Jun 22nd, 2012 | By | Category: Senior Travel

Seniors Visit Raleigh, NC

Raleigh, North Carolina spills over with excitement and attractions that make it one of America’s leading cities. It is the capital and the second largest city in the state and is known as the “City of Oaks” for its many oak trees. Seniors can stroll along the tree-lined streets of a Victorian-era neighborhood listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In Historic Oakwood you can see a Victorian style neighborhood, including an old graveyard full of prominent Raleigh figures. Raleigh also has several historic homes to tour.

The population is just over 400,000 and is also one of the fastest growing cities in the country. Raleigh is named after Sir Walter Raleigh, who established the lost Roanoke Colony on Roanoke Island in present-day Dare County, North Carolina.

Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill make up the three primary cities of the Research Triangle metropolitan region. The regional nickname of “The Triangle” that refers to the shape traced by Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill, in the center of which sits Research Triangle Park —a renowned complex of international companies and public and private research facilities. These urban centers have brought world-class museums, shopping, sophisticated restaurants, and professional sporting venues to the region.

A Great Senior Visit

The city is combined with the affordability, approachability and appeal of a classic Southern town and full of “southern hospitality”. Best known for its world-class museums, best of Broadway shows and live concerts, Capital area historic sites, professional and amateur sporting events and shopping mecca status with 11 major retail areas, Greater Raleigh truly offers arts and entertainment all in one park-like, scenic setting. Seniors are invited to experience Raleigh’s attractions and entertainment and discover why it is continually ranked as one of best places to live and an even greater place to visit.

Home to seven North Carolina universities and colleges, the Raleigh area is unusually rich in educational opportunities with NC State standing out as one of the best known. As a former University employee I found it particularly interesting that Raleigh has the highest number of PhDs per capita in the country. If you arrive by air, you will fly into the Raleigh-Durham Airport, an example of what is going on all over the country as cities vie for more air traffic and tourism.

I’ve always liked “Free Things”

I do enjoy not having to pay for major attractions and Raleigh is indeed the “Home of the Free” with more than 30 free attractions symbolizing the essence of City Life, Carolina Style. Also dubbed the “Smithsonian of the South” for the quality of its 30 free attractions, Raleigh’s museums and greenway trails are among the region’s finest. This Interactive Visitor Guide will let you page through the many inviting attractions that Raleigh offers senior visitors. Send for a hard copy with a simple click and enjoy a visit to this classic southern city. jeb

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