Self-Guided Walking Tours

Looking for things to do in Raleigh? Follow these five tours to discover the hidden gems of Raleigh, including historic sites, unique murals, local parks and more. 

Click on any of the links on this page to view an interactive map, learn more about the attractions, access audio tours, view mile(s) of each tour, and an estimated walking or biking time. 


  1. Weird Raleigh Tour
  2. Downtown Raleigh Murals Tour
  3. Historic Equity Tour
  4. Parks and Natural History Tour
  5. Leaders of Raleigh Tour
  6. Historical Markers: New Bern Avenue BRT Construction Tour
Exterior mural in Color Pop corner outdoor space

Weird Raleigh Walking Tour 

Find seven weird and unique places to visit in Raleigh. Sites include: Marbles Kids Museum, Color Pop Corner, White-Holeman House and Take Warning! Mural. 

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Shaw University 150th Anniversary Mural

Downtown Raleigh Murals Tour 

Downtown Raleigh's murals are not only beautiful, but they have a rich history and meaning behind them. Sites include: Raleigh Convention Center, Shaw University, No Damsels, Ann and Allen Iverson Mural, All Are Welcome Mural and Abstraction Motion Google Fiber. 

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Historic Equity Walking Tour

See the sites and people that have played a part in championing equity for all people. Sites include: Shaw University, City Cemetery, Black Main Street and M&F Bank, The Warehouse "Gayborhood", and Legends Nightclub.

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Line of customers for pushcart vendor at Moore Square

Parks and Natural History Walking Tour 

Travel to Raleigh's original four parks and discover the importance each of them carries today. Sites include: Moore Square, Burke Square ("Executive's Mansion"), NC State Capitol, Nature Research Center & World's Gigantic Globe and Nash Square. 

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Exterior of Estey Hall

Leaders of Raleigh Tour

Get to know leaders who have made an impact here in the City of Oaks. Sites include: Judson Wade Leonard & Leonard Medical Center, Andrew Johnson's Birthplace, NC State Capitol, Joel Lane House and Gardens "The Father, and Governor's Mansion 

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Historical marker for the New Bern Ave. corridor

New Bern Avenue and Edenton Street History Marker Tour

In the early 1990s, people in the Idlewild and College Park communities came together to document the contributions of African Americans who lived and worked along New Bern Avenue and Edenton Street. There are 16 granite makers in the right-of-way that denote historically significant buildings, cemeteries, churches, and universities that tell the story of Raleigh's rich history. Before construction begins on the Bus Rapid Transit project these markers will be removed and lovingly restored. Once the project is complete the historic markers will be returned.

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Teens on a walking tour outside in Raleigh

About the Maps

Each tour was developed and narrated by the Raleigh Digital Connectors program, a nationally-renowned program providing technology and leadership training for youths ages 14-18.

The Spring 2021 Raleigh Digital Connectors class collaborated with the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau to create maps that showcase some of Downtown Raleigh's most visited attractions, historic sites, and beautiful parks. 

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