Raleigh

North Carolina is a state that is truly in love with its own capital city. Raleigh is one of the fastest growing metro areas in the USA. It is one of the southeastern U.S. most metropolitan cities with an international reputation of cutting edge innovation in technology and business plus a local gay scene that can match any for energy, representation, political & community involvement and serious partying. Raleigh is awash in entrepreneurial energy from homegrown clothing labels and converted art galleries to craft breweries and ambitious restaurants. The wealth of museums, theatre, symphony, opera, restaurants, galleries, boutiques and the varied Universities perfectly complements the diverse and spectacular activities and nightlife available in this youthful, fun, adventurous and friendly city.

Forbes web site recently wrote, Raleigh, N. C. is growing at a healthy clip–fast enough to land the No. 2 spot on our annual list of America’s Fastest-Growing Cities. At the nearby Research Triangle Park, more than 170 companies have outposts, including IBM, GlaxoSmithKline, Syngenta, Credit Suisse, and Cisco. The wider area is also home to several major universities, with North Carolina State University that has its expansive campus in central Raleigh. The combination of universities and job opportunities has made for a highly educated population: nearly 50% of people ages 25 to 65 have a college degree. These draws keep many grads in the local area. “We’ve got great quality of life. You’ve got the university system, great health care, a decent climate year-round, and affordable cost-of-living.” Those factors, plus a relatively low cost of doing business (FORBES ranks N.C. 4th on its list of Best States for Business) are attracting more companies to the area. MetLife recently opened a 1,300-employee IT campus in Cary, a western suburb, and software company Citrix is opening a campus in Raleigh’s downtown later this year. Raleigh is also a hub of smart grid activity, and the president recently announced a $140 million grant to create an advanced manufacturing institute to NC State. Raleigh’s jobs grew at a rate of 2.44% year-over-year while the population jumped an estimated 2.15% in 2013. Even faster population growth is expected in 2014. All of this was enough to push Raleigh up two spots from its slot last year, to rank No. 2.

The New York Times recently wrote about spending “36 Hours in Raleigh” on their web Travel page.

You may also be interested in the Raleigh Craft Beer Guide, which is a complete listing of all the breweries within the Raleigh / Wake County, including where to locate them and the various beer related festivals and events.

Further you may also be interested in Raleigh’s RDU International Airport information, with all the major U.S. carriers directly serving and several International carriers providing service. Most major U.S. cities have direct flights in and out of RDU International on a daily basis with flights also to Cancun, Toronto and London.

Amtrak has several daily routs through Raleigh, Carolinian / Piedmont and Silver Service / Palmetto.

Raleigh information provided by Willie D. Pilkington, Publisher & Author of the Raleigh GLBT Report with thanks to VisitRaleigh.com.

Hotels

  • Best Western Lumberton
  • 201 Jackson Court, Directly off I-95 (TAG Approved Accommodation)
    Lumberton, NC 28358
  • Website: Click here to see our website
  • 910-618-9799
  • Courtyard Raleigh North - Triangle Town Center
  • 3401 Summer Blvd, North Raleigh Neighborhood (TAG Approved Accommodation)
    Raleigh, NC 27616
  • Website: Click here to see our website
  • 919-645-0088
  • HYATT house Raleigh North Hills
  • 160 Park at North Hills Street, North Hills Neighborhood (TAG Approved Accommodation)
    Raleigh, NC 27609
  • Website: raleighnorthhills.house.hyatt.com
  • 919-363-0771
  • Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley
  • 4500 Marriott Drive, Suburban Neighborhood (TAG Approved Accommodation)
    Raleigh, NC 27612
  • Website: Click here to see our website
  • 919-781-7000
  • Renaissance Raleigh North Hills Hotel
  • 4100 Main at North Hills Street, North Hills Neighborhood (TAG Approved Accommodation)
    Raleigh, NC 27609
  • Website: Click here to see our website
  • 919-571-8773

Bars

  • Flex Nightclub
  • 2 S. West Street
    Raleigh, NC 27603
  • Website: www.flex-club.com
  • 919-832-8855
  • Legends Nightclub
  • 330 West Hargett Street
    Raleigh, NC 27601
  • Website: www.legends-club.com
  • 919-831-8888

Shops

  • Litmus Gallery & Studios/Raleigh Sculpture Group
  • 312 W. Cabarrus Street
    Raleigh, NC 27601
  • Website: www.litmusgallery.com
  • 919-571-3605
  • Our Place (Adult)
  • 327 W. Hargett Street
    Raleigh, NC 27601
  • 919-833-8968
  • Ten Thousand Villages at Cameron Village
  • 435 Woodburn Road
    Raleigh, NC 27605
  • 919-821-1100
  • Tropical Smoothie Cafe
  • 1028 Oberlin Road Suite 232
    Raleigh, NC 27608
  • 919-755-2222

Attractions

  • Bare Theater
  • 6002 Farm Gate Road, West Raleigh/N.C. State Univ/PNC Arena
    Raleigh, NC 27606
  • Website: baretheatre.org/
  • 919-322-8819
  • Burning Coal Theatre
  • 224 Polk Street, Downtown at The Murphey School
    Raleigh, NC 27604
  • Website: burningcoal.org/
  • 919-834-4001
  • Carswell Concert Hall
  • 3800 Hillsborough Street, West Raleigh/N.C. State Univ/PNC Arena
    Raleigh, NC 27607
  • 919-760-8600
  • Contemporary Art Museum (CAM Raleigh)
  • 409 West Martin Street, Downtown
    Raleigh, NC 27603
  • Website: camraleigh.org/
  • 919-261-5920
  • Halle Cultural Arts Center
  • 237 North Salem Street, Historic Downtown Apex
    Apex, NC 27502
  • Website: www.thehalle.org/
  • 919-249-1120
  • J.C. Raulston Arboretum
  • 4415 Beryl Road, at North Carolina State University
    Raleigh, NC 27606
  • Website: jcra.ncsu.edu/index.php
  • 919-515-3132
  • Joel Lane Museum House Gardens
  • 728 West Hargett Street, Downtown
    Raleigh, NC 27603
  • Website: www.joellane.org/
  • 919-833-3431
  • Juniper Level Botanic Garden
  • 9241 Sauls Road, at Plant Delights Nursery in South Raleigh
    Raleigh, NC 27603
  • Website: www.plantdelights.com/
  • 919-772-4794
  • North Carolina Museum of Art
  • 2110 Blue Ridge Road, West Raleigh/N.C. State Univ/PNC Arena
    Raleigh, NC 27607
  • Website: www.ncartmuseum.org/
  • 919-839-NCMA
  • North Carolina Museum of History
  • 5 East Edenton Street, Downtown
    Raleigh, NC 27601
  • Website: www.ncdcr.gov/ncmoh
  • 919-807-7900
  • North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
  • 11 West Jones Street, Downtown
    Raleigh, NC 27601
  • Website: naturalsciences.org/
  • 919-707-9800 or 877-462-8724
  • North Carolina Opera
  • 612 Wade Avenue
    Raleigh, NC 27605
  • Website: www.ncopera.org/
  • 919-792-3850
  • North Carolina Railroad Museum & New Hope Valley Railway
  • 5121 Daisey Street, Apex
    New Hill, NC 27562
  • Website: www.triangletrain.com/
  • 919-362-5416
  • North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame
  • 5 East Edenton Street, Downtown
    Raleigh, NC 27601
  • Website: www.ncsportshalloffame.org/
  • 919-807-7900
  • North Carolina State Fairgrounds
  • 1025 Blue Ridge Road, West Raleigh/N.C. State Univ/PNC Arena
    Raleigh, NC 27607
  • Website: www.ncstatefair.org/
  • 919-821-7400