Amazing Raleigh NC! Known as ‘The City of Oaks’ for it’s abundant oak trees, Raleigh NC offers visitors plenty of green space, exciting bars and restaurants, shopping and various entertainment options. They also have several ACC Basketball teams who bring fear to competitors. Universities, museums, historic buildings – all within a lively, capital city – Raleigh is fun for all ages.
If you decide to visit the capital of North Carolina, bring your RV. Camping NC is great if you visit The State Fairgrounds, which have full hook-ups, are conveniently located and have access to transportation and activities all around the area. This campground is clean and quiet. Walk from your Raleigh camping spot to the Raleigh NC Art Museum or the Arboretum.
When staying at this place, remember to check for events before you go. There are no reservations, however there are plenty of spots. Most of the time it’s easy to find a spot. In October, when the state fair is running, spaces are almost non-existent. Throughout the year, smaller shows and events are less crowded and usually spots are available. Come, park and explore flea markets, rock shows, gun shows and more – right outside of your doorstep, when you stay at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds.
Falls Lake State Recreation Area is a great place for those wanting a little more entertainment while they are camping in Raleigh NC. Within this state park, RV’ers can enjoy amenities like shower houses, hiking trails, picnic tables and fishing piers. Kayak and boat launches, swimming areas and playgrounds offer lots of opportunities for the children to enjoy as well.
Raleigh NC has plenty of entertainment to offer, too. Come and visit the state museums of art, science and history. Admission is free. The exhibits and hands-on activities will keep you and the children entertained for hours. This is a great way to pass a rainy or cold day in the city.
Visit the state cemetery to see Civil War generals and soldiers. The state capital grounds are always an interesting place to visit. Go inside this historic building to feel the energy that still resonates from lawmakers of the past.
Visit Duke University to see beautiful grounds, plenty of ancient-looking stonework, a gorgeous chapel and more. If you are very lucky, you may get to see one of the Duke Blue Devils basketball players. These guys are always ranked high in the ACC tournaments. ‘Coach K’, as the head coach is affectionately called, is one of the highest winning coaches in college basketball history.
The Neuse River Trail is a fantastic place to stretch your legs after traveling. Walk, run or bike along the river’s edge. The woodlands are relaxing and peaceful. See the wildlife. This trail winds for 33 miles, so bring your comfortable shoes if you are going the whole way. There are plenty of benches where you can rest and take in the scenery.
Immerse yourself in history in the Historic Oakwood community. See the gorgeous houses that have stood the tests of time. Porches with huge columns and walk-out verandas bring to mind days of women fanning themselves, cotton plantations and old money. There are plenty of walking, Segway and sightseeing tours around Raleigh if you don’t feel comfortable to do this on your own.
Blue Jay, Shelley and Durant County parks offer green spaces, lakes to enjoy and places to get away from the city while still being in the city. If you love flowers and lush plants, water features and statues, then visit the Sarah P. Duke Gardens. Stroll along to see tulips, lilies, and a duck pond. There are fish in the ponds as well. Gazebos and benches provide a place to rest and reflect. Take your time. You will not be in a hurry once you enter this fragrant, peaceful place.
The North Carolina Symphony will surround you with music. Pops, classical and even a Friday Favorites at noon – there is something for every music lover. Plenty of concerts to celebrate high level artists are held regularly. There are also options for ballet, theater, performing arts and even amphitheaters for open-air concerts. Plenty of culture abounds in and around the Raleigh NC area.
In Raleigh NC, even after all of this entertainment and fresh air, you may be hungry! What kind of food do you prefer? There are a plethora of dining options for every taste and budget. Do you want to put on your best dress and go for an elegant meal together? Saint Jacques French Cuisine is all that you imagine it to be. Foie gras, linen table cloths, artistically plated foods and sumptuous sauces – this is French cuisine the way it should be.
Would you prefer to have foods that you can pronounce? Have a hearty filet or prime rib, some garlic mashed potatoes or a Tomahawk Rib Eye Steak on the Bone. This favorite slab of meat hangs off of the plate. It will fill even the biggest of appetites.
Bars and breweries are not short on supply in this city. Clouds Brewery has drinks like ‘The Bees Knees’ and a self-serve Bloody Mary bar where you can add juices, sauces and toppings to your drink. Big Boss Brewing is a working brewery and tap room. Nothing fancy here – just good beer in a laid-back atmosphere. There are also plenty of taverns, sports pubs and bars serving cold brews, laughter and good simple food in Raleigh NC.
Park your RV and do some Raleigh camping. Get out to see the triad area of Raleigh which includes Durham and Chapel Hill. With so much history, culture, food and fresh-air options, you will wish you had more time to stay and visit. The camping in North Carolina is fantastic year-round. Come and join us camping in Raleigh NC this year.
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