Check out the Awards, Accolades, and Recognitions the Triangle Area has received over the years.

  • #1 Among 2014 Top N.C. Historic Attractions (North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh) – Carolina Publishing Associates, March 2015
  • #6 Among 2014 Top N.C. Historic Attractions (Marbles Kids Museum, Raleigh) – Carolina Publishing Associates, March 2015
  • #11 Among 2014 Top N.C. Historic Attractions (North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh) – Carolina Publishing Associates, March 2015
  • #15 Among 2014 Top N.C. Historic Attractions (North Carolina Museum of History, Raleigh) – Carolina Publishing Associates, March 2015
  • Among World’s 300 Largest Metropolitan Economies in 2014 (Raleigh) – Brookings Institution, January 2015
  • #9 Among The Best Airports in America: Readers’ Choice Awards 2014 (RDU International Airport) – Condé Nast Traveler, November 2014
  • Among 2014 Award of Excellence Winners (Greater Raleigh CVB) – Corporate & Incentive Travel, November 2014
  • #7 Among America’s Smartest Cities (Raleigh) – Forbes, November 2014
  • #3 Among Best U.S. Cities for College Students – Mid-Size Metros (Raleigh-Cary) – American Institute for Economic Research, October 2014
  • #8 Among 50 Most Stunning University Gardens and Arboreta (J.C. Raulston Arboretum at NC State University, Raleigh) – Best Masters Programs, September 2014
  • 2014 Gold Service Award (Greater Raleigh CVB) – Meetings & Conventions, September 2014
  • #8 Among America’s 50 Best Cities to Live (Cary) – 24/7 Wall St., September 2014
  • #2 Among 2014’s Most Educated Cities (Raleigh MSA) – WalletHub, September 2014
  • #1 Among The U.S. Cities Attracting The Most Families (Raleigh MSA) – Forbes, September 2014
  • #3 Among Best Up-and-Coming Cities for Art and Culture (Raleigh) – Women’s Health, September 2014
  • #2 Among America’s 15 Best Cities for Young Professionals (Raleigh) – Forbes, August 2014
  • Among America’s Coolest Cities 2014 (Raleigh) – Forbes, August 2014
  • #4 Among Top 10 Happiest Metropolitan Areas (Raleigh) – University of British Columbia, July 2014
  • #1 Among The Best Places for Business and Careers 2014 (Raleigh) – Forbes, July 2014
  • #3 Among 50 Top Swim Cities (Raleigh-Durham-Cary) – USA Swimming, July 2014
  • Among The 20 Best College Traditions in the U.S. (Krispy Kreme Challenge, Raleigh) – Business Insider, July 2014
  • #3 Among 10 Least Stressed Out Cities (Raleigh) – CNNMoney, June 2014
  • #6 Among Top 20 Coffee Shops in America (Joule Coffee, Raleigh) – USA TODAY, June 2014
  • #3 Among 13 Music Festivals You Should Actually Attend This Summer (Hopscotch, Raleigh) – The Huffington Post, May 2014
  • Among 2014 Playful City U.S.A. Communities (Garner) – KaBOOM!, May 2014
  • Among 2014 Playful City U.S.A. Communities (Raleigh) – KaBOOM!, May 2014
  • 2014 Pinnacle Award (Greater Raleigh CVB) – Successful Meetings, May 2014
  • Among 10 Best City Art Districts Around the U.S.A. (Warehouse District, Raleigh) – USA TODAY, May 2014
  • Among Summer 2014’s 40 Must-See Music Festivals (Hopscotch, Raleigh) – Rolling Stone, April 2014
  • 2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Service (North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh) – Institute of Museum and Library Services, April 2014
  • #3 Among 10 Fastest Growing Cities (Raleigh) – CNNMoney, March 2014
  • Among South’s Best Destination Apps/Mobile Sites (Greater Raleigh CVB) – ConventionSouth, March 2014
  • Among 15 Themed Races That You’ll Actually Want To Run (Krispy Kreme Challenge, Raleigh) – BuzzFeed, March 2014
  • Among 14 Most Transformational Wellness Destinations Around the World (The Umstead Spa, Cary) – Town & Country, March 2014
  • #6 Among Top 10 U.S. Value Destinations (Raleigh) – Hotwire, March 2014
  • #5 Among Eight Emerging Tech Hubs You Should Pay Attention To (Raleigh) – TransferWise, February 2014
  • #2 Among America’s 20 Fastest-Growing Cities (Raleigh) – Forbes, February 2014
  • #13 Among The 15 U.S. Cities that are Driving the Future (Raleigh-Cary) – Business Insider, January 2014
  • #14 Among 50 Most Beautiful Libraries in the World (James B. Hunt Jr. Library, Raleigh) – Best Value Schools, January 2014
  • #9 Among U.S. Regions to Watch in 2014 (Raleigh) – Forbes, January 2014
  • #7 Among America’s 10 Best Cities for 2013 (Raleigh) – Movoto, December 2013
  • #5 Among Top Five Mid-Size Metros in the 2013-2014 College Destination Index for Mid-Size Metro Areas (Raleigh) – American Institute for Economic Research, December 2013
  • #1 Among 10 Best Cities in N.C. (Apex) – Movoto, November 2013
  • #2 Among 10 Best Cities in N.C. (Wake Forest) – Movoto, November 2013
  • #4 Among 10 Best Cities in N.C. (Morrisville) – Movoto, November 2013
  • #5 Among 10 Best Cities in N.C. (Garner) – Movoto, November 2013
  • #7 Among 10 Best Cities in N.C. (Cary) – Movoto, November 2013
  • #10 Among 2013 Digital Cities Survey Winners (Raleigh) – e.Republic’s Center for Digital Government, November 2013
  • #10 Among Fittest Cities for Baby Boomers (Raleigh) – American Physical Therapy Association, October 2013
  • #1 Among Top Seven Dog Friendly Cities in America (Raleigh) – PetCareRx, October 2013
  • 2013 Readers’ Choice Award (Raleigh Convention Center) – ConventionSouth, October 2013
  • #4 Among 10 Preppiest Cities in America (Raleigh) – Motovo, September 2013
  • 2013 Gold Service Award (Greater Raleigh CVB) – Meetings & Conventions, August 2013
  • #5 Among 10 Best Cities for Cheapskates (Raleigh) – Kiplinger, August 2013
  • Named as an eCity of America and received a Google eCity Award (Cary) – Google, August 2013
  • #5 Among America’s 10 Most Hospitable Cities (Raleigh) – Airbnb, July 2013
  • #15 Among World’s Most Inventive Cities (Raleigh) – Forbes, July 2013
  • #5 Among Top 15 Aspirational Cities (Raleigh) – The Daily Beast, July 2013
  • Among Best Hotels by Region in N.C. (The Umstead Hotel and Spa, Cary) – Travel + Leisure, July 2013
  • Among 10 Wacky U.S. Summer Events (BugFest at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh) – TripAdvisor, July 2013
  • #3 Among U.S.A.’s Most Patriotic Cities (Raleigh) – USA Today, July 2013
  • Named as an "All-America City" in the National Civic League All-America City Awards (Garner) – National Civic League, June 2013
  • #9 Among Airports Where the Architecture Soars (RDU International Airport) – CNN, June 2013
  • #15 Among Fittest Cities in America (Raleigh) – American College of Sports Medicine, June 2013
  • Among Top 10 Best Cities for Newlyweds (Raleigh) – Rent.com, June 2013
  • #9 Among Top 10 Airport Restaurants in the U.S. (42nd Street Oyster Bar, RDU International Airport) – Frommer’s, May 2013
  • #3 Among Top 12 American Boomtowns (Raleigh) – Bloomberg, April 2013
  • #7 Among Best Regional Airports in North America (RDU International Airport) – SKYTRAX World Airport Awards, April 2013
  • 2013 Pinnacle Award (Greater Raleigh CVB) – Successful Meetings, April 2013
  • The U.S.A.’s Best Regional Desserts (Chess pie at Angus Barn, Raleigh) – Lonely Planet, March 2013
  • #1 Among Fastest-Growing Cities In The U.S. (Raleigh) – Forbes, March 2013
  • #6 Among Top 10 U.S. Value Destinations for 2013 (Raleigh) – Hotwire, March 2013
  • #1 Among Ten Best Cities for Car Drivers (Raleigh) – NerdWallet, March 2013
  • #4 Among Best Cities in America for Small Business (Raleigh) – The Business Journals, February 2013
  • #2 Among Next Biggest Boom Towns in the U.S. (Raleigh) – Forbes, February 2013
  • 2013 Five Star Rating Award in hotel category (The Umstead Hotel and Spa, Cary) – Forbes Travel Guide, February 2013
  • 2013 Five Star Rating Award in restaurant category (Heron’s at the Umstead Hotel and Spa, Cary) – Forbes Travel Guide, February 2013
  • 2013 Four Star Rating Award in spa category (The Umstead Hotel and Spa, Cary) – Forbes Travel Guide, February 2013
  • #2 Among 2013 Best Hotels in N.C. (The Umstead Hotel and Spa, Cary) – U.S. News Travel, January 2013
  • #16 Among 2013 Best Hotels in N.C. (Renaissance Raleigh Hotel at North Hills) – U.S. News Travel, January 2013
  • #41 Among 2013 Best Hotels in the U.S.A. (The Umstead Hotel and Spa, Cary) – U.S. News Travel, January 2013
  • 2013 Five Diamond Award in hotel category (The Umstead Hotel and Spa, Cary) – AAA, January 2013
  • 2013 Four Diamond Award in hotel category (Renaissance Raleigh Hotel at North Hills) – AAA, January 2013
  • 2013 Five Diamond Award in restaurant category (Heron’s at the Umstead Hotel and Spa, Cary) – AAA, January 2013
  • #14 Among Best Cities for Men (Raleigh-Cary) – Men’s Health, January 2013
  • #7 Among Best Run Cities in America (Raleigh-Cary) – 24/7 Wall St., January 2013
  • #4 Among Fastest Growing Cities for Population and the Economy in the U.S. (Raleigh-Cary) – Forbes, January 2013
  • #3 Among Best Performing Large Cities in the U.S. (Raleigh-Cary) – Milken Institute, January 2013
  • #1 Among Family-Friendly Cities in the U.S. (Raleigh-Cary) – Human Life Project, January 2013
  • #1 Among Large Metros with the Largest Share of College Grads in the Center City (Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill) – The Atlantic Cities, January 2013
  • #11 Among Healthiest Cities for Women (Raleigh) – Women’s Health, January 2013
  • #5 Among America’s New Tech Hot Spots (Raleigh-Cary) – Forbes, January 2013
  • Easiest urban area in which to get around in the U.S. (Raleigh-Durham-Cary) – Texas A&M Transportation Institute 2012 Urban Mobility Report, December 2012
  • #1 Among Best Places to Raise Kids in North Carolina (Holly Springs) – Bloomberg Businessweek, December 2012
  • #1 Among Best Places in N.C. for Veterans (Raleigh-Cary) – United Services Automobile Association, November 2012
  • 2012 New or Renovated Meeting Site Award Winner (Downtown Raleigh) – ConventionSouth magazine, November 2012
  • 100 Best Meeting Sites in the South in 2012 Readers’ Choice Awards (Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh) – ConventionSouth magazine, November 2012
  • #1 Market for Retail Job Growth (Raleigh) – American City Business Journal, September 2012
  • #18 Among Top 40 Hotels in the South, Readers’ Choice Awards (The Umstead Hotel and Spa, Cary) – Condé Nast Traveler, October 2012
  • Best Museum Environment, Silver Winner (Nature Research Center at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh) – Event Design Awards, October 2012
  • #10 Among America’s Best Flea Markets (Raleigh Flea Market) – Travel+Leisure, October 2012
  • #56 Among Best Places to Live, America’s Best Small Cities (Cary) – CNNMoney, August 2012
  • #11 Among Top Large City Hotels in the Continental U.S. (The Umstead Hotel and Spa, Cary) – Travel+Leisure, August 2012
  • #1 Best Quality of Life (Raleigh) – Business Facilities Magazine, July/August 2012
  • Coolest New Airport Terminals (Terminal 2, RDU International Airport) – Travel+Leisure, July 2012
  • 10 Amazing State Capitol Buildings (North Carolina State Capitol, Raleigh) – Conde Nast Traveler, July 2012
  • #2 Among Best Places for Business and Careers (Raleigh-Cary) – Forbes, June 2012
  • #8 Among 10 Cheapest U.S. Cities You’ll Want to Visit (Raleigh-Cary) – Kiplinger, June 2012
  • #7 Among Cities with the Most College-Educated Residents (Raleigh-Cary, 41% in 2010) – The New York Times, May 2012
  • #6 Among Top Cities for Staying Young (Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill) – RealAge, June 2012
  • #5 Among Best Cities for Raising a Family (Raleigh-Cary) – Forbes, April 2012
  • #2 Among 10 Fastest-Growing U.S. Cities (Raleigh) – CNNMoney, April 2012
  • 10 Best Cities in America for Health and Happiness (Raleigh) – EcoSalon, March 2012
  • #2 Among Best Cities for Newlyweds (Raleigh) – Rent.com, March 2012
  • #5 Among Most Frugal U.S. Cities on the 2011 Savings Index – Coupons.com, February 2012
  • 2012 Reader’s Choice Award Winner (Greater Raleigh CVB) – SportsEvents Magazine, January 2012
  • #1 Among Healthiest Cities for Women (Raleigh) – Women’s Health, January 2012
  • Top 10 Tastiest Towns in the South (Raleigh) – Southern Living, January 2012
  • 2011 Platinum Choice Award (Greater Raleigh CVB) – Smart Meetings magazine, December 2011
  • #41 Among Top 200 Hotels in the United States (The Umstead Hotel and Spa, Cary) – Condé Nast Traveler, October 2011
  • The 10 Safest Cities in the U.S. (Cary) – M&C, October 2011
  • #10 Among the Best Cities for Men 2012 (Raleigh) – Men’s Health, December 2011
  • #4 Among 10 Most Tech-Friendly Terminals for Tech Travelers (Terminal 2, RDU International Airport) – PCWorld, December 2011
  • #1 Among 10 Best U.S. Airports for Wi-Fi (RDU International Airport) – PCWorld, December 2011
  • #12 Among 20 Best U.S. Airports for Tech Travelers (RDU International Airport) – PCWorld, December 2011
  • #2 Among Top Medical Cities (Raleigh-Durham-Cary) – MedCity News, December 2011
  • Nine Beautiful New Airport Terminals (RDU International Airport Terminal 2) – The Atlantic Cities, December 2011
  • #4 Among the Best Cities for Technology Jobs (Raleigh-Cary) – Forbes, November 2011
  • #23 Among Smartest Major U.S. Cities with More than 100,000 Residents (Raleigh) – American City Business Journals, November 2011
  • #7 Among Smartest Major U.S. Cities with More than 100,000 Residents (Cary) – American City Business Journals, November 2011
  • America’s Best City (Raleigh) – Businessweek.com, September 2011
  • #3 Most Educated City in America (Raleigh) – Men’s Health, September 2011
  • #5 Among 10 Best Cities for Educated Workers (Raleigh-Cary) – 24/7 Wall St., September 2011
  • #7 Among America’s 20 Can-Do Capitals (Raleigh) – Newsweek, September 2011
  • Top 100 Best Cities for Families (Raleigh) – Parenting.com, September 2011
  • 2011 Gold Service Award (Greater Raleigh CVB) – Meetings & Conventions, August 2011
  • Most Efficient Small/Medium Airport in North America (RDU International Airport) – Air Transport Research Society, August 2011
  • #4 Among Top 100 Places to Live in 2011 (Raleigh) – RelocateAmerica, July 2011
  • One of the Coolest Small Cities in America (Raleigh) – GQ, July 2011
  • #10 Among Top Large City Hotels in U.S./Canada (The Umstead Hotel & Spa, Cary) – Travel+Leisure, July 2011
  • #2 Next Big Boom Town (Raleigh-Cary) – Forbes, July 2011
  • #21 Among 2011 Top 25 Arts Destinations – Mid-Size Cities (Raleigh) – AmericanStyle Magazine, July 2011
  • #1 Among Best Places for Business and Careers (Raleigh-Cary) – Forbes, June 2011
  • #22 Best Major League Sports Franchise (Carolina Hurricanes, Raleigh) – ESPN The Magazine, June 2011
  • #7 Best National Hockey League Franchise (Carolina Hurricanes, Raleigh) – ESPN The Magazine, June 2011
  • #14 Among 2011 Best Cities for Job Growth (Raleigh-Cary) – Forbes, June 2011
  • Best New Public Golf Course for 2010 (Lonnie Poole Golf Course at North Carolina State University, Raleigh) – North Carolina Golf Panel, May 2011
  • Six Best New Museums in North America (N.C. Museum of Art, Raleigh) – AirTran GO Magazine, May 2011
  • Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Community (Raleigh) – League of American Bicyclists, April 2011
  • #7 Top Metro for Small Business (Raleigh-Cary) – Portfolio.com/bizjournals, April 2011
  • #3 Best Labor Market for Young Adults (Raleigh-Cary) – Portfolio.com/bizjournals, April 2011
  • #3 America’s Cleanest Cities (Raleigh-Cary) – Forbes, March 2011
  • 12th Most Socially Networked City (Raleigh) – Men’s Health, March 2011
  • 50 Best Hospitals in America (Rex Hospital, Raleigh) – HealthGrades, March 2011
  • 50 Best Hospitals in America (Rex Hospital, Raleigh) – Becker’s Hospital Review, March 2011
  • #2 Brain Magnet in the Nation (Raleigh-Durham-Cary) – Forbes, February 2011
  • 2011 AIA Institute Honor Award for Architecture (West Building, North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh) – The American Institute of Architects, January 2011