Whether you’re dropping off a new freshman, visiting your alma mater, or catching a football game, college towns are great destinations. There’s plenty to do, on and off campus. So as autumn approaches (with homecomings and parents weekends), we are talking about our favorite college towns and sharing stories about what makes them so great. Join us on Monday, September 4 for our special Labor Day #TMOM Twitter party at 9 p.m. Find out how to have a fun time visiting college towns – no matter what your age!

Want to learn about visiting college towns? Hear all about our favorite college towns - and the cities that host them - at the next #TMOM Twitter Party.

Taking a quick rest during a college tour at Samford University in Birmingham, AL. Photo Credit: Caroline Knowles/Gulf Coast TravelingMom.

September 4  #TMOM Twitter Party – Visiting College Towns

It’s been more years than I’d like to admit, but I still remember my first real journey away from home – the 12 hour trip from my hometown in New Jersey to Valparaiso, Indiana, where I would be going to college.

Back then, I would have told you the trip was about getting as far away from home as possible. Maybe it was. But when I look back now, I see the trip for what it was – a last grand road trip with my parents and siblings, and a new exciting area to explore. That’s what visiting college towns is all about – getting to know a new area, immersing yourself in the sights and sounds, and figuring out where you (or your student-child) will fit in.

Visiting college towns includes all the things we love best about travel – and that’s why we’ll be talking about it during our special Labor day #TMOM Twitter Party. Join us on Monday, September 4, to learn all about our favorite college town visits – and how to plan one of your own!

Want to learn about visiting college towns? Hear all about our favorite college towns - and the cities that host them - at the next #TMOM Twitter Party.

Meeting Spike the Bulldog was the highlight of our campus tour at Samford University in Birmingham, AL. Photo Credit: Caroline Knowles/Gulf Coast TravelingMom

See a College, Explore a City

Although the purpose of most college visits is to introduce a high school student to his potential future home, you don’t have to be parenting a student to enjoy visiting college towns. Most colleges host festivals, events, and football games – all perfect excuses to visit your alma mater (or any school that interests you!). Most campuses will welcome visitors of all ages, and most college towns are bursting with things to do. For example, a visit to Blacksburg, home of Virginia Tech, will put you in a 60 mile radius of a variety of colleges and their activities as well. There are 13 colleges within 50 miles of Austin, Texas – and a wealth of culture and art to explore while you’re in the area. Boston, Massachusetts, is home to a whooping 35 colleges and university – and plenty of history, pop culture and fantastic food, as well.

The strategy is simple – go to visit a school, and immerse yourself in the city while you’re there. Join us as we discuss visiting great college towns, and how to find the best of each city while you’re there. Just save us an hour (9 p.m. ET) on Monday, September 4, for the #TMOM Twitter party, and end the summer making great plans for fall college visits!  

Want to learn about visiting college towns? Hear all about our favorite college towns - and the cities that host them - at the next #TMOM Twitter Party.

Visiting Duke’s campus would be fun even if you’re not looking at colleges. Photo: World Traveling Mom Sarah Ricks

The Details

WHEN: September 4, 9-10 pm ET (8-9 pm CT; 7-8 pm MT; 6-7 pm PT)

WHO: Panelists @travelingmoms @KimOrlando @CindyTravelsOn

HOW TO JOIN: Follow the #TMOM hashtag

SPREAD THE WORD: Tweet As kids head back to school, we’re talking about college towns. Join the #TMOM party 9/4 9 pm ET to talk about visiting great college towns.

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