The best U.S. college towns everyone should visit

Jefferson had many Promethean ideas, but naming Charlottesville the University of Virginia may have been his greatest. The rolling hills of Albemarle County bring Charlottesville

We're heading south to Oxford, home of the University of Mississippi, so bring out the seersucker suits and Muddy Waters. 

Marge, please stop with the Coen Brothers quotes and woodchipper jokes. Fargo, one of the Midwest's coolest towns, is on the northern prairie's windy plains. 

Fayetteville, like Austin and Boise, is a progressive island in a conservative state, attracting musicians, artists, and oddballs. 

In San Luis Obispo, a hip beach town on California's sunny Central Coast, students party despite Cal Poly's academic rigors. 

According to an old saying, South Carolina is too little for a republic but too big for an insane institution. Palmetto State loves bacchanalian cheer

Columbus' Ohio State University is almost a city with almost 70,000 students. Columbus' center is OSU, even if the capital is large.

The University of Georgia, America's oldest state university, is the Big Southern College of choice: rows of stately fraternity and sorority homes, football games with tailgaters

Durham, a former textile industry, has a Puritan past, cozy New England charm, and claimed hauntings. Young University of New Hampshire students enjoy liquid warmth