Classic Americana in this university town.
The University of North Carolina’s hometown, centered around a bustling historic district, has outdoor cafés, chic boutiques, and old colonial residences proudly waving American flags.
Morehead Planetarium and Science Center
Take part in hands-on science exhibits or catch a space show where the first NASA astronauts trained.
Dean Smith Center
In season (if you’ve bought tickets far in advance), catch the Tar Heels playing basketball at the University of North Carolina.
The kitchen feeds a loyal following with breakfasts of country ham and Southern biscuits (snag a table on the sunny front porch).
The Barbecue Joint
Don’t be put off by the strip-mall location; locals swear by its slow-cooked pork and tangy sauce.
The whole family will like the sleek hotel, where rooms have French doors and large circular tubs. Even Rover is welcome, for a fee (from $75).