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Popular amenities for Raleigh vacation rentals

Stay near Raleigh's top sights

Red Hat Amphitheater98 locals recommend
PNC Arena108 locals recommend
Crabtree Valley Mall156 locals recommend
North Carolina Museum of Art437 locals recommend
Historic Oakwood46 locals recommend
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences288 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Raleigh

  • Total rentals

    2.6K properties

  • Rentals with dedicated workspaces

    1.8K properties have a dedicated workspace

  • Rentals with a pool

    460 properties have a pool

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    900 properties allow pets

  • Family-friendly rentals

    1.4K properties are a good fit for families

  • Total number of reviews

    103K reviews

Your guide to Raleigh

Welcome to Raleigh

A growing center of innovation, Raleigh combines the entrepreneurial mindset of a burgeoning tech city with one of the most vibrant food scenes in the South. As the largest city in the Triangle — a region that includes Durham and Chapel Hill — Raleigh is anchored by a trio of top research universities: Duke, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and North Carolina State University. It’s known as the City of Oaks thanks to the number of oak trees that line the streets and the thick swaths of forested land that populate the greater metro area. North Carolina’s state capital is also home to top-notch museums like the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and the interactive Marbles Kids Museum. With mild weather year-round, it’s rich in outdoor attractions like the 10-acre JC Raulston Arboretum and botanical garden and the verdant Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve, as well as entertainment venues such as the Red Hat Amphitheater downtown.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Raleigh

With relatively mild temperatures year-round, there’s really no bad time to visit. If you want to see the botanical gardens in full color, spring is when the azaleas, dogwoods, and other fauna bloom. Autumn is awash in gold, orange, and red foliage, with peak leaf-changing season typically falling around mid-October. Winter can be gray, but with temperatures rarely dropping to freezing, visiting between December and February is an option for avoiding crowds and peak-season pricing. Thanks to all the public spaces like Moore Square scattered around Raleigh, summer months are popular for art walks, festivals, and outdoor community events.

Top things to do in Raleigh

North Carolina Museum of Art

The North Carolina Museum of Art’s glass-walled architectural structure has 127,000 square feet of interior gallery space and a perfectly manicured sculpture garden with reflection pools that marry the concept of nature and art, rounding out the 164-acre Museum Park campus.

William B. Umstead State Park

Spanning 5,599 acres between Raleigh, Cary, and Durham, the multi-use William B. Umstead State Park is beloved by locals thanks to its bevy of trails that are ideal for hiking, biking, running, and horseback riding. The park’s three manmade lakes are primed for bass fishing.

Raleigh Beer Trail

Raleigh is one of the South’s top destinations for craft beer enthusiasts, and there’s no better way to experience the bounty than on this easy-to-follow trail that links more than 25 breweries across the city, from a Texas-themed ale house to a brewpub housed in an airplane hangar. Pick up a Raleigh Beer Trail passport, get it stamped at participating breweries, and redeem for swag.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Raleigh?

    Raleigh experiences a humid subtropical climate. Summers can be hot with averages around 88°F (31°C), while winters are typically mild with averages around 42°F (5°C). The city gets a moderate amount of rainfall throughout the year, with the wettest month being July.

  • What are some of the best things to do in Raleigh?

    There's a wealth of experiences waiting in Raleigh. You can explore the North Carolina Museum of History, walk around the Historic Yates Mill County Park, or take a leisurely stroll in the JC Raulston Arboretum. Food lovers might enjoy the State Farmers Market, showcasing local produce and goods.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Raleigh?

    While Raleigh shines in every season, spring and fall are particularly appealing. From April to June, you can enjoy the Spring Art Walk and the Got To Be NC Festival. In October, Artsplosure and the North Carolina State Fair draw crowds.

  • What are the best places to stay in Raleigh?

    Downtown Raleigh, known for its bustling nightlife and entertainment, is a commonly chosen area. For a more residential feel, try staying in the historic Oakwood district. The North Hills neighborhood, with its variety of shopping and dining options, is also popular.

  • What are the best places to visit in Raleigh?

    Raleigh has numerous interesting spots to explore. The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences is popular among science enthusiasts, while art lovers might enjoy the North Carolina Museum of Art. For history aficionados, the North Carolina State Capitol is worth exploring.

  • What are some hiking trails in Raleigh?

    Raleigh has several enjoyable hiking trails for nature lovers. The Umstead State Park's Sycamore Trail, a 12 km loop, and the Neuse River Trail, a trail spanning 45 km, are frequently suggested. Additionally, the Raleigh Greenway System is a interconnected series of urban trails covering over 180 km.

  • What are some family activities to do in Raleigh?

    There are many engaging family activities in Raleigh. The Marbles Kids Museum offers interactive exhibits for children, while Pullen Park has a carousel, train rides, and a playground. Families can also explore the Raleigh Rose Garden and the North Carolina Museum of Life and Science.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Raleigh?

    From Raleigh, you can take day trips to various fascinating locations. The historic city of Durham is just 40 km away, while the scenic Eno River State Park is a 51 km drive. For beach lovers, the coastal town of Wilmington is a longer journey at 210 km, but well worth the trip.

  • What types of vacation rentals are available in Raleigh?

    Uncover the perfect home-away-from-home with our diverse selection of vacation rentals in Raleigh. From over 1,450 house rentals to over 120 condo rentals, we've got you covered. For even more variety, explore our Airbnb Categories to find the ideal space for your getaway.

  • Are there vacation rentals with a dedicated workspace in Raleigh?

    Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 1,760 vacation rentals in Raleigh featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.

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