While the Raleigh area offers so much charm, genteel hospitality, and scenic beauty you may never want to leave, the surrounding areas offer much to discover should you choose to explore.
The distinctive beauty of the Outer Banks along the North Carolina coast has drawn visitors since 1587. Rich in a wide variety of wildlife and flora and fauna, the Outer Banks is comprised of a string of barrier islands 130 miles long. Here you'll find nature, fine dining, history, art, pristine beaches and more - in oases like Duck, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head, and Roanoke Island.
Charlotte, known as the "gateway to the South," is colorful and sophisticated, with all the old-fashioned Southern hospitality you can handle, and featuring fabulous restaurants, museums, art galleries, and more. Charlotte is home to famous sports teams as well, including the NFL's Carolina Panthers and the Charlotte Eagles soccer team. Charlotte is also a major site of stock car racing, with the NASCAR Hall of Fame set to open in 2009.
Known for its bluish color when seen from a distance, the Blue Ridge Mountain Range offers unparalleled picturesque beauty. And the scenic, 469-mile Blue Ridge Parkway leads to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Here in the mountains you can ski at numerous resorts, hike the Appalachian Trail, or find a wealth of other wonderful recreational opportunities.
Whether you seek culture, fine dining, history, or recreation, the areas surrounding Raleigh are a source of great adventure and extraordinary beauty.