Favorite thing: A friend of mine who goes to school here gave me two tickets to the game (thanks, Elizabeth!) and my buddy Dave and I had a great time seeing these two rivals hit the hardwood. Despite the fact that Carolina was having a down year and Duke was favored in the game (Carolina was 5-10 and Duke 11-4 in the league coming at the time), Carolina pulled it out in the end. They say that when arch rivals get together, you can throw their records out the window, and that is certainly the case in this matchup. The whole game was close, and the arena was deafening. Since we had student seats, we were surrounded by a sea of Carolina blue college kids who never sat down during the whole game. We had a great time cheering right along with them and screaming until our voices were hoarse!
You won't have much reason to visit Chapel Hill outside of visiting the campus of UNC, but here's a little bit of information about the city itself.
It's located mostly in Orange County, North Carolina, but also a little in Durham County. It was founded in 1819 (after the school) and the population is just over 51,000. If you drive around the area close to campus, you'll see a lot of lovely, expensive homes. The public buses are free if you need a ride.
It is always a pleasure to walk on campus. I haven't seen many american campuses in my life but Chapel Hill is, by far, the one I like the most.
Everywhere is so green and the contrast with the bricks'red is so pretty.
The Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau recently opened a Visitors Center downtown, which is worth visiting on your arrival to get help with things to see and do. Then, start by visiting downtown, where you'll be able to explore the world-renowned Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, Ackland Art Museum and lively East and West Franklin Street, among other interesting sites. Chapel Hill has a population of about 50,000, and the University has an enrollment of about 24,000.
Fondest memory: Chapel Hill has been described as 'the Southern Part of Heaven' (after a 1950 book of that title by William Meade Prince), and Sports Illustrated has described it as the best college town in America. A lot of these acclamations stem from the beauty and pace of the town, which is what first attracted many to the area in the 18th and 19th centuries. In the late 1780s, Chapel Hill was selected as the site of the first state-supported university in the country because of the area's location and 'healthfulness'. When you stroll around the campus, especially in the spring when the dogwoods and azaleas are in bloom, you'll see clearly why the state legislators chose Chapel Hill for its state university. The old homes of the community that surround the campus add immeasurably to the beauty and charm of the area.