Looking for the best skyline views in Raleigh, North Carolina? There’s just something about a grand city skyline view that I love. After living in Raleigh for over 6 years, I’ve done my fair share of exploring the city’s best viewpoints from the rooftop bars to the high hills outside of the city. Whether you’re looking for a photo opportunity or a romantic date spot, here are the 5 best skyline views in Raleigh.
Of all of the skyline views on this list, City Club is my favorite. It’s also the most difficult view to get to. City Club is a membership-only club located on the 28th floor of the Wells Fargo building in the heart of downtown Raleigh. As far as I know, you’ll need a member to get in to this restaurant, or you’ll need to be attending an event like a wedding. When you’re here, make sure to bring your camera! It’s the best bird’s eye view of Raleigh, especially at night.
The Dillon is a new-ish apartment building located in the Warehouse District. It has quickly become home to one of the best skyline views in Raleigh. The best part? You don’t have live here to enjoy this stellar view. The 9th floor terrace is open to the public daily from 7am-7pm. There are restrooms inside and plenty of seating and canopy lights outside. Perfect place to watch the sunset!
Dorothea Dix Park
Dorothea Dix Park is a spacious city park with rolling hills and an interesting history. This skyline view is particularly stunning with lush green grass, trees, and a windy road as the foreground. To find this particular viewpoint, search for Harvey Hill on Google Maps to get you there. You might have to walk a bit until you find a perfect parting of the trees to reveal one of the best skyline views in Raleigh.
You can’t visit Raleigh without taking a drive or walk over Boylan Bridge. You might just see a train go by if you’re lucky. Boylan Bridge has a perfect skyline view of Raleigh as well as multiple railroad tracks beneath your feet. You can even enjoy a drink or a meal with this view at the perfectly positioned restaurant Wye Hill.
Moore Square Parking Deck
Okay, hear me out on this one. It’s not exactly a skyline view since you’re smack dab in the middle of the city, but it still takes my breath away. One of best kept secrets for a great city view is the top level of a parking deck. In particular, the Moore Square Parking Deck gives you a view of PNC Plaza, the Wells Fargo building, Skyhouse, and the smaller buildings in between. Go at sunset for a beautiful 360-degree view.
Now you’ve got some homework! The next time you’re in Raleigh, check out one or all of these skyline viewpoints. You’ll need some caffeine for all of this exploring. Check out the best coffee shops in Raleigh next.