Can’t-miss spots in 5 beloved college towns

August 24, 2017 / US

With back-to-school season just around the corner, college towns around the country are coming back to life.

Whether you’re cracking open textbooks or just seeking an escape, we’ve collected the best things to do at the start of the year in some of the most lively collegiate cities:

Find out the fan-favorite spots in these 5 cities


From quirky donuts, to a public pool, to a 350-acre park, Austin has plenty of spots where you can fuel up, cool down, and have fun during the early fall months.


Between great pizza, historical sites, and a classic ballpark, there’s no shortage of fun things to do in Boston.


Breafast sandwiches, a mobile bakery, and a whole host of museums await in our nation’s capital.

Ann Arbor, MI

Kayak on the Huron River, explore the Nichols Arboretum, or experience some interactive art — all within minutes of the University of Michigan campus.


Right outside of San Francisco, enjoy a historic ice cream parlor, a classic sports bar, and stunning views of the city.

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