Raleigh is the capital of North Carolina and is known as the City of Oaks because of its many oak trees.
Raleigh has been named America’s best city by Businessweek.com and America’s safest city and one of the best places to do business by Forbes.com. It is consistently rated among the best places to live and work in the United States. Many of the United States’ leading Fortune 500 technology, research, and pharmaceutical companies are located nearby in the Research Triangle Park (RTP). This dynamic city offers a vibrant cultural scene, international restaurants, sporting events, and a moderate temperature with all four seasons (average: high 21 degrees Celsius, low 8 degrees Celsius). Raleigh is conveniently located two hours from both the Atlantic Ocean and the mountains, which makes weekend trips easy and accessible.
- No. 1 among the best places for business and careers (Forbes, 2014)
- No. 1 among U.S. cities attracting the most families (Forbes, 2014)
- No. 2 among America’s 15 best cities for young professionals (Forbes, 2014)
- No. 3 among the best midsize U.S. metro areas for college students (American Institute for Economic Research, 2014)
NC State’s Office of International Services has a large list of fun things to do in Raleigh. Which activities sound interesting to you?