Chapel Hill: The Town Where Michael Jordan Spent His University Years [The Southern Part of Heaven] [The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC)]


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Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill is a charming town in central North Carolina, USA, known for its vibrant culture, academic excellence, and scenic beauty.

Chapel Hill is characterized by the following.

  • University Town: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) is the oldest state university in the United States. The university has a major impact on the town's atmosphere, offering cultural events, sports, and a diverse community.
  • Culture and Arts: The town has a rich cultural scene, including art galleries, theaters, live music venues, and festivals such as the Festifall Arts Festival. UNC's Carolina Performing Arts series brings world-class performances to the area.
  • Scenic Beauty: Chapel Hill is surrounded by beautiful landscaping, including lush parks and nature trails, and the North Carolina Botanical Garden is a serene spot for nature lovers. Nearby Jordan Lake and a variety of hiking trails offer outdoor activities.
  • Historical Significance: The area is tied to the past, especially the colonial and Civil War eras. Chapel Hill is home to historic sites and landmarks such as the Old Chapel Hill Cemetery.
  • Food and Cuisine: Chapel Hill boasts a vibrant food scene, offering a variety of culinary experiences from food trucks to fine dining, and Franklin Street near the UNC campus is a hub of restaurants and local stores.
  • Community Spirit: Known for its strong sense of community, Chapel Hill hosts events that promote mutual participation and engagement among residents.
  • Sports and Recreation: UNC's athletic programs, especially basketball, have a large following. The Dean Smith Center, home of the UNC men's basketball team, attracts sports enthusiasts.
  • Education and Innovation: Apart from UNC, the nearby Research Triangle Park fosters innovation and technology, making Chapel Hill an area where academia and industry converge.
  • Quality of Life: Chapel Hill offers a high quality of life with excellent schools and medical facilities and a relatively low cost of living compared to many other U.S. cities.
  • Diverse Population: Chapel Hill's population is diverse and includes students, scholars, professionals, and families, contributing to a dynamic and inclusive community.

Overall, Chapel Hill, North Carolina combines academic excellence, cultural richness, and natural beauty to make it an attractive and vibrant place to live and visit.

Chapel Hill has a population of about 62,000 and an area of 21.75 square miile (\(56.32 km^2\)).

Chapel Hill is a safe, inexpensive, and easy to live in town.

The nickname of Chapel Hill is "The Southern Part of Heaven"!

We recommend Chapel Hill when you visit North Carolina for study or sightseeing.

Click the following to watch a video introducing Chapel Hill.

These are videos about what you need to know before moving to Chapel Hill.

The following are some of the most famous places in Chapel Hill.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC)

Chapel Hill is a University town centered on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC).

UNC is famous as Michael Jordan's alma mater.

If you would like to know more about UNC, please click the following.

Franklin Street

Franklin Street is a 3-mile (5-km) long thoroughfare in Chapel Hill.

UNC students and faculty enjoy the restaurants and shopping on Franklin Street.

Franklin Street is named after Benjamin Franklin.

Franklin Street is divided into Western (West Franklin Street) and Eastern (East Franklin Street) sections.

Celebrating on Franklin Street when UNC Men's Basketball Wins Important Game

When the UNC men's basketball team wins an important game, the locals flood Franklin Street. Everyone celebrates UNC's victory!

Here is a video of Franklin Street from the 88-72 win over rival Duke University on February 20, 2019.

Here's a video from the 2017 NCAA Tournament championship. Franklin Street is a festive place!

If you would like to know the game in which UNC won a memorial victory over rival Duke University, click the following.

Halloween Celebration on Franklin Street

Franklin Street is also filled with locals during Halloween celebrations, as seen in this video of Franklin Street on Halloween 2009.

How to Go to Chapel Hill from International Flights

Now that you know the charm of the town of Chapel Hill, which has a strong local flavor, we will show you how to get to Chapel Hill, North Carolina from abroad (outside United States).

First, we will explain how to get to Chapel Hill's nearest international airport, Raleigh-Durham International Airport, and then to Chapel Hill from there.

Raleigh-Durham International Airport: Nearest International Airport to Chapel Hill

Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) is the nearest international airport from Chapel Hill.

Chapel Hill is located about 19miles (30km) west of Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

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Move from Raleigh-Durham International Airport to Chapel Hill

From Raleigh-Durham International Airport, Chapel Hill can be reached in about 40-50 minutes by car.

A cab between Chapel Hill and Raleigh-Durham International Airport costs about $50 one way.

Uber and Lyft are more common these days because they are cheaper; Uber and Lyft costs about $20-$30 one-way.

You can also take the GoTriangle bus.

The GoTriangle bus from the airport to Chapel Hill requires one transfer and takes about an hour and a half, but costs only $3 one-way.

When paying the fare on the bus, be sure to ask the driver for a free transfer card.

Please note that the driver will not give you a free transfer card unless you tell him yourself.

Chapel Hill Transit: Free Buses within Chapel Hill, Carrboro and UNC

Chapel Hill Transit, a free bus service, is recommended for getting around Chapel Hill, Carrboro (a town next to Chapel Hill), and UNC.

Chapel Hill Transit allows bicycles to be carried, making it easy to get from one place to another.

We can ride the Chapel Hill Transit to Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and UNC.

Chapel Hill Transit is available for transportation within Chapel Hill, so we may not need a car to get around.

If you have a family, we recommend you to have a car.

If you would like to know more about Carrboro, please click the following.

2 Recommended Hotels in Chapel Hill

We introduce 2 recommended hotels in Chapel Hill.

The Carolina Inn Hotel

The Carolina Inn Hotel is located next to UNC and is highly recommended for its convenience.

Click the following to watch the introductory videos of the Carolina Inn Hotel.

Graduate Chapel Hill Hotel

Graduate Chapel Hill Hotel is for you, Michael Jordan fans!

Graduate Chapel Hill Hotel opened in August 2020 and is located on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

The hotel was formerly known as the Franklin Hotel.

It is very convenient when visiting Chapel Hill or UNC.

Click the following to watch videos introducing Graduate Chapel Hill Hotel.

The Graduate Chapel Hill Hotel has ROOM 23, which is a recreation of Michael Jordan's student dormitory from his UNC years.

3 Recommended Attractions in Chapel Hill

Now we introduce 3 recommended attractions in Chapel Hill.

Carolina Basketball Museum

Carolina Basketball Museum is a museum dedicated to the glorious history of UNC men's basketball.

Located next to Dean Smith Center.

Free and open to all.

These are introduction videos of Carolina Basketball Museum.

AcklandArt Museum

Ackland Art Museum is a museum located at UNC.

Ackland Art Museum is free to visit and hosts a variety of exhibitions, community and university events.

These are videos to introduce Oakland Art Museum.

Morehead Planetarium and Science Center

Morehead Planetarium and Science Center is a planetarium located at UNC.

These are videos to introduce Morehead Planetarium and Science Center.

Chapel Hill Nearby Cities and Towns : Raleigh and Durham

If you would like to know Chapel Hill Nearby Cities and Towns, called Raleigh and Durham, click the following.

If you would like to know more about Research Triangle Park, the area connecting Chapel Hill, Raleigh, and Durham in a triangle, click the following.

Chapel Hill Toffee: Bitter Chocolate from Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill Toffee is a bitter chocolate from Chapel Hill and good for gift.

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We introduced Chapel Hill, the town where Michael Jordan spent his university years.

Chapel Hill is located in the central part of North Carolina, United States.

Book your travel arrangements here if you would like to learn more about it!