Whether you are a die hard college football fan, or you just love the carnival like atmosphere of the games, nothing could be more exciting than visiting your favorite University for a home game. To make the most of your time, make it an entire weekend and have a chance to explore the off campus environments of cities like Austin, Knoxville, and Ann Arbor. Just be sure to wash off the face paint in your team’s colors before entering the museum, okay?
University of Texas, Austin
There might be no other state more closely tied to football than Texas, so it should come as no surprise that a Longhorns home game is something you won’t want to miss. In Austin, live music and exciting bars are all part of the build up to big games, and to gain rapport with the local residents, just make the horns sign with your hands to instantly gain a new friend. Be sure not to miss the Austin State Capitol Building, which is completely open to the public. And in true Texas fashion, stands 14 feet taller than even the Washington D.C. Capitol Building.
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Head to the giant Volunteers stadium, which holds well over 100,000 fans in a truly unique way. Forget tailgating at the end of your truck–true Volunteers supporters arrive by boat along the Tennessee River. Even if you don’t get a chance to arrive in style by water, be sure not to miss this incredible sight. Once the game is over, don’t miss some of the fascinating older parts of the city, like the historic district and Market Square, home to shops, farmer’s stalls, and quaint cafes. If watching a game of football gets you in the mood to be active, there is no shortage of outdoor activities. Hiking, fishing, and jet skiing are all popular pastimes in this Smoky Mountains town.
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Boasting the largest football stadium in America, it should come as no surprise that the University of Michigan Wolverines are the talk of the town. The town of Ann Arbor has a small-town, collegiate feel. One of the best things to do when visiting is simply to walk around and take in the sights, including the State Theater, the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Tower, and the countless art sculptures, parks, gardens, museums, and galleries. No trip would be complete without a taste of the local specialty, a “fragel”, or deep fried raisin bagel rolled in cinnamon sugar. Grab some to go before the next Wolverines game!