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The Triangle is an internationally known center of higher education, with three major research universities plus several smaller institutions. Raleigh is home to state museums of art, history and natural sciences, which together attract more than 1 million visitors annually. Arts, music and cultural opportunities fill the region’s calendar in the state capital and nearby Durham and Chapel Hill.


BIGGEST COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES

  • N.C. State University, Raleigh
  • N.C. Central University, Durham
  • UNC Chapel Hill
  • Duke University, Durham
  • Wake Technical Community College, multiple locations
  • Central Carolina Community College, multiple locations

ATTRACTIONS

  • North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh
  • PNC Arena, home of the Carolina Hurricanes hockey team, Raleigh
  • State Farmers Market, Raleigh
  • North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh
  • Durham Performing Arts Center
  • Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, Chapel Hill
  • Marbles Kids Museum, Raleigh
  • North Carolina Museum of History, Raleigh
  • Museum of Life and Science, Durham
  • Koka Booth Amphitheater, Cary

EVENTS

  • Moogfest, Durham, April
  • Apex Peakfest, May
  • American Dance Festival, Durham, June-July
  • Festival for the Eno River, Durham, July
  • Lazy Daze Arts and Crafts Festival, Cary, August
  • World of Bluegrass, Raleigh, September
  • Hopscotch Music Festival, Raleigh, September
  • North Carolina State Fair, Raleigh, October

INDUSTRIES

  • Biotechnology and pharmaceuticals
  • Information technology
  • Clean technology
  • Higher education
  • State government

COUNTIES

Chatham, Durham, Edgecombe, Franklin, Granville, Harnett, Johnston, Lee, Moore, Nash, Orange, Person, Vance, Wake, Warren and Wilson

REGION FOCUS

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