Last minute decision to go visit Raleigh, North Carolina because the tickets were under $100 for round trip. Came to check out the beautiful nature an everything that North Carolina has to offer. The town is honestly pretty lonely but being surrounded by all the trees made the trip worth wild. Here in California all I see are palm trees and being filled with gorgeous giant trees was a different surrounding. The leaves were changing colors from green to a beautiful yellow and red.
One of the first places that I check out was William B Umstead State Park and found it to be peaceful and beautiful. I got a nice stroll in walking around in a lonely woods/forest. There is a beautiful lake located inside. I wish it were summer so I could rent out a kayak and take it around to check out the beauty of this state park. The park has beautiful little wooden shelters to have little picnics in. There are tons of parks to check out all around Raleigh.
Anther place near to explore is Downtown Raleigh known for their speakeasies and delicious bbq. The BBQ here though is a lot different from the one back home. The BBQ sauce consists of two different bottles- one is tomato based and the second one is a vinegar based. When mixed together it is an interesting taste. Another thing you can find downtown is lots of free museums. These museums are huge and you could honestly spend a whole day just at the museums. If you are into history, you can check out the capital.
There is also a chocolate factory called Videri to check out that specializes in high percentage of cocoa. I had sipping chocolate which was 75% cocoa mixed with half and half. It was interesting and not what I usually picture chocolate tasting like. It was intense, dark and thick enough to be a decadent chocolate syrup.
Being an adventurous girl, one of my favorite things was checking out Treerunner Raleigh Adventures. I have always wanted to do a ropes course and the crazy part was how inexpensive this place was. I did the night time adventure and it only cost $20. There was not a lot of people and man were there lots of different courses to explore. Starting off on the easy course and seeing some of the obstacles as challenging had me thinking how are going to get to the hard course. We ended on the medium course and it was a ton of fun wish we had more time to explore this place. If you are visiting Raleigh, this is definitely one place I would recommend.