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Five Iconic College Towns You Need To Know About
Jul 22/16

Five Iconic College Towns You Need To Know About Posted by: Drew Ford | 0 Comments


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College is a special times in your life. From staying up too late, to meeting new people, to having new experiences, your college town always has a special place in your heart.  While some college towns are notorious, others are well kept secrets. Here are five college towns that you may not know about, but you definitely need to!

Five Iconic College Towns You Need To Know About Harrisonburg, Charleston, Lincoln, Lubbock, Stillwater,

  • Harrisonburg: Tucked away in the Shenandoah Valley, Harrisonburg is home to James Madison University. Stroll through the beautiful campus and listen as the practice of the Royal Duke band wafts through the hills, or make a visit to the downtown area, perfect for foodies and shoppers alike. For those feeling a little more adventurous, the town is known as the Bike Capital of Virginia; there are plenty of trails ready to be explored!

  • Charleston: While many know Charleston as the “Jewel of the South,” only a lucky few are able to consider this peninsula a college town. From the College of Charleston, founded in 1770, to MUSC, the medical university, to the military college The Citadel, Charleston is beaming with youth and enthusiasm. Tourist attractions abound in this city, but to truly capture the spirit of this place take some time to get lost, meander the streets, and soak in the years of history. Still need more? Ask a local to point you in the direction of a their favorite restaurant. Trust us, you can’t go wrong.

  • Lincoln: The state capital of Nebraska, Lincoln is home to the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers. Along with the university, highlights of Lincoln include the state Capitol filled with murals and a tower design, the historic Haymarket District filled with shops and restaurants, and the Sunken Gardens which features over 30,000 individual plants.

  • Stillwater: If Oklahoma makes you think of dustbowls and tornadoes, than you haven’t visited Stillwater. Home to Oklahoma State University (and the very first Sonic!), Stillwater is a hidden treasure. Artists such as Garth Brooks and The All-American Rejects got their start playing in college bars here. Speaking of college bars, be sure to stop by the famous Eskimo Joe’s— voted #3 as best post-game hangouts in the country.

  • Lubbock: Ladies, pay close attention. Gentleman, we’re sorry, this will only take a second. There are two words you need to know about Lubbock: Kliff Kingsbury. With Ryan Gosling looks and a swagger to match, this football coach of Texas Tech is shaking things up in Lubbock. But if by chance you’re visiting the town for a reason other than catching a glimpse of the head coach, make your way to the Buddy Holly Museum, an ode to one of America’s first rock n’ rollers; the National Ranching Heritage Museum; the Silent Wings Museum, which features photographs of WWII glider pilots; or Prairie Dog Town, a park dedicated to prairie dogs.


By Drew Ford
Drew Ford was born in Arkansas, but has been lucky to call several southern states home. She’s currently working on Masters in Southern Studies from the University of Mississippi. She loves vinyl records, long road trips, and acquiring useless trivia.



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