Chapel Hill commended to travelers

The National Trust for Historic Preservation has named Chapel Hill to its annual list of places that offer something different for travelers.

The trust says it chose Chapel Hill as one of its 2011 Dozen Distinctive Destinations because of the town's stately charm, cultural offerings and its residents' dedication to protecting and sharing its heritage. The town has three local historic districts and four National Register Historic Districts.

"Discerning travelers to Chapel Hill have long appreciated the two centuries of architectural grandeur on display throughout the town," said John Hildreth, director of the Southern office of the trust. "And Chapel Hill's commitment to the environment and sustainable practices set it apart from other towns and cities."

Chapel Hill is the fifth North Carolina town chosen since the trust began the list in 2000. The others were Asheville, Edenton, Hillsborough and Wilmington.