Raleigh’s Best

Why we love calling Raleigh home.

Banner photo by Jessica Crawford Photography

It’s no wonder Raleigh was listed as one of the best places to live in the nation; it’s been charming its residents ever since it was established as our state’s capital in 1792.

But what makes our city so great? Could it be the top-notch drinks and grub? Those breathtaking skyline views? The wonderful sense of community? We’ve got a few ideas of our own on what makes Raleigh such a great place to live…

It’s a Foodie Destination!

The city is buzzing with local and seasonally– derived dishes, with many restaurants welcoming a whole new lineup to their menu each night. Not to mention some killer ‘que brought to you by Clyde Cooper’s Barbecue, who’s been serving it Carolina-style in downtown Raleigh since 1938. We also have an impressive food truck scene, with food truck rodeos taking place each month. Add in local coffee shops and craft cocktails, and you might as well have hit the foodie jackpot.

Access to Healthcare Is So Easy!

State-of-the-art medical centers, primary care doctors, surgeons, and urgent care facilities surround us here in Raleigh. WakeMed, UNC REX Healthcare, and Duke provide some of the best care in the world, and it’s all within miles of our homes. Not to mention the plethora of urgent care centers throughout the Triangle and progressive specialists providing an assortment of alternative and inventive therapies. We are thankful to have quality care right here in our own backyards.

We’re a City that Keeps on Giving!

Raleigh’s businesses, chefs, nonprofit organizations—the list goes on and on when it comes to the people and places that give back to our community. Take A Place at the Table, for example: This pay-what-you-can café provides community dining and healthy food for all, regardless of a person’s means. It’s gained national acclaim for the differences it has made in one short year of operation. And we can’t forget about the Come Together for the Coast fundraiser, which raised more than $400,000 for Hurricane Florence relief, and proved yet again that Raleigh is a city where everyone steps up to help with every need. And there are countless more—shops, boutiques, business owners, and restaurants—that give back to our community and create a global impact each and every day.

Greenways and Parks and Art, Oh My!

There’s no denying Raleigh is an active town and lucky for us we have the greenways, trails, and parks to prove it. The Neuse River Greenway Trail and the William B. Umstead State Park are among our favorites. Along with the Art to Heart trail at the N.C. Museum of Art, which features a paved trail lined with outdoor art. And if you’re looking to get active with a view, Dorothea Dixx Park is Raleigh’s largest city park with an expansive view of our city’s skyline.

It’s All About the Beer (for some of us, at least)!

There’s nothing like sippin’ a cold brew at your local brewery, and we’re lucky enough to have more than 30 to pick from right here in the Triangle. From sours and ales to wheats and stouts, these breweries are creating some of the best beer around. And they’re not just serving beer. With board games to play, bands to listen to, and food trucks in tow, they’re always part of our weekend plans.

This is Where Entrepreneurs and Artists Excel!

The people that make this city so great are just as vibrant and full of life as the art they create. Painted murals line the streets of downtown, while annual events like SPARKcon and Artsplosure bring performances, craft vendors, and chalk paintings to life. And the creativity doesn’t stop there: Coffee houses and eclectic bars are known to collaborate with businesses and events to create signature cocktails and themed lattes, all of which leave the town’s residents and visitors flocking just to get a look at the creation.

And, Raleigh Totally Embraces the Power of Partnerships!

There’s no limit to the ingenuity and commitment among partners working together for the greater good of our community. The most recent addition to our list of great partnerships to applaud: UNC REX Healthcare, in partnership with Food Lion and the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, has opened a food pantry to provide access to healthy and nutritious eating for patients who are considered food insecure. Located near the hospital’s main entrance and across from the REX Pharmacy, the food pantry is staffed by volunteers and operates Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm, to meet the needs of UNC REX patients.

Whether you’re visiting for the weekend, have lived here your whole life, or just moved to town, there’s so much to love about Raleigh, and we hope you find your own reasons to love this city as much as we do.

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duke raleigh hospital

duke raleigh hospital

a pediatric nicu nurse at WakeMed

a pediatric nicu nurse at WakeMed

neuse river greenway (photo courtesy of city of raleigh)

neuse river greenway (photo courtesy of city of raleigh)

neuse river brewing company (Photo by Nieto Photography)

neuse river brewing company (Photo by Nieto Photography)

John Prine by Scott Nurkin was painted during the 2018 World of Bluegrass International Festival. This project is a collaboration between Oh Boy Records (John Prine’s label) and the Raleigh Murals Project (with help from Jeremy Clark). (Photo by Jeremy Clark)

John Prine by Scott Nurkin was painted during the 2018 World of Bluegrass International Festival. This project is a collaboration between Oh Boy Records (John Prine’s label) and the Raleigh Murals Project (with help from Jeremy Clark). (Photo by Jeremy Clark)

UNC REX Healthcare, in partnership with Food Lion and the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, opened a food pantry to provide nutritious foods for patients who are considered food insecure. (Photo courtesy of UNC REX Healthcare)

UNC REX Healthcare, in partnership with Food Lion and the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, opened a food pantry to provide nutritious foods for patients who are considered food insecure. (Photo courtesy of UNC REX Healthcare)