featured photograph by Joe Thomas
College towns are known for their vibrant art scenes, indie bookshops and diverse culinary communities. Creativity flourishes in these intellectual hubs, where fine art galleries and museums mix with gritty music clubs and grassroots cafes. On Saturdays in fall, they can take on a whole new personality as legions of loyal alumni return to relive their glory days.
In this section, we highlight three cities where you can experience a quintessential college-town experience. Whether you’re visiting for the big game, checking out a prospective school with your teen or just seeking a fun-filled weekend away, our itineraries will help you make the most of your stay.
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