Raleigh Tourism

The city of Raleigh is the capital of the state of North Carolina in the United States and the second most populous city of the State after Charlotte. The city is affectionately called the “City of Oaks” for its countless oak trees that line up the streets in the heart of the city. The city was named after its founder Sir Walter Raleigh, who established the lost Roanoke Colony in what is now called Dare County.

Raleigh, along with Durham and Chapel Hill is part of a Research Triangle Area, because of the famous and prestigious educational Universities they share within close proximity of each other. Due to early measures and good decisions taken by authorities, the city is a fine example of a well planned city though it has been growing at a very fast rate. Some very prominent universities and colleges are located in Raleigh and along with the well laid out parks and shopping areas, the city is a favorite for the people living in Raleigh and many have fallen in love with it after visiting it once.

Because of the various colleges here, Raleigh is known to be a city with lots of young blooded people who are very enthusiastic about sports and music, the result being seen in various arenas and venues like the Raleigh Convention Center where regular college and organizational level matches are held and also famous musicians and performers hold their gigs and concerts in the city. One can visit Raleigh any time of the year and witness multiple gigs being played at the various venues strewed around the city.

Though the economy of the city is centered on education and corporate giants, the city also sees a sizeable chunk of economy boost due to rapid tourism, as visitors keep flocking to the various amusement parks, natural wildlife parks and the shopping opportunities the city provides the people with. The city of Raleigh is an extremely fun place to visit in North Carolina and has so much of rich culture and history associated with it that it is sure to make you come back here over and over again.

Essential travel information and Raleigh tips for your visit

  • Time Zone: EST – UTC -5 hours
  • Summer (DST): EDT – UTC -4 hours
  • Currency: American Dollar (USD)
  • Electricity and Internet: Standard output is 110-120V. WiFi connectivity is present almost everywhere and cellular connectivity provides 3G and 4G services.
  • Languages: Predominantly English speaking population.
  • Security: Dial 911 or emergencies.
  • Tipping: Tipping is highly appreciated everywhere on good service but is not compulsory.

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Raleigh

  • Save 4% Raleigh Helicopter Adventure
    Raleigh Helicopter AdventureNew on TripHobo

    Duration: 30 Mins

    Admire the beautiful skyline of Downtown Raleigh North Carolina from the view of your own private helicopter seat! Our exciti...

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  • Save 4% Raleigh Airplane Adventure
    Raleigh Airplane AdventureNew on TripHobo

    Duration: 30 Mins

    Admire the breathtaking scenic views of Falls Lake just north of Raleigh, North Carolina from the view of your own private ai...

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  • Self-Guided Raleigh Scavenger Hunt
    Self-Guided Raleigh Scavenger HuntNew on TripHobo

    Duration: 3 Hrs

    Fifteen clues, two hours, one city - this is a self-led scavenger race that sends groups capering around town to solve clues....

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  • Know the pollution level of Raleigh before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 16.41 (Very Low)
    • Water Pollution 26.85 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 34.26 (Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 24.07 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 18.52 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 17.59 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 13.33 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 12.96 (Very Low)
  • How safe is Raleigh for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Raleigh.

    • Burglary and Theft 29.49 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 21.79 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 28.85 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 31.58 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 22.44 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 36.54 (Low)
    • Attacks 19.87 (Very Low)
    • Drug offense 35.9 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 85.26 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 64.74 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 26.97 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 17.57 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 30.13 (Low)
  • Quality of Life Index of Raleigh is 215.05 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 69.43 (High)
    • Climate Index 83.88 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 22.15 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 33.51 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 70.44 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 74.93 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 2.58 (Very Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 158.87 (Very High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Raleigh

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.11 USD
    • International Movie per seat 10.75 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 32.39 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 75.75 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 39.11 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ‚Äčand subjected to change without notice.

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