A roadtrip guide to college football bowl games

Stops include BBQ joints, casino, ghost town

College football fans headed to the many bowl games around the nation in January have several options for places to stop along the way.

Travel website Roadtrippers.com (RT) specializes in finding the best locations for those stops and provides a list of trips to consider. 

For those at Baylor University headed to the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl in Arizona on New Year’s Day, RT suggests checking out the “best burgers in Texas” at Whitehouse Meat Market. The eatery in Odessa calls its way of doing business “old-fashioned.” 

Also on the Fiesta Bowl trip is Shakespeare Ghost Town in New Mexico. It is a privately owned Old West ranch open to the public. 

The area was abandoned when mines closed in 1929. Visitors may walk the streets once used by Billy The Kid, John Ringo, The Clantons and others.

For those going to the Capital One Bowl also on Jan. 1, stops from the University of South Carolina through to Orlando, Fla. include the Daytona International Speedway, a tour of the Anheuser-Busch Brewery in Jacksonville, and other stops.

One trip includes a visit to Margaritaville Resort Casino -- that’s the Allstate Sugar Bowl on Jan. 2. Travelers going from Tulsa and Oklahoma City, Okla. to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans have more than a dozen stop options. Also on this list is Swamp Daddy’s, which serves traditional Louisiana cuisine, including crawfish.

Barbecue is certainly the theme of the AT&T Cotton Bowl road trip. Oklahoma State students traveling to Arlington, Texas for the game on Jan. 3 will find Roadtrippers.com destination choices in Davis, Okla. (Smokin’ Joe’s BBQ and RV Park) and Denton, Texas (Rooster’s Roadhouse).


Complete list of sports bowl trips created by the RT staff

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