Raleigh, the capital of North Carolina, is best known for its universities, including North Carolina State University. The city is also known as the `City of Oaks` for its many oak trees, which line the streets in the heart of the city. The number of technology and scholarly institutions around Raleigh, Chapel Hill and Durham make the area known as the Research Triangle. Raleigh, is a booming metropolis that offers a big city feel with Southern charm. It's a smart, modern-meets-historic destination that has a lot to offer and no matter what path you choose on your visit, we know you'll be energized by the fired-up cultural heartbeat fostered by passionate minds of Raleigh.