Which Is America's Best City? - Businessweek. I love reading great articles that support my interest in promoting Raleigh,NC, the place where I have resided for over 20 years!, as a great place to work, live and play. Raleigh has changed a lot, an I mean a lot over the past 5 years, so if you are asking yourself, "seriously? Raleigh?... last time I was there it was, eh..." do yourself a favor and visit Raleigh soon. A great way to experience our downtown is to attend one of our First Friday events, which happens to be this Friday, January 6. As a suggestion, I would start at Artspace, Visual Art Exchange or The Carter Building and simply walk around. Raleigh has a wonderful FREE bus, the R-line, that can take you to all three art districts within minutes. The galleries usually have wine and snacks to hold you over to dinner time. Look for Triangle.com photographers roaming about and get your photo taken with friends and later visit their website to see your picture online, it's a great way to feel part of the community. Then about 9p things start to slow down. But don't worry, we know you are starved by now!, wherever you are at the moment probably has at least 5 good restaurants within walking distance. If you are still up for exploring, the nightlife continues at one of our many cozy bars, some offering live music.