Plan for another Sunshine State trip for Iowa's bowl game
t's back to Florida for the Hawkeyes.
The Iowa football team was invited to play the Tennessee Volunteers on Jan. 2 in the Taxslayer Bowl in Jacksonville at EverBank Field.
The Hawkeyes took part in the Outback Bowl last year in Tampa Bay, Fla., losing 21-14 to another Southeastern Conference team in LSU.
Are you thinking of making another trip to the Sunshine State? Here's the skinny on the trip south:
BOWL PACKAGES: Tickets can be ordered on the University of Iowa Athletics website. Prices for tickets through the university varies, with main-level tickets costing $85 and box-level seats at $125. The University of Iowa Alumni Association is also offering a bowl package, but details were not immediately available. According to the TaxSlayer Bowl website, tickets can cost between $65 and $465, depending on seating.
TRAVEL: Brace yourself. One round-trip plane ticket from Des Moines to Jacksonville, Fla., leaving on Jan. 1 and returning Jan. 3 could run fans between $663 to $743, according to Priceline. And don't think you can get tricky by flying to Orlando and making a two-hour drive north — plane tickets run in the same price range to the theme park mecca, too.
Those fans looking to drive are looking at an estimated 18-hour car excursion. From Des Moines to Jacksonville the trip is 1,245 miles. According to the AAA Fuel Gauge Report, round-trip gas costs from Des Moines to Jacksonville are estimated at $410.
THINGS TO DO: Jacksonville may not hold the glitzy sway that some other Florida cities possess, but there's still plenty of entertainment available to occupy yourself for a few days.
Attractions include: The World Golf Hall of Fame; Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens; The Ritz Theatre and Museum; The Museum of Contemporary Art; Beaches Town Center, a beachside shopping district; and 22 miles of open beaches.
WEATHER: For the second year in a row, Iowa fans could escape the cold to enjoy sub-tropic weather. During the month of January, Jacksonville sees an average high temperature of 65 degrees, with a low of 41 degrees.