Destination guide

A hip college town in North Carolina

If you’re looking for a break that combines history, culture, and carefree fun, then Chapel Hill fits the bill. It’s the home of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, which means there’s a lively student population giving the whole place a laid-back vibe. You’ll find cool places to eat, drink, and be merry right into the early hours, while there’s more tranquil and cerebral pleasures to be had here as welll. Chapel Hill vacation rentals will make you feel very comfortable, whether you opt for a luxury pad with sleek, contemporary decor, or a rustic cabin in the woods.

Things to do

Science and art in Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill vacation rentals will put you close to an attraction that’s out-of-this-world. This is the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, where immersive shows, often narrated by big name stars, will whisk you into the heavens and plunge you into black holes. Look for the giant sundial close by, which is an icon of the city. Then there’s the Ackland Art Museum, which has over 18,000 works, including a superlative collection of Asian art, not to mention European masterpieces. From Persian pottery to Cubist paintings, it’s all here to be relished. And if you fancy some fresh air afterwards, why not take a turn around the North Carolina Botanical Garden?


Historical homes and hip bars in Chapel Hill

If you really want to soak up the energy and personality of Chapel Hill, you’ll want to head straight for Franklin Street. It’s known as the social hub for students and other locals, and is studded with eateries and eclectic stores. You’ll be browsing hip t-shirts one minute, and delicate artworks the next. There’s also plenty of live music to be enjoyed in the bars. You can also take a trip back in time at Ayr Mount, an old plantation house built in 1815, where guided tours will take you through ornate architecture and landscaped grounds. Culinary buffs can also take an organized food tour of town, with tastings offered by trendy restaurants.


Make the most of the sun in Chapel Hill

There’s no wrong time to settle into a Chapel Hill vacation rental. There are so many places to see, and even during the colder months you can duck into places like the planetarium, or get cozy in the corner of a buzzing bar. That said, if you want to see the landscape at its prettiest, it’s worth coming in the late spring or summer, when the sun makes everything glow, and the fine temperatures provide great motivation to explore the outdoors.

Natural features

Back to nature near Chapel Hill

There are swathes of nature to explore on either side of Chapel Hill. You can head up to Carolina North Forest, where hundreds of acres of woodland provide a lush and tranquil oasis to wander and relax in. Or, go south to get to Jordan Lake and its recreation area, which boasts several swim beaches and miles of hiking trails by the waters. Keep your eyes peeled for bald eagles and other examples of rich wildlife.

How to get there

How to get to and around Chapel Hill

The nearest airport is in Raleigh, NC (RDU-Raleigh - Durham Intl.), located 15.2 mi (24.4 km) from the city center.

Can I find a vacation rental around Chapel Hill?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 174 vacation rentals near Chapel Hill. From 98 Houses to 32 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Chapel Hill for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Chapel Hill?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Chapel Hill:

  • Southwest Raleigh: 52 vacation rentals
  • Downtown: 32 vacation rentals
  • Northwest Raleigh: 19 vacation rentals
  • East Durham: 19 vacation rentals
  • Duke Park: 17 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Chapel Hill?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Chapel Hill. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • The Preserve at Jordan Lake: 180 vacation rentals
  • University of North Carolina: 191 vacation rentals
  • North Carolina Botanical Garden: 198 vacation rentals
  • UNC Medical Center: 189 vacation rentals
  • Finley Golf Course: 202 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Chapel Hill listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Chapel Hill?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 98 Houses in Chapel Hill. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Chapel Hill include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 32 rentals available
  • Cabins: 6 rentals available
  • Cottages: 6 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Farmhouses and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Chapel Hill?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 34 vacation rentals with pool available in Chapel Hill. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.