The city of Raleigh, capital of North Carolina, is the ideal base to set yourself up in the state. Car hire in Raleigh has you positioned half way between the North Carolina coast and the close-by big city of Charlotte. Nicknamed the ‘City of Oaks’ after the many streets that are lined with oak trees in the centre of town, hiring a car in Raleigh will give you easy navigation around the typical grid layout of American cities. As one of the country’s first planned cities, with the North Carolina State Capitol in the centre, making your way around should be stress-free whilst on your trip.