For Your “Best Of” List: Raleigh

Dynamic, unexpected, smart and celebratory—just a few of the words used to describe the Raleigh, N.C., area. From world-class museums and historic sites to open-air amphitheaters, festivals and performing arts and from award-winning restaurants and wide-open nightlife to professional or amateur sports, beautiful golf courses and greenways, North Carolina’s capital city has much to offer in one incredibly lush environment.

That’s why it’s nothing new for the Raleigh area to be praised in the national press as one of the best places in the country to live, work, play and meet… and we take those consistent rankings seriously. Greater Raleigh has won accolades for pretty much everything you can think of—one of the “Best Places for Business and Careers” and one of the “Next Biggest Boom Towns in the U.S.” by Forbes magazine and a “Most Hospitable City” by Airbnb—to name a few. According to our count, we’ve been named to more than 55 “Best of” lists in 2013.

While we’re pretty proud to be included on such notable lists, we’re even more excited that we’ve earned a reputation as a premier place to host a meeting or convention. For most any size group, the Raleigh area has a perfect venue.

The Silver LEED-Certified Raleigh Convention Center offers state-of-the-art amenities in the heart of downtown Raleigh. The 500,000-square-foot convention center is steps away from two of the area’s major meeting hotels, the Raleigh Marriott City Center and Sheraton Raleigh Hotel, and conveniently located to 140+ other hotels and 15,700 total hotel rooms in the area.

Unique offsite and reception venues like the Red Hat Amphitheater, which is adjacent to the convention center; the Nature Research Center, a new wing of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences; and the McKimmon Conference & Training Center on the main campus of N.C. State University, are facilities where you can find cutting-edge entertainment, attendee programming and technology. If looking for luxury, the Forbes Five-Star, AAA Five-Diamond Umstead Hotel and Spa offers impeccable service with an emphasis on art and nature, just minutes from RDU International Airport or downtown Raleigh.

Combine the cosmopolitan offerings of a large metro with Southern hospitality and a Convention and Visitors Bureau staff that offers personalized service, marketing and public relations support, as well as award-winning “Red Carpet Welcomes,” and you’ve found the perfect meeting destination in Raleigh.