Visiting Raleigh, North Carolina!

Visiting Raleigh, North Carolina!

Whether you are looking for transportation, childcare or food, this page will help you find your way around the area.  And if you are looking to sightsee – In addition to the ISMC, you will find great food and plenty of post-conference activities to keep busy in the Raleigh-Durham area. 


Fastest way to get from Raleigh/Durham Airport (RDU) to the Raleigh Convention Center is by taxi, which takes 19 mins and costs $35-$45

GO Triangle –  RDU Airport  at Terminal 1-Zone 3 and Terminal 2-Zones 6/7. This bus system will get you around the Triangle area in about an hour.  – 919-485-7433

GoRaleigh – Citywide bus transportation

Greyhound Intercity Buses – 800-231-2222

Uber – ride share        Lyft – ride share    Yellow Taxi       Raleigh Taxi

Amtrak – Train will run from Raleigh to Durham in about 30 minutes. – 800-872-7245

More Transportation assistance: Transportation Services – Raleigh-Durham International Airport (


Options in the downtown Raleigh area (not endorsed by ISMC!):

Platinum Childcare – vetted local sitters


Beasley’s Chicken & Honey – known for its southern cuisine and famous chicken and waffles

Gonza Tacos y Tequila – Some of the Triangle’s best Mexican food

La Santa – Another good Mexican restaurant

Taverna Agora – Greek cuisine with an atmosphere to match

Poole’s – A modern take on the traditional American diner

Mulino Italian – Italian restaurant with a patio perfect for an after conference dinner

The Station – Upper quality bar food…plus they have a nice brunch 


Beer Garden – Over 350 beers on tap + they have food

Willard – Rooftop lounge and bar

Dram & Draught – Neighborhood bar feel, whiskey savvy

Boxcar – Lively atmosphere with adult arcade

Big Easy – New Orleans style bar and serves cajun food

Trolley Pub – tour downtown Raleigh while you have drinks on this boozy wagon

Watts & Ward – underground bar with a speakeasy vibe


NC Museum of Art

August 2nd will be First Friday in Downtown Raleigh and you will find art walks and much more social atmosphere



Visit our universities

Visit Other Areas of North Carolina

Raleigh Trail Systems

Biking and hiking in the region, the ATT, Umstead Park and a network of greenways. 

NC Zoo

Located in Asheboro, NC – about an hour and a half west of Raleigh – the NC Zoo is the largest natural habitat zoo in the world.