The traditional Raleigh North Carolina Temple sits in Apex, about 20 minutes outside of town. It is the only temple in North Carolina. The Church has been doing missionary work in North Carolina since 1838 with a single missionary, Jedediah M. Grant. It wasn't easy work. At times very trying, but the gospel spread steadily, although it didn't really take off until the 19th century. Sentiments against Mormons were unfavorable, especially due to the practice of polygamy. In 1876, the mission became official. The mission included 13 states and was called the Southern States Mission. The first stake was not organized until 1961.
This area is a college-based town, which some say contributed to the rise in baptisms in the 19th century. Sometimes called "The Triangle" by locals, it includes North Carolina State University (go Tarheels!), Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill connecting the towns of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill. Also known as "Piedmont", this is a plateau that spans from Alabama to Virginia through North Carolina. It can be considered hilly, rolling land. It's a city for living and not just visiting. Cultural, historical and outdoor activities abound. This is a Southern city, so expect a mix of southern charm and modern entertainment. This friendly city has numerous free museums and two of the most visited are the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences where you can check out exhibits educating you on the natural world and the North Carolina Museum of History where you can learn all about the history of the state. For even more history, check out Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site to learn more about the Civil War. Historic Yates Mill County Park gives you a chance to see a restored working water-run gristmill. Try your luck at spotting wildlife along the boardwalk at Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve. Enjoy the serene beauty at Pullen Park or entertain the younger kids by taking a ride on the carousel, train or boats.
Cuisine in Raleigh is a hodpodge of cultures and cooking methods. For some interesting choices, visit Machu Picchu Peruvian Cuisine for some delicious curry or ceviches. Bida Manda is technically Laotian, but you'll find a mix of Thai, Vietnamese and Chinese entrees. If you'd rather stick to good ole' barbecue, Ole Time Barbecue is the place for you. Centro Mexican offers Mexican staples and Latin-inspired dishes. La Farm Bakery has exceptional breakfast and lunch selections made with fresh, on-site baked bread. Steak, seafood, salads, burgers and sandwiches can be found at Firebirds Wood Fired Grill. And, for Italian fare right in Apex, visit Mamma Mia Italian Bistro.