Downtown is particularly full of things to do, see and hear.
It gets hot in the summer so start with a cold beer. Trust me, whatever your favorite brew, you will find it at Raleigh Beer Garden, where they claim to have the world's largest selection of draft beers; 135 at last count. Good bar food, too.
|Pedicabs dropped us off at DECO.|
|A truly Contemporary Art Museum.|
|The huge spaces at CAM are perfect for contemporary art.|
Tip: Use the elevator to go from ground floor to second.
Art Space, a re-purposed 1911 livery and car dealership. Painters, fabric artists, sculptors, woodworkers, jewelers and potters find studio and exhibit space here while locals enjoy the classrooms for lessons.
Tip: There is an elevator here, too.
|DECO's "parklet" with the only bench downtown.|
North Carolina Symphony fills concert halls all over the state, but if they are home in the handsome concert hall downtown, take advantage of it and catch a performance.
Holly Aiken's clever designer handbags, Cold off the Press Juice and Raleigh Denim's high-end ($300-plus) custom handmade jeans.
Satisfy your sweet tooth at Videri Chocolate Factory, where Sam and Chris Ratto turned their dream into a delicious array of all tings chocolate.
Beyond downtown is the must-see North Carolina Museum of Art. Situated amid a 164-acre park with sculpture, a theater and a separate building for special exhibits, it can easily entertain you for a day's outing.
Iris, the museum's excellent restaurant.
|You won't go wrong ordering Moroccan fare at Babylon.|
|Even the ceilings are works of art at Babylon.|
|The Umstead Resort offers idyllic settings and view-worthy art.|
Next: Chapel Hill.