The Top 10 Instagram-Worthy Photo Spots in Raleigh

Grab your smartphone and head out to these iconic photo spots

Tour Raleigh through the eyes of Instagrammers who have brilliantly captured iconic locations across the City of Oaks. Here’s our top 10 list of places to snap some seriously stunning pictures of Raleigh’s coolest spots.


Fayetteville Street District

Downtown Raleigh's Fayetteville Street is lined with shops, restaurants and businesses and leads to the North Carolina State Capitol. It's the site of parades, special events and seasonal celebrations, such as the Ipreo Raleigh Winterfest at the 400 block.


North Carolina Museum of Art 

The North Carolina Museum of Art features a permanent collection of 139 works of European and American art purchased in 1947, plus the North Carolina Museum of Art Ann and Jim Goodnight Museum Park, which consists of more than 160 acres of fields, woodlands, and creeks. 2110 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh. 919.839.6292.


Historic Yates Mill County Park

Historic Yates Mill County Park consists of a 174-acre wildlife refuge, an environmental research center and the last operable water-powered gristmill in Wake County. The mill and surrounding property were purchased in 1963 by North Carolina State University, and the mill was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. 4620 Lake Wheeler Road, Raleigh. 919. 856.6675.


Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts

Home to the Carolina Ballet, North Carolina Symphony, North Carolina Theatre and Broadway Series South, the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts features four world-class performance venues and a two-acre plaza that offers space for festivals, concerts and tented social gatherings. 2 E. South St., Raleigh. 919.996.8500.


William B. Umstead State Park

Twenty miles of hiking trails and 13 miles of bridle trails greet visitors to William B. Umstead State Park in Raleigh, which expands across 5,599 acres. Prior to 1774, when land grants opened for the area to be settled, American bison, elk, bobcats and wolves explored forests of oak, history and beach in what was once untamed land.


Pullen Park

The fifth-oldest operating amusement park in the U.S., Pullen Park is a fun place for all ages and a scenic spot to wander through with lots of flowering trees in the spring and summer. Take younger kids to ride the Gustave A. Dentzel Carousel, built in 1911 and listed in the National Register of Historic Places.


North Carolina State Capitol

Get a feel for North Carolina’s political past at the State Capitol, which dates to 1840. A National Historic Landmark, the building is one of the best-preserved examples of a major civic building in the Greek Revival style.


The Raleigh Rose Garden

In the spring or summer, savor a stroll through Raleigh Little Theatre's Raleigh Rose Garden, one of three accredited gardens in the Carolinas. Enjoy the display garden for all new roses, which is presented by the All American Rose Society and includes more than 50 varieties—from hybrid teas to miniatures to antiques.


JC Raulston Arboretum

The nationally acclaimed JC Raulston Arboretum at North Carolina State University features the most diverse collection of plants adapted for landscape use in the Southeastern United States. The award-winning Perennial Border is a mosaic of botanical colors and textures. 


North Carolina State University

North Carolina State University accommodates 34,000 students and a state-of-the-art, 1,314-acre a research park called Centennial Campus, which is located less than a mile away from the main campus in Raleigh. Don’t forget to stop by the recently renovated Talley Student Center for a taste of the university's very own Howling Cow ice cream. 

 

Beth Shugg
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Beth Shugg is the editor of Carolina Parent magazine and Where® (Raleigh-Durham). She and her husband, Chris, are...