1. Dorothea Dix Park
What is it: Want to enjoy the best view of Raleigh’s skyline? You can’t beat the ones you’ll find at Dorothea Dix Park, Raleigh’s largest city park, sprawled over 300 acres.
Why go: The sloping hills are perfect for biking or running (or even sledding during the winter), while the vast green space is the ideal spot for a summer picnic. Starting in 2018, the City of Raleigh’s public utilities department began planting acres upon acres of sunflowers in Dorothea Dix, making it the most Instagrammable spot in the city from mid-June to early July.