I just came back from a business trip to Raleigh, North Carolina. Being the state capital, home to several universities and a mega research hub, I expected downtown Raleigh to be bustling with activity – Boy, was I wrong! Like many U.S cities, Raleigh exhibits a suburb centric lifestyle with a fairly quiet downtown. Although in recent years, revitalization efforts have been made, resulting in a tourist friendly downtown. Pedestrian friendly and pedestrian pretty, you can easily walk the streets; or you can hop on the R-line , a free bus service circulating the core.
Downtown Raleigh is divided into five major districts:
Fayetteville Street District: The main street which hosts businesses, hotels (well, err 2 hotels), restaurants and cafes.
Captial District:Home to the State Capitol , legislative buildings and museums.
Glenwood South District: Apparently this is the spot to be, and be seen. I did find a pretty trendy spot which I’ll talk about in my next post.
Warehouse District: My hotel concierge pointed out that if you’re into the gay scene, this is where you need to be. This district houses the city’s finest gay bars (as well as a few other eclectic restos).
Moore Square District: I started walking towards it , looked sketchy, turned around. Famous for a giant acorn structure.
Lets take a walking tour of the two most popular districts: Fayetteville Street and Capital.
At the foot of Fayettville Street you will find the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts. Built in 1932, this center has hosted everything from broadway shows, opera and even rock concerts. Also, the 2 acre feature frontage serves as a venue for outdoor festivals and concerts.
Lunch time on Fayetteville St……. I guess everyone packed lunch today.
In the distance you can see the RBC “sky scraper”….yes locals referred to it as “sky scraper”. Uhh did I mention its lunch time?
I nearly missed it! Overshadowed by shrubs along Fayetteville St. , this tombstone represents a significant piece of History – the birthplace of Andrew Johnson – 17th President of America. Interesting, eh?
Lovely old town charm…kinda reminds of Front St., Toronto
We’ve now reached the end of Fayetteville street. Oh look there’s the State Capitol.
Welcome to the Capital District!
Unfortunately I left my ID back at the hotel so I can only show you pictures of the exterior grounds. Drivers license is required if want to tour inside.
Back of the State Capitol – Memorial to WW2 Veterans
Behind the state capital will find a series of Legislative building as well as the North Carolina Museum of History, and the Museum of Natural Science
and that concludes our tour of Fayetteville Street and Capital District!
While I appreciate the quaint streets, beautiful architecture and rich history, I can’t say that I’d like to go to back to Raleigh… I guess I’m just a “Big City” type. What about you? Would you rally for Raleigh?