North Carolina’s "Research Triangle" includes 16 counties, but three cities—Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill—form the main points. It’s a university and research dominated region with rich historical and cultural traditions, as well as beautiful green spaces. Visit during the spring or fall for ideal temperatures. To illustrate just how beautiful it is, I packed my bag, grabbed my camera, and put together this guide. Follow along as you explore the North Carolina Research Triangle’s three corners—and much more.
Raleigh is one of the fastest growing cities in the United States, and North Carolina’s second largest (behind Charlotte). Start with a delicious meal downtown at Big Ed’s City Market before embarking on a nice day of digging into the city’s solid collection of museums. Soon after arriving in the “City of Oaks,” you’ll easily see that Raleigh has many great public parks and green spaces. Walk around and relax at the JC Raulston Arboretum, which is carefully curated and administered by N.C. State University. Cyclists and walkers will also love the Neuse River Greenway trail and the North Carolina Museum of Art Park (also known as the Ann and Jim Goodnight Museum Park). Also, William B. Umstead State Park is one of America’s finest urban parks, and a perfect place for a hike and a picnic.