Originally Posted by Bryon
Looking for maybe: nature locations, parks/trails, pubs, churches, anything that will give me a feel for the area (laundry mat???lol). What should I definitely see?
Lake Johnson on Avent Ferry near NC State (or Shelley Lake on Millbrook Rd) - nice paved trails around both.
NC Museum of Art - trail outside connects to greenway
Umstead Park - I prefer the Cary (Reedy Creek) entrance at Harrison and it's Company Mill Trail. Just the short trail to the creek is enough to get a feel.
Various gardens - Raleigh has Rose Garden/Little Theater and the NC State Arboretum near NC State, Duke has Duke Gardens
Parks - Pullen Park near NC State is a good family park
Bond Lake in Cary off High House Rd.
Lake Crabtree in Morrisville near I-40 and Aviation
5 Points in Raleigh on Glenwood - Have a pizza a Lilly's. Shop at an antique store
Downtown Apex - Peak City Grille, Antique stores, large church.
Glenwood South (Raleigh) - bars, restaurants
Moore Sq (Raleigh) - restaurants, bars, City Market has some galleries. 2 blocks over is Fayetteville st. More restaurants (Yancy's), Capital.
Oakwood neighborhood near downtown, Hayes Barton/5 Pts area off Glenwood
9th Street in Durham - restaurants/bars
Franklin St in Chapel Hill - ditto, college campus next door
That's a start