City: Blacksburg, VA
Student Population: 25,000-30,000
The eight iconic pylons, overlooking the massive drill field in the center of Virginia Tech’s campus, are one of the most memorable and widely photographed landmarks on campus. Each pylon stands for a different value considered important by the university.
Torgerson Bridge, arching over the main entrance to campus, is another widely visited attraction at VT for visitors and students alike. The inside of the Torgerson Bridge is beautifully designed and makes for a very popular study spot (see below).
Virginia Tech boasts one of the strongest fan bases for college football in the country. Game day in Blacksburg hosts thousands of massive tailgates as 66,000 people prepare to cheer the Hokies on.
VT, with one of the top three dining plans in the country, makes for a great collegiate experience or weekend visit. Seen above, the $35 million dining hall, Turner Place, has everything from bagels to gelato to hibachi.
Come sundown in Blacksburg, whether you're looking for a bite to eat or heading towards the bars, Main Street is the best place to be.
Top of the stairs, TOTS, is Blacksburg’s most popular bar. TOTS legendary drink, the rail, is widely known as the strongest drink in Blacksburg. Do not go to TOTS without trying a rail.
Other popular bars in Blacksburg include:
- Hokie House
- Big Als
- El Rodeo (El Rod’s)
After a late night downtown, there is only one place to eat. Benny Marzano’s. Benny’s offers enormous slices of pizza that are well over a foot long.
Other great places to eat in Blacksburg:
Bull and Bones
Cabo Fish Taco