Hometown Series: Raleigh, North Carolina

As many of you know this past Sunday and Monday are the holidays of Christmas Eve and Christmas. I was spending time with family for the holidays, as why I did not post the hometown series starting on Sunday. I hope you all had a wonderful and safe holiday. With that being said, I wanted to create another hometown series as most people headed home or are home. The holidays are usually a time for everyone to celebrate with their loved ones whether they are friends or family, or even both. This time around I will be talking about the town I moved to of Raleigh, North Carolina. This move was huge for me, as I am someone who does not like change. I will share my ups and down of moving in a later post. For now, I will share some of my favorite things I have found to do in and around Raleigh. This list will include places to go, places to eat and things to see.

Top Things to Do in or around Raleigh, North Carolina:

1.) William B. Umstead State Park

This park has some of the most beautiful views I have seen all over the city. The park has a main entrance which is where the visitors center is. The park is free and the views are outstanding. I highly recommend this park for all the trails it has to offer.

2.) Falls Lake

This place is my favorite place to go in Raleigh for the views. There are many different entrances to this lake. Some are free to get into, while others only cost $6.00 USD to get into. The lake is stunning all year round. I highly suggest going here for the views.

3.) North Hills

This place has so much to offer from tons of shopping to dining. This is the more rich area of Raleigh. There are some million dollar homes that are beautiful to see. North Hills has a lot of place to shop at, eat at and a movie theater. I enjoyed living over in North Hills for a short time.

4.) Neuse River Trail

This river trail stretches for miles in Raleigh. During the summer months of June and July you can go to an area that has sunflowers. I am from Kansas, known as the sunflower state. You bet I went and walk a bit to find those sunflowers. The whole trail is stunning and an easy path to walk.

5.) Adventure Landing

This place is a families dream come true. There are go karts, batting cages, mini golf and an arcade. I had a blast going here with my husband. There is so much to do and it is a very reasonable price.

6.) New York Bagel and Deli

This place has easily turned into my favorite place to eat breakfast in Raleigh. The staff is always friendly and the place is always well kept. I highly suggest eating breakfast here if you ever come. My favorite thing to get is a three egg sausage and cheese omelette and it comes with a bagel (I get a plain bagel and plain cream cheese).

7.) San Juan Mexican Restaurant

This place has turned into my favorite less expensive restaurant to eat at. I was amazed by their food the first time I ate there and have gone back time and time again. I will admit I was curious as it was connected to a gas station, but I will hands down say it’s my favorite Mexican restaurant in Raleigh. I get their combo chicken quesadillas that comes with a salad. I order a side of refried beans and have cheese dip as an appetizer, so delicious and filling.

8.) Angus Barn

I recently took my husband here for his birthday and this has to be hands down the nicest steakhouse we have ever been to. They start you off with two cheese dips and crackers. Then bring you salads that come with bread and butter. After that is your main meal (by that time I am stuffed). Then they have tons of choices for dessert and they take the kids up to get ice cream. I highly recommend this place to eat at.

9.) Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar

There are a few locations all over Raleigh. I was simply amazed by how amazing this burger place was. If you are looking for a great burger like I do on occasion I highly recommend this place. My friend and I shared some fried pickles for an appetizer and those were very tasty and delicious. I would definitely recommend this place if you are looking for a great burger while in Raleigh.

10.) Sullivan’s Steakhouse

I took my husband here last year for his birthday. Although he was sick he loved the food and so did I. The place was well kept and the staff was very friendly. We had an appetizer and meal, by the time dessert rolled around I was so stuffed. This steakhouse is definitely recommended by me.

As you can see, Raleigh is full of things to do and see. Raleigh is a very fast paced town. The town also has many places as well to eat. I have recently started a tradition of going somewhere new to eat with my husband at least twice a month. This is how I discovered a lot of the places listed above to eat. I am someone who loves to stick to the normal places, but since moving out here I have branched out and changed some. I know, shocking right says the girl who did not try mashed potatoes or any kind of potato really till she was in her mid twenties. If you ever find yourself in Raleigh, North Carolina I hope this list helps you in deciding what to do, where to go and where to go to fill your belly full. This town is nestled in between the mountains and the ocean. The ocean is a good two hours from Raleigh. Depending upon where you want to go for the mountains they are three to several hours away. Therefore it seems like the perfect city as you have the best of both worlds within a two to three hours away. Raleigh has some of the best sunsets and sunrises I have ever seen, so make sure to check those out as well.

Stay tuned this week to learn about some other guest bloggers hometowns. I have just a couple lined up and then I will tell you about my husbands hometown in interview style (oh how he will love that). I will also have how to pack for a cruise as I was traveling for the holidays and seeing family. See you soon.

Xoxo,

Ariel

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52 comments
  1. Interesting places to see and do as well some great places to eat.

    1. I definitely think so. Thank you for the feedback.

  2. Looks like such a pretty place. That is one place that is not so far that I have to one day explore. I mean, it is really just right there. A few hours of driving and boom. One day God willing!

    1. I think it is, but I live here so I am pretty partial to it. I hope you do visit one day. I love driving places that are close to here just to explore them.

  3. Wow those pictures look like they just came out of a calendar or something! Truly beautiful and just wow

    1. Thank you for your kind words, I really appreciate them. I believe it is a really pretty place to visit, but then again I am pretty partial to it because I live here.

  4. North Carolina is one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited. Such gorgeous landscapes and the trees! oh my gosh so gorgeous to this desert gal!

    xoxox Christie

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    1. Thank you for your wonderful feedback. I was amazed at how much greenery there is here. I am from Kansas but I swear this place has so much more greenery.

  5. I have not been to North Carolina but loved how you have highlighted things to do and explore there especially that barn and steakhouse.

    1. Thank you very much! The Angus Barn is amazing! If you ever find yourself near Raleigh, I definitely suggest it.

  6. So many things to do. It’s been such a long time since I’ve been to Raleigh this makes me want to go back and explore.

    1. There definitely are! I still have so much more I want to explore in this city. I hope one day you do get to go back. Thank you for your great feedback!

  7. I love the place! And the pictures are amazing! I hope I could visit this place one day!

    1. Thank you! It’s definitely very pretty here. I hope you do get to come visit one day!

  8. the town looked serene and beautiful. Your firsthand experience is surely going to help anybody willing to visit Raleigh.

    1. Thank you very much, I really appreciate the great feedback! The town is very beautiful with all the greenery!

  9. What a great review of these restaurants and attractions, I hope to visit Raleigh someday and try some of them myself!

    1. Thank you so much! I hope you get to visit Raleigh one day! It’s definitely a beautiful town, even if you just drive through it.

  10. Thank you for mentioning several food places! haha. I absolutely have to have food recommendations for new places 🙂 I honestly do not know anyone from North Carolina so had no idea what it looked like! It is really beautiful and so serene! It is definitely a welcome difference from Vegas!

    1. You are welcome! I know there are a lot of foodies out there. I hope you can make it to North Carolina one day, it’s definitely a lot different from Vegas. Lots of greenery!

  11. wow! whats an awesome and amazing place. Raleigh seems so perfect and peaceful, my kind of place for vacation, body of water, forest but no hill. lovely place, awesome and breathtaking pictures.

    1. It really is a wonderful place! Thank you for the wonderful feedback. I really appreciate it!

  12. Wow this sounds like a amazing place
    .. i really loved reading your post ..it makes me want to travel to Raleigh … Thanks for sharing this lovely information

    1. You are very welcome. Thank you for the great feedback. I hope you get to go here one day.

  13. I had no idea there was so much to do in Raleigh. I think the state park would be my first stop. Loved this post. Very informative.

    1. Thank you so much for the great feedback. It’s definitely a beautiful place, I hope you get to make it to Raleigh one day.

  14. Wow the first picture looks so epic and so pretty. I spend most of my time in the city so i would love to take a break in a lovely place like Raleigh!

    1. Thank you very much! I really appreciate your great feedback. It’s an amazing place to go for sure! I hope you get to make it to Raleigh one day.

  15. I am from NC as well! I am from the Asheville area. I love the idea of doing a hometown post with all your favorite spots. What a great and unique holiday post. 🙂

    1. That’s amazing! I’ve been there a couple times but I would love to go to the Biltmore! Thank you so much for your great feedback. I really appreciate it.

  16. We have friends in N.C! Unfortunately, have never been, but I really want to. It looks like a fabulous vacation destination!

    1. That’s amazing! I hope you get to make it out here one day. North Carolina is full of things to do and see! Definitely a wonderful vacation destination.

  17. What a lovely place! I have never been to North Carolina and it was interesting to read about Raleigh. I am really enjoying your hometown series, there is so much to learn about different cities and cultures.

    1. Thank you so much! I really appreciate your kind words! I love doing the hometown series to let people get a feel for others hometowns and where they live. There’s nothing like a local giving you pointers! I hope you get to make it to North Carolina one day, it’s definitely beautiful!

  18. Oh wow your hometown looks absolutely gorgeous! I am loving each of these pictures. It looks so relaxing and peaceful there. I hope you had a great trip home!

    1. Thank you very much! I really appreciate it. Raleigh is definitely gorgeous, there is so much greenery and that’s what I love about it. Definitely peaceful!

  19. That is so beautiful. One of the best things about living in the south is that there is nature so close to home. I can walk out of my door and can walk a few feet away to be in it.

    1. This is definitely so very true! There is so much greenery and that’s what I love about it! Thank you for the great feedback!

  20. Thank you for sharing. I hope some day I will be able to visit the USA and the places you described.

    1. You are welcome! I hope you do as well. There are so many wonderful places to go in the US.

  21. So beautiful landscapes. Falls Lake looks breathtaking. I love being surrounded by water so I would spend lots of time there.

    1. Thank you very much! Falls Lake is definitely one of my favorite places to go for its beauty! I’m amazed each time I go back.

  22. Your blog tagline fits well on a traveler, ‘explore the world while finding yourself.’ This is true that while traveling we not only experience new cultures, new places but we discover ourselves as well in those situations.

    1. Thank you, I really appreciate that. I definitely believe what you said whole heartedly. I travel not only to explore but to find myself and how I fit in with this world.

  23. Beautiful pictures on your post. Looks like a very beautiful place

    1. Thank you. I really appreciate that. It is a wonderful place, so much greenery!

  24. This is a great round-up! My husband travels to Raleigh often and we were planning to accompany him next spring so this is very timely.

    1. Thank you! I really appreciate that, that’s so neat he comes here for work quite often. It truly is a wonderful city, I hope you do come with him.

  25. Always heard great things about this place. Thanks for sharing those beautiful pictures,

    1. This place definitely is amazing. Hope you get to visit one day. You are welcome, thank you for your kind words! I truly appreciate it.

  26. It looks like such a pretty place. You have beautiful pictures.

    1. It is a beautiful place, I’m lucky to live here. Thank you very much, I appreciate your kind words.

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