtown Raleigh

“Downtown-Raleigh-from-Western-Boulevard-Overpass-20081012” by Mark Turner – Own work. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons.

Second Empire Restaurant and Tavern

Second Empire Restaurant and Tavern is a local favorite for its beautiful ambiance, award-winning wine list and mouth-watering menu items. Check them out today or give them a call for reservations.

Sullivan’s Steakhouse

Another excellent dining option in Raleigh is none other than Sullivan’s Steakhouse. Whether you’re in love with the grand piano that always has a pianist playing songs, or the fresh and delicious meals, you’ll make this your go-to spot in Raleigh in no time.

Angus Barn

Where can you go in Raleigh for a tasty steak? Check out Angus Barn! Angus Barn offers up to eight different cuts with your choice of sauces and toppings. Whether you stop in for dinner and dessert or just a few beers, Angus Barn will keep you coming back for more.


Things to Do

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“Jordan Lake” by Photo by Mike Turner, released into the public domain. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons.

Jordan Lake State Recreation Area

Looking for some fun outdoor activities? Jordan Lake State Recreation Area offers more than 13,000 acres for guests to enjoy for recreational purposes. Check them out for walking, jogging, biking and so much more.

North Carolina Executive Mansion

If the outdoors isn’t quite your thing, you’ll surely enjoy the North Carolina Executive Mansion if you’re into history. Walk through this beautiful 40,000 square foot house and enjoy the exquisite antiques and chandeliers.

North Carolina Museum of History

The North Carolina Museum of History is also one of the best things to do and see when in Raleigh. Check out their interesting photographs, artifacts, flags and so much more – even a replica of the Wright Brothers’ plane! This is a great family friendly activity.

Best Shopping

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The Cotton Company

Raleigh has many great shopping options, but we love The Cotton Company! Enjoy this refurbished cotton warehouse that offers shops such as Berry Towne Crafts, Creative Gifts and Crystal Creek Jewelry and so many more.

Cameron Village

You can find anything you need at Cameron Village! Whether it’s a grocery store or jewelry, Cameron Village has it all. Stop to shop, grab lunch ad spend the day at Raleigh’s favorite place!

Cary Towne Center

For even more shopping options, the Cary Towne Center offers major department store such as Dillard’s, Macy, Sears, Belk and more. You can also find many places to eat when all the shopping makes you hungry.

What are some of your favorite things to do in Raleigh? Tell us in the comments below!

Quick Guide to Raleigh