Explore the Great City of Raleigh in a Cheap and Reliable Car Rental
Raleigh is the capital of North Carolina and a city famed for its majestic oak trees and, alongside Durham and Chapel Hill, its inclusion in the “Research Triangle” metropolitan area. Located in a beautiful part of the country, Raleigh is only a few hours' drive from either the Blue Ridge mountains to the west or the Atlantic Ocean to the east. Be sure to use VroomVroomVroom and arrange a car rental if you're traveling to Raleigh, as an afternoon drive for sight-seeing might just lead to a mountain hike or a long walk along the beach!
In the 21st century, Raleigh has been mentioned by a number of “Top 10 Lists,” including Money Magazine, Forbes and MSNBC, as a city with high quality of life and a great business climate. Raleigh is home to two amazing museums, so if you have some free time, drive your rental vehicle over and visit the Museum of Natural Sciences or the North Carolina Museum of Art.
Famous Americans born in Raleigh include “American Idol” singer Clay Aiken and actors Michael C. Hall and Evan Rachel Wood. The Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League play their home games at PNC Arena in Raleigh, and in 2006 won the Stanley Cup – the first and only pro sports title in North Carolina history.
Raleigh became the capital of its state for an unusual reason after the American Revolutionary War. The British Army had laid siege to former North Carolina capital New Bern – a port city close to the ocean – and Raleigh was chosen because its location farther inland made it harder to attack! The city's name honors early North Carolina colonist Sir Walter Raleigh.
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Driving tips in Raleigh
Finding a car rental company at Raleigh-Durham International is easy, with eight companies operating offices on the airport grounds, including Alamo, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz and National. Courtesy shuttles pick up passengers outside baggage claim at Terminal 1, or the lower level of Terminal 2. Just look for the green Rental Car shuttle stops!
Once you've picked up your car rental, why not take it out for a little adventure? Umstead State Park is just a short drive away in your affordable rental car, located in between the airport and downtown Raleigh. This is a great place to run while you're in Raleigh, with over 32 miles of biking, hiking and horse trails. It also has camp sites! Just make sure you pick out an SUV or a large car rental, because with plenty of room for your tent and supplies, you can have an awesome camping trip in Raleigh!
Here are some more interesting things to do in Raleigh
Raleigh in North Carolina which enjoys a second name of the 'City of Oaks' is a vibrant mix of old fashioned charm and modern day sophistication, with tree lined avenues and a trendy atmosphere. The top 5 things to do in Raleigh are:
Looking for a great day and night on the town? Drive your rental car over to Glenwood South District in Raleigh where you can spend the day shopping and walking around on the main strip until the sun goes down. Then the Glenwood South District offers nightlife filled with great music, liveliness, bars to hop in and out of, and lots of places to chow down and enjoy the night air!
Do you love fine dining? Take a drive over to Raleigh and take the Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tour! You'll get to experience North Carolina's most scrumptious and distinctive eateries while also getting the chance to chat with owners and chefs!
Drive your rental car to the Bud Light Downtown Live in Moore Square Park and relax in the park on the corner of Blount and Martin Street and listen some of the worlds top recording artists. This is a great event for the whole family during this summer vacation!
5 Things You Must Do in Raleigh
1. Museum of History. Visit the Museum of History with is exciting exhibits, some long term, such as the Ports Hall of Fame and others such as a history of Carbine Williams, the famous weapon inventor. Other exhibits change frequently. Not to be missed for its diversity of exhibitions.
2.Dr. Martin Luther King Statue. Take in the splendid statue dedicated to Dr Martin Luther King at the Memorial gardens of his name, which is the only park in the US that is devoted wholly to the civil rights movement. A real thought provoking experience that will not fail to impress.
3. Oakwood. Sample strolling in historic Oakwood, an area packed with homes erected between 1870 and around 1910. This area also has a wealth of tree lined streets and excellent facilities.
4.Farmers Market. Try out the Farmers Market on Agriculture Street with around 75 acres of both indoor and outdoor kiosks, shops and cafes. Enjoy the hustle and bustle, whilst lingering over a coffee or sample the fruit, vegetables and local produce on sale. You will find it hard to find fresher!
5. African American Complex. Check out the African American Complex at Sunnybank Road to gain a real understanding of how African Americans have helped shape the United States in terms of its culture, politics and indeed every aspect of American life.