RALEIGH, NC

ES­CAPE FOR THE WEEK­END!

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WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT

This laid-back cap­i­tal city bus­tles with his­tory, cul­ture, and south­ern hos­pi­tal­ity, in­clud­ing free ad­mis­sion to the city’s top-notch mu­se­ums. Kids will dig the North Carolina Mu­seum of Nat­u­ral Sciences (grab lunch at its Daily Planet Cafe) and the North Carolina Mu­seum of His­tory, where you can see a re­pro­duc­tion of the Wright Flyer or pull up a stool at a 1920s drug­store counter. Un­wind on Wil­liam B. Um­stead State Park’s miles of hik­ing trails, or pedal over bridges along the Neuse River Green­way.

HID­DEN GEM

Ap­plaud the ge­nius of RDU Ob­ser­va­tion Park, a playground that fronts RDU In­ter­na­tional Air­port’s 10,000-foot run­way, with piped-in com­mu­ni­ca­tions from the nearby Air Traf­fic Con­trol Tower.

EAT & SLEEP

At Raleigh’s 45,000-square-foot, in­door State Farmer’s Mar­ket, you can grab break­fast or lunch at the on-site restau­rant (try the bis­cuits) or browse the stands for a to-go pic­nic. Stay right in the heart of down­town at the Sher­a­ton Raleigh Ho­tel, which has an in­door pool. Rates start at $187 a night for a room with two dou­ble beds. GET MORE INFO

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