The capital city is part of North Carolina’s Research Triangle, one of the country’s largest and most successful research parks and a major center in the U.S. for high-tech and biotech research. The surrounding area is home to a number of colleges and universities including Duke University, North Carolina State, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Wake Forest University. These schools have a notable economic impact on the area. The North Carolina Museum of Art, occupying a large suburban campus on Blue Ridge Road near the North Carolina State Fairgrounds, maintains one of the premier public art collections located between Washington, D.C. and Atlanta. Raleigh is known as the City of Oaks for its many oak trees.
The Durham metro is best known for being the home of Duke University and The University of North Carolina’s flagship Chapel Hill campus . The city is also one of the vertices of the Research Triangle Park, one of the most prominent high-tech research and development centers in the U.S. Duke’s men’s basketball team draws many followers in the area and many different types of festivals take place in the city, including the American Dance Festival and the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. The Nasher Museum of Art produces nationally-recognized traveling exhibitions of global, contemporary art.
Chapel Hill is a multicultural university town that is home to UNC-Chapel Hill and a resident population of 59,000. Hailed as “America’s Foodiest Small Town” by Bon Appetit Magazine, Chapel Hill is rapidly becoming a hot spot for pop American cuisine. It’s a trend-setting playground full of sights, sounds and tastes that make it the kind of place that authors, musicians, and artists call home. Chapel Hill is home to a campus of the University of North Carolina. Chapel Hill was, in fact, created to serve the University. When the University Of North Carolina Board Of Trustees chose the area around New Hope Chapel as the site for the first State University in 1793, they also named a committee to lay out a town adjacent to the site. Present day reminders of Chapel Hill’s history are cherished by its citizens and admired by its visitors; quiet winding streets, wooded home sites, stone walls, and small shops surrounding the University add to the charm, mystique, and “small-town” atmosphere.