An introduction to North Carolina's state capital
Located in the center of North Carolina, Raleigh has served as a government center for over 220 years. Its capitol building is a National Historic Landmark and the churches surrounding it provide a rich history of its earliest years. Besides being a city of government, Raleigh is a college town, a thriving arts and cultural destination, and a city of parks & recreation. Raleigh 101 covers a 6 block walking tour that will introduce you to the city's oldest historic sites and homes, as well as helping you to understand why Raleigh is consistently described as one of the "Best Places to Live" in the USA.
Meet at the State Capitol Building. Tour the grounds and learn about Raleigh's 200+ year history as a planned state capital. View its original city limits from all four directions, touring its main commercial street to the south and its state government center to the north, including the NC Museum of History, the NC Museum of Natural Sciences and the Legislative Building. The tour ends on Blount Street at the 1891 Executive Mansion and showcases other beautiful Victorian homes surrounding it.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Tours will begin at the State Capitol on the east side which is Wilmington Street at New Bern Ave.
End location: We will end the tour at the same site as we began.
Duration: 2 hours
Walking tours cover a 6 block area. In case of rain, we have a free bus system that we can use. I have a 4-door Lexus that could accommodate 4 passengers, but would only use for tours of 4 hours or more.
I can accompany you into museums and historic sites and point you to the important exhibits which is especially useful if you are on a tight schedule. I will also provide you with restaurant suggestions and other sites to visit in the area that are not included in the walking tour.
Our state museums are free of charge, but special exhibits such as The Dead Sea Scrolls or The Rembrandt exhibit require payments. All of the local historic house museums charge an entrance fee.
I prefer to conduct walking tours, meeting you at a specified Raleigh landmark. I can help arrange visits to museums and galleries, but I cannot conduct tours within the museums. Most sites are free of charge, but special exhibits can incur costs.
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A great way to "get your feet on the ground" in a new city. Informative, casual, well-paced. By request, we ended up at a restaurant that advertised "local foods"....enjoyed the entire experience.