14 miles, Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU)
Experience Raleigh Like a Local
Support local artists, visit a popular park, and listen to music
Downtown Raleigh is the place to be with first-rate museums, galleries, shops, and restaurants; let our Do List be your starting point. Admire the work of up-and-coming artists at CAM Raleigh or see masterpieces from the likes of Auguste Rodin and Georgia O’Keeffe at the North Carolina Museum of Art. Find unique souvenirs from more than 80 local brands and artisans at DECO Raleigh, enjoy a relaxing stroll through the lush greenery of Nash Square, and catch a foreign or indie film at the Rialto Theatre. If you’re here with the kids, they'll love checking out the dairy farm at Randleigh Dairy Heritage Museum, playing with musical steps and other interactive exhibits at Marble Kids Museum, and seeing renowned dinosaur fossils at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Throughout the year, Raleigh hosts popular music festivals and sporting events like the Hopscotch Music Festival and NC State University home football games, so check the calendar to see what’s happening while you’re here.