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Sightseeing in Raleigh
With more than 20 free attractions, this stately and energetic capital city offers an affordable way to enjoy history, culture and the outdoors.
Spend the day hopping between the three state museums of art, history and natural sciences, all of which offer free admission. Visitors can wander around the grounds of the State Capitol. Stroll past the graves of Civil War generals at a historic cemetery or meander along the cobblestone streets of City Market. Shop for the greenest broccoli, reddest apples and tastiest homemade treats around at the State Farmers' Market.
With over 150 parks, lakes and greenways in Raleigh alone, there is ample opportunity to enjoy golf, cycling, swimming, boating and other outdoor adventures.
Alternatively take a trip to Durham, best known for being home to Duke University with nationally acclaimed restaurants, shopping, historical sites, and a myriad of other things to do.
Visit the Sara P Duke Gardens at Duke University. There are lots of different gardens and paths to explore, and you only have to pay for parking.
If sport is more to your liking, visit the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, which is home to the Durham Bulls baseball team. Whether you go for the baseball, the crowd-watching, the views, the sunset, the food, the beer or the quality children's entertainment, there is something for everyone.
Exploring North Carolina's Wilderness
Head out to the Uwharrie National Forest which is less than a two hour drive away. You can hike, bike, hunt, paddle or fish to your heart’s content. You can even hunt for gold and go off-roading, so there is sure to be something to keep everyone entertained.