Fly To Raleigh, North Carolina
Raleigh is the heart of North Carolina, both geographically and figuratively. In true Southern style, this city is all about warmth and friendliness, and locals are only too happy to welcome visitors to their town.
It’s a surprisingly compact and approachable city and is home to numerous educational institutions, resulting in a largely youthful population. This, in turn, has created a drive towards the cool and trendy, which is reflected in Raleigh’s art and theatre scene.
Visitors will love the pedestrian-friendly downtown area, the museums, galleries, and café culture. Lush shady parks add to the lazy southern vibe epitomised by the antebellum architecture that can still be seen here and there around town.
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Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African Passport holders do need a Visa to visit Raleigh, North Carolina, and anywhere else in the USA. Leave plenty of time for Visa processing, and make sure your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date, and that you have 2 blank pages available for entry stamps.
- The nearest South African Consulate to Raleigh is the South African Consulate-General in NYC. 333 East 38th Street, 9th Floor, New York, 10016. Phone: + 1 212 213 4880. Website: southafrica-newyork.net.
See and do
The Raleigh City Museum is a great place to start your exploration of the city, and free admission means it won’t dent your holiday budget. It’ll give you some insight into the history of the area, and highlight some points of interest to check out while you’re in town.
If you’re interested in American architecture, Raleigh has quite a few gems to offer. The most popular is the State Capitol, but the Governor’s Mansion, Federal Building and antebellum campus of St. Mary’s College are all worth a visit. The Oakwood Historic District offers a few other notable buildings, and makes a lovely afternoon stroll under the shade of its many trees.
The City Market’s cobbled streets offer some great specialty stores and galleries to browse during the day. At night, the lamps set a delightfully romantic mood for those visiting the great restaurants in the area. If you don’t find your souvenirs there, try the State Farmers’ Market instead. It’s not just fresh produce and foodstuffs, but also has a great selection of local crafts, and a huge restaurant serving down-to-earth Southern food.
To get around Raleigh the Capital Area Transit bus system (CAT) will probably be your best bet. It runs throughout greater Raleigh, and goes to most of the tourist attractions. For the few places it doesn’t cover, use the Wolfline bus system instead. It serves the areas around the North Carolina State Campus. There’s also a free hop-on-hop-off bus called the R-Line serving the downtown area, which is convenient for getting between popular attractions.
Raleigh-Durham International Airport – RDU
Food and beverage: Starbucks, Crosswinds Café and Cinnabon.
Currency Exchange: Travelex Worldwide Money has foreign exchange bureaus in the Ticketing Lobby and Bag Claim of Terminal 2. You can also pre-order your currency online, and collect at a Travelex counter when you land.
Lost Luggage: Lost hold luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. The airport Lost & Found is run by the Airport Police, and only handles items lost within the terminals or on airport property. Contact the office on +1 919 840 7550 or speak to security who will direct you appropriately.
Airport Hotels: None on site. Nearby: Fairfield Inn & Suites, Cambria Suites, Hyatt Place, Country Inn & Suites by Carlson, and the Hilton Garden Inn.
Car Hire: Advantage, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National, and Thrifty.