As the college football season continues to unfold, we’ve discovered some of the best tailgating opportunities in the country. America’s colleges are known for their idyllic campuses, school spirit, and enthusiasm for their teams. The pregame party brings out the crowds in every town in America. There’s no better way to explore some of our most beautiful towns when they’re throwing some of the biggest parties of the year, with crazy costumes, great food, and, of course, a great game.
University of Mississippi Rebels
The University of Mississippi takes the top spot with a combination of tradition, great dining, and natural beauty. Students from Ole Miss gather in the Grove, ten acres of elm, magnolia, and oak that just might be the most beautiful tailgating park in America. Take your time to explore the city before the team starts their game-day promenade with the “Walk of Champions” on the east side of the Grove, on their way to Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. There are no cars or trucks at this party, just good people and good food. Traditionally, students often wear their best—cocktail dresses, bow ties, dinner jackets—the food is served on fine china, and cups overflow with bourbon. Now that’s a good way to start the game.
Louisiana State University Tigers
Louisiana State University is home to dedicated fans and dedicated foodies in equal measure. Located in Baton Rouge, tailgaters can enjoy a range of southern cuisine including jambalaya, gumbo, and sizzling seafood. Visitors from out-of-state can test their mettle with sauce piquante (and explore this amazing city on the Mississippi). When friendly rivals from Florida are in town, LSU even grills up some alligator meat to taunt their opposition—and it’s worth giving the meat (a surprisingly firm combination of chicken and fish) a chance. The amazing aromas make the pregame a mouth-watering experience—but nothing can distract the fans when the game gets going.