Five Iconic College Towns You Need To Know About, Pt. 2 Posted by: Drew Ford | 4 Comments
Austin, TX: To be honest, we would go to Austin just to go to Austin. But having the University of Texas adds to the essence of the city. Only one mile away from the state capital, UT is a known powerhouse, often referred to as a “public ivy,” boasting over 50,000 undergraduate students. If you do make your way off of Rainey Street and find yourself on campus be sure to check out the Lyndon B. Johnson presidential library, the first presidential library to be placed on a college campus.
Chapel Hill: When you think of Chapel Hill your mind may go a few places: Carolina Blue, basketball, sports rivalries, a guy who wore a jersey with the number 23. In fact, Chapel Hill is a heck of a lot more than basketball. This town is consistently ranked one of the best foodie towns in America, and with iconic restaurants such as Crooks Corner or Al’s Burger Shack we understand why. It has also been known to have a pretty great music scene. Just make sure, before you leave town, to stop at Time-Out for a chicken cheddar biscuit.
Charlottesville: Home to the University of Virginia, Charlottesville is tasked with both celebrating its historic roots and keeping up with the youth of the university. Nearby historic sights include founding father James Madison’s home or Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. If being a history buff isn’t your thing, Charlottesville is also home to an up and coming wine scene. Downtown Charlottesville is quaint and charming, perfect for a stroll. And if all else fails, enjoy some quiet time on UVA’s lawn, designed by Jefferson himself.
Gainesville: When you think of the University of Florida you make think of National Championships or the likes of Tim Tebow. There’s little doubt that the university is a big deal in Gainesville, but this town has more to offer. From the Florida Museum of Natural History, to the Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, to a historic downtown, this college town is perfect to bring the whole family.
Athens: Athens is the kind of town that we wish would have gone to school in, but are also glad that we didn’t. It’s just that much fun, and there’s a high chance we would have stayed out enjoying the bars instead of being in the library. Only a short drive from Atlanta, Athens is cool and funky. It’s consistently named by Rolling Stone as one of the top college music scenes in America, think R.E.M and the B-52’s, plus has a plethora of artists.
Don’t see your college town? Let us know in the comments why it deserves to make the list!
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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