A few months ago (is it really the end of October? Yikes!), you would have guessed from the elaborate store displays of papasan chairs and Ramen Noodles that it’s college time again. And if you have a child who is attending college this year, you know there will likely be more than one road trip or flight to his or her school. Are you headed to one of these 10 gorgeous college towns this season?
Whether you lived in Duluth for a handful of years as a student, currently live/work/play in the city, or find yourself visiting, you know what a visual gem Duluth is to everyone who makes a stop here (be it for a short visit or a much-longer stay). Duluth falls into place at No. 5 on DreamPlanGo’s list, and we couldn’t be happier to live in such a vibrant and exciting city. There’s a view for everyone to take in.
What other cities made the cut? Find out below!
1.) Place: Boston, Massachusetts
With more than 25 secondary education institutions, Boston ranks as of the U.S’s most academic New England cities, as well as one of the oldest (founded in 1630). Boston offers visitors a well-preserved peak into the nation’s beginnings on a journey along the Freedom Trail — a pathway through the city that highlights historic landmarks like Paul Revere’s house.
Colleges: Boston College, Boston University, Tufts University, Emerson College, etc…
2.) Place: Boulder, Colorado
Crouched at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains is Boulder. It was rated No. 1 in the Forbes.com list of America’s Top 25 Towns to Live Well In, and it’s no surprise, considering its ample space to play and gorgeous mountain setting just west of the Flatirons.
Colleges: University of Colorado Boulder, Naropa University
3.) Place: Eugene, Oregon
Blanketed by forests of pines and thick woodlands, it’s easy to understand how Eugene, Oregon, earned its nickname, “Emerald City.” Spencer Butte rises over Oregon’s second largest city and can be seen from the city’s hiking trails, biking paths and parks — like Hendricks Park — scattered throughout the area.
Colleges: University of Oregon
4.) Seattle, Washington
The largest city in the Pacific Northwest, Seattle sits between Puget Sound and Lake Washington, not far from the Canadian border. Capture breathtaking shots oft he shoreline from the iconic Space Needle or the Seattle Great Wheel, or stay on ground-level and explore the Pike Place Market.
Colleges: University of Washington, Seattle University, Bellevue College, etc.
5.) Duluth, Minnesota
Minnesota’s beloved North Shore city is situated on the southern tip of Lake Superior. The area is especially popular in autumn, when the shoreline is set ablaze in red, orange and golden hues. Canal Park and the famous Aerial Lift Bridge are popular attractions.
Colleges: University of Minnesota Duluth, The College of St. Scholastica, Lake Superior College, etc.
6.) Charlottesville, Virginia
U.S. Presidents Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe once called Charlottesville, Virginia home. The junction of the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive is a short drive from downtown Charlottesville — a perfect place to capture sweeping mountain views after a stroll along the downtown mall.
Colleges: University of Virginia, Piedmont Virginia Community College, Hereford College, etc.
7.) San Luis Obispo, California
Not far from the Santa Lucia Mountains, set among the rolling hills of California’s Central Coast is San Luis Obispo. This college town may not be very large but what it lacks in people it makes up in natural beauty. Depending on the time of year, ths surrounding slopes are either a lush green or golden hue.
Colleges: California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), Cuesta College, etc.
8.) New Orleans, Louisiana
Lafayette Square, Canal Street, the French Quarter — these are only a few areas to explore in New Orleans to get a true feel for the city’s historical origins and multicultural heritage. Foodies love the signature beignets as well as crawfish boils, jambalaya and other Creole dishes that can be found there.
Colleges: Loyola University New Orleans, Tulane University, Dillard University, etc.
9.) Nashville, Tennessee
Coined the “Music City,” Nashville serves not only as a college town, but as a mecca for country music fans. Vanderbilt University’s proximity to Music Row means students and visitors can literally walk to some of the biggest attractions in the city, including the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Colleges: Vanderbilt University, Belmont University, Tennessee State University, etc.
10.) Chicago, Illinois
Chicago holds the position as the third most populated U.S. city, with more than 2.5 million residents. The impressive cityscape includes Willis Tower and the ferris wheel at Navy Pier. Many of the colleges here have been ranked among the top national universities, including the University of Chicago.
Colleges: University of Chicago, DePaul University, Columbia College Chicago, etc.
(Article written by dreamplango.com)