Gritty City Guide: Volume 7


Experience one of the coolest college towns in the South. Rooted in tradition with an eye on what's going to make our future great, the Auburn-Opelika area offers extraordinary opportunities in dinning, culture, outdoor recreation, and much more. Easy to get to and easy to love, this is the Alabama you need to know.




With a sophisticated mix of culture and cuisine, served up with genuine hospitality, Knoxville will surprise you. In this vibrant, progressive city, art meets adventure… culture meets cuisine... and no one meets a stranger.



If a well-rounded slew of excitement is what you’re after, We Are Your Type. Oxford, Mississippi, offers a little bit of everything. Here you’ll find a legendary sports program, beautiful university, unparalleled shopping, and a renowned arts, food, culture, and music scene. If you’re planning a trip, the options for what to do, where to stay, and spots to dine are endless. Oxford is vibrant, full, and walkable, making it the ideal getaway to delight travelers of all interests.



Discover a unique blend of Southern heritage and contemporary entertainment in this historic town known for delicious food, live music, and Division I SEC sports. Antebellum architecture, a bustling restored downtown, and the birthplace of public higher education in America is a compelling backdrop for an array of museums, concerts, restaurants, breweries, galleries, and a world-renowned music scene.



In the heart of South Carolina, tradition and tomorrow pair perfectly in the state’s capital city. With evidence of renewal everywhere, Columbia SC is the real Southern hot spot that leaves you looking forward to what’s next.