Small Town Vibe, Big City Fun

The students are back, colorful leaves are blowing across the quad and tailgating season is in full swing: there's simply no better time to visit a college town than autumn. Vibrant enough to own a full range of cultural and social diversions, but still possessing all the charms of a small town, American college towns are unique destinations and a visit to one of the following 50 might just have you looking to go back to school.


Lawrence, Kansas

Most famously the home of the University of Kansas, Lawrence is also the location of Haskell Indian Nations University and has long been considered one of the Midwest's most liveable and lovingly-quirky towns. Spend a Saturday afternoon watching the Jayhawks play basketball or football then squeeze in some shopping at one of the town's many independent retailers. Lawrence is also loved for its leading music scene, spirited Civil War history and nearby Clinton Lake State Park, which provides a multitude of outdoor recreation opportunities.

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