3 Hours 3 Days: Take A Trip To Raleigh

Jonathan highlights some fun spots to take a mini vacation this summer.

Normally Jonathan shows you a quick and affordable getaway ‘away’ from the big city action. But, today we’re mixing the itinerary up a bit and going on an urban adventure. We’re trading highway traffic for the train tracks as we journey to the Capitol of North Carolina.

Day 1
Kick your trip off with an “art walk using your feet and your fingertips, exploring Downtown Raleigh’s Public Art.

  • Using an interactive map on your phone, go on this self-guided tour where you’re sure to be amazed by the more than 100 murals that wrap around the city’s buildings old and new. The walking tour will take you through the city’s Warehouse District.
  • While you’re there make a pit stop, seriously make a stop at The Pit Barbecue Restaurant. Make no bones about it, Pit’s is an institution in the barbecue world – and it hasn’t lost its favor. They have been featured by Zagat, The Food Network Magazine, and even Men’s Health just to name a few.

Day 2
While Raleigh is the 42nd largest city in the United States, the City of Oaks is far from a concrete jungle. And they have the parks to prove it.

  • Visit the Ann and Jim Goodnight Museum Park – it’s home to the Iconic trio of Gyre rings. This 164-acre park and trail system in the ultimate intersection of art and nature.
  • As the sun goes down, the ‘city’ wakes up. Once a month, the night lights showcase Raleigh’s creativity on the cobblestone streets of historic City Market. Find locally-made goods and enjoy a night filled with music and entertainment with area artisans, food, and drinks.

Day 3
​Leave Raleigh on your final day, and explore the other two ‘points’ or cities of the Triangle.

  • In Durham, the Museum of Life and Science is back open and thrilled to guide the kiddos through their Dinosaur Trail and real-life Farmyard.
  • Over in Chapel Hill, walk down a memory of lane paved with hardwood at the renowned Carolina Basketball Museum – a Tarheel fan’s paradise.

Know Before You Go:

  • At last check, the Basketball Museum remains closed, but could soon reopen when UNC-Chapel Hill students return to campus next month.
  • And for those in need of a little retail therapy, each weekend the State Fairground in Raleigh is home to one the largest flea markets in the Southeast. Last weekend, the opened up shop for the first since the pandemic started. They’ll be open on the weekends to come too.
  • And finally, while riding the train does offer a more unique experience, you can also fly to from Charlotte (CLT) to Raleigh (RDU) with little hassle. A direct flight typically lasts an hour, and I’ve found round-trip fares for as low as 85-dollars. Check with websites of your carrier and airport to find how they are keeping travelers safe.