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Raleigh, North Carolina
The city of Raleigh is the capital of North Carolina. It was incorporated in 1792 and is named after Sir Walter Raleigh. The town was originally laid out in a grid pattern with the capital at the center. The many oak trees that are present in the downtown area helped Raleigh develop the nickname as the "City of Oaks." This Oak motif and references to Sir Walter Raliegh show up all over the place, look for them. The biggest reference to the oak tree is our New Year's celebration where the city drops an acorn to mark the arrival of the new year! Yeah, it's a great time to be living in such a fabulous city.
One really interesting tidbit about the city is that it was founded because it was close to the General Assembly's favorite watering hole. How many other cities can claim this? Most of the big cities in the United States were developed to take advantage of coastal or river access, but we were planned out because the legislators wanted beer from Isaac Hunter's Tavern!
Raleigh is still home to a lot of great local taverns, and restaurants. Home brewed beers are a common theme here in the Triangle area, and if you're in Raleigh, you should check out the breweries that are hail from the City of Oaks.
The city of Raleigh is also home to numerous cultural, educational, and historic sites. The Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts features three theatre venues and serves as the home for the North Carolina Symphony and the Carolina Ballet. Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek is a large music amphitheatre, where you're likely to catch great artists. The PNC Arena is the home of the well-loved Carolina Hurricane hockey team, and our museums include the state museums of art, history and natural sciences, two in downtown.
Raleigh offers something for everyone. The downtown area offers great restaurants, lots of activities, and even wonderfully hip condos with soaring ceilings, local brews and smiling happy faces. You can chose to stay close to downtown but get a different perspective by moving into the north Raleigh area which is anchored by the North Hills, or move closer to the North Carolina State University or you can even decide to move out to the country but retain that Raleigh address by moving closer to the portion of Raleigh that is close to Wake Technical Community College. Either way, you'll easily see that Raleigh has a lot to offer.
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