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Chapel Hill Travel Guide
Get Your Bearings in Chapel HillWhere to Stay
Hotels in Chapel Hill include a range of accommodations. Budget options include Best Western and Days Inn, which includes free breakfasts and Wi-Fi access. Mid-range hotels include the Sheraton and Holiday Inn Chapel Hill, which contains conference rooms for events like business conferences and weddings. Several luxury options, like the Siena Hotel and the Franklin hotel are located along historic Franklin street, while the Carolina Inn is located on the university campus (but close to many of the city's attractions).
Caution: Make reservations in advance for the high-end hotels, as rooms tend to get rented out ahead of events like games or graduations.
What to Eat
Many restaurants in Chapel Hill are located around Franklin Street. Allen and Sons is a local favorite located just north of the city serving up pit-roasted barbecue. Crooke's Corner and Mama Dip's serve up Southern comfort food like shrimp and grits, while Squid's Restaurant is your best bet for quality seafood, complete with a patio and an oyster bar.
Caution: Many restaurants will not let you use their restrooms without purchasing food.
Things to See
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, one of the oldest public universities in the nation, is the biggest attraction in the city. Several other attractions located on campus include the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, which holds sciences demonstrations and productions in addition to planetarium shows. The Carolina Basketball Museum displays over 100 years of basketball history in the state.
Hot Tips: Varsity Theater on Franklin Street was a historic movie theater that closed in 2009, but has recently been renovated and reopened.
Places to Party
Many nightlife options are located along historic Franklin Street. Kildare's Irish Pub is one such establishment, offering a wide array of drinks, pub food, live music and screens tuned to a number of sports channels. Tyler's Taproom is another popular pub which serves a large selection of beers and holds a weekly pub quiz.
Hot Tips: He's Not Here is Michael Jordan's establishment of choice when he's in town.
Where to Shop
The city has a number of bookstores like The Bookshop, a used bookstore, and Flyleaf Books, an independent store that sells a combination of used and new books. The Music Loft and Carrboro Music specialize in musical instruments, while PTA Thriftshop sells a number of used items including books and clothing. Several markets, including Weaver Street Market and Carrboro Farmers' Market sell a number of food products.
Hot Tips: Carrboro Farmers' Market is only open on Wednesday and Saturdays (Wednesdays only from spring to fall).
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About Chapel Hill
Often referred to simply as the "Triangle," Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill surround Research Triangle Park, a sprawling business complex that covers some 7000 acres and is home to over 140 organizations that employ some 38,000 people. The area is rich in academics as well, with four major universities (Duke, NCSU, NCCU, and UNC-Chapel Hill), and numerous smaller universities, community colleges, and technical schools. Whatever your interests — sports, art, theater, music — the Triangle truly has something for everyone. A wealth of museums, galleries, gardens, parks, and historic sites provide hours of entertainment during the day, while the area's professional sports teams, restaurants, nightspots, theaters, and concert venues supply enough evening activity for even the most diehard night owl. A great base for exploring the rest of North Carolina, the Triangle is centrally located and served by several major highways, meaning you can drive to most places within about three hours, including the beach and the mountains.