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Chapel Hill and Orange County, North Carolina are part of a metropolitan area called the Research Triangle, comprised of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill. At its center is the Research Triangle Park, which was established in the mid-1960s as a 6,000-acre research, industrial and office campus. Orange County is located in the north central section of the state, about three hours from the coastal beaches and four hours from the mountains. The Places Rated Almanac published by Rand McNally ranks the climate of Chapel Hill in the top 15% of all areas in the U.S. You can be part of these wonderful experiences that define these communities just by visiting Orange County. Contact the Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau, and we’ll help you plan your visit. or call 1-888-968-2060.