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Chapel-Hill is a lovely, historic town located in Orange County in north central North Carolina. Chapel Hill, Raleigh and Durham form what is known as the Research Triangle on the Piedmont Plateau. Home to the University of North Carolina, which is the country's oldest public university, Chapel Hill is the largest city in Orange County, with a population of 52,473. Orange County boasts having "the best of small town living in a unique cosmopolitan environment." One of the main attractions in Chapel Hill is the Downtown, University Square and The Courtyard, a vibrant area of downtown that is usually filled with people, day and night. This area features a multitude of unique shops and boutiques, college-type eateries and restaurants, bars, nightclubs and taverns. The Chapel Hill Downtown Commission says "It's where the town comes to life," and in 1997, Sports Illustrated called Chapel Hill, "the best college town in America." Also be sure to visit neighboring Hillsborough for antique and craft shops, art galleries and more than 100 18th and 19th century historic buildings. Other attractions in the Chapel Hill area includes historic homes and cemeteries, the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, and many beautiful gardens, including the North Carolina Botanical Garden, which is the largest natural botanical garden in the southeast. Chapel Hill also has several city parks with nature trails, picnicking areas, playgrounds, tennis courts, pools, athletic fields and more. The Chapel Hill Greenways contain eleven hiking and biking trails in a 40-mile system, and nearby Carrboro has one of the most extensive biking systems in the state.

Surrounding areas: Cary, North Carolina (17.3 mi), Raleigh, North Carolina (24.9 mi), Oxford, North Carolina (36.5 mi)

Chapel Hill Vacation Rentals

Chapel Hill Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Alta Springs100 Spring Meadow DrChapel Hill, NC (919) 942-4116
Courtyard By Marriott Chapel Hill100 Marriott WayChapel Hill, NC (919) 883-0700
Days Inn1312 N Fordham BlvdChapel Hill, NC (919) 929-3090
Hampton Inn And Suites6121 Farrington RdChapel Hill, NC (919) 403-8700
Hampton Inn Chapel Hill1740 N Fordham BlvdChapel Hill, NC (919) 968-3000
Holiday Inn Express6119 Farrington RdChapel Hill, NC (919) 489-7555
Holiday Inn1301 N Fordham BlvdChapel Hill, NC (919) 929-2171
Paul J Rizzo Conference Center150 Dubose House LnChapel Hill, NC (919) 913-2098
Sheraton Chapel HillOne Europa DrChapel Hill, NC (919) 968-4900
Summit Governors Village100 DurantChapel Hill, NC (919) 967-2766
The Carolina Inn211 Pittsboro StChapel Hill, NC (919) 933-2001
Homestead Studio Suites Hotel1920 Ivy Creek BlvdDurham, NC5.0 mi.(919) 402-1700
Extended Stay America3105 Tower BlvdDurham, NC5.5 mi.(919) 489-8444
Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club3001 Cameron BlvdDurham, NC7.1 mi.(919) 490-0999
Millennium Hotel Durham2800 Campus Walk AveDurham, NC7.5 mi.(919) 383-8575
Days Inn3460 Hillsborough RdDurham, NC7.8 mi.(919) 383-1551
Hilton Durham3800 Hillsborough RdDurham, NC7.8 mi.(919) 383-8033
Innkeeper Durham West3454 Hillsborough RdDurham, NC7.8 mi.(919) 309-0037
Quality Inn & Suites3710 Hillsborough RdDurham, NC7.8 mi.(919) 382-3388
Brookwood Inn2306 Elba StDurham, NC8.1 mi.(919) 286-3111
Doubletree Guest Suites2515 Meridian PkwyDurham, NC8.2 mi.(919) 361-4660
Hawthorn Suites Hotel300 Meredith DrDurham, NC8.2 mi.(919) 361-1234
Comfort Inn RTP4507 Apex HwyDurham, NC8.3 mi.(919) 361-2656
Courtyard Durham - Research Triangle Park301 Residence Inn BlvdDurham, NC8.3 mi.(919) 484-2900
Ramada Inn600 Willard StDurham, NC8.8 mi.(919) 956-9444
Hampton Inn Durham1816 Hillandale RdDurham, NC9.1 mi.(919) 471-6100
Howard Johnson Inn1800 Hillandale RdDurham, NC9.1 mi.(919) 477-7381
Marriott At The Civic Center201 Foster StDurham, NC9.1 mi.(919) 683-6664
Alexan Farms240 Ivy Meadow LnDurham, NC9.2 mi.(919) 401-4660
Alexan Place100 Alexan PlDurham, NC9.2 mi.(919) 490-6990
Candlewood Suites Durham1818 E Hwy 54Durham, NC9.2 mi.(919) 484-9922
Comfort Inn University3508 Mt Moriah RdDurham, NC9.2 mi.(919) 490-4949
Courtyard By Marriott Durham1815 Front StDurham, NC9.2 mi.(919) 309-1500
Homestead Studio Suites Hotel4515 N Carolina Hwy 55Durham, NC9.2 mi.(919) 544-9991
Homewood Suites Durham/Chapel Hill3600 Mt Moriah RdDurham, NC9.2 mi.(919) 401-0610
La Quinta Inn & Suites4414 Chapel HL BlvdDurham, NC9.2 mi.(919) 401-9660
Red Roof Inn #1554405 Hwy 55 EDurham, NC9.2 mi.(919) 361-1950
Red Roof Inn5623 Chapel HL BlvdDurham, NC9.2 mi.(919) 489-9421
Residence Inn By Marriott1919 Hwy 54 EDurham, NC9.2 mi.(919) 361-1266
Studioplus2504 NC Hwy 54Durham, NC9.2 mi.(919) 361-1853

Chapel Hill Weather & Climate

The Piedmont Plateau in central North Carolina is protected by the mountain ranges from the cold air that moves southeastward across the central States, so the seasons are generally mild. Expect temperatures to be 10-20 degrees warmer here than in the mountain regions. There is no pronounced wet or dry season in North Carolina, and rainfall varies throughout the year. Summer precipitation is normally the greatest with showers and thunderstorms. Autumn is the driest season. Average humidity does not vary greatly from season to season, and the lowest relative humidity is found over the southern Piedmont region. Over the mountains and the western Piedmont, frozen precipitation sometimes occurs in winter in connection with low-pressure storms. Average winter snowfall is about 10 inches in the northern Piedmont.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 49°F 27°F 4.41 in. -
February 53°F 29°F 3.62 in. -
March 61°F 36°F 4.48 in. -
April 71°F 44°F 3.22 in. -
May 78°F 53°F 4.44 in. -
June 85°F 61°F 3.98 in. -
July 89°F 66°F 3.96 in. -
August 87°F 64°F 4.46 in. -
September 81°F 58°F 4.45 in. -
October 71°F 45°F 3.72 in. -
November 62°F 37°F 3.62 in. -
December 52°F 30°F 3.24 in. -

Chapel Hill Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Raleigh Durham International airport (RDU) located about 14 miles east of Chapel Hill in Raleigh - Durham, North Carolina, the Sanford Lee County Regional airport (TTA) located approximately 24 miles south of Chapel Hill in Sanford, North Carolina, the Danville Regional airport (DAN) located roughly 47 miles northwest of Chapel Hill in Danville, Virginia, and finally the Piedmont Triad International airport (GSO) located around 51 miles west of Chapel Hill in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Chapel Hill Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Wet 'n Wild Emerald PointeGreensboroNC43.2 mi.
Water Parks
Emerald Pointe Water ParkGreensboroNC43.2 mi.
Paramount's Carowinds-Water WorksPinevilleNC119.4 mi.
Golf Courses
Finley Golf ClubChapel HillNC 
Preserve At Jordan Lake Golf ClubChapel HillNC 
Twin Lakes Golf CourseChapel HillNC 
Crossings Golf ClubDurhamNC9.5 mi.
Duke University Golf ClubDurhamNC9.5 mi.
Falls VillageDurhamNC9.5 mi.
Hillandale Golf CourseDurhamNC9.5 mi.
Lakeshore Golf CourseDurhamNC9.5 mi.
Cedar Grove Golf CourseHillsboroughNC10.4 mi.
Occoneechee Golf ClubHillsboroughNC10.4 mi.
Willowhaven Country ClubDurhamNC10.8 mi.
Arrowhead Golf ClubMebaneNC16.4 mi.
Mill Creek Golf ClubMebaneNC16.6 mi.
Knights Play Golf CenterApexNC17.3 mi.
Lochmere Golf ClubCaryNC17.4 mi.
Lake Winds Golf CourseRougemontNC20.6 mi.
Sourwood Forest Golf CourseSnow CampNC21.9 mi.
Challenge at Hideaway FarmsGrahamNC22.1 mi.
Southwick Golf CourseGrahamNC22.1 mi.
Cheviot Hills Golf ClubRaleighNC23.4 mi.
Eagle Ridge Golf ClubRaleighNC23.4 mi.
Hedingham Golf ClubRaleighNC23.4 mi.
Par 3 Golf CourseRaleighNC23.4 mi.
Raleigh Golf AssociationRaleighNC23.4 mi.
River Ridge Golf ClubRaleighNC23.4 mi.
TPC at Wakefield PlantationRaleighNC23.4 mi.
Wildwood Green Golf CourseRaleighNC23.4 mi.
WilMar Golf ClubRaleighNC23.4 mi.
Indian Valley Golf CourseBurlingtonNC24.5 mi.
Shamrock Golf ClubBurlingtonNC24.5 mi.
State Parks
Eno River State ParkNC10.7 mi. 
William B Umstead State ParkNC17.7 mi. 
Falls Lake State ParkNC20.4 mi. 
Raven Rock State ParkNC32.6 mi. 
Ackland MuseumChapel HillNC(Art)
Alexander Vaisman GalleryChapel HillNC(Art)
North Carolina Museum of Life and ScienceDurhamNC9.2 mi.(Science)
Duke University Museum of ArtDurhamNC9.2 mi.(Art)
Old West Durham OnlineDurhamNC9.2 mi.(Art)
North Carolina Museum of HistoryRaleighNC24.9 mi.(History)
North Carolina State Museum of Natural SciencesRaleighNC24.9 mi.(Science)
North Carolina Museum of ArtRaleighNC24.9 mi.(Art)
ArtQuestGreensboroNC43.2 mi.(Children's)
Greensboro Historical MuseumGreensboroNC43.2 mi.(History)
Chinqua-PennReidsvilleNC45.6 mi.(History)
Malcolm Blue FarmAberdeenNC59.2 mi.(History)
Zoos and Aquariums
North Carolina Zoological ParkAsheboroNC45.9 mi.
Mill Mountain ZooRoanokeVA105.4 mi.

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