As the capital of North Carolina, Raleigh has many historic sites to visit, and a host of free museums downtown that can keep you mesmerized for days. The city is also home to 11 universities and colleges, as well as a rich sports legacy that attracts fans from around the country.
In addition to great Carolina-style barbecue at The Pit, there’s also a growing scene of fun, elegant eateries and coffee shops popping up around town. Get in the driver’s seat of your Raleigh airport car rental to start your adventure.
No matter what tickles your fancy, there is probably a museum in Raleigh just for you. But hop in your Raleigh car rental to start with these thrillers.
When you want to be wowed by whole skeletons of dinosaurs and believable, life-size dioramas of past geologic eras, this free museum is the place to learn and explore.
Get outside and enjoy that Southern sun at this 66-acre public park, where you can get active on the tennis court, spread out a picnic, or catch a show at the amphitheater.
Do you know how chocolate is made? See how Videri roasts cocoa beans and transforms them into delicious confections. Don’t forget to snack on the finished product.
North Carolina is dotted with charming small towns and bustling cities, plus has a magnificent coastline for cruising, so book your Raleigh car rental on Turo to zip between them.
Just a half hour away in your Raleigh car rental, Durham is Raleigh’s tranquil sister city that’s packed with great art, cuisine, and Civil War history — including reenactments.
This seaside town just two hours south in your Raleigh car rental delivers you the soft, sandy beaches of Cape Fear or Wrightsville, plus a dose of culture to keep you entertained at night.
Even if you’re not won over by beautiful vineyards and tasty, specialized grapes, take your Raleigh car rental on the three-hour drive to this scenic valley for a show or breathtaking bike ride.
Also known as Deal’s Gap, this 11-mile section of US Route 129 is popular among drivers and bikers for its racetrack-like set of 318 curves with little to no elevation.
Take the deliciously windy NC-66 up to the Hanging Rock State Park to let your Raleigh car rental revel in the steep mountain ascent and hairpin turns.
This highway is the most famous road North Carolina for great reason. Rev up your Raleigh car rental to get blown away by the mountain ridges any time of year, but particularly in the fall.