North Carolina’s capital city brims with Southern charm and adventure. The city’s colorful history includes how its location was originally chosen for its proximity to Hunter’s Tavern — a favorite watering hole for its then-state legislators. Today, it’s a great destination for music, festivals, food and outdoor pursuits.
History & Culture: Dating to 1792, Raleigh boasts many historic structures, including the Pope House Museum built in 1901; the Joel Lane Museum House and Gardens; the Andrew Johnson Birthplace; and the North Carolina Railroad Museum & New Hope Valley Railway, with a collection of antique equipment. Enjoy one of the many annual festivals, which range from Meet in the Street Festival and the Apex Latino Arts and Culinary Festival, to Raleigh’s International Food Festival.
Culinary: Raleigh’s food truck culture is hot, with close to 100 regular trucks serving the downtown city and popular venues. A few to look for: The Humble Pig for smoky barbecue; Cousins Maine Lobster for all lobster tots, lobster quesadillas and lobster rolls; and Pho Nomenal Dumpling Truck for exceptional dumplings and Taiwanese spaghetti. The truck won Food Network’s The Great Food Truck Race in 2005.
Active: Surrounded by stunning scenery — and bearing the distinction of the third sportiest city in America — Raleigh offers boating, skiing, climbing, skating, horseback riding, tennis, golf and 180 miles of trails in the Greenway System ideal for hiking and walking. State parks include Shelley Lake Park, William B. Umstead State Park and Lake Crabtree County Park.
Wellness: At White Dahlia Massage and Wellness, you can sample therapies that include cupping, reflexology, Reiki, cranialsacral massage, Ashiatsu, Trigger Point Therapy or a stress-melting Fire and Ice Massage. Stretch yourself at the Raleigh Yoga Company, a Bikram Yoga studio; or Evolve Movement where the studio includes Pilates equipment, and the schedule features health-focused workshops.
Romance: The city’s vibrant arts scene embraces numerous galleries, concerts and performances. Take in a show by the Carolina Ballet or North Carolina Theatre. End your evening with an artisan brew on the roof of the Raleigh Beer Garden, where you can choose from 366 different varieties.
Family Fun: There are plenty of family-friendly activities for kids of all ages. The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences has a wealth of exhibits including the Nature Exploration Center and Nature Research Center, with labs, a 10,000-gallon aquarium, fossils and space exhibits. At the Marble Kids Museum, diversions include an IMAX movie screen and numerous interactive exhibitions. Pullen Park has a carousel constructed in 1911, pedal boats on Lake Howell, sporting fields and performances by Theatre in the Park.
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United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
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In the market for new luggage? If you’re outfitting your entire family of travelers, you may want to check out some new offerings available at Target from travel brand Atlantic. Atlantic’s new line focuses on making travel more convenient with kiddos, and includes seven pieces to choose from, all made with durable, lightweight, sustainable materials (each item is made from up to 27 recycled plastic bottles).
As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
Norwegian recently launched the newest addition to its fleet, Viva, with a spectacular debut earlier this month. The ship, launched from Trieste, Italy, and finishing its inaugural run in Lisbon, Portugal, is the second in its Prima Class of ships, set to give family travelers the ultimate vacation experience.