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Welcome to Chapel Hill, N.C., USA:


The Town of Chapel Hill is a community where a diversity of ideas, people, and opportunities converge. It is a place where its citizens feel a vitality and pride that stem from Chapel Hill's history, traditions, and unique characteristics. Nicknamed the "Southern Part of Heaven," Chapel Hill was named after New Hope Chapel which stood upon a hill at the crossing of two primary roads.

Area:  21.1 square miles
Population:  51,519
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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the nation’s first public university. Situated in the beautiful college town of Chapel Hill, N.C., UNC has earned a reputation as one of the best universities in the world. Carolina prides itself on a strong, diverse student body, academic opportunities not found anywhere else, and a value unmatched by any public university in the nation.

Research Triangle Park

The Research Triangle Park is home to more than 170 global companies, including IBM, GSK, Syngenta, RTI International, Credit Suisse, and Cisco, that foster a culture of scientific advancement and competitive excellence. RTP is located between three major universities: Duke University in Durham, North Carolina State University in Raleigh, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  For more information please visit www.rtp.org.

The Research Triangle Park is also home to The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS).  The NIEHS is one of 27 research institutes and centers that comprise the National Institutes of Health (NIH) , U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).  The mission of the NIEHS is to reduce the burden of human illness and disability by understanding how the environment influences the development and progression of human disease.  The pioneering work of NIEHS researchers and grantees has shown the deadly effects of asbestos exposure, the developmental impairment of children exposed to lead, and the health effects of air pollution.  For more information please visit www.niehs.nih.gov.

The Environmental Protection Agency has regional offices in both Chapel Hill and Research Triangle Park.  The EPA is dedicated to protecting human health and the environment.  The National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory is the EPA's focal point for scientific research on the effects of contaminants and environmental stressors on human health and ecosystem integrity. Its research mission and goals help the Agency to identify and understand the processes that affect our health and environment, and helps the Agency to evaluate the risks that pollution poses to humans and ecosystems.  For more information please visit www.epa.gov/NHEERL/adh/ephd.

Biltmore House
Biltmore House

From the Mountains to the Coast, North Carolina has it all!

North Carolina offers breathtaking views from atop Grandfather Mountain to the beauty of the Biltmore House situated in the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains. The Biltmore House is America’s largest home and was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the creator of New York's Central Park. He not only developed acres of gardens and parkland, but in his efforts to protect the environment and reclaim over-farmed land, Olmsted established America's first managed forest. Some of the most popular mountainous activities include hiking, white water rafting, and zip-lining.

Kitty Hawk
Hang gliding in Kitty Hawk, NC

North Carolina also offers the serene surroundings of its many wonderful beaches. Come discover the beauty of North Carolina’s many lighthouses or take a trip to Kitty Hawk where wind, sand, and a dream of flight brought Wilbur and Orville Wright. After four years of experimentation, they achieved the first successful airplane flights in 1903. The North Carolina coast provides access for kiteboarding, hang gliding, surfing, wreck diving, deep sea fishing, or just relaxing in the sun.

There is something for everyone in North Carolina!

Climate

The average daily temperature for Chapel Hill, NC in April is around 22°C (73°F) and light rain showers can be expected. The average nightly temperature is around 10°C (50°F).

Time Zone

GMT-4

Currency

The unit of currency is the US dollar.  Most restaurants, hotels and shops accept major credit cards, including MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover Card and Diners Club; however, it is recommended to check with merchants prior to your visit.

Visitor Visa Information

The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) enables nationals of 36 participating countries to travel to the United States for tourism or business (visitor [B] visa purposes only) for stays of 90 days or less without obtaining a visa.  Please go to travel.state.gov to see if you are within an eligible country to obtain a VWP.  If not, you will need to obtain a B-1 visitor visa to travel into the U.S.  For all information pertaining to visas please visit travel.state.gov/visa/visa_1750.html.

Electricity

The current is 120 volts, using type A and B plugs.

Emergency Phone Number

For emergencies dial 911

 

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