With its 9000-plus acres of parkland, a diverse and unique arts scene, and deep-seated connections to history, Raleigh, North Carolina is the perfect getaway destination. There is an endless number of sites to see and intriguing things to do in Raleigh for vacationers and residents alike. Winters are mild, and, although the summers can be quite hot and humid, there are plenty of ways to escape the heat in this vibrant city. Whether the goal is relaxation or exploration, Raleigh offers something for everyone.

01The Videri Chocolate Factory

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Self-guided tours are free at this local bean-to-bar chocolate factory. Visitors not only experience the chocolate-making process but can sample the delectables afterward. The Videri Chocolate Factory coffee bar offers an array of espresso coffee drinks and chocolate pairings, including sipping chocolate and frozen hot chocolate. Visitors can savor their beverage on the outdoor patio or in the comfort of the air-conditioned cafe. Stop by the chocolate counter and purchase some signature chocolate bars or bonbons to enjoy later.