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Top Choice Museum in Raleigh

North Carolina Museum of Art

The light-filled glass-and-anodized-steel West Building won praise from architecture critics nationwide when it opened in 2010. The fine and wide-ranging collection, with everything from ancient Greek sculptures to …
Museum in Raleigh

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

Whale skeletons hang from the ceiling. Butterflies flutter past your shoulder. Emerald tree boas make you shiver. And swarms of unleashed elementary school children rampage all over the place if you arrive after 10a…
Southern US in Raleigh

Beasley's Chicken + Honey

You'll need to loosen your belt after a meal at this crispy venture from James Beard Award winner and local restaurant maven Ashley Christensen. Inside this airy downtown eatery, fried chicken is the star – on a bis…
Burgers in Raleigh

Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar

The name doesn't lie at this busy eatery in North Hills. Popular with families as well as stylish after-work crowds, this burger-and-sushi joint serves great food in a fun atmosphere. And yes, the sushi and burger m…
Museum in Raleigh

North Carolina Museum of History

This engaging museum is low on tech but high on straightforward information. Artifacts in the Story of North Carolina exhibit include a 3000-year-old canoe, the state's oldest house, dating from 1742, a restored sla…
Pub Food in Raleigh

Raleigh Times

Chase plates of BBQ nachos and PBR-battered fish-n-chips with pints of North Carolina craft brews at this popular downtown pub.
Historic Building in Raleigh

State Capitol

The handsome 1840 state capitol is a fine example of Greek Revival architecture.