ESCAPE FOR THE WEEKEND!
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.
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