College Town Tours: The Best of Nashville, TN

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Nashville, Tennessee may be known to most as the country music capital of the U.S.A. Believe me, though, there is a lot more going on in this Southern town than just tunes blasting from an old jukebox. Visitors to Nashville can choose from a mixed bag of city-wide activities. From fine dining, to classic southern cuisine, eclectic boutique shopping, historic music venues, and bountiful nature, one day in Nashville will have you nodding your head in agreement to that classic Southern turn of phrase, “y’all come back now, ya hear!” You just can’t fit it all in in one go-round….

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College Town Tours: Best of Santa Cruz

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Most people don’t know about Santa Cruz, except that it’s about an hourish outside of San Francisco. Santa Cruz is this hidden gem on the coast of Northern California and features a winning combination of Redwood Forest and beach, with lots of farms and vineyards around it. Walking around the campus, you walk through giant Redwood trees alongside deer, raccoons, squirrels, and banana slugs. Yes, my life is Bambi. Downtown, we have a boardwalk with amusement park rides, where you can find your deep fried twinkies and deep fried oreos. Weird that Paula Deen hasn’t visited us yet.

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College Town Tours: The Best of Worcester

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Worcester fiction #1: “You’ll get stabbed.” Fact: This is a very generic thing to say. I’m currently moving to Philadelphia, and people tell me I’ll probably get stabbed in Philly, so I’m pretty sure people just like to say this. Sickos.

Worcester fiction #2: “There’s nothing to do.” Fact: Yeah, Worcester’s a small city, but, like any city, it’s filled with hidden corners of unique delights. Sorry we’re not, I don’t know, Paris or London, but try not to be ungrateful.

Overall, many people don’t really know much about what we affectionately refer to as “The Woo” at all, including …

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College Town Tours: The Best of Georgetown

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Founded in 1751, Georgetown is the oldest neighborhood in the nation’s capital. With its cobblestone streets and trolley car rails, Georgetown combines old-time charm with quaintness and wealth. But while the centuries-old architecture remains mostly unchanged, the neighborhood is one of the most thriving, affluent areas in the district. Home to many prominent past and present figures, including Julia Child, former President John F. Kennedy, and current Massachusetts Senator John Kerry, the area is well-known for its million-dollar plus town houses. Although it lacks its own metro station, Georgetown’s shopping on Wisconsin and M Streets is reminiscent of …

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College Town Tours: Florence, Italy

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Traveling abroad is always exciting! There’s so much to do and so much to see, at first you wonder how you’ll fit it all in. But once the initial touristy phase wears off, it’s always nice to have a rough survival guide when traveling to a foreign country. Here are some of our favorite spots in the beautiful city of Florence – we hope you enjoy them as much as we did!

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College Town Tours: The Best of Athens, GA

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Athens, Georgia is better known as the Classic City. However, the Classic City has a restaurant and food scene that is far from typical. Athens’ residents and visitors alike have a wide array of eclectic, one-of-a-kind eateries to please their palates. From Elvis doughnuts (topped with peanut butter, bacon, and bananas) at Ike and Jane’s, to an entrée from the award winning Five and Ten restaurant. There really is something for everyone in Athens – and no one will leave hungry!

**SKC Picks**

Best Bakery
Ike and Jane’s
1307 Prince Avenue, Athens // (706) 850-1580
Elvis doughnuts are not the …

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College Town Tours: The Best of Upper Manhattan

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If you ask me, New York City is the college town. Though, I am a bit partial. I am a senior at Barnard College of Columbia University, located in the Morningside Heights (north of the Upper West Side, south of Harlem) neighborhood of Manhattan. For my friends and me here, the world is literally at our fingertips. On any given night, we can choose whether we want to catch a Broadway show (with student-rate tickets!), stroll through one of dozens of museums, peruse the streets while shopping and, of course, eat at one of literally thousands of restaurants of every …

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College Town Tours: The Best of Charlottesville, VA

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Oh, Charlottesville. This quaint college town in Central Virginia has a lot of things going for it. Home to Thomas Jefferson and his University of Virginia (no student will let you forget the association), Charlottesville has a wildly diverse and progressive community. And the food community is no exception. Situated near a hub of the slow food revolution, with Joel Salatin’s Polyface Farm (of Food Inc., and Omnivore’s Dilemma fame), both Charlottesville residents and University students have good food on the mind. Charlottesville has its fair share of good eats, at one point even having more restaurants per capita than …

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College Town Tours: The Best Of Northfield, MN

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Although this college town may sound cold, isolated, and a bit mundane, it actually does have a bit of a summer. Just kidding. Bear with me, though — driving 45 minutes into the cornfields south of St. Paul, I promise you’ll find that Northfield is just perfect. Home to two liberal arts colleges and a picturesque pedestrian main street situated cozily alongside the Cannon River, Northfield effortlessly makes you feel at home. Here you’ll find everything from cutesy coffee shops to greasy late-night chains, all of a quality and variety impressive for a town with a year-round population of 15,000. …

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College Town Tours: The Best of New Orleans, LA

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New Orleans is a town seeped in history, magic, music, cuisine, and booze. It’s a heady city, with all its humidity and aromas of parties past. There’s a certain freedom here where you can be anyone you’d like and pursue any sort of obscure interest. Strangers call you “Love,” or “Suga.” Mardi Gras beads decorate oak trees as remnants of masked revelers on kaleidoscopic floats. Crawfish is a religion, and Chef John Besh is a god.

In short, I’m in love.

As a student at Tulane University, I’ll confess that sometimes it’s a little difficult to get out of “The …

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