Editor’s note: It was announced this week that due to concerns about the spread of coronavirus, NCAA games will be played without fans present this year. Whether you decide to keep your travel plans or book a return trip on another date, all of the NCAA host cities are fantastic destinations that definitely deserve a weekend visit.
March Madness is quickly approaching. With 68 teams competing in seven rounds over 20 days, it really is madness!
Beginning March 17, eight teams will duke it out in Dayton, OH in the “First Four” round to earn a spot in the main bracket of 64 teams. From there, each team will play in a single-elimination style within its region (ranked #1 to #16) until only two remain and meet up on April 6 in Atlanta to determine the 2020 NCAA Champion.
What gets us most excited? The 13 awesome cities hosting these match-ups. From Houston, TX to Tampa, FL to Omaha, NE to Sacramento, CA, the NCAA regional sites also happen to be some of our favorite cities and — spoiler alert! — some happen to be on our upcoming Top 100 Best Places to Live list.
Whether you’re heading to the tournament or just looking for a great place to spend a weekend, check out our travel guides for each of the NCAA host cities for the scoop on where to eat, drink and have some non-basketball-related fun.