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    5 cool college towns

    A snowy day in Madison, Wis.
    Andy Manis
    A snowy day in Madison, Wis.

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    MADISON, WIS.

    Home to the University of Wisconsin, this energetic, sports-loving capital city has five area lakes, more than 260 parks and 120 trails and paths. It’s a high-tech hub too.

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    AUSTIN, TEXAS

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    Dubbed the “live music capital of the world,” this big city with a small-town feel, home to the University of Texas, is jam-packed with bars, restaurants, and performance venues.

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    BOULDER, COLO.

    Stephen Collector/Boulder Convention and Visitors Bureau
    Boulder, Colo. sits in the foothills of the Rockies.

    A Wild West, outdoorsy vibe permeates this town set in the foothills of the Rockies. Home to the University of Colorado, it’s surrounded by miles of running and biking trails.

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    BURLINGTON, VT.

    The setting for the University of Vermont couldn’t be prettier: nestled on the shores of Lake Champlain between the Adirondacks and Green Mountains. It has a healthy ethos and a farm-to-table culinary scene.

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    BERKELEY, CALIF.

    The University of California’s main campus is located in this hip, intellectual town, chock-full of coffee shops, bars, and restaurants. It has a great art, music, and film scene too.

    DIANE BAIR AND PAMELA WRIGHT