Location & Lodging
Best Western Inn and Suites: US 1/64 at Walnut Street, Cary. 919-481-1200. Special discounts for NC State University Affiliates. 5 miles from the CVM.
Candlewood Suites Raleigh-Cary: 1020 Buck Jones Road, Raleigh. 919-468-4222. Special discounts for NC State University affiliates. 2.7 miles from the CVM. Cooperative deals with Enterprise Rent A Car. Pet friendly.
Candlewood Suites Raleigh-Crabtree: 4433 Lead Mine Road, Raleigh. 919-789-4840. Special discounts for NC State University affiliates. 4.6 miles from the CVM. Pet friendly.
Comfort Suites Arena: 1200 Hurricane Alley, Raleigh. 919-854-0502. Special discounts for NC State University affiliates.1.4 miles from the CVM.
Courtyard Raleigh Crabtree Valley: 3908 Arrow Drive, Raleigh. 919-782-6868. Special discounts for NC State University affiliates. 4.1 miles from the CVM
Days Inn-Cary: 1716 Walnut Street, Cary. 919-481-4011. Special discounts for NC State University affiliates. 4.6 miles from the CVM.
DoubleTree Brownstone Hotel and Conference Center: 1707 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh. 919-828-0811. Ask for "Vet School rate." 2.7 miles from the CVM.
Extended Stay America - North Raleigh: 911 Wake Towne Drive, Raleigh, NC. 7.6 mi away.
Extended Stay America - Cary/Regency Parkway: 1500 Regency Parkway, Cary, NC. 8.3 mi away.
Extended Stay Deluxe - Cary/Regency Parkway: 3100 Regency Parkway, Cary, NC. 8.9 mi away.
Homestead Studio Suites - Raleigh/Crabtree Valley: 4810 Bluestone Drive, Raleigh, NC. 6.3 mi away.
All locations offer special discounts for NC State University affiliates, and the discounts increase as the stay extends. The hotels are designed for longer stays and have fully-equipped kitchens. All locations are pet-friendly. Use discount code EANCS
Fairfield Inn & Suites Crabtree: 2201 Summit Park Lane, Raleigh. 919-881-9800. Special discounts for NC State University affiliates. 4.0 miles from the CVM. Pet friendly.
- Hampton Inn
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites: 5630 Dillard Drive, Cary. 919-851-1220. 4.9 miles from the CVM.
Marriott Crabtree Valley : 4500 Marriott Drive · Raleigh, North Carolina 27612 USA. 919-781-7000. 5 miles from CVM
Marriott City Center : 500 Fayetteville Street · Raleigh, North Carolina 27601. 919-833-1120. 5.6 miles from CVM
Ramada Inn-Blue Ridge: 1520 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh. 919-832-4100. Special discounts for NC State University affiliates. .1 miles from the CVM. Pet Friendly
Residence Inn Crabtree: 2200 Summit Park Lane, Raleigh. 919-279-3000. Special discounts for NC State University affiliates. 3.8 miles from the CVM. Pet friendly.
Residence Inn Midtown: 1000 Navaho Drive, Raleigh. 919-878-6100. Special discounts for NC State University affiliates. 7.6 miles from the CVM. Pet friendly.
Sheraton Imperial Hotel & Convention Center: 4700 Emperor Blvd, Research Triangle Park. 919-941-5050. Site of NC Veterinary Conference, Rodent Pathology Symposium, Rehab & PT Symposium. Special rates for those conferences. 10.2 miles from the CVM. Pet friendly.
Staybridge Suites Raleigh-Durham Airport: 1012 Airport Road, Morrisville. 919-468-0180. Special discounts for NC State University affiliates. 8.5 miles from the CVM. Pet friendly.
Studio Plus: 3100 Regency Parkway, Cary. 919-460-1161. 8.6 miles from the CVM.
Wingate by Wyndham State Arena Raleigh/Cary : 6115 Corporate Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC 27607. 919-809-8660. 2.7 miles from the CVM. On Line reservations with NC State discount: http://www.wingateinns.com/hotels/hotel-overview?propId=WG21116&rate_code=LKVM
- African American Cultural Complex: A unique collection of contributions made by African Americans toward the development of North Carolina and America. Innovations in science, business, politics, medicine, sports, and the arts are included.
- Artspace: Nonprofit visual arts center located in downtown Raleigh, dedicated to presenting quality exhibitions and educational programs within an open-studio environment. Over 30 artists working in studios; exhibitions; art talks; film nights; poetry readings; and arts education programs including lectures, tours, outreach and classes.
- Capital Area Visitor Center: The Center serves as an information/rest center for visitors to Raleigh's state-owned cultural and historic attractions. The staff provides free brochures, maps and a slide presentation about Raleigh and can schedule tours of area attractions with advance notice.
- JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University: Features more than 5,000 trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals in an eight-acre, internationally recognized garden. Unique spaces and collections include a stunning 450-foot-long perennial border, magnolias, conifers and brilliantly colored annuals, with a formal garden crafted around the color white.
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Gardens: A colorful variety of trees and flowering plants encircle a life-sized bronze statue of dr. King. A 12-ton granite water monument honor other notable pioneers in the civil rights movement. The only public park in the United States devoted to the civil rights movement.
- NC State University Solar House/NC Solar Center: Constructed by the College of Engineering, the solar house serves as a demonstration and research facility and is the headquarters for the information and education activities the NC Solar Center.
- North Carolina Museum of Art: Paintings and sculpture representing more than 5,000 years of artistic heritage from ancient Egypt to the present. Several changing exhibits each year. Concerts, films, lectures, workshops and family festivals, outdoor performances and films in the landmark Museum Park.
- North Carolina Museum of History: Explore compelling exhibits that capture the spirit of North Carolina and its people. Long-term exhibits highlight the state's Civil War days, healing systems, and NC Sports Hall of Fame. The museum also offers a multitude of short-term and travelling exhibits. Special programs include dramatic presentations, craft demonstrations, and family events.
- North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences: The Southeast's largest natural history museum offers four floors of exhibits, live animals, a store and Acro Café. Highlights include Willo, the first dinosaur with a fossilized heart, a two-story waterfall and the Living Conservatory buzzing with hummingbirds and butterflies.
- North Carolina Railroad Museum: This museum is maintained by volunteers and is open for self-guided tours. On the first Sunday of each month (May - December), visitors may take an eight-mile train trip in open cars and cabooses.
- North Carolina State Capitol: Built between 1833 and 1840, this National Historic Landmark is one of the best-preserved examples of a civic building in the Greek Revival style. From 1840-1888, it housed the three branches of state government. Currently, the governor maintains an office on the first floor. The restored legislative chambers, state library and geologist's office are open to the public.
- North Carolina State Fairgrounds: There is always something fun going on at the Fairgrounds! And in October, there is the State Fair itself. Approximately 700,000 people attend the NC State Fair each year, making it the largest annual event in North Carolina. The 10-day fair features livestock, agricultural, arts and cultural exhibits, an amusement midway and nightly nationally acclaimed musical performances. Every weekend other than fair time, the NC State Flea Market is held at the Fairgrounds.
- North Carolina State Legislative Building: Home of the NC General Assembly, the building is unique because it is devoted solely to the legislative branch of state government. Throughout the building, provisions are made for easy public access and observation of the legislative process.
- PLAYSPACE Children's Museum: A children's museum providing creative, educational, experiences for young children (six months to seven years) and their adult caregivers. PLAYSPACE offers a child-size grocery store, hospital, café, puppet theater, water area, costumes/stage, computers, an infant area and more.
- Raleigh City Museum: Featuring exhibits that change periodically and focus on the history of the city, the museum is housed in the historic Briggs Building, built in 1874 as a hardware store. The building retains many of its original features, including the tin ceiling in the museum gallery.
- Raleigh Metro Parks
- Raleigh Visitors' Guide
- Ray Price Legends of Harley Drag Racing Museum: The only Harley-Davidson drag racing museum in the world, located on the second floor of one of the largest Harley dealerships in the U.S. The newly-expanded showroom is the home of the world-famous drag racing champion Ray Price.
- Research Triangle Park: The largest research park in the world, home to over 100 research and development organizations such as IBM, Cisco Systems, RTI International and GlaxoSmithKline and many others.
- Saint Augustine's College Historic Chapel: Students built this Norman Gothic-style chapel in 1896 under the direction of Rev. Henry Beard Delany. The chapel houses the bishop's chair, a memorial of Delany's consecration as the first Africa-American American Episcopal Bishop in North Carolina.
- Saint Mary's School: Founded in 1842, Saint Mary's is an Episcopal college preparatory boarding and day school for girls in grades 9-12. The 25-acre campus in the heart of Raleigh is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and four of the school's 25 buildings are Raleigh historic sites. St. Mary's Chapel, a striking neo-gothic structure that dates back to 1856, also is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
- Umstead State Park: Tucked between the growing cities of Raleigh, Cary, Durham and the corporate world of Research Triangle Park is an oasis of tranquility, a peaceful haven-William B. Umstead State Park.
Entertainment Venues/Performing Arts/Galleries
- ALLTEL Pavilion at Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
- The Amphitheatre at Regency Park
- Arts NC State: NC State University's many cultural offerings include first-rate drama, musical and dance performances, as well as several art exhibits annually.
- Broadway Series South: Presenting the very best in touring Broadway shows, along with selected off-Broadway productions. Performances at the BTI Center for the Performing Arts.
- BTI Center for the Performing Arts
- Burning Coal Theatre Company: Professional theater mixes the area's best talent with tomorrow's stars from New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, etc. to produce gritty, explosive new versions of classics, modern classics and new plays.
- Carolina Ballet: The Triangle's professional ballet company features collaborations with the NC Symphony and Raleigh Oratorio Society.
- Fletcher Opera Institute: Fully staged opera with orchestra.
- Municipal Building Art Exhibitions: The City of Raleigh Arts commission hosts an exhibition series featuring works produced or collected by artists living, working or exhibiting locally.
- North Carolina Symphony: Based in Raleigh, the Symphony performs approximately 185 concerts each year, frequently with international guest artists.
- North Carolina Theatre: The North Carolina Theatre, the state's largest regional professional musical production company, is proud to present amazing Broadway shows.
- Opera Company of North Carolina: The OCNC has won accolades for it uncompromising professional standards, internationally renowned casts and sold-out performances.
- Pinecone: Presenting traditional music and dance programs year-round.
- Raleigh Ensemble Players Theatre Company: REP is a professional theatre company entering its 22nd season. The "granddaddy of alternative theatre in the Triangle" uses local and guest artists to produce contemporary theatre experiences at Artspace in downtown Raleigh's City Market.
- Raleigh Little Theatre: Named "Best Theatre Organization in the Triangle" and "Best Children's Theatre Program" by Spectator magazine. Features 11 comedy, musical and dramatic productions annually.
- RaleighNOW!: A website for all things cultural.
- Raleigh Symphony Orchestra: In its 23rd year, RSO offers classical and family concerts performed at Meymandi Concert Hall. Community outreach includes pops concerts, ensemble performances and music education programs.
- RBC Center
- Theatre in the Park: Internationally acclaimed for its annual original musical production of A Christmas Carol, TIP features renowned actor, director and playwright Ira David Wood III. In addition to five major annual productions, studio productions, youth workshops and adult classes are offered.
- Visual Art Exchange: Since 1980, Visual Art Exchange has provided visual artists of all levels opportunities to exhibit and sell their work. This gallery is located in City Market and hosts a variety of group exhibits annually. VAE also provides free educational programs to help educate its members and the public about the importance of art in the community.
Sports & Recreation
- Carolina Courage: WUSA Soccer Team
- Carolina Hurricanes: NHL Hockey Team
- Carolina Mudcats: Class AA Southern League Baseball Team
- City of Raleigh Parks & Recreation Department
- Wake County Parks & Recreation Department
- Wake County Speedway: stock-car racing
Attractions Elsewhere in NC
- Airborne and Special Operations Museum: (Fayetteville) Features the history of U.S. Airborne and Special Operation Units from WWII to the present. Opened in August 2000, the $22.5-million museum is a partnership between the military, public and private sectors.
- Biltmore Estate: (Asheville) Discover a destination where life is enriched with memorable experiences. Visit a 250-room French château filled with works of art and antiques. Explore acres of spectacular gardens, and taste vintages crafted at an award-winning winery. Soak up sunshine with outdoor activities, then relax at an exclusive inn renowned for its hospitality.
- Carolina Horse Park: North Carolina's Premier Equestrian Center for National and International Competitions.
- Duke University Chapel: (Durham)
- Durham: Visitor's Guide
- Durham Bulls baseball
- Home of American Golf: The Southern Pines/Pinehurst/Aberdeen area is world-renowned for its first-class golf courses.
- Lowe's Motor Speedway: In Charlotte. This track is home to NASCAR Winston Cup® racing.
- Morehead Planetarium and Science Center: (Chapel Hill) At Morehead Planetarium and Science Center you can experience dazzling multimedia star shows, varied exhibits, year-round programming for all ages and stellar shopping at the Infinity Gift Shop.
- North Carolina Speedway "The Rock": Home of NASCAR Busch® and NEXTEL® Series races.
- Pinehurst: Pinehurst Resort is a place of timeless golf traditions and incomparable experiences - and it's yours to explore. We invite you to take a closer look as we detail our superior service, world-class accommodations and renowned amenities. We know you'll understand why, once you've seen it for yourself: Nothing Compares to Pinehurst.
- North Carolina.com: Plan all of your NC travel needs!
- North Carolina Zoological Park: (Asheboro)
- North Carolina Mountains
- North Carolina State Parks
- Official Website for the State of North Carolina
- The Outer Banks of North Carolina
- Sarah P. Duke Memorial Gardens: (Durham)