It's more than a trip to a blossoming Southern metropolis—you'll feel enriched and energized the instant you're warmly welcomed by its smart, savvy locals. RALEIGH'S BRIGHT MINDS head top-tier technology, education and life science institutions; its artists create a bevy of cultural and culinary touchstones; and its storytellers proudly carry on the collective heritage of a rich, historic capital city.
A brand new, functional piece of art awaits visitors inside William B. Umstead State Park.
A fallen red oak tree—approximately 25 feet long and several feet high—has been transformed by artists Jerry Redi and Randy Boni of Smoky Mountain Art. In mid-Nov., the pair spent a week using chainsaws to cut and carve away a series of animals, tree branches and leaves into the downed tree that lays just off the Graylyn multi-use trail—one of six multi-use trails inside the park that make up a total of 13 miles of paths available to hikers, cyclists and horseback riders.
The stunning piece is stopping park-goers in their tracks, pausing for photo opps and to appreciate the intricate details found in the squirrels, rabbits, swans, owls and more beautifully carved into the wood.
The Raleigh, N.C., area includes 11 towns in all, each with its own story and quaint, historic downtown areas. Walk down the tree-lined main streets with your someone special, do some shopping and dine at delicious local restaurants—romantic afternoons or evenings spent in these charming areas make for awesome dates! We think you'll love a date on the main streets of Cary, Fuquay-Varina, Wake Forest or Apex.
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Updated: 15th December, 2018 8:11 AM.