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