As my first “getaway” weekend trip in 2018, we made the drive to Raleigh, North Carolina for a change of scenery. With traffic from Baltimore, Maryland, the trip was about five hours each way. The long drive was well worth it!
Having booked accommodations the day of travel, we stayed in the town of Cary. The hotel was located about 10 minutes outside of the city and had plenty of parking when we finally arrived at 1:00 am on Saturday.
Hampton Inn Raleigh/Cary- approximately $120/ night with tax
- NOTE: Included free breakfast and a fitness center!
By 9:00 am, we were out the door and, as true tourists, we decided to walk around downtown Raleigh and check out some of the sites in the area.
Our itinerary included:
- North Carolina State Capital
- Museum of Natural Science
- Videri Chocolate Factory
- Pizza La Stella
- Pullen Park
Between the cold, rainy weather on Sunday, traveling with a child, and lack of time, we missed out quite a few things, which we will be saving for next time. If you are planning a Raleigh trip be sure to check them out for us:
- Raleigh Beer Garden
- State Farmers Market
- North Carolina Museum of Art
- North Carolina Museum of History
- William B. Umstead State Park
P.S. I would strongly recommend Visit Raleigh for your planning your travel. The website lists tons of events, places to stay, restaurants, museums, and other things to do for your visit. You can even create an itinerary list for your trip!