Let me say this – Jacksonville isn't that great. But the beaches to the north and east are pretty nice. This trip, which features the biggest game of the year along with the University's fall break, is traditionally the last weekend where daylight savings is in effect. It always feels like the trip to Jacksonville is the turn from the long slog of the start of the season to the dramatic ending. Most importantly, the trip to Jacksonville has major football implications. The winner of the Georgia-Florida game has won the SEC East 13 times since 2002 – that's more than half of the years the division has been in existence. It is the de facto SEC East Championship Game every year.
2. Columbia, Mo.
If you like Athens then you will probably like Columbia, Missouri as well. It was a little smaller than Athens – at least downtown was – and a little less lively. But Columbia is big enough to be bigger than Auburn, but smaller than Lexington and Knoxville. It is just about the right size. The trip to the middle of the country? I'd rather never take it again. Frankly, Missouri and Texas A&M shouldn't be in the SEC, but if they are going to be in there at least Columbia, Mo. is an okay place to visit.
I don't mind Lexington. There was a time when this was a great trip for a lot of folks because of the horses at Keenland. But the time of the year has shifted in this old SEC tilt. Still, if you drive its just about the time of the year where the leaves change – so that's a nice trip into the Bluegrass State. Also, Lexington's party scene is a little underrated.
4. Little Rock
Georgia has only ever played the Hogs in Fayetteville, which is a great college town. But this season the Razorbacks switched the Georgia game to their state capital – for whatever reason. To be frank I am not sure why, but whatever. Little Rock has a lot of history – most of it stuff you might want to forget about. Still, you shouldn't skip the fact that a presidential library is in town. If you are a hunter, Arkansas is a great place to take a hunting trip.
5. Columbia, SC
If you have been to Columbia before you know why it is at the bottom of this list. If you are into parking lots and warehouses – Columbia is the place for you. Georgia is playing three games at off-campus stadiums this year, and it really takes away from the football experience in my view. But the Gamecocks are the only program in the SEC with a stadium off campus.