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Enjoy a cultural break in Raleigh, North Carolina

Leafy Raleigh is the state capital of North Carolina. There is a diverse range of activities to see and so much to do here, on your well-earned vacation. Known as the City of Oaks, Raleigh is renowned for its wide, tree-lined streets, educational and cultural centers, and its many diverse neighborhoods. Whether you choose to stay in historic Old Raleigh or lively midtown, booking one of the Raleigh vacation rentals gives you a VIP pass to a wealth of family-friendly attractions right on your doorstep

Things to do

Culture, museums, and history in Raleigh

Book Raleigh vacation rentals to enjoy some of North Carolina’s most popular visitor attractions. Catch the culture of the Carolinas in the various museums, galleries, and cultural attractions. Raleigh is home to the renowned North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, which hosts a huge variety of exhibits, from historical artifacts to an arthropod zoo, and even an aquarium! The North Carolina Museum of Art displays its impressive collection of large, modernist sculptures over the museum’s many acres, and also holds regular special exhibitions, which are always worth checking out.


See the sights in style in Raleigh

Raleigh boasts numerous exciting tours that offer a fun and memorable way to get to grips with the sights and sounds of the city. Larger groups of adults can book a trolley pub tour—a bar on wheels you propel around town with pedal power! For more fun ways to see the city, sign up for a Segway tour, or hire a Raleigh rickshaw to sit back and relax while you are whisked away to the local landmarks. For indoor family-friendly fun, head to Frankie’s Fun Park for mini-golf, a gaming arcade, and other amazing activities.


Whatever the season, Raleigh has something to offer

Like the rest of North Carolina, the weather in Raleigh is generally mild. Winters are short, and cold weather is reasonably rare. April is generally the driest month to book Raleigh vacation rentals, and while humidity increases toward the height of summer, all seasons take an even share of the city’s rainfall. Raleigh can get warm in the summer, with July having an average temperature of 80°F in the daytime, but the wide range of parks and outdoor activities mean you have plenty of reasons to step outdoors and enjoy the sunshine.

Natural features

Be sure to explore Raleigh’s beautiful parks

The city planners who designed Raleigh were at the top of their game when they created the magnificent parks here. Pullen Park, in particular, is a local favorite: a family-friendly spot with fantastic flora and fauna, as well as a popular amusement park and plenty of children’s playgrounds. Shelley Lake Park is the perfect place for a romantic evening walk, with a 2.2-mile trail that’s perfect for strolling around the lake, while Blue Jay Point County Park is excellent for day trippers looking to step out of the city and get back to nature for a while.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Raleigh

Fly into Raleigh, NC (RDU-Raleigh - Durham Intl.), the closest airport, located 10.7 mi (17.3 km) from the city center.

If you're traveling by train, Raleigh Station, North Carolina State Fair Station and North Carolina State Fair Station are the main stations in the area.

Where to stay around Raleigh?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 189 vacation rentals near Raleigh. From 113 Houses to 34 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Raleigh for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Raleigh?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Raleigh:

  • Downtown: 31 vacation rentals
  • Southwest Raleigh: 47 vacation rentals
  • Glenwood South: 16 vacation rentals
  • Downtown: 31 vacation rentals
  • East Durham: 20 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Raleigh?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Raleigh. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Raleigh Convention Center: 166 vacation rentals
  • North Carolina Executive Mansion: 167 vacation rentals
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Gardens: 158 vacation rentals
  • North Carolina State University: 208 vacation rentals
  • Lake Wheeler Park: 153 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Raleigh listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Raleigh?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 113 Houses in Raleigh. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Raleigh include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 34 rentals available
  • Cabins: 3 rentals available
  • Townhouses: 27 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cottages and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Raleigh?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 28 vacation rentals with pool available in Raleigh. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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