College football has a tradition that no other North American sport can boast. Travel. College football fans are more prone to pack up the tailgating supplies and head to an opposing venue than any other fan.
That's why I felt it was important to compose a list of the best places for any fan to visit.
There's something electric in the air for any college football weekend, but even more so when you pick your travel destination for the year and prepare for new experiences.
For those of us who can't afford to travel whenever we get the urge, planning out trips is critical to our year. Perhaps you have the ability to make only one trek per year, making the decisions even more important, so that you can visit everywhere on your list before it's too late.
I consider myself to be a fan of the sport of college football as a whole, rather than any specific team, which makes my vantage point unique. I enjoy the traditions of all schools and make sure to take in as much of the atmosphere as possible.
To truly enjoy a college football road trip, try visiting as a fan of the home team. Don't make a trip to Alabama as an Auburn fan and expect to have the best experience possible.
While I'm sure the Tide fans would be respectful, think how much more exciting it would be to join in the cheers and walk through the parking lot with people shouting "Roll Tide!" in your direction.
If you do make the trip as an opposing fan, try to mingle with the home fans. I've done this on several occasions, and I've been sure to be welcoming to any fans visiting my tailgate.
I always see it as something to take pride in when someone spends their hard earned dollars to make the trip to my home stadium.
Located near Ann Arbor, Mich., I find myself at a lot of Michigan home games and have become a fan over the years. I've spent a lot of Saturday mornings and afternoons hanging out with fans from Iowa, Utah, Miami (OH), and Appalachian State.
On the other hand, I've traveled to Clemson, Notre Dame, Boston College, and Penn State, and enjoyed the hospitality of the tailgaters. The people and places are what college football is all about.
Whether its based off of tradition, local cuisine, campus events, game atmosphere, or anything else, these locations (in no particular order) have all made the cut as places I would like to experience. Let me know some that I may have to consider adding.