Iconic College Towns You Need To Know About, Pt. 4 Posted by: Aaron Stearns | 0 Comments
Deep in Faulkner Country sits beautiful Oxford, Mississippi, home of The University of Mississippi, lovingly known around here as Ole Miss. Oxford has been named by USA Today as one of the top six college towns in the nation, and it’s no wonder: with its small town charm, artists, writers, and musicians abound, which makes for a vibrant creative community. Don’t miss being in the audience for a live recording of the legendary Thacker Mountain Radio Show.
The capital of Florida, Tallahassee exudes old Southern charm with its oak-canopied streets, rolling hills, and two large universities: Florida State University and Florida A&M University. With museums, art galleries, lush parks, and the Gulf of Mexico less than thirty minutes away, Tallahassee offers it all. Don’t miss St. George Island State Park.
Fort Worth, Texas
Situated in north central Texas, Fort Worth is a modern city boasting world-class museums, coupled with Western cowboys and sparkling rodeos. With over fifteen colleges and universities, notably Texas Christian University, Texas Wesleyan University, and Texas A&M University School of Law, Fort Worth offers multiple dining, arts, outdoor, and fun opportunities. Don’t miss the Fort Worth Herd, the world’s only twice-daily cattle drive.
Nestled on a plateau between the Blue Ridge and Alleghany Mountains in Virginia, Blacksburg is consistently named as one of the best places to live in the US and is home to Virginia Tech University. Besides the small time charm, Blacksburg is known for its high-tech vibe, and attracts entrepreneurs, artists, and intellectuals. Don’t miss a stop by Bull & Bones Brewhaus and Grill for onsite crafted beer.
Combining small-city charm with cultural diversity, Columbia, Missouri is both sophisticated and stimulating, earning it the nickname "Collegetown, USA.” Between the University of Missouri (Mizzou), Stephens College, and Columbia College, education creates a vibrant atmosphere. Parks, trails, and forests draw the outdoor-seekers, while progressive politics and public art draw journalists, writers, and the more liberal-minded. Don’t miss catching a show at The Missouri Theater, a 1928 pre-Depression era movie palace and vaudeville stage downtown in The District.
By Paula Martin
Paula Martin was born and raised in Arkansas and received her MFA in Creative Writing at the University of New Orleans. She is a writer, teacher, mom, barefoot trail runner, martial artist, and free-thinker always packed and ready for the next adventure.
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