Raleigh, part of the Raleigh-Durham area of North Carolina, is the capital of North Carolina and features several historical landmarks, including the Boylan Heights, one of the first planned neighborhoods in Raleigh. The city isn’t located right on I-95 -- it's about 30 miles to the west -- but there are many hotel options in the cities near Raleigh that are on I-95.
Benson is south of Raleigh where I-95 and I-40 meet, and there is one good lodging option. The Days Inn Benson is just off I-95 and features a free complimentary breakfast and free wireless Internet. It accepts pets with a fee, and all rooms feature hairdryers and AM-FM clock radios with alarm features. The Days Inn has its own restaurant, the El Charo, which features Mexican dishes, and also offers an outdoor pool. The Days Inn Benson is near the Smithfield Outlet Mall, Campbell University and several restaurants and gas stations.
Wilson is east of Raleigh, just off of I-95, and has several hotels. Fairfield Inn and Suites Wilson features work desks in all rooms, along with high speed Internet, high-definition televisions and coffeemakers. Suites feature media centers, refrigerators and microwaves. The hotel has an indoor swimming pool and complimentary hot breakfast for all guests. The Days Inn Wilson is accessible from exit 116 and features a complimentary breakfast and high-speed Internet. This Days Inn is a AAA three-diamond rated hotel and provides weekday newspaper delivery and free parking. Guests in Wilson can visit the Carolina Outlet Mall, Bill Ellis Barbecue and Lake Wilson.
In Rocky Mount
Rocky Mount, northeast of Raleigh where Highway 64 meets I-95, is home to the Rocky Mount Arts Center and provides several good lodging options. The Courtyard Rocky Mount is right off I-95 and near both Texas Steakhouse and Cracker Barrel. This three-diamond property features rooms with desks, wireless Internet and coffeemakers. The hotel has a cafe, swimming pool, fitness center and meeting room. The Country Inn and Suites is two miles from I-95 and has an indoor pool, whirlpool, fitness center and business center. The hotel has two types of rooms, but all have complimentary wireless Internet, refrigerators, microwaves and hairdryers.
Smithfield is halfway between Wilson and Benson on I-95 and has one hotel, the Smithfield Super 8. This Super 8 has a business center, complimentary wireless Internet, complimentary breakfast and a pool, and pets are allowed. The hotel is near the Ava Gardner museum, which houses memorabilia and artifacts chronicling the career of the actress, who was born nearby in Grabtown. Also nearby are the Carolina Outlet Mall and the Bentonville Battleground, one of the final battlegrounds of the Civil War.
- Days Inn Benson, 202 N. Honeycutt St., Benson, NC 27504, 919-894-2031
- Fairfield Inn and Suites Wilson, 4915 Hayes Place West, Wilson, NC 27893, 252-265-5660
- Days Inn Wilson, 1801 South Tarboro St., Wilson, NC 27893, 252-291-2323
- Courtyard Rocky Mount, 250 Gateway Blvd., Rocky Mount, NC, 27804, 252-451-4800
- Country Inn and Suites Rocky Mount, 672 English Rd. , Rocky Mount NC 27804,1-800-596-2375
- Super 8 Smithfield, 735 Industrial Park Drive, Smithfield, NC 27577, 919-989-8988
- The Ava Gardner Museum, 325 E. Market St., Smithfield, NC, 27577, 919-934-5830
- Bentonville Battlefield
- Visit Raleigh