Lonely Planet Writer

What's the greatest college town?

View of San Francisco from Berkeley

There are the big hitters - the New Yorks, Bostons, Seattles, New Orleans...umm...es.

Then there are the secondary towns - Athens, Georgia; Gainesville, Florida; Berkeley, California.

And there are the tiny towns with names like College Station, Texas.

They all have one thing in common: great college culture.

We're on a quest to find your favorite US college town of all. Does it have the best parties? Sweetest outdoor activities? Greatest bars? Most killer sports scene?

Got any great ideas? Reply to this thread and tell us, in 100 words or fewer, what the USA's best college town is - and why you love it. The best response (as judged by the editorial staff here) wins a free Lonely Planet City, Country, Encounter or Shoestring guide.

Go for it!