Chapel Hill, Raleigh, and Durham combined are known as The Triangle. The Triangle consistently receives national recognition as one of the most desirable place to live and work in the United States. In addition to college and professional sports, The Triangle features cultural venues such as Playmakers Repertory Theater, the North Carolina Symphony, Ballet and Opera Companies. A selection of Broadway shows is available in Chapel Hill and Raleigh. Performances by well known artists are held at Memorial Hall (Chapel Hill). The Durham Center for the Performing Arts (DPAC) and the BTI Center (Raleigh); Yo Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Andrea Bocelli and many others make frequent visits to the NC Triangle.
Bicycle-friendly, Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation Department maintains 14 beautiful parks. Recreational facilities include athletic fields, a state of the art aquatic center, nature trails, pools, bocce ball courts, a gymnasium, and much more. Recently redesigned by Tom Fazio, Finley Golf Course stretches some 7,119 yards from the championship tees. Horace Williams House in Chapel Hill is host to a large number of community events each year. Some of these events include a children’s egg hunt, “Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration,” “Home for the Holidays,” and chamber music concerts.
Other local activities include an outdoor street fair featuring more than one-hundred booths of arts and crafts vendors from around the country, a Greek festival, art exhibits featuring local artists, and concerts featuring the North Carolina Symphony. Eno River State Park and Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area are both nearby. North Carolina has nine designated State Bicycling Highways and Route 2 runs across the southern portion of Orange County. Also called the Mountains-to-the-Sea Bikeway, Route 2 is the longest of the nine at 700 miles.
Youth sports and recreational activities are a primary focus in Chapel Hill and The Triangle. There is a nationally recognized boys and girls soccer program in Chapel Hill as well as youth basketball, baseball, football, gymnastics, golf and tennis, among others. The Chapel Hill YMCA and UNC Fitness Centers have excellent exercise equipment, basketball courts, squash courts and an Olympic size pool. Both family membership and individual memberships are reasonably priced and readily available.
Interstate 40 and 85 intersect in Orange County providing easy access to Raleigh-Durham International Airport, which is 20 minutes east of Chapel Hill on I-40. Chapel Hill Transit operates free public transportation service throughout Chapel Hill, Carrboro and the UNC campus. Amtrak has daily service to Charlotte, Washington DC, New York, and Boston through rail stations in Durham and Raleigh. The Raleigh-Durham Airport provides daily flights to Europe as well as direct flights to major cities within the U.S.