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5 cool college towns

A snowy day in Madison, Wis.

Andy Manis

A snowy day in 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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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.



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.



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.



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.

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