Ithaca, N.Y.; Williamsburg, Va.; Flagstaff, Ariz. and Lawrence, Kan. also winners
Our 10 winners in the category Best Small College Town – as voted on by 10Best and USA TODAY readers – have a fun, youthful vibe, unexpected shopping options, restaurants, bars and entertainment – all plentiful and affordable, and all with a population of less than 100,000. Throw in a beautiful campus, a culturally diverse population, some regional surprises and voila' - you have a great recipe for a vacation.
The top 10 winners in the category Best College Small Town are as follows:
- Athens, Ohio
- Ithaca, N.Y.
- Williamsburg, Va.
- Flagstaff, Ariz.
- Lawrence, Kan.
- Iowa City, Iowa
- San Luis Obispo, Calif.
- Santa Fe
- Oxford, Miss.
- Yellow Springs, Ohio
A panel of experts picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Larry Bleiberg (LarryBleiberg.com), Deborah Fallows (American Futures), Anna Hider (Roadtrippers), Libby McMillan and the 10Best team of Local Experts were chosen based on their extensive knowledge of American travel.
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Other towns nominees for the category Best College Small Town included Annapolis, Md.; Asheville, N.C.; Bozeman, Mont.; Burlington, Vt.; Chapel Hill, N.C.; Charlottesville, Va.; Hanover, N.H.; Missoula, Mont.; Oberlin, Ohio and Santa Barbara, Calif.
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