College Town Travel: The BIG 10

Whether you’re are student, a family member, an alum or just a raving fan, colleges and universities are always a fun destination to visit, especially the Big 10 schools that currently are in the middle of the best season, football season! Whether you are looking for a fun tailgate, a fantastic atmosphere, an edge of your seat football game or just some place to explore the campus, enjoy local campus cuisine, or catch a performing arts show, these schools have it all and they all have budget-friendly Red Roof Inn’s nearby so you can get more out of your college town experience.


Indiana University Bloomington

This beautiful university is filled with nearby parks, museums, great dining, exciting sporting events (Go Hoosiers!) and fantastic performing arts. Make sure to visit the following attractions while visiting this campus:

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University of Maryland, College Park

This University is filled with campus attractions from beautiful gardens, to grand libraries, sporting events and more! You will always have something to do and see.

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University of Michigan

This university offers a vibrant atmosphere, a raving fan base of Wolverines and tons of things on and nearby campus to see and do:

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Michigan State University

This beautiful campus is located on the banks of the Red Cedar River and is known as Spartan Country!

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Ohio State University

O-H! I-O! This campus is filled with the Best Fans in the Land as well as the Best Band in the Land. The Ohio State Buckeyes are known for their great sports teams, tailgating and the beautiful campus. Must-see things to do and see around campus include:

  • The Schottenstein Center– Home to the Buckeye basketball team. This center also hosts major concerts and family fun events.
  • The Shoe– The Ohio State football field hosts amazing games. Whether you are a fan of the team or not, you do not want to miss out on the great atmosphere.
  • The Short North– Located right next to campus, this amazing destination is filled with local breweries, fantastic dining, fun bars, unique shops and so much more. Strolling the streets of the short north is a must!
  • The Wexner Center for the Arts– This art center always has a different exhibit for the art lovers and also offers films throughout the year.
  • Gateway Film Center– The best Film center on and around campus that shows the hottest films and offers students a great discount!

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Pennsylvania State University

Penn State is a football school, but there is tons more to do than just football. Make sure to check out these must-see attractions below:

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Rutgers University – New Brunswick

Visit an art gallery, listen to a great lecture, enjoy a performance, see a film, explore the surround natural parks, cheer on the sports team and more at this great university.

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

This beautiful campus is filled with many great museums, historic buildings, performing arts and located by the most-known and hopping street in Champaign-Urbana, Green Street!

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University of Iowa

University of Iowa, home of the Hawkeyes, has tons more to do than just sports. Make sure to see all these attractions while on campus listed below:

  • Attend a college game!- Cheer on the Hawkeyes at the Kinnick Stadium or the Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
  • Englert– Catch a play, comedy, film and more at this major entertainment center.
  • Art Building West– ABW is a beautiful building located on the west side of the Iowa River, overlooking Hutchinson Quarry Pond with floor-to-ceiling windows.

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University of Minnesota

This University is filled with fantastic performing arts, and of course, an amazing sports team! Make sure to check out these attractions on and nearby campus:

  • Weisman Art Museum – Offers free admission and is always filled with a new and exciting exhibit.
  • Walker Art Center– Hosts the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, performances, special events, exhibits and lectures.
  • Gopher Sports– With 23 Division I teams, there’s always an exciting game on campus.

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University of Nebraska – Lincoln

Experience the excitement and campus life at UNL!

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Northwestern University

This university, located nearby Downtown Chicago, offers a lot to do around the campus as well as the best Chicago attractions just a short drives away!

  • Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art – offers year-round exhibits, educational programs and the Block Cinema film series.
  • Cheer on the Wildcats! Enjoy tailgating and a game at the Ryan Field.
  • Explore Evanston – This is the town that hosts the campus. This great city right outside of Chicago offers many great shopping and dining options all walking distance from campus.

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Purdue University

Experience the best dining, sporting events, and seasonal student life at this Big Ten school. Make sure to check out the following must-see attractions:

  • Elliott Hall of Music– Attend a concert and performance, featuring the hottest artists.
  • The Union– The home of student life, also featuring a grand Christmas Tree every year, which is a must-see.
  • Slayter Hill– the best sledding hill in the winter. Also hosts many free outdoor concerts throughout the year.

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University of Wisconsin-Madison

This university is filled with fantastic landmarks, events, science and discovery museums, arts, gardens and tons of entertainment. Make sure to check out these attractions listed below:

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Remember, when visiting college towns, Red Roof Inn is the perfect place to stay! We offer student discounts (CLICK HERE to save 20%) and fantastic benefits for RediCard Members, including points earned on each stay toward a free night and $2 off, as well as 500 Points, when booking a Premium Room

Safe travels and happy adventures!


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