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Bill Leslie's Carolina Conversations

Red Hot Raleigh

Posted March 16, 2010 7:55 a.m. EDT
Updated March 16, 2010 7:59 a.m. EDT

What do you think of Raleigh as a vacation destination? Well, according to one survey Raleigh is the eighth best in the country.

Hotwire.com ranks cities on entertaining and affordable vacations and Raleigh broke the top ten behind Atlanta, Orlando, Phoenix, Dallas, Denver, Houston and Los Angeles and just ahead of Chicago and Miami. 

Raleigh scored highest on affordability  but also did well in entertainment. 

I know you’ve probably heard the cynics: Raleigh is a great place to live but there’s nothing to do here. What do you think? Does Raleigh sound like an exciting vacation destination? 

Raleigh has some wonderful museums. Dining and nightlife have certainly improved in recent years. We have the Carolina Hurricanes and great college sports. Excellent baseball is close by in the Bulls and Mudcats. We're also a springboard for a splash in the ocean or a hike in the mountains. But is Raleigh truly a destination vacation? I would love to hear your comments.