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University of Kentucky

University of Kentucky

University of Kentucky - Lexington, KY
In downtown Lexington, KY, the historic Kentucky Theater has been providing entertainment since 1922. The theater started off as a concert hall and playhouse, and is now a place for modern cinema, both wide-release and art-house films.
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Ohio State University

Ohio State University

Ohio State University - Columbus, OH
South Campus Gateway is a hub of entertainment in Columbus, OH. Considered the Main Street of Columbus, it is frequented by university students and neighborhood residents alike because of its many shops and restaurants.
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Syracuse University

Syracuse University

Syracuse University - Syracuse, NY
A triangle-shaped park, Hanover Square was the first commercial district in Syracuse, NY, and comprises 17 historic buildings. Now the setting for many cultural gatherings and live music, the square was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.
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University of North Carolina

University of North Carolina

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, NC
Considered the social hub for university students, Franklin Street was named after Ben Franklin and has been in use since the university's construction began in the 1790s. The street is celebrated for its festivals, nightlife and myriad of shops.
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University of Arizona

University of Arizona

University of Arizona - Tucson, AZ
In Tucson, AZ, the university's athletics teams were nicknamed the "wildcats" after the LA Times praised Arizona for showing "the fight of wildcats" in a 1914 football game against Occidental College. The image stuck as the school's official mascot.
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Marquette University

Marquette University

Marquette University - Milwaukee, WI
The largest private university in Wisconsin (and one of the largest Jesuit universities in the country), Marquette is located 1 mile from Lake Michigan, and is responsible for Milwaukee's reputation as one of America's great college basketball towns.
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University of Texas

University of Texas

University of Texas - Austin, TX
With more students than any other college in Texas, the University of Texas at Austin has been recognized as "America's Best Sports College" by Sports Illustrated. The Texas Longhorns have long been revered as a powerful football team. In recent years, their men's basketball team has also made their name among the elite.
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Indiana University

Indiana University

Indiana University - Bloomington, IN
Located in the heart of Bloomington, IN, Kirkwood Avenue is lined with bars, shops and restaurants. It was named for astronomer Daniel Kirkwood in 1895, whose observatory can be seen from the avenue.
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Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University - Nashville, TN
Located a little more than a mile from downtown Nashville, Vanderbilt University started calling its sports teams the "Commodores" or the "'Dores" after the university's namesake Cornelius Vanderbilt, who made his fortune in shipping.
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Georgetown University

Georgetown University

Georgetown University - Washington, DC
In Washington, DC, M Street is part of a major shopping district in the Georgetown neighborhood. Georgetown University is the oldest Jesuit and Catholic university in the US. To this day, no one is quite sure why the university's team is called the "Hoyas."
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Duke University

Duke University

Duke University - Durham, NC
The American Tobacco skyline is home to Duke University, which changed its name to Duke in 1924 for tobacco industrialist James B. Duke. Durham, NC, embraces college basketball with fervor, selling out every men's home basketball game.
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Michigan State University

Michigan State University

Michigan State University - East Lansing, MI
The pride of East Lansing, MI, Michigan State University is not only home to a championship-winning men's basketball team, but it is also considered one of the country's "public Ivies." Meanwhile, Grand River Avenue is the hub of shopping and entertainment at the university.
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University of Kansas

University of Kansas

University of Kansas - Lawrence, KS
The home of the University of Kansas, downtown Lawrence, KS, is full of culture. It's home to an annual film festival, as well as a festival for buskers, or street performers. Lawrence is also filled with history; it was named one of the National Trust for Historic Preservation's "most distinctive destinations."
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University of Alabama
Home of the University of Alabama Crimson Tide football team, Bryant-Denny Stadium was named after legendary coach Paul 'Bear' Bryant and Dr. George Denny, who became the school president in 1912. Located in Tuscaloosa, this prominent football venue has a seating capacity of 101,821.
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University of Notre Dame
Quite possibly the most renowned football stadium in all of college football, the home of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Notre Dame Stadium, is located just north of South Bend, IN. The stadium opened its doors in 1930 and has a seating capacity of 80,795.
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University of Florida
Welcome to 'The Swamp,' also known as Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, home of the 3-time National Champion University of Florida Gators. Located in Gainesville, it's the 11th largest college football stadium in the US with an official seating capacity of 88,548.
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University of Texas
Located in Austin, the Darrell K. Royal Texas Memorial Stadium is home to Big 12 powerhouse University of Texas Longhorns. Formerly known as War Memorial Stadium, the Longhorns' stadium is the 6th largest in the NCAA with a seating capacity of 100,119.
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University of Michigan
As the largest stadium in the US, we know how Michigan Stadium got its nickname 'The Big House.' Located in Ann Arbor, The University of Michigan Wolverines have been battling in the 'Big House' since 1927. The 3rd largest stadium in the world has an official seating capacity of 109,901, although it set the NCAA single-game attendance record in 2010 with 113,090.
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University of California Los Angeles
The University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Bruins football team has been fortunate enough to play in one of college football's most prestigious stadiums, The Rose Bowl, since 1982. Home to 1 of 5 BCS (Bowl Championship Series) bowl games, this national historic landmark in Pasadena has a seating capacity of 94,392.
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Louisiana State University
Tiger Stadium, located in Baton Rouge, is home to the Louisiana State University (LSU) Tigers. Known by many in the football world as 'Death Valley,' Tiger Stadium has a seating capacity of 92,542.
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Ohio State University
One of the most dominant college football teams over the past decade, the Ohio State University Buckeyes, have been playing at Ohio Stadium since 1922. After finishing its renovation in 2001, 'The Horseshoe' is the 4th largest football stadium in the US with a seating capacity of 102,329.
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Penn State University
Beaver Stadium in University Park (Happy Valley) State College, PA, is a tough venue for opposing teams playing the Penn State Nittany Lions. The intensity of its boisterous student body in the second- largest stadium in the western hemisphere (106,572 seating capacity) ' could intimate the best teams.
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University of Washington
Overlooking scenic Lake Washington and the Cascade Mountains, Husky Stadium, home of the University of Washington Huskies, has one of the most unique designs in college football. Its U-shape was specifically designed in order to keep the glare of the sun out of the players' eyes. Being the largest stadium in the Pacific Northwest, Husky Stadium has a seating capacity of 72,500.
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University of Nebraska
Holder of the NCAA record for consecutive sell-out crowds at 311, Memorial Stadium, also known as a 'Sea of Red,' is home to the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers football team. Located in Lincoln, the official seating capacity of Memorial Stadium is 81,067.
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University of Tennessee
The Rocky Top state is home to one of the more impressive stadiums in the country: Neyland Stadium in Knoxville. Home to the University of Tennessee Volunteers, this stadium has a seating capacity of 102, 455 and is the 3rd largest non-racing stadium in the US.
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University of Southern California
Jointly owned by the state of California and the city of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is home to the University of Southern California (USC) Trojans. Built in the University Park neighborhood of Los Angeles in 1923, it has a seating capacity of 93,607.
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Chambers Bay

Chambers Bay

One of the more recently built courses to host the iconic US Open tournament, Chambers Bay opened to the public in 2007. Known for its wide-open fairways, massive sand traps and unpredictable coastal winds — due to its location overlooking the Puget Sound — this monstrous links course in University Place, WA, spans 7,585 yards. 960 1280

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Augusta National

Augusta National

Augusta National Golf Club is one of the most famous men's golf clubs in the world, let alone the United States. Located in Augusta, GA, the course is known for many of it’s remarkable features  -- from "The Big Oak Tree" to Magnolia Lane -- but none more famous then "Amen Corner,” one of the most memorable stretches on any golf course, located between holes 11 through 13.
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Augusta National

Augusta National

Since opening in 1933, Augusta National has been lucky enough to play host to the Masters Tournament, quite possibly the most prestigious event of all 4 major championships in golf. Winning that elusive green jacket can turn a regular professional into a golfing legend overnight. 960 1280

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Oak Hill Country Club

Oak Hill Country Club

Located next to the Genesee River in Rochester, NY, Oak Hill Country Club is the only club in the world to host the PGA Championship, the Ryder Cup, the US Open, the US Amateur, the US Senior Open and the Senior PGA Championship. The Club has a West Course and an East Course. The 2013 PGA Championship will be contested over on the East Course. 960 1280

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Merion Golf Club

Merion Golf Club

Visit Merion Golf Club, a private golf club located in Ardmore, PA, just 11 miles west of Philadelphia. Host to the US Open 5 times, this club’s courses -- designed by golf course architect Hugh Wilson -- has an East Course and West Course, but it’s the East Course that has become the favorite among professional golfers. In fact, Golf Digestis rated the Merion Golf Club’s East Course one of America’s greatest golf courses. 960 1280

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Kiawah Island Golf Resort

Kiawah Island Golf Resort

Play golf on Kiawah Island, located southwest of Charleston, SC. The Kiawah Island Golf Resort has 5 golf courses. The Resort’s Ocean Course has hosted major golf tournaments, including the Ryder Cup, World Cup, PGA Championship, PGA Club Professional Championship and Senior PGA Championship. The well-renowned golf resort was voted the “#1 Resort in the US,” in <i>Golf World Magazine</i>. 960 1280

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The Olympic Club

The Olympic Club

The Olympic Club, a unique golf course located in downtown San Francisco, California, offers various views of the Golden Gate Bridge, and Golden Gate State Park.
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The Olympic Club

The Olympic Club

The Olympic Club - 18th hole - San Francisco, California. 960 1280

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Pebble Beach

Pebble Beach

Regarded as one of  the most beautiful golf courses in the world, Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, California kicks off our list of the top golf courses in the United States.
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Pebble Beach

Pebble Beach

Pebble Beach Golf Links - 7th hole - Pebble Beach, California. 960 1280

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Torrey Pines

Torrey Pines

Sitting on the coastal cliffs overlooking the Pacific ocean, and named after a unique tree indigenous only to the coast of San Diego, Torrey Pines Golf Club in San Diego, California is a public golf course owned by the city. 960 1280

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Torrey Pines

Torrey Pines

Torrey Pines Golf Club - 6th hole - San Diego, California 960 1280

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Shinnecock Hills

Shinnecock Hills

The oldest formal organized golf club in the United States, Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in the town of Southampton on Long Island has been host to the US open 4 times in 3 different centuries.
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Shinnecock Hills

Shinnecock Hills

Shinnecock Hills Golf Club - 18th hole - Southampton, NY 960 1280

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Oakmont Country Club

Oakmont Country Club

With 210 bunkers throughout, Oakmont Country Club has been regarded as one of the most difficult golf courses in North America. Located in Oakmont, Pennsylvania. 960 1280

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Oakmont Country Club

Oakmont Country Club

Oakmont Country Club - 18th hole - Oakmont, Pennsylvania. 960 1280

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Bethpage

Bethpage

Home of the renowned 'Black Course' and featuring five 18-hole golf courses, Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale, New York is the largest public golf complex in the country. 960 1280

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Bethpage

Bethpage

Black Course at Bethpage State Park - 18th hole - Farmingdale, New York. 960 1280

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Congressional Country Club

Congressional Country Club

Located in Bethesda, Maryland right outside of the nation's capital, Congressional Country Club has been the host to 2 US Open Championships and is a regular stop on the PGA tour each year. 960 1280

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Congressional Country Club

Congressional Country Club

Congressional Country Club - 10th hole - Bethesda, Maryland. 960 1280

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Winged Foot

Winged Foot

The West Course at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York,  is a par 72 course, measuring over 7,250 yards from start to finish, and was designed by the same architect as the famous Bethpage Black course. 960 1280

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Winged Foot

Winged Foot

West Course at Winged Foot Golf Club - 10th hole - Mamaroneck, New York. 960 1280

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Pinehurst

Pinehurst

The Pinehurst Resort in Pinehurst, North Carolina is one of the most celebrated in the world.  The beautifully kept and maintained resort is highlighted by its most famous course, Number 2. 960 1280

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Pinehurst

Pinehurst

Pinehurst Resort - 18th hole - Pinehurst, North Carolina. 960 1280

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Valhalla Golf Club

Valhalla Golf Club

Located 20 miles east of Louisville, KY, Valhalla Golf Club hosted the Senior PGA Championship and the PGA Champion in 2011 and 2014. The PGA of America owns the majority interest in the 486-acre property -- a dream envisioned by Louisville businessman and golf enthusiast Dwight Gahm and his 3 sons. Grahm commissioned pro-golfer Jack Nicklaus to build a private golf facility, and it opened its doors in 1986. This world-class club remains the best golf course in Kentucky and on the “America’s 100 Greatest Courses”, according to Golf Digest. 960 1280

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