The Triangle is one of the fastest growing areas in the nation and ranks nationally as one of the best places to live! With great weather, close proximity to the mountains as well as the ocean and a diverse population of residents, there is something for everyone to enjoy. We also have our own activities and opportunities for travel throughout each resident’s three years including; attending ACEP during your 3rd year, participating in the sonogames at SAEM, yearly resident beach retreat, wilderness medicine day and much more! Here are some links to guides of the three cities that compose the triangle (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill).
The Town of Chapel Hill is one point of the “Triangle Area.” Chapel Hill and the campus of the University of North Carolina have a distinctive beauty and charm. “The Southern Part of Heaven,” as it has long been known, is a friendly, exciting, academic community. Although the resources of the area are comparable to those of a much larger metropolitan community, the setting is that of a small town.
The mild climate with four distinct seasons and many sunny days provides numerous recreational choices. Joggers and bikers are ever present on the streets, greenways and trails. Tennis, handball, squash and racquetball courts are in excellent supply. Indoor and outdoor pools provide plenty of water for lap swimmers. For serious athletes, there are road races and even triathlons in the local area. The Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation Department has organized team sports in basketball, soccer and volleyball. Fishing and boating are popular pastimes on University Lake and on the much larger Jordan Lake just eight miles from Chapel Hill.
Just a few miles away, the City of Durham, another point of the Triangle Area. Durham is a blend of deep history and a new, revitalized and contemporary metropolis. Durham is a foodie mecca, ranking at the top of several lists as a best city for millennials. Downtown is walkable, with strong culture. Home to the Durham bulls and many breweries, there is always something to do.
The final point of the Triangle belongs to the State Capital, Raleigh. Raleigh is home of the WakeMed campus. Raleigh is often described as “a park with a city in it.” With 1/5 of the population in their 20’s it is one of the fastest growing places in America with a vibrant and active downtown.
To the west are the North Carolina Mountains which offer many opportunities for hiking and camping throughout the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and the Cherokee, Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests. Warm weather features whitewater rafting, while cold weather brings snowboarding and skiing. Historic Asheville, tucked in the Blue Ridge Mountains, offers scenic, cultural and historic experiences, elegant cuisine, as well as the renowned Biltmore Estate with its garden and winery, and the famous Grove Park Inn resort and spa.
Even closer, just east of the Triangle, North Carolina offers some of the most beautiful beaches on the entire eastern seaboard. Wilmington offers a unique beach experience with the historic downtown, the beautiful Cape Fear beaches, an abundance of watersports, and excellent angling opportunities. Drive north along the coast and the Outer Banks and the pristine Cape Hatteras National Seashore will offer a quiet alternative to the busy beach towns both north and south of the Carolinas.
Below is a slide show of just some of the activities our residents enjoy.