Things to in Raleigh-Durham

Welcome to North Carolina, the southeastern state with everything from Atlantic Ocean beaches to the Appalachian Mountains. The Raleigh-Durham area, also known as the “Triangle”, is known for being the home of the state capital, having gorgeous oak trees and some of the biggest football pride in the east. Step out of Raleigh-Durham airport and into a place where the food is delicious and the locals are friendly.

Check out Vinnie Van GO's guide for the best of what the region has to offer.

Raleigh Annual Events

First Night Raleigh

Every New Year’s Eve, the city comes alive with events celebrating the local arts. Join the huge crowds to take in live performances, children’s activities, and grand finale fireworks at midnight over Raleigh.


Each May, celebrate the transition from spring to summer in the capital with exhibits and performances from more than 170 visual artists and some of the best musicians in the world. This is also a great event for kids, with crafts and children’s performances.

Got to be N.C. Fest

Celebrate farm-life and all things North Carolina with this three-day festival in May with bluegrass music performances, wine tastings, arts and crafts, and antique farm equipment displays.

Raleigh Stadiums

Carter-Finley Stadium

Home of the NC State Wolfpack football team, the Wayne Day Family Field at Carter-Finley Stadium has been entertaining sports fans for the last 50 years.

4600 Trinity Road
Raleigh, NC 27607

Wallace Wade Stadium

This 40,000 person football stadium in Durham is the home field of the Duke Blue Devils. Make sure to take in a game if you’re in the area in season.

Frank Bassett Drive
Durham, NC 27706

Raleigh Landmarks

Historic Yates Mill County Park

This beautiful park is one of the best places for countryside strolls in the area. With the last operating, water-powered gristmill in the county that dates back to the 18th century and breathtaking wildlife, this park is a great place to spend the day.

4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC 27603

Mordecai Historic Park

This historical park hosts interesting tours that reveal Raleigh’s fascinating past. With gorgeous old houses and a 150-year-old chapel, this is the place to visit for history buffs.

1 Mimosa Street
Raleigh, NC 27604

Videri Chocolate Factory

Videri has some of the best chocolate in the area, and a visit this factory will the magic into how its made. There is also a shop where you can pick up souvenirs for loved ones – or stock up your own chocolate supply.

327 W Davie Street
Raleigh, NC 27601

Raleigh Neighborhoods

Several historical landmarks offer their own affordable guided experiences, including Mordecai Historic Park and Historic Yates Mill County Park. To get a glimpse into Raleigh-Durham’s culinary scene, check out Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tours or Triangle Food Tour – they’ll keep you well fed! For groups that are 21+, try Beltline Brew Tours for a guided experience of the local breweries.

Raleigh Restaurants

The Lakewood Restaurant

This restaurant and wholesale bakery supplies the Durham area with the freshest and most delicious muffins. The Lakewood restaurant has an often changing but always delicious American menu.

2022 Chapel Hill Road
Durham, NC 27707

Rose’s Meat Market and Sweet Shop

This bakery and butcher shop is beloved by locals for its fresh and delicious fare. Rose’s has a small menu, but has some of the best ramen in town.

121 N Gregson Street
Durham, NC 27701

M Kokko

Did somebody say chicken? M Kokko is discreetly located next to its sister sushi restaurant, and serves up Asian-style chicken dishes. Try the Korean fried chicken wings – they’re Vinnie’s favorite!

311 Holland Street b
Durham, NC 27701

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