Franklin Street runs along the northern edge of the campus, which is filled with oak-shaded courtyards and stately old buildings. Regarded as one of the top public institutions in the United States, UNC Chapel Hill is also one of the country's oldest public universities and was the first to admit students (it opened its doors in 1795). To this day, it remains the very heart of Chapel Hill, which has grown up around it for more than two centuries.
Ackland Art Museum. Come and see one of the Southeast's strongest collections of Asian art, plus an outstanding selection of drawings, prints, and photographs as well as old-master paintings and sculptures. Be sure to say hello to Mr. Ackland, whose modernist tomb is on-site. 101 S. Columbia St., University, 27599. 919/962–2221. www.ackland.org.
Round Wilson Library. Visit the university's library for the largest single collection of North Carolina literature in the nation. 153A Country Club Rd., University, 27514. 919/962–3765. www.lib.unc.edu/wilson.