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Around the Area at HGTV Smart Home 2016

Raleigh, North Carolina is a bustling Southern metropolis with a warm, small town feel — the perfect setting for HGTV Smart Home 2016.

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Welcome to Raleigh!

Aptly nicknamed "City of Oaks" for the many oak trees that line the city streets, North Carolina's industrious state capital is brimming with rich history, technological innovation, live music, handcrafted brews and much, much more. 

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North Carolina State Capitol Building

Completed in 1840, this Greek Revival-style building stands in the heart of Capitol Square in downtown Raleigh. On a guided tour of this National Historic Landmark, you can explore the state's oldest library, see a modern restoration of the State Geologist's Office (circa 1858) and view multiple busts, plaques and statues commemorating key people and events in North Carolina's rich history. Interestingly, the present structure is a rebuild of the original State House that famously burned in 1831 during an attempt to fireproof its wooden roof. 

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Fayetteville Street

Located just a few steps south of the capitol building, Fayetteville Street is a mecca for shopping, entertainment, dining and nightlife in Raleigh. See a show at Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, grab a craft brew at The Raleigh Times Bar or peruse the exhibits at The City of Raleigh Museum. And don't miss the slew of festivals, parades and other outdoor events that take place on Raleigh's "Great Main Street" throughout the year.

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North Carolina Executive Mansion

This 35,000-square-foot, Queen Anne-style dwelling has been home to 29 state governors and their families since 1891. In addition to its function as a private residence, the mansion serves as a repository for a large collection of fine 18th and 19th century North Carolina furnishings and paintings that you can see on a guided tour of the first floor.

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