Raleigh's crepe myrtle lined streets make it an attractive destination in the state of North Carolina. It was planned in the starting that if would be the capital as a result it is full of several recreational areas. It is known as the ‘City of Oaks’ as it is especially notable for its historic buildings, numerous museums and vibrant parks. The Umstead State Park is also popular for its dense shrubbery and water streams on which tourists can paddle boat. Raleigh's true strength lies in its preservation of history from different periods of time.