Few things are more fun (or more American, really) than college football—the school pride, the tailgating, and the game itself—so just in time for the season, we at Travel + Leisure came up with an admittedly non-exhaustive list of the best college football towns across the country for 2015. We asked proud alums and local insiders to give us the scoop on the spots, and we found that they all offer far more than game-day fun: From state capitols to botanical gardens, microbreweries to museums, the attractions in the these football towns make them destinations in their own right. (For all the competitive alums out there, please note that these come in no particular order!)
Chris Abell is a web producer and contributing writer at Travel+Leisure. You can follow him on Instagram at @buildingflavors.