Enjoy the ten reasons to love and visit the Auburn-Opelika area.

It's a family that could easily become yours. It's a ball in a cup, one under if you're very lucky or very good. Eagles live here. And tigers too. It's a spirit that is not afraid. We take our football seriously but know that no one can play golf without a sense of humor, and people all around the world know we have the best of both. Auburn-Opelika is the proud home of Auburn University, Alabama's biggest, and the Robert Trent Jones Trail, the world’s finest. It's the coolest college town in the South, according to us, and one of the top 10 cities in the US for small businesses, according to Forbes. Centrally located near Atlanta, Birmingham and Montgomery, Auburn-Opelika is easy to get to and easy to love.

1. Robert Trent Jones Grand National Golf Course

Robert Trent Jones himself proclaimed Grand National as the “single greatest site for a golf course” he had ever seen. Recognized by writers, designers, and players from around the world, Grand National has received accolades for everything from the “world’s prettiest hole” to the “world’s best public course.”

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2. Rolling Toomer's Corner

One of Auburn’s oldest and most renowned traditions, thousands of AU faithful join in downtown Auburn to celebrate tiger victories by hurling tissue into the surrounding trees, lamp posts, and anything that will stand still long enough. A quirky fracas that can last for hours, a blizzard of paper is left blanketing the entire intersection. There’s no way you haven’t heard of it, but seeing is beli

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3. On The Tracks

Now in it's 11th year, it's the area's longest-running food and libations festival. On a beautiful evening in both the spring and fall, the area's finest restaurants set up along historic Railroad Avenue in the heart of downtown Opelika to offer a delicious selection of small bites.

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4. Chili Dogs & Shakes at Mrs. Story's Dairy Bar

An Auburn-Opelika tradition since 1952, the secret recipe for Mrs. Story’s famous homemade chili dogs reminds us that, thankfully, some things never change. Still in its original location on Pepperell Parkway, the owners of this 50s style walkup are the third generation of the Story family to serve the freshest “fast” food in the area. Open Mon-Wed 10am-9pm and Thurs-Sat 10am-10pm. 1900 Pepperell

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5. Auburn CityFest

Two employees of the Auburn Parks & Recreation Department conceived Auburn CityFest, our largest outdoor spring festival, over lunch at Niffer’s Place while discussing a way to give back to the community. Since the festival made its debut in 2000, it has turned the last Saturday each April into a fabulous family day of fun at beautiful Kiesel Park.

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6. Local Nightlife

Relax and unwind in the warm and intimate environment of Piccolo. Creative specialty cocktails and a full menu of delicious "small bites" are the perfect accompaniment to the jazz stylings of eclectic musicians from all over the South. Cozy up next to the fire and share a couch with friends over a piccolo (the smallest champagnge bottle) and a California roll or a couple barbecue sliders.

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7. War Eagle

It is one of the most iconic moments in all of college football: Jordan-Hare’s capacity crowd of almost 90,000 rumbling in unison as a rare eagle is released to free-fly in circles around the stadium, eventually landing mid-field on its leathery pseudo-prey. We defy any living, breathing human, regardless of the colors you wear, to not get goose bumps from this phenomenon.

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8. Local Craft Spirits

Opelika is the proud home of not just one but two craft spirit makers: John Emerald Distiling Company has been making fine liqours including whiskey, gin, vodka, and rum since 2014, and Red Clay Brewing Company opened next door in 2015

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9. Dale Chihuly Chandelier

The focal point for the entry of the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University, Chihuly’s Amber Luster is a masterpiece of more than 600 individual pieces of hand-blown glass.

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10. Toomer's Lemonade

When Toomer’s lemonade ranked number one in Esquire magazine’s “162 Reasons It’s Good To Be An American." it was only about 105 years after the rest of us already knew. Handmade to order, this tart and tangy concoction is the hallmark of Toomer’s Drugstore, a beloved Auburn icon and the only business that has occupied this historic corner since 1896. Open seven days.

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