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Chapel Hill, NC

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Chapel Hill is home to the oldest university in the United States, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, founded in 1793.

Overview of Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill is a college town in Orange County, North Carolina. The University of North Carolina doesn't just educate thousands of students from across the country; it is also one of the city's major employers. Suburban neighborhoods are great for families and hold some of the highest rated schools in the state. A lively downtown area is bustling with art, food and recreational activities. Because the town calls itself the "Southern Part of Heaven," down-home hospitality and culture are prominent aspects of Chapel Hill life.

Check out some of Chapel Hill's finest offerings.

Best Nature in Chapel Hill: Coker ArboretumThe Coker Arboretum is a 5-acre classroom for botany students at UNC as well as a beautiful walkway filled with lush greenery open to the public daily and free of charge.

Best Dining in Chapel Hill: Franklin Street Chapel Hill was named one of "America's Foodiest Small Towns" by Bon Appétit magazine. Franklin Street is one of the most populated and preferred hotspots in the town, so whether it's Italian, Mediterranean, Asian, Mexican or traditional Southern fare, you're bound to find something among the fine restaurants and cozy eateries.

Best Music in Chapel Hill: Local 506 The West Franklin Street venue offers a classic dive bar experience with live music acts that range from from heavy metal to classic rock to country. The staff is friendly, drinks are affordable, and the small setting makes for great acoustics.

Top Five Chapel Hill Adventures

  • Take in art at the university's museum The Auckland Art Museum is a part of the University of North Carolina. It features paintings, drawings and sculptures across African, Eastern and Western cultures, and the facility hosts events and various exhibitions throughout the year
  • Catch a game at Kenan Memorial Stadium Home of the University of North Carolina's Tar Heels, Kenan Memorial Stadium opened in 1927 and has a capacity of 63,000 spectators. That's a lot of college football fans, so you'll have the opportunity to get a first-hand account of the season's action.
  • Score a hole in one at the Finley Golf Course: Raleigh businessman A.E. Finley funded the construction of Finley Golf Course in 1949 using George Cobb's designs. Today, it's a beloved spot for amateurs and professionals alike, and it offers an affordable and fun way to pass a sunny afternoon.
  • Go for a walk in North Carolina's own botanical gardens: The North Carolina Botanical Gardens are owned by the university and feature beautiful nature trails, art exhibits and an education center at UNC.
  • Learn and explore at the Morehead Planetarium: Academia is a large part of Chapel Hill, and the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center has been drawing in visitors and locals since its opening in 1949. Featuring exhibits and shows about our solar system as well as a summer science camp program for kids, it's a fun and educational experience.