Raleigh is the capital of the state of North Carolina and the seat of Wake County in the United States. It is the second-most populous city in North Carolina, after Charlotte, tenth-most populous city in the Southeast, 41st-most populous city in the U.S., and the largest city of the Research Triangle metro area. Raleigh is known as the "City of Oaks" for its many oak trees, which line the streets in the heart of the city. The city covers a land area of 147.6 square miles (382 km2). The U.S. Census Bureau counted the city's population as 474,069 in 2020. It is one of the fastest-growing cities in the country. The city of Raleigh is named after Walter Raleigh, who established the lost Roanoke Colony in present-day Dare County. via Wikipedia
We did enjoy the city staycation despite torrential rain and winds in the afternoon hours. We still managed to visit a few places of interest including the fairly new train station and saw one train arriving; a 'food hall'; and one of our always liked, though offbeat, coffee shops where the iced coffee was the best and served in a lovely glass tumbler rather than a paper cup! We were however the only seated people not on laptops, so we actually talked to one another while seeking shelter from the storm! Dinner later was at our favorite Greek taverna, and delicious.
We have another downtown staycation planned in the near future - hopefully not so hot and humid, no scary thunderstorms, and the chance to see other new parts of the city. Surprises seem to be around every corner. . . .the old Raleigh of our days working downtown is being obliterated by new buildings looming over everything!
Apparently it's called progress!