On my last day of my “Southern Excursion”, I explored Raleigh, the capital of North Carolina and the second largest city of that state (after Charlotte). I was only here brief enough to form the most superficial impressions, but in a nutshell: not bad. Downtown felt very historical (with signs telling what Civil War leader did what and where, etc.) especially around the Capital. Some upper-class shopping districts downtown seemed to have a nice ambience for dining.