Raleigh is the capital city of North Carolina. It is the southern tip of the "Triangle" city region that includes Durham and Chapel Hill. Located between the coastal plain and the piedmont area, Raleigh is a pleasant city of rolling hills surrounded by forested areas.
Raleigh and its suburbs, especially Cary and Apex, have become a hot spot for growth, and the Research Triangle Park (which is shared with sister cities, Durham and Chapel Hill) has become a center for biotech research as well as high-tech firms.
The quality of life in Raleigh is extremely high, with low cost of living, and a development plan that has kept ahead of the worst traffic problems. While not particularly filled with attractions, a visit to Exploris* (the children's museum), and other places downtown can easily fill a weekend of activities.
*Exploris & Playspace have merged under the name Marbles Kids Museum.
Raleigh has several colleges and universities including, Meredith College, Peace College, St Augustine's College, Shaw University and North Carolina State University (NC State). NC State athletic teams compete in the Atlantic Coast Conference and play football at Carter-Finley Stadium and basketball at the RBC Center. The RBC Center is also home to the NHL's Carolina Hurricanes, 2006 Stanley Cup Champions.