College Football Bowl Game Travel Guide 2017

Are you in? Here’s where to go and what to do when you’re there.

OUTBACK BOWL

TAMPA, FLORIDA

Raymond James Stadium, January 1st, 12 p.m. ET 

Michigan vs. South Carolina

 

Tampa is often overlooked as a place to visit in Florida, but it shouldn’t be. It’s got what everyone else does and it’s where they keep all the good Cuban food.

 

(Click on the bolded names of places we suggest below to visit their sites)

 

 

 

Le Méridien Tampa was once a federal courthouse. The things it must have seen!

 

 

STAY

 

Le Méridien Tampa is in downtown Tampa, and a close trip to Ybor City (where they keep all that Cuban food we were talking about). Once a century-old federal courthouse, it’s the very definition of cool, with modern luxury suites mixed with historic artifacts. A sight to behold, for sure.

 

Innisbrook Golf Resort boasts 900 acres of natural beauty, with 500 guest rooms and a pool shaped like the Loch Ness Monster. 

 

Check in at the Westshore Grand

 

 

The Westshore Grand is five minutes from downtown Tampa and has a rooftop pool. We’re throwing that in there for those traveling from Michigan.

 

EAT

 

Florida Native Chili, Ulele

Head on down to Ybor City and eat at Columbia Restaurant, the oldest restaurant in Florida, that’s been owned and operated by the same family since 1905. Or try Carmine’s, another staple in the Latin Quarter. No matter what, eat at least one meal in Ybor City.

 

Ulele offers fare inspired by fusing elements of Native Americans with European explorers. Yes, it’s a thing. You heard it here first.

 

Mise en Place offers Modern American cuisine for the “adventurous in palate and spirit” from Chef Marty Blitz.

 

DO

 

Well, there’s Busch Gardens if you’re traveling with kids. If you’re not, or you’ve sent them off to Busch Gardens with a trusted chaperone, there are a lot of local breweries and distilleries and Brew Bus offers tours.

 

 

For a complete listing of this year’s bowl games and full TV schedule, visit www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/page/cfpbowls2017/2017-18-college-football-playoff-bowl-schedule.

 

Check out these links for the rest of our College Football Bowl Game Travel Guide 2017:

 

ROSE BOWL PRESENTED BY NORTHWESTERN MUTUAL PASADENA, CALIFORNIA

 

ALLSTATE SUGAR BOWL NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA

 

PLAYSTATION FIESTA BOWL GLENDALE, ARIZONA

 

CAPITAL ONE ORANGE BOWL MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA

 

GOODYEAR COTTON BOWL CLASSIC ARLINGTON, TEXAS

 

CHICK-FIL-A PEACH BOWL ATLANTA, GEORGIA

 

CITRUS BOWL PRESENTED BY OVERTON’S ORLANDO, FLORIDA

 

FRANKLIN AMERICAN MORTGAGE MUSIC CITY BOWL NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE