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Have you ever visited a new city and found yourself lost, looking for something to do or searching for the nearest restaurant? When you need some guidance while out-and-about, you may pull out your smartphone or maybe you’ll stop a passing local, but what if there was someone who was there just to answer your questions and make your visit great?

Greater Raleigh has the solution, with two strong ambassador programs created to open doors for visitors by making themselves available with helpful information and the guidance you’re looking for. Not every city can boast such a specialized group of locals like this.

The Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau’s Tourism Ambassadors can be found all over the area staffing hospitality booths and answering questions at conventions, trade shows, festivals, sporting events and other events attended by out-of-towners. If you happen to find yourself in need of some information while near downtown Raleigh’s Fayetteville Street, just stop on by the GRCVB’s Visitor Information Center, where a Tourism Ambassador will be happy to guide you.

The Downtown Ambassador Program is the Downtown Raleigh Alliance’s effort to make the area an attractive place to live, work or visit. Feel free to approach any Downtown Ambassador, who will be dressed in a red jacket, for recommendations, directions, or a copy of the Guide to Downtown Raleigh. You can also request an escort for safety purposes, as the ambassadors are trained to handle a variety of situations.

Want to learn more about these awesome ambassadors? Visit the Tourism Ambassador and Downtown Ambassador homepages for more information.

You’re out and about exploring Greater Raleigh, but when you go to check your visitors guide for more exciting things to do, you realize you’ve left it somewhere. Or, you want to plan your last-minute visit to Greater Raleigh from home but don’t have a copy of the guide you’ve heard helps you personalize your trip. These are two different dilemmas but with one great solution. Greater Raleigh’s Official Visitors Guide is now available to flip through online.

No matter where you are, you now have access to 76 pages of the best area information, restaurants, things to do, and so much more right at your fingertips (as long as you have internet access!). The What’s Your Destination I.D. guide is much more than your average guide, with personalized itineraries based on what you enjoy most. Whether you’re a Lifelong Learner looking for the best museums in the area, a Creative Genius tracking down all of the most unique galleries, or an Adrenaline Junkie looking for your next big rush, you’ll find detailed, personalized suggestions for what to do next.

Pull up the guide any time you want to share with family and friends, making planning your next getaway from far away a breeze. This guide is a wonderfully organized highlight of the thousands of options you’ll find on visitRaleigh.com, all tailored to meet your needs and to keep planning as simple as possible. The next time you need access to all the fun Greater Raleigh has in store for you, just visit the Official Visitors Guide online.

When you visit an area like Greater Raleigh that has so many great things to see and do, it can be difficult to know where to start. The best place to head first is the Greater Raleigh Visitor Information Center, located in the heart of downtown Raleigh on Fayetteville Street.

The Visitor Information Center provides visitors with information on restaurants, accommodations, attractions and events throughout Wake County. This street-side welcome center is inside the connector between the Raleigh Marriott City Center and the Raleigh Convention Center.

You’ll find visitor guides, maps, brochures and calendars to meet your needs, whether you’re in the mood to shop, dine, visit a few museums or get out and explore the great outdoors.

Start your adventure in Greater Raleigh at the official Visitor Information Center downtown and learn about the many possibilities and opportunities the area has to offer.

When you’re on the go in Greater Raleigh, it’s convenient and helpful to have visitor information only a tap of your iPhone away. Introducing the completely free visit Raleigh iPhone application, a resource you can use to guide you on the go during your stay.

This easy-to-use application has a huge, comprehensive guide that you can search by categories, such as Art Galleries, Free Things to Do, Hotels, Historic Sites, Museums and Nightlife, to name a few. Once you select a category, you can then break down your search by your GPS location, find directions, contact information and links for more information.

In addition to the visitors guide, you can also search the application’s packed events calendar, watch interesting HD videos highlighting local attractions, and find awesome deals that suit your interests. The app saves your favorites so you can easily find the information you’re interested in again with just one tap.

Download this free app now and learn just how easy it can be to have a great time in Greater Raleigh!

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