Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau

308 West Franklin Street 27516

Seek Unique in Chapel Hill

Experience, Explore, Taste, Unwind, Tune In, Stay and Meet at our unique destination! Chapel Hill, NC is a popular choice for small to medium sized meetings up to 300 because it is one of the few destinations that offer small town charm with big city flair. Chapel Hill is a mix of historic sites, unique gardens, wonderful museums, art galleries and is home of the nation’s first state university, the University of North Carolina. Chapel Hill’s celebrated Franklin Street features over 300 shops, boutiques, galleries and restaurants and offers a vibrant, lively downtown scene. The foodie scene rocks with award winning chef’s creating inspired, fresh dishes. You’ll also find world-renowned music clubs; hip, eclectic wine bars, awesome craft beers, a distillery and cool coffee shops. The avant-garde arts scene is literally on every corner to discover. Orange County, NC is also home to Carrboro where the uncommon is common in this former mill town and Hillsborough which has rich historical roots. The area offers hotels ranging from Four Diamond and boutique to edgy and affordable..options for any meeting budget. Come experience our rich culture in a town that is anything but mainstream. Raleigh/Durham International Airport, voted #9 Best Airports (Conde Nast 12/14) is only 20 minutes from Chapel Hill and offers many flight options both domestic and international.

Need dates

  • 07/23/202407/25/2024
  • 07/28/202408/01/2024
  • 08/04/202408/08/2024

Getting Here

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION: * Chapel Hill is located in the center of the state of North Carolina * Easily accessible by 2 major interstates I-40 and 1-85 * Chapel Hill is within a day's drive for half the country and midway between Atlanta and Philadelphia, making it convenient for drive in attendees. * Only 7 miles from Downtown Durham and Duke University * 30 miles from the state capitol Raleigh and NC State University. * Research Triangle Park is only 15 miles away RALEIGH/DURHAM INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT: * Located 20 minutes from RDU which was ranked #9 Best Airports by Conde Nast (12/14). * Chapel Hill is just an hour's flight away for more than half of the US. * RDU offers 400 daily flights arriving from 40 nonstop destinations both domestic and international, and serves nearly 10 million passengers annually. PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: * Chapel Hill Transit which serves Chapel Hill, Carrboro and the University of North Carolina is FREE TO RIDE!

Distance from airport

  • Raleigh-Durham International Airport

    18 mi. from city center

Local Attractions

University of North Carolina

UNC was chartered in 1789 and was the nation's first public university. Home of the TarHeels!

Cat's Cradle

Located less than a mile from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill campus in downtown Carrboro, the Cat’s Cradle has been the Triangle’s premier live music venue for over 40 years. Having hosted bands as diverse as Nirvana, Public Enemy, John Mayer, Joan Baez, and Iggy Pop, the Cat’s Cradle has become a must-stop venue for premier music acts over the past several decades. With a capacity of 750 people, the Cat’s Cradle allows concert-goers a chance to see established and up-and-coming bands alike in an intimate setting.
300 East Main Street
Carrboro, NC

Downtown Chapel Hill

Business district
Franklin Street is a vibrant downtown area featuring many college style and upscale restaurants, pubs, clothing stores, galleries, UNC memorabilia shops and boutiques. It is the heart of the downtown area.

North Carolina Collection Gallery

Eclectic collection of artifacts and exhibits related to North Carolina and University history
South Road
Chapel Hill

Downtown Carrboro

Business district
Main Street features gift and craft shops, fashion, coffee shops, restaurants and galleries. Carrboro is a walking town; there is nowhere you can't go and nowhere you wouldn't go on foot.

Kidzu Children's Museum

Hands-on, interactive, exhibit areas geared to children 0-10 years that inspire children to learn through creative play
201 S. Estes
Chapel Hill, NC

North Carolina Botantical Gardens

The Botanical Garden, one of the largest botanical gardens in the SE, features nature trails, carnivorous plant collections, perennial borders, aquatics and herb gardens. Meeting space available.
Old Mason Farm Road
Chapel Hill, NC

Downtown Hillsborough

Business district
15 minutes away
In the heart of the historic district, you will find a good choice of antique, wine, chocolate, jewelry, craft shops and locally owned restaurants. Hillsborough is the oldest town in the Piedmont and is listed on the Historic Register of Places and boasts more than 100 late 18th century and early 19th century structures.

Convention Centers

  • Friday Conference Center

    The Friday Conference Center provides exceptional, flexible event and meeting spaces for a variety of purposes, from large conventions and banquet receptions to small seminars to professional development workshops.



High season
Shoulder season
Jan 1 – Feb 29
Low season

Additional Information

Why should you consider Chapel Hill for your next meeting? We can help you create a memorable experience in an exciting town! * Ranked #4 WalletHub Lists Chapel Hill Among the 2017 Most Educated Cites (2017) * Ranked #1 Atholon Sports Experts Poll Names Chapel Hill Best College Towns in the Nation (2016) * Ranked #6 Chapel Hill on List of 20 Smartest Towns by (2016) * UNC is ranked in Top 5 national public university by U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges” (2016) * Chapel Hill is one of Zagat’s 16 Under-the-Radar Southern Food Destinations (2016) * Ranked #12 Conde Nast Traveler Names UNC in the top 20 Most Beautiful College Campus America (2016) * Chapel Hill rated #1 in Top College Towns You’ll Never Want to Leave by College Magazine (2015) * Chapel Hill named one of Four Slam Dunk College Towns by National Geographic (2015) And.. Raleigh/Durham International Airport Ranked #9 in the country by Conde Nast (December 2014)