14. Road Trip 2: Washington D.C. to North Carolina – Part 3 Chapel Hill, NC


We started our second day of the road trip at Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Chapel Hill is part of the Research Triangle Park that I mentioned in my earlier Post. It is also a small college town for it is the home to University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and UNC Health Care. I had a list of few spots my friend who studied at UNC suggested to make best use of our few hours here. Our time was short, but pleasant.

Here are the highlights!

  1. Start your day with Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen for Breakfast

If there is one thing I shouldn’t miss out eating in Chapel Hill, my friend said, it is breakfast at Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen. When my friend suggested that, we were skeptical at first. The map said this a small Drive-Thru or pick up only place. There aren’t even chairs or tables for people to sit. But his enthusiasm as well as 272 other Yelp reviews who gave 4.5 stars got us curious. We decided to give it a try.

Sunrise Biscuit, Chapel Hill, NC
Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen, Chapel Hill, NC

Chicken Biscuit is a must here. I asked what other items are good. “Pretty much everything!,” said a lady with a big smile who was ordering her regular, which didn’t sound that helpful at that time. We picked few things – the chicken biscuit, sausage egg and cheese biscuit, hash brown, and sweet tea. The sweet tea was a little too sweet for us. But the biscuits were delicious! Especially, the chicken biscuit. Since there was no place to hang out there, we drove right into University of North Carolina and parked at the corner to enjoy this breakfast. We were both full and content. We agreed with everyone. Sunrise breakfast was yummy. The only downside is that we won’t get this unless we come here or to their other store which is also in NC. If you are in Chapel Hill, do definitely check it out!

Yummy Chicken Biscuit, Chapel Hill, NC
Yummy Chicken Biscuit, Chapel Hill, NC
  1. University of North Carolina

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, UNC, is the heart to what makes Chapel Hill the college town it is today. The public school is well respected for various reasons. Nevertheless, having a cozy nice campus is a plus. After our breakfast, we did a quick drive around campus. It was cute. The old brown and red stone walled buildings. A medium sized park was inside the campus with places for people to sit and hang out too. We even spotted some interesting moments. There was one guy testing out his mini drone and flying it with his remote control in the park. It was my first time seeing a drone so that was cool. There was another group of people doing intense workout training. Some other tourists, also took some pictures of them cause we all weren’t sure why they were yelling so much. It was a college campus with student spirit indeed, even in the summer time!

UNC, Chapel Hill, NC
UNC, Chapel Hill, NC
  1. Check out The Carolina Basketball Museum

Next, we drove to check out the Carolina Basketball Museum. I’m not a sports person. But even for me, this place offered many interesting history that I could learn. For instance, did you know that this is where Michael Jordan started his basketball career? As well as many other famous basketball players including Dean Smith, Roy Williams, Tyler Hansbrough, and Phil Ford? The museum is small but well organized. There was a short video presentation at the beginning and various detailed history of UNC and North Carolina’s passion for basketball. 30 minutes is all you may need to tour, but absolutely worthy 30 minute. Plus, its free to the public. Just make sure to double check their museum hours and location. Its located on the first floor of the Ernie Williamson Athletics Center, so you will have to drive inside the campus until you get here.

UNC, Carolina Basketball Museum, Chapel Hill, NC
UNC, Carolina Basketball Museum, Chapel Hill, NC
  1. Hang out with nature at Lake Crabtree Country Park

Oh, and if you are driving from Chapel Hill to Raleigh or vice versa, stop by Lake Crabtree Country Park! We actually came across it because we spotted a huge lake on our way to Raleigh. Why don’t we take a break? So we drove inside. Who knew that this is what we will find! A huge lake! There were families and individuals out picnicking, playing volleyball, fishing, and canoeing near the lake. What a hidden gem! If I were a local, I would probably come hang out here too.

Lake Crabtree Country Park, North Carolina
Lake Crabtree Country Park, North Carolina
The Lake Crabtree Country Park!
The Lake Crabtree Country Park!

That’s about it on Chapel Hill. I know Trip Advisor suggests few other places that you may be interested in. If you find anything else, let me know too. I’ll check it out the next time I go there!

In the meantime, get ready for Raleigh!

Monica at the Park, North Carolina
Monica at the Park, North Carolina

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