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Hockey Fans Enjoy the Hurricanes

The NHL and the Carolina Hurricanes may not be the very first thing you think of when you hear North Carolina and the Piedmont region, but the sport is a popular draw for many sporting fans in the Raleigh area.

Nearby cities like Cary and Garner are filled with fans who consistently make the drive in for games.

Beginning in October, the NHL action on the ice starts up and plays through May of the following year – be sure to plan for a visit to the PNC Arena, home of the Hurricanes.

Officially opened in 1999, PNC Arena was first known as the Raleigh Entertainment & Sports Arena, then became the RBC Center, and as of 2012 has been the PNC Arena. Explore the Piedmont area of NC and enjoy your visit to Raleigh and the PNC Arena.

Founded in 1972, the Hurricanes began as the New England Whalers, moved to Hartford in 1979, and finally found their current home and new name in Raleigh in 1997. Area cities like Smithfield and Creedmor are pleasant cities in their own right and prove to yield quick and scenic drives into Raleigh.

If you're a hockey super fan or a relative new comer to hockey, make travel plans for this fall or winter in Raleigh. You'll find an entertaining array of places to be, things to do, and, of course, hockey games to watch.

You can spend an afternoon at the North Carolina Museum of Art, or check out the North Carolina State Capitol – both great choices for your pre-game day agenda.


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Best Western Hotels Along the Way:

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Best Western Plus Cary Inn - NC State

1722 Walnut Street, Cary NC 27511-5931
Phone: +1 919-481-1200  |  Fax: (919) 467-7535  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

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Best Western Butner Creedmoor Inn

2578 W Lyon Station Road, Creedmoor NC 27522-7308
Phone: +1 919-575-5942  |  Fax: (919) 582-9425  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

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Best Western Plus Edison Inn

1595 Mechanical Boulevard, Garner NC 27529-2536
Phone: +1 919-662-4890  |  Fax: (919) 662-7660  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

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Best Western Raleigh North-Downtown

2715 Capital Boulevard, Raleigh NC 27604-1509
Phone: +1 919-872-5000  |  Fax: (919) 790-7741  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

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Best Western Smithfield Inn

145 S Equity Drive, Smithfield NC 27577-6035
Phone: +1 919-989-4047  |  Fax: (919) 989-4048  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

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