Weekend Getaways: Tailgate Edition

It is officially football season, which means the roadways and airways will be full of excited travelers headed off to cities far and near to cheer on their favorite team. Football and tailgating go hand in hand; however, tailgating these days isn’t just coolers of drinks and overcooked hamburgers. Today, tailgating is an art form combining local food and drink, stunning views, and friendly locals. Whether you have a favorite team you are looking to follow or need inspiration for your next weekend escape, we have compiled a list of the top cities to visit for a memorable and enriching tailgate getaway.

Tailgating before the Ohio State football game

1.    Lexington, KY

True, UK is known for their basketball team, but this is SEC territory which means Saturdays are devoted to football. Add some spice to your tailgate on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail by sipping bourbon cocktails and dining on some Kentucky Burgoo. This local tradition consists of smoked chicken, beef and port with local veggies and cornmeal to thicken the soup. Take some time to explore the sights and wonders of the trail for the remainder of your trip.

2.    Boulder, CO

Offering over 20 craft breweries and “an everything local” food attitude, coupled with the unbelievable backdrop of the Flatirons behind Folsom field, this tailgate is sure to be one to remember. Cheer for CU on Saturday and then enjoy the Rocky Mountains all weekend-long. 

3.    Columbus, OH

Ohio State’s stadium, the Horseshoe, is recognized as one of the best college stadiums in the country and the city itself has been dubbed a “foodie’s paradise”. After the game visit the historic Short North Arts district or take a hike in one of the many metro parks to enjoy the vivid colors of the season.

4.    Madison, WI

Tailgating in Wisconsin takes on a backyard barbecue feel with the stadium’s unique neighborhood setup. Be sure to bring your appetite for anything cheese, as cheese reigns supreme in America’s Dairyland. Madison offers more artisans of craft cheese than anywhere outside of Vermont. With lakes surrounding the city, outdoor activities abound, making it an ideal destination to escape. 

5.    San Francisco, CA

Tailgating means different food and drinks for different parts of the country, and San Francisco has just about everyone covered. Wine from Napa Valley, artisan cheeses and even sushi can be found at these tailgates. Add in the sights and sounds that make San Francisco so desirable and you have a wonderful tailgate getaway.