Raleigh is more than just the Capital city for the state of North Carolina. It’s a spectacularly blooming Southern metropolis that is full of enriching experiences for its visitors. Portraying the decidedly southern charm, the guests that come to Raleigh leave as friends. If you’re in or around the area and are wondering where you should go, what you should do to get the authentically local experience, here are the top tourist sites to visit:

Neuse River Trail

Raleigh is stunning with untouched a natural beauty. If you’re someone who’s into connecting with nature in a slightly adventurous setting, the Neuse River Trail is the perfect place for you to visit. Kayaking or biking, you can do both as bikes and kayaks are easily available for rent right there on the trail. After you’re done exploring the area you can head on over to the nearby Perry Creek Road that is home to a number of local fast food joints and restaurants to grab a bite.

PNC Arena

Hockey buffs have got to take in a game at the PNC Arena when visiting Raleigh. Tickets are easily available on site, though you can always book them beforehand. The stadium itself is equipped with the state-of-the-art amenities and offers an overall memorable experience. The crowd and energy during the season is intoxicatingly impressive.

North Carolina Museum of Art

One of the top rated activities to do in Raleigh, as voted by the throngs of tourists that make their way there every year, is visiting the North Carolina Museum of Art. Free of charge, visitors can just walk right in and roam around through the permanent collection displayed there or catch any of the exhibitions, performances that take place on a regular basis.

North Carolina Zoo

While there are plenty of attractions to visit within the city walls of Raleigh, there are a number of equally enriching experiences to be gained when you venture out of the city. Visitors can easily take day trips to places 1, 2, or even 4 hours away. A fantastic place to visit, if you are planning a day trip is the North Carolina Zoo. Located in Asheboro, within the Uwharrie Mountains, the Zoo is approximately 1.5 hours away from Raleigh. Maintaining the natural habitat, the Zoo is home to over 1600 animals that roam freely all over the place.

To explore Raleigh and neighboring areas comfortably and in a carefree atmosphere, consider hiring private executive transportation from Blue Diamond Transportation. Our charter bus can take you to the Neuse Trail and back to the shops, or have a car service navigate the throngs of cars on the way over to the arena, you can enjoy Raleigh to the max with the minimum amount of worry or travel stress.