The City of Oaks is synonymous with the City of Tech! Raleigh is known to be a hotbed of both small start-ups and well-established technology companies. Plus, we Raleighites encourage each other to push the technological envelope through events like CityCamp NC and NC DataPalooza hosted right in downtown. So it should come as no surprise that the local app market is quite bustling!
Here are my top picks for favorite Raleigh-made apps:
You don’t need to be a seasoned historian to become an Old Raleigh expert. All you need is your smartphone! The Raleigh Historic Development Commission has developed a free app called RaleighHistoric to help guide pedestrians through our city’s past. Learning more about North Carolina’s capital city has never been easier thanks to technology.
The app is complete with an interactive map as well as several self-guided tours, including five different development era tours.
Take a cultural look at Raleigh by checking out the African American Landmarks tour or grab your bicycle for the Historic Bike Ride tour.
Click on each landmark to view a photo and a brief description.
Next time you’re out and about, be sure to pull out this app for a snapshot of Raleigh’s history.
The tagline for this app is “Avoid Average Weekends”, and its purpose is to help users do just that (quite successfully!). I use Offline sort of like Pinterest. I can collect the things I want to do in Raleigh all in one place on my phone.
When it’s time to get out of the house, or I’m out of activity ideas, I simply pull up Offline to review my bookmarks.
What’s even more fun is the “check it off” button! Does anyone else get that rush of self-satisfaction after checking off an item on the to-do list? Well, doing it on the Offline app renders the epitome of that feeling! It makes me feel like I’ve been very productive while also having fun. It’s also an extra excuse to Instagram what I’m doing (as if I needed an excuse…) because you must include a photo in order to check off a bookmark.
Offline is your barometer for Raleigh enjoyment because it keeps track of where you’ve been, what you’ve done, and what you still want to do. Not even sure where to start? It aggregates things to do in Raleigh into different categories for easy browsing.
Available in the iTunes app store.
The folks over at Oak City Apps submitted this app as a concept to CityCamp NC in 2012 and it is now a reality! RGreenway is a mix between Google Maps, Foursquare, and Strava, with a dash of your handy-dandy weather app – all for the Capital Area Greenway Trail System.
With this app, you can locate nearby trailheads and find out more information about the trail, such as the trailhead’s exact street address, route details, and surrounding landmarks. Once you are on the trail, you can check-in and submit any issues to SeeClickFix without even leaving the app. Do all of this while tracking time and mileage!
Raleigh was one of the first cities to adopt a greenway system in the 1970s, which is now a network of over 100 miles and counting.