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I’ve traveled through many parts of the Southeastern US (well, only Tennessee, Kentucky and Georgia; I might have flown over Alabama once as well), and one place that I have not gotten to is North Carolina. As a racing fan, that part of the country is the birthplace of the sport, with its roots in the old moonshine runners.
However, the North Carolina of today is vastly different from the 1950s, and one part of the state in particular has become a leader in business development – The Triangle, anchored by Raleigh, the region’s largest city and the state capitol of North Carolina. Just because it is a hotbed for business doesn’t mean that Raleigh isn’t a tourist destination, either.
In fact, the Greater Raleigh Convention & Visitors Bureau are hosting a contest where you can sign up to win a FREE Raleigh Getaway, featuring a one night stay at the Courtyard by Marriott-Raleigh/Crabtree Valley, VIP passes to Rum Runners, a $25 gift certificate for dining at the Bloomsbury Bistro and two tickets to each of the following – the North Carolina Theatre, the North Carolina Museum of Art’s exhibit of Landscapes from the Impressionist Age, and Dinosaurs: Ancient Fossils, New Discoveries, at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.
The Dinosaur exhibit is a new look at the research palentologists do in order to determine the origins and lives of the reptiles which roamed our lands over 65 million years ago. From new technology to recreating the actual bodies they were using, the exhibit re-tells the story of the dinosaurs from the beginning through to the mass extinction that occurred around 65 million years ago from a new perspective.
However, that isn’t everything that the city has on offer this fall. Another season of the NHL has just started and the Carolina Hurricanes are looking to be strong contenders to take their second Stanley Cup title since the league came back from a labor stoppage two years ago. Tickets are available for almost all home games. If you’ve never been to a hockey game, this would be the perfect opportunity. 😉
Also, there are a lot of festivals coming up this fall in Raleigh, including the North Carolina State fair runs from the 12th to the 21st of October at the State Fairgrounds. There are also many concerts slated for the near future, including one that I definitely would love to go see – the Branford Marsalis Quartet performing at the NC Symphony on the first weekend in November.
So, if you’re looking for a place to take a Fall Getaway, you should consider heading down to Raleigh and entering their contest. Plus, if you’re from up north like I am, it’s a bit warmer down there this time of year. 😉