Delta, Southwest, United and US Airways offer nonstop service to Raleigh from the Washington-area airports.
WHERE TO STAY
Holiday Inn Raleigh
320 Hillsborough St.
Located in the Capital District, within walking distance of downtown attractions and restaurants. Fitness center and sky-high restaurant on-site. Rates from $98 a night.
WHERE TO EAT
428 S. Dawson St.
Popular vegan restaurant (seriously, there’s a wait on weekends) with meatless takes on fried chicken, pulled pork and sushi. Entrees from $10.
Troy Mezze Lounge and Bar
315 Blake St.
Turkish restaurant in the historic City Market. Specialities include Turkish pizza, clay-pot entrees and kebabs. Main dishes from $9.
WHAT TO DO
North Carolina Museum of History
5 E. Edenton St.
Open Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Free.
North Carolina Museum of
11 W. Jones St.
Open Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m; and until 9 p.m. on First Friday. The Nature Research Center keeps the same hours except it closes at 9 p.m. on Thursday. Free.
City of Raleigh Museum
220 Fayetteville St.
Open Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. $5.