Travel magazine names 2 Triangle college campuses among ’20 Most Beautiful’ in US

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Condé Nast Traveller magazine has released their list of the “Top 20 Most Beautiful College Campuses” in America and two local ones made the grade.

Although the list doesn’t appear to specifically rank the campuses, Duke University’s was fifth on the list and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s campus was twelfth.

About Duke’s campus, the publication said:

Spanning an impressive 8,801 acres, Duke University is dominated by Collegiate Gothic buildings, most notably the towering, 210-foot-high Duke Chapel, with a 50-bell carillon, three pipe organs, and seating for 1,800. But the scenery isn’t just about the buildings: The Duke Forest spans more than 700 acres and the Sarah P. Duke Gardens, designed by celebrated American landscape designer Ellen Biddle Shipman, is home to a world-class array of irises, palms, roses, and more.”

As for UNC Chapel Hill’s campus, they said:

In addition to having a designated botanical garden, UNC opted to spread the beauty by planting plants and flowers all over campus. The Morehead–Patterson Bell Tower, dedicated in 1931, is located in the heart of campus, and it tolls every fifteen minutes. The tower now plays a role in a pre-graduation tradition: Seniors may climb to the top of the 172-foot spire a few days before graduation each May.”

No other North Carolina college campuses made the list. To see the full list, click here.

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