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Many of us are SEC travel experts -- we know the best restaurants, tailgate tips and spots to avoid in the South's college football strongholds.
What about outside the SEC? I thought it might be fun to discuss our favorite college towns outside our great conference. And don't say "Los Angeles" just because USC is located there. I'm talking about towns that revolve around the college. Disclaimer: I've never been to any of these places for a game, just non-football visits.
Charlottesville, VA -- Gorgeous area. Scenic, historic, classy. Would've likely attended UVA if UT didn't exist.
Evanston, IL -- Lots of food spots, gorgeous lakeside campus, right up the tracks from Chicago
Ann Arbor, MI -- Cute downtown area
Chestnut Hill, MA -- Convenient to Boston, but far enough away to have a cool community feel
Chapel Hill, NC -- Seems like a really fun town and is a classy area
What are your favorites?
Honolulu. I took in my first division 1 game there.
Berkeley and Chapel Hill are pretty awesome, and I also love Boone.
I've heard great things about Austin and Madison (Wisc.), but I've never been to either.
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Kansas is great. Especially during this time of year. Colorado is nice too, if you like scenery. Other than that, heard Georgia Perimeter Community college is top notch.. haha
Does Florida Gulf Coast University have a football team? Let's schedule them
Madison, Wisconsin is fantastic in non-winter months. Great town, beautiful scenery, and friendly people. Definitely my favorite college town outside Knoxville.
I like Madison and Ann Arbor as well. Austin, Tx is an excellent college town. The Brown University campus and surrounding area in Providence are really nice as well with great places to eat, bars and shops.
I'll just go ahead and disagree about the people.
Having lived 90 minutes away for years and years, I never found Madison people to be friendly at all.
Derek Dooley says Elizabethton, Tn. home to Milligan College.
However, I'd have to vote Music City home to the Vandybelt Commoders. (And yes, I read the thread title)
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Lubbock if you like that sort of thing. Raleigh is great too.
Now that I think of it, a majority of the games I've seen in person didn't involve the Vols.
2001 San Jose St at Hawaii
2001 Holiday Bowl Washington-Texas
2004 Arizona St at Northwestern
2011 Georgia at Tennessee
2011 Ole Miss at Miss St
2012 South Dakota St at Kansas
2012 Georgia St at Tennessee
2012 Tennessee at Miss St
I'm adding UT at Mizzou this year and hopefully another game along the way.
Chapel Hill is a the epitome of a college town. I'm a big fan of Oxford, Ohio and Cambridge, Mass is wonderful.
I'm going to go with Tallahassee, FL. Home of the FAMU Rattlers and FSU Seminoles. The place always has something going on. Between the two universities,a large community college, and the FL legislative session, there are parties every night year rd. great atmosphere.
2013. Team 117. Beginning of the new Era.
Greenville, NC is fun. Got some friends over there and visit every so often. Always have a lot of fun around the East Carolina campus.
Greenville, S.C., has a pretty cool downtown area. Not sure if it fits the description of a classic college town, but Furman is there.
I'm sure Austin would be at the top of my list if I had been there before.
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Yeah, it's possible I just had a good experience. I live in Chicago and for the last few years I spent about 25% of my time traveling to Madison for work. Never had a bad experience myself, but I do know they have a reputation for hating Illinois people, especially Chicagoans. Or FIBs as they like to call them (f---ing Illinois b-----rds).
Colorado Springs, CO. Probably the coolest place I've had the pleasure of living outside the great state of "EAST TENNESSEE".
Stationed there at Carson and had a blast.
Not so good military town................................Saint Robert, MO. :)
Austin. Although I spent my only Saturday afternoon there watching Tennessee's win against ND (1991) in the hotel room... Tucson's not bad either...
Greenville would be a nice little place to raise a family (although it's a stretch to call a college town because Furman is about 15-20 minutes from town).
Austin is an awesome place. Amazing music scene and you can rage your face off pretty much any night of the week. I'm headed there in May for a bachelor party, and I can't wait.
"When we step on that football field, everyone flips a switch. And it's on..." - Butch Jones
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