Welcome to Fifty Grande’s Best of the U.S. Bucket List series. This is your one-stop travel guide to the best, most unique and quintessential experiences of a city, state or event. Want to know how to “do” Raleigh? We’ve got you covered. Curated by experts, vetted by in-the-know locals, this is all you need to have the best trip ever. If we’ve written a Bucket List, we recommend you go. If it’s on this list, it’s the best the city has to offer right now. Consider this your one-stop answer to “What are the best things to do in Raleigh?”
Dare you to find where the most diehard fanbases of Clay Aiken, Corrosion of Conformity and Ryan Adams intersect. There’s only one possible place: their shared hometown, Raleigh. You never know quite what to expect from this city. It’s eclectic — multifaceted in the best possible way. Is it traditional or trendy? Chill or energetic? A food town or an art town? All of the above. And despite an 18% population boom in the last decade, Raleigh hasn’t lost its small-town charm, that “come on in” attitude. No wonder you want to visit. And to help you make the most of it, here’s a to-do list of places that locals savor and visitors envy.