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If your image of a "city," is of a place that's loud, chaotic, and congested, Raleigh will blow you away, just by being itself. Here is a city that's known for being quiet, beautiful, and orderly: some even say it's more of "a park with a city in it," than anything else. With the natural beauty of the Piedmont region of North Carolina, Raleigh is an ideal city-- for people who would never consider themselves "city people."
Raleigh is not all botanical gardens and lush green trees, though. This is very much a modern city. Separate districts contribute to the sense of diversity that characterizes Raleigh. As you will soon discover, all have different personalities: the Warehouse District is home to the Contemporary Art Museum, but seems to be an up-and-coming nightlife destination. The Moore Square District is always busy, and packed with families going to the Marbles Kids Museum, ArtSpace, or the shopper's paradise known as the City Market. The Fayetteville Street District is the pedestrian heart of Raleigh. The Capital District may be the most important of all. Raleigh is the state capital after all--here is where all the politicking gets done. What's best about the streets of Raleigh is that they are always alive with the sound of music. Raleigh proclaims itself the Live Music Capital of North Carolina-- so, go ahead, see if you can't spot musicians busking in the street before too long.
Other don't-miss destinations include several museums, including the NC Museum of History and the NC Museum of Natural Sciences. The budget-conscious among you (which, to be fair, is almost everyone these days) is that they are totally free to visit. What may be more detrimental to your wallet, but is just as much fun, is visiting the State Farmer's Market, which brings the best farmers from all over the state, giving you a rare opportunity to shop locally, everywhere in North Carolina.
If you'd prefer to have others cook your meals for you, keep in mind that no less of an authority than Southern Living named Raleigh as one of the Top 10 Tastiest Towns in the South. Great beer bars and breweries round out residents' culinary experience. The NC State Fair is another "culinary experience" you won't want to miss, particularly if you cherish fried food. Thankfully, you can only get your fried-Oreo fix at this classic Southern fair once a year.
While the internationally-renowned tech companies in the Research Triangle are the region's lifeblood, making it the fastest-growing region in the Carolinas, businesses will also want to take note of the Raleigh Convention Center, also one of the area's biggest and most successful attractions. Residents who like to enjoy a show now and then from their favorite artists and performers should remember to check the schedule at the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts.
Raleigh may be an exciting city-- but it's a polite, genteel (and well, Southern) city too. She might just redefine "city life" for you. Let New Home Source help you find the home that's right for you, in the City of Oaks.