“It’s better to see something once, than hear about it a thousand times.” This old Asian proverb couldn’t ring more true. Each year, thousands of students all over the country travel both domestically and internationally, taking in new experiences. The world is full of amazing places, and with so many options out there, we thought we’d give you our short list! Consider these cities when planning your next student travel experience.
#5 SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA
While the east coast will get a lot of love on our list, we thought it would be important to note that the West Coast has some amazing offerings as well. While Los Angeles is a can’t miss travel destination, we think the Emerald City just barely edges it out as a top domestic student travel destination. There is something magical about San Francisco, whether it be the cable cars, Golden Gate Bridge, or Fisherman’s Wharf– the city is electric. Take a trip out to Alcatraz, or walk among the Redwoods just across the Golden Gate bridge; San Francisco is a rare blend of history, beauty, diversity, and culture.
#4 PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA
The City of Brotherly Love is our Nation’s birthplace and is a history teacher’s dream location. Take a selfie in front of the Liberty Bell, tour Independence Hall, walk the boardwalk at Spruce Street Harbor Park, and of course don’t miss your chance to grab an authentic Philly Cheesesteak (we recommend checkout out Joe’s Steak + Soda Shop). Philly has a ton to offer and is a top student destination.
#3 NEW YORK, NEW YORK
New York is often called the Center of the World, and for good reason. Simply put, New York has it all. New York has history, style, culture, and grace. You can spend a month touring the City that Never Sleeps and still not have experienced everything it has to offer.
Be sure to check out the many world class museums, beautiful parks, and iconic landmarks. The 9/11 Memorial is a must-see for students. Should you feel the need to venture outside Manhattan, jump across to Brooklyn, which is rich with culture, art, and great dining.
#2 ORLANDO, FLORIDA
Sunny central Florida is a hotbed for tourism. While everyone knows about its world-famous theme parks, Orlando and the surrounding area has been booming with development and offerings outside Disney and Universal. There is no shortage of fun and exciting things to in Orlando.
After taking in the parks (which is a mission in and of itself) be sure to check out Lake Eola Park in Downtown Orlando or take a trip out to the coast and visit the Kennedy Space Center. When it comes to dining, Orlando hosts an endless buffet of amazing restaurants, just look at Restaurant Row on Sand Lake.
#1 WASHINGTON DC
When it comes to immersive student travel options, the United States’ capital is hard to formulate a strong argument against it not being number one. In DC, history comes to life. Stand where Martin Luther King gave his “I Have a Dream” speech. Visit the White House or tour one of the countless other monuments and attractions.
In terms of activities, DC won’t break the bank, as it offers more free activities than any other city in the country. Don’t forget that DC is more than just the epicenter of US politics, it also boasts a strong professional sports following coupled with a strong offering of performance and art.
Did your favorite city not make the list? With so many amazing places that are well suited for student and group travel, it was hard to pick. Here are a few that just missed our top five: Chicago, Atlanta, Boston, Los Angeles, and Seattle.
Planning your next trip?
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