America's Coolest College Towns
Chapel Hill, NC (University of North Carolina)
Yes, there’s a fine clutch of Georgian classroom buildings around a shaded, picturesque
quad, but during the winter months, everyone’s attention is fixated on the Dean Dome, home to the powerhouse Tar Heels basketball
team. Come November, tickets that haven’t been snapped up by students are available to the
public. Die-hards check out the 8,000-square-foot, year-old Carolina Basketball Museum, which
doubles as a de facto shrine to alum Michael Jordan (old jerseys included). Still, nothing beats
game time, says ticket director John Miller: “It’s really just electric.” During
the off-season, browse for art at Red Window,
formerly owned by Elizabeth Edwards, wife of ex-senator John Edwards.
Local Taste: Though the building’s a flyspeck, the long lines of cars at the
drive-through window of the Sunrise
Biscuit Kitchen testify to the restaurant’s celebrated sweet tea and fried chicken.