Don't feel bad if you associate this unassuming town with its unlucky past: it's probably best known for the infamous 1993 'Waco Siege' that took place nearby and 2015's big biker shootout that left nine dead and hundreds arrested. Notoriety aside, this is a pleasant little city with a few diversions (Dr Pepper, woolly mammoths, anyone?).
Waco is home to the world's largest Baptist university (Baylor University); college legend claims that students can ostensibly attend a different area Baptist church every weekend during their four years. (It's true – there are almost 100 of them.)