Nature and culture collide in this stunning college-town, which is teaming with waterfalls, forests and freshwater springs
Make nature your playground in Gainesville, where cascading waterfalls and shaded pine forests form spectacular backdrops. The college-town feel is present throughout, with its students infusing the whole city with energy and activity. Outdoorsy types will feel right at home here, with the option to canoe scenic rivers and picnic in Ichetucknee Springs State Park between your studies. In the evenings, discover the city’s vibrant musical offerings, which range from hip hop to bluegrass nights. The nation's second-largest university, the University of Florida, may be located two miles outside of the downtown area, but that hasn’t stopped a wealth of galleries, cheap eateries and bars bringing the city center spectacularly to life.