As the thrill of March Madness unites fellow fans and sports enthusiasts this month, we thought we’d find out which college sports towns pack the most game day energy both inside and outside the arena. Take a look at these destinations to see if your favorite college town made the cut:

  • Durham, NC tops the BleacherReport’s and CNN’s lists of top basketball towns in America. This is no surprise with Duke University and its famous fans, the Cameron Crazies, calling this city home. Outside of basketball, Durham also has unique shops and a thriving food scene for hungry travelers.


  • Forbes’ list of Top College Sports Towns crowns Ann Arbor, MI number one. From the University of Michigan’s Big House stadium that often boasts the largest attendance in the county to the team’s fierce rivalry with the Ohio State Buckeyes, this Big Ten school packs big excitement. But it’s not all sports, all the time in Ann Arbor as the New York Times notes “For travelers, the sheer energy and the abundance of cultural opportunities, from classical dance performances to bluegrass concerts, makes a fall visit here a good time to get into the college spirit, even if you’re not a student.”
  • The Travel Channel profiled 13 cities in its list of Best College Basketball Towns. All are described by the outlet as “great places to visit - full of spirit and history - especially this time of year.” Some of the cities on the list include: Lexington, KY for its historic Kentucky Theater; Columbus, OH for its shopping and restaurant scene within the South Campus Gateway and Syracuse, NY for its historic buildings now a setting for many cultural gatherings and live music. To see the full list visit the Travel Channel’s website.


Did we miss one of your favorite college sports towns? Like us on Facebook and let us know!