Durant Nature Preserve in North Raleigh

All About North Raleigh, NC

Raleigh is the capital of North Carolina and the seat of Wake County. It is known as the “City of Oaks” for its many oak trees and has a population of close to half a million people. The name Raleigh comes from Walter Raleigh, sponsor of the lost Roanoke Colony. North Raleigh is a neighborhood in the northern section of the city.

Raleigh was established in 1792 and designed as an early example of a planned city in the US, built specifically to be the state capital. Raleigh managed to avoid destruction by the Union army at the end of the Civil War when Mayor William H. Harrison surrendered with a promise of no resistance to General Hugh Judson Kilpatrick.

In recent years, Raleigh has made it onto many top 10 lists for its quality of life and favorable business climate. Part of North Carolina’s Research Triangle, the city is a major center in the US for biotech and high-tech research.

VP Dental in North Raleigh, NC

We love serving the people close to home in our North Raleigh neighborhood and helping them achieve their healthy smile goals. Whether that means essential preventative dentistry through regular cleaning appointments, something more advanced like dental implants, or even cosmetic treatments like veneers to give your smile a pearly white gleam, we look forward to being your partners in lifelong dental health. Check this map if you need directions to our practice.

Because Raleigh was spared the destruction of the Civil War, it contains many surviving examples of antebellum architecture from the Greek Revival, Gothic Revival, and Italianate styles. The NC State Capitol is just one example.

A great way to enjoy the city’s history is by heading downtown to the Raleigh Trolley, which is styled after the original trolleys of the early 1900s and offers narrated tours that begin and end at Mordecai Historic Park.

Local Attractions Near VP Dental

A great place to visit in North Raleigh is the Durant Nature Preserve. You can bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the magical bird and butterfly gardens, do some fishing in the lakes, or hike any of the five miles of trails exploring the park’s 237 acres.

Raleigh is also where you’ll find one of the world’s oldest amusement parks. Pullen Park is just a 20-minute drive downtown from VP Dental. It includes a carousel built in 1911, a miniature train that carries visitors around the park, pedal boats for exploring Lake Howell, tennis courts and baseball fields, and an arts center and performing arts venue where you could catch an outdoor performance!

If you need somewhere to entertain the kids, Marbles Kids Museum offers themed exhibits designed to inspire the imagination, from the first and only kid-driven smart power grid in the world to STEM learning stations to Around Town (a kid-sized version of the grown-up world). Don’t miss Stepnotes, a staircase that creates a musical light show.