Welcome to Chapel Hill
One of the best college towns and places to live in the U.S.
Chapel Hill, North Carolina, is a beautiful town in Orange County filled with friendly people and a rich history. It is in the heart of the Piedmont region of the state and in the Triangle Region along with Raleigh and Durham. Chapel Hill is an easy drive to Raleigh (30 minutes) and Durham (20 minutes). The community has a laid-back lifestyle and a variety of shops, restaurants, museums, and outdoor activities. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is here, so residents can experience all of the benefits of living in a vibrant, diverse college town.
Chapel Hill is home to approximately 60,000 residents including the University population. It has a lot of culture, a well-known music scene and plenty of terrific dining options. The community has beautiful architecture, with historic homes dating back to the 19th century and lovely southern style. Many homes are situated on quiet tree-lined streets, with options ranging from small condominiums to million-dollar estates.
What to Love
- Small town charm with proximity to large cities
- Casual vibe and diverse lifestyle opportunities
- Lush greenery and open spaces
- Wooded and hilly
- Close-knit community with a focus on arts and sports
Chapel Hill is a vibrant college town offering a unique lifestyle full of Southern charm. The atmosphere is laid-back and friendly. It offers access to nature in its many parks and trail systems. The weather is terrific with moderate temperatures most of the year, making outdoor activities accessible year-round. Residents can enjoy a round of golf at the country club or UNC’s Finley Golf Course
, a coffee or a cocktail downtown on Franklin Street, and a Tarheel basketball game on the same day! Chapel Hill is a vibrant small town with a strong economy and a thriving business community.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Chapel Hill has unique shops and restaurants as well as great nightlife. Franklin Street is the center of entertainment and dining in town.
Residents look forward to a nice mixture of fine dining, cafes, and casual restaurants. There are also several inviting cafes to pop into. Some notable destinations that are beloved by locals include Caffe Driade
, Al’s Burger Shack
, and Merritt’s Grill
. For a romantic evening out, reserving a table at the historic Carolina Inn
is an enchanting way to enjoy your time. You can even book a room to stay in if you want to indulge in a getaway without leaving the area.
Exploring Chapel Hill’s iconic downtown
is the easiest way to browse unique shops and boutiques. The downtown also serves as a social hub for residents and students. Throughout the year, several events and activities take place here, which brings the community together. Live music, arts and crafts shows, and other fun activities help make downtown a wonderful place worth exploring.
Things to Do
Chapel Hill is an artsy town with lots of shops, galleries, and restaurants. Residents can take a self-guided tour
around downtown to view colorful murals by Michael Brown and other artists. There is also a walking map pinpointing locations to see different artworks. The Carolina Inn
hosts weekly gatherings with live music and food trucks to support local artists and create a space for residents to mingle.
One of the most popular destinations is the North Carolina Botanical Garden
. This serene garden fully displays some of the most beautiful plants and species.
If you want to get out in nature, go explore Bolin Creek Trail
. Merritt’s Pasture
is another picture-perfect getaway with sprawling hills, beautiful trails, and a serene environment. Chapel Hill is a bustling city with plenty of parks like these that allow you to soak in the beauty of nature without having to drive a distance away.
For a whimsical adventure, a fun event to enjoy is the Forest Theater
. This unique theatrical experience includes live performances against the backdrop of nature. Whether you're a nature enthusiast or have young kids, going to the Forest Theater is an enchanting way to enjoy the arts.
Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools
is the state’s number one school district. Notable schools in the community include. It serves more than 10,000 students in Chapel Hill and Carrboro. The district has elementary, middle, and high schools as well as an alternative high school and a school for young people being treated at UNC Hospital.
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