Auburn is in the River Heritage region of Alabama. Auburn University is located in downtown Auburn. During Auburn University home college football games, the town fills up with thousands of alumni and college football fans for a weekend of tailgating.
Most people traveling to Auburn fly into either Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL) in Atlanta, GA or Birmingham International Airport (BHM) in Birmingham, AL, both of which are about 120 miles away.
Robert G. Pitts Auburn-Opelika Airport (IATA: AUO) is in Auburn off Glenn Avenue, but has no service from major air carriers. There is one FBO located on the premises (Auburn University Aviation Services).
There is no passenger train service to Auburn.
Auburn is accessible from Interstate 85, which runs four miles south of Auburn.
- I-85, providing access to Atlanta, GA and Montgomery, AL. Exits 51 (College Street) and 57 (Glenn Avenue) provide the most convenient access to Auburn.
- US-29, providing access to Troy and points south.
- US-280, providing access to Birmingham, AL. It is fastest to take AL-147 from US-280 into Auburn, as US-280 continues to Opelika.
- Greyhound (Exit 62 off of I-85 next to a Big Cat gas station.), toll-free: +1-800-231-2222. Provides service to the Auburn area.
- Express85, 747 East Glenn Avenue, ☎ +1 334 887-8595, toll-free: +1-888-238-7738, fax: +1 334 826-5544, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. M-Su 6AM-8:30PM. Provides airport transportation between Auburn and Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. The depot is on Glenn Avenue near Dean Road (across from Hastings). Excellent customer service via email. $39 to and from Hartsfield-Jackson.
- BreakShuttle, e-mail: Support@GroupZOOM.com. Only available during scheduled breaks. Private service geared for students transiting during recesses, though is open to the public. Provides service to and from Atlanta, Nashville, and Tampa, among other cities.
Downtown Auburn is easily traversable on foot. The sidewalks and pedestrian crossings in and near downtown are heavily utilized by Auburn's student population which means that cars will often stop if they see a pedestrian waiting at a crosswalk. However, the further one gets from downtown, the greater the distances become. Eventually, you will need to reconcile yourself to using car or bicycle.
Areas outside of Downtown and north Auburn, especially areas along South College and Wire Road, lack sidewalks and pedestrian crossings and are not suitable for pedestrian traffic.
Bicycles are a common method of transportation in Auburn, allowing one to cover longer distances than when on foot. Most areas in Auburn can be reached by a short bike ride of any other point. Auburn was voted a "bicycle friendly city" by the league of American Bicyclists because of the city's bike plan, bike lanes, and advocacy efforts. Both the City of Auburn and Auburn University have established bicycle committees.
Be aware that Auburn City Police will occasionally cite bicyclists for riding on the sidewalk. In Auburn (like the rest of the U.S.), bikes are considered traffic just like cars, though drivers will often ignore bicyclists. Be aware of your surroundings.
A unique transportation option in the downtown area are pedicabs. TigerShaw gives people around campus and downtown a chance to rest their feet if they don't feel like walking a mile to their destination. This service is available to Auburn Citizens and Auburn University Students.
- Tiger Taxi, ☎ +1 334 444-4444, e-mail: email@example.com. 24/7. Provides personal transportation services geared towards Auburn University and the surrounding area.
- Twin City Taxi, ☎ +1 334 246-0416, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 24/7. Service provided to Auburn-Opelika area. Airport shuttles available. $3 initial fee, $2 per mile.
- Lee-Russell Public Transit (LRPT), ☎ +1 334 749-9092, toll-free: +1-877-743-3739. M-F 6AM-6PM. Dial-a-ride service. Primarily for residents of Auburn-Opelika. All pickups must be scheduled at least one business day in advance.
TigerTransit provides transportation services exclusively for Auburn University students and faculty, and is not accessible to people unaffiliated with the university.
Phenix City Express provides transportation services to the general public during football gamedays.
Cars are the most popular form of transport in and around Auburn. Traffic can be bad during short periods of time near downtown Auburn. Parking can also be difficult to find near downtown Auburn at certain times of the day. On Friday and Saturday of home football game weekends, traffic and parking are particularly bad.
Visitors are advised to pay close attention to any notices concerning the towing of unauthorized vehicles. Towing notices are enforced on a regular basis. In particular, towing from apartment complexes may occur at any time of the day or night.
Car Rental Companies include:
- Enterprise Rent-A-Car, 806 Opelika Road, ☎ +1 334 826-0227, toll-free: +1-800-261-7331. M-F 7:30AM-6PM, Sa 6:30AM-noon, closed Su.
- Auburn University. The scenic campus is home to 23,000 students and features buildings in the Greek Revival through the Modern styles.
- Donald E. Davis Arboretum, The arboretum features native trees, shrubs and wildflowers of the southeastern United States, including 150 different tree species native to Alabama and the Southeast. Located on the corner of Mell Street and Simmons Drive on the Auburn University campus. Admission is free.
- Eagle's Nest, located on top of Haley Center on the Auburn University campus. The highest point in Lee County provides a fantastic view of campus and the surrounding countryside. Can only be accessed by Auburn University Student Recruiters and War Eagle Girls and Plainsmen, so take a campus tour starting from the Upper Quad.
- Jordan-Hare Stadium. The 87,451-seat venue for Auburn University's football team located in the center of campus. No admission except on gameday, but still a terrific sight.
- Jule Collins Smith Museum of Art, a 40,000 square foot art museum opened in 2003, featuring visiting collections as well as a permanent collection devoted primarily to 19th and 20th century American and European Art. Also features 15 acres of botanical gardens featuring large-scale sculpture, a three-acre lake, and a landscape that incorporates walking paths, benches and water features. Located on South College at Kimberly Drive. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens, and college students and children under 17 free.
- Lovelace Athletic Museum. A museum dedicated to the history of Auburn Athletics, primarily focused on Auburn football but showcasing Auburn's success in other arenas. Located on the corner of Samford Drive and Donahue Drive on the Auburn University campus. Admission is free.
- Roll the trees at Toomer's Corner (intersection of Magnolia and College streets in downtown Auburn) following an Auburn victory.
- Get lemonade at Toomer's Drugs, located at Toomer's Corner.
- Have a beer at the War Eagle Supper Club, routinely voted one of the country's best college bars.
- Follow the Auburn University Walk of Fame on the streets of downtown Auburn.
- Take a bike ride on Auburn's many on-street bike lanes and off-street bike paths (or, in absence of a bike lane, ride on the street because bikes rule the road in Auburn!).
- Tuskegee National Forest is located just West of Auburn and contains the 8.5 mile long Bartram National Recreation Trail which is ideal for hiking, mountain biking, and bird watching.
- Chewacla State Park. Is a pleasant park to unwind which is located just off I-85.
Golfing is an enormously popular outdoor sport in Auburn among both visitors and those associated with the university. The area's mild winters mean that the game can be played year-round, and a number of fantastic golf courses are located in and around the Auburn area. Auburn was also ranked as the number one city in the nation for Golf in 2005 by Golf Digest . Among them:
- Robert Trent Jones Grand National. Is a stop on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail and features 54 holes of golf along Lake Saugahatchee. Green fees are from $40 to $62.
- Auburn Links at Mill Creek. Features large TifDwarf Bermuda grass greens and rolling fairways along Parkerson's Mill Creek. Green fees are from $18 to $39.
- Indian Pines features 6,213 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 71. Green fees from $25 to $30.
- Anders Bookstore. Located on Magnolia Avenue near College Street. Auburn University souvenirs and supplies.
- Auburn University Bookstore. Located in Haley Center on the Auburn University campus. Auburn University souvenirs and supplies.
- J&M Bookstore. Located on College Street between Magnolia Avenue and Thach Avenue. Auburn University souvenirs and supplies.
- Tiger Rags. Located on Gay Street between Magnolia Avenue and Thach Avenue, Auburn University souvenirs and the unofficial official gameday and victory T-shirts.
- Big Blue Bookstore, 1655 South College St., ☎ +1 334 821-4440. Auburn University souvenir, books, and tailgating equipment
In addition to the usual fare found in most American cities, Auburn has some excellent local and regional restaurants:
- Amsterdam Café, 410 South Gay Street, ☎ +1 334 826-8181, e-mail: email@example.com. Su-Th 11AM-9PM, F-Sa 11AM-10PM.
- Ariccia Italian Trattoria & Bar (in the Auburn University Hotel and Conference Center on College Street at Thach Avenue), ☎ +1 334 821-8200. A pricey but excellent Italian restaurant that is a great place to take a date.
- Brick Oven Pizza Co., 2520 Enterprise Drive (on Gay Street near the intersection of Glenn Avenue), ☎ +1 334 745-0223, fax: +1 334 745-0224, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Su-Th 11AM-9:30PM, F-Sa 11AM-10:30PM. A gourmet pizza restaurant with pizzas and pasta. Eat outside if you can.
- Buffalo Connection, ☎ +1 334 821-2700. On the corner of Wire Road and Shug Jordan Parkway. Known locally as "buffcon." A wing and hang-out place, and Monday and Thursday nights are all-you-can-eat wings.
- Cheeburger Cheeburger, ☎ +1 334 826-0845. Burger joint located on College Street in downtown Auburn.
- China Palace, 2450 Martin Luther King Drive (On College Street in downtown Auburn adjacent to the Heart of Auburn Hotel), ☎ +1 334 887-8866. M-F 11AM-2PM, 5PM-9:30PM; Sa-Su 5PM-9:30PM. Serves an "Asian fusion" including Chinese, Thai, and even a sushi bar that is very reasonably priced and deliciously fresh! $.
- Hamilton's on Magnolia, 174 East Magnolia Avenue, ☎ +1 334 887-2677, fax: +1 334 887-2676, e-mail: email@example.com. Su-Tu 11AM-9PM, W-Sa 11AM-10PM.
- Laredo Mexican Grill (Laredo's), 1832 Opelika Road, ☎ +1 334 246-4101. M-Th 11AM-10PM, F-Sa 11AM-11PM, Su 11AM-9PM. A good Mexican place. Wednesday night is Margerita Night.
- Little Italy Pizzeria, 129 East Magnolia Avenue, ☎ +1 334 821-6161. Great pizza at a great price. Stagnooooooo!
- Mellow Mushroom Pizza, ☎ +1 334 887-6356. Downtown Auburn on College Street. Pizza joint with a great atmosphere and is always hopping, especially after an Auburn victory.
- Momma Goldberg's Deli (Momma G's), 500 West Magnolia Avenue (On the corner of West Magnolia Avenue and North Donahue Drive.), ☎ +1 334 821-0185. Su-Th 10AM-2AM, F-Sa 10AM-3AM. An Auburn landmark, the run-down shack conceals some of the best sandwiches to be found anywhere. Be sure to try the "Momma's Love all the way." $$.
- Niffer's Place, 1151 Opelika Road, ☎ +1 334 821-3118. M-W 11AM-9:30PM, Th-Sa 11AM-10PM, Su 11AM-9PM. A local casual dining restaurant with good hamburgers, salads, wings, and sandwiches. $$.
- Tenda Chick (On the corner of Glenn Avenue and Dean Road.), ☎ +1 334 821-8543. Excellent all-around chicken restaurant but famous locally for its chicken fingers.
Auburn has several good bars for both students and visitors. The bars in the downtown area regularly change names and redecorate, so keep an eye out for new bars.
- War Eagle Supper Club. An Auburn classic. Once ranked by Playboy among the best college bars in the country, Supper Club is a different kind of place. It draws all crowds and all ages, and is unrivaled for great live music. The beer is cheap, and the bar is dirty. Supper Club is a "private" bar, so you'll have to wait in line for a membership card on your first visit. However, that membership gives you the ability to drink until 4AM, so often the crowd shows up around 2AM, when the downtown bars shut down. 21+
- Sky Bar. On Magnolia near College Street in downtown. Shares the same owner as the Pulse. The Sky Bar is a fairly recent addition to the Auburn bar scene, and is quite popular with the under 21 crowd. The bar attracts the younger crowd, although older students enjoy it as well. Sky Bar often has good live music. The front bar usually has acoustic, jam band, country, or piano man. The back bar has popular cover bands. It has become more of a music venue in the past year, showcasing Perpetual Groove, Tea Leaf Green, Nappy Roots, Pat Green, Pretty Lights, and Corey Smith. On Wednesdays there are drink specials $3 32 oz. wells 7-9. The bar has an open roof and is usually quite hot in the summer and cold in the winter. 21+ (Wednesdays 19+)
- The Bank Vault. At Toomer's Corner in downtown Auburn. The Vault is the only bar directly on Toomers Corner, and is another very popular downtown bar. The Vault draws an older crowd and is more laid-back than other bars in Auburn. The bar has probably the best draft beer selection in town, and sometimes has live music upstairs or on the patio. Additionally Tuesday nights is $2 taco and beer- can't beat that! It is a great place for football weekends and alumni just stopping by. 21+
- Bourbon Street. A touch of the French quarter in downtown Auburn. Bourbon Street Bar is a great place to have a beer following a football game. Popular with students and especially with out-of-town visitors from opposing schools. Bourbon also has great live music, recently having Mama's Love, Mimosa, Two Fresh, and Boombox among others. 21+
- 17-16. A fairly large one story bar with a very relaxed feel. Pool tables in the back and an outdoor patio and bar in the back as well. Very popular with Greeks and not very rowdy, A good place to go early in the night before Bourbon or Sky Bar. 21+
- Quixotes. A cool bar, with an awesome setup and great drink specials. Down college near the Brand X pizza and across from Mikata. 19+
- Auburn's Gameday Center, 129 North Donahue Drive, ☎ +1 334 826-8870. Check-out: 11AM. Very close to Jordan-Hare.
- Clarion Inn & Suites University Center, 1577 South College Street, ☎ +1 334 821-7001, fax: +1 334 821-7008. $75-110.
- Crenshaw Guest House of Auburn, 371 North College Street (3.5 miles north of Exit 51.), ☎ +1 334 821-1131. Check-in: 3PM-6PM, check-out: 11AM. Traditional bed & breakfast. Two-night minimum. $110-150 per night.
- Fairfield Inn & Suites Auburn Opelika, 2257 Interstate Drive (Near Auburn University), ☎ +1-334-742-2590. Check-in: 3:00 PM, check-out: 12:00 PM. From $119 per night.
- Fountainview Mansion, 3291 Mill Creek Road, ☎ +1 334 466-2120, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Luxury mansion. Two-night minimum on football weekends. $149 and up.
- Hampton Inn Auburn, 2430 South College Street, ☎ +1 334 821-4111, fax: +1 334 821-2146. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM.
- The Heart of Auburn, 333 South College Street, ☎ +1 205 887-3462, toll-free: +1-800-843-5634. A smaller budget hotel convenient to downtown and campus. $.
- Hilton Garden Inn Auburn/Opelika, 255 Hilton Garden Drive, ☎ +1 334 502-3500, fax: +1 334 502-3572. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: noon.
- Holiday Inn Express Auburn, 2013 South College Street, ☎ +1 334 502-1090, fax: +1 334 502-7090. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM.
- The Hotel at Auburn University, 241 South College Street, ☎ +1 334 821-8200, toll-free: +1-800-228-2876, fax: +1 334 826-8746. A fantastic hotel located just across from central campus. Formerly known as the Auburn University Hotel and Conference Center, the hotel features 248 rooms also has a restaurant and lounge, Ariccia and a comfortable lobby area. $$$.
- Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Auburn, 2174 South College Street, ☎ +1 334 826-1444, fax: +1 334 826-5456. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM. $110-150 per night.
- Quality Inn University Area, 1212 Mall Parkway, ☎ +1 334 502-5020, fax: +1 334 502-5021. $77-82 per night.
- University Inn Auburn, 129 North College Street, ☎ +1 334 821-4632, fax: +1 334 821-5434. Two-night minimum and higher rates on football weekends. $65-75.
The Auburn-Opelika tourism bureau provides a table of lodging availability during football weekends at here
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