If you have ever listened to the song “Wagon Wheel,” you probably heard the reference to the city of Raleigh. For today’s Simply Carolina we are heading to the capital of North Carolina-Raleigh, complete with history, tourist must-sees, and food.
1: In 1587, Sir Walter Raleigh directed John White to build the “Cittie of Raleigh.”
2: Raleigh was officially named the center of government for the state in 1792.
3: The Native American Iroquoian, Siouan and Algonquian tribes were the first settlers. The land is also the birthplace of Virginia Dare, the first child born to English parents in the new world.
4: Raleigh is home to North Carolina State University, which was founded in 1887.
5: Today, the city is the second biggest in the state.
Places to Visit:
NC State Capitol –Learn a little bit about the history of North Carolina’s government. This building is currently home to the office of the governor- Governor Pat McCrory.
NC Museum of History – Calling all history fans! This is a “don’t miss” stop where you can learn about the history of the Tarheel State.
Walnut Creek Amphitheater- Catch a show or listen to a concert at Raleigh’s amphiteater. A favorite spot to relax and unwind from the day.
NC State University – Anyone else a Wolfpack fan? Visit the campus of NC State University and join the Pack!
Historic Yates Mill County Park- This wildlife park is perfect for a hike or just a picnic by the pond. The park features an 18th century water-powered mill that is still in operation.
Places to Eat:
42nd St. Oyster Bar and Seafood Grill- A perfect place to get some oysters and seafood!
Andy’s Wings and Burgers- Want some down-home comfort food? Visit Andy’s! This restaurant is a great spot, located in the heart of the city.
Carolina Barbecue of Garner – You can’t visit a Southern city without having some delicious BBQ. No matter what’s your BBQ style, one thing is for sure-this place is delicious.
Cappolla’s Pizza and Grill – Grab a slice of pizza and enjoy some Italian food, below the Mason Dixon line!
Baker’s Dozen Donuts – Anyone with a sweet tooth will love this spot! Visitors can feast upon tasty donuts, before touring around the city!