Few people consider visiting a college or university on their vacation, unless they have children in high school. However, many colleges and universities are great places to visit on vacation. During the day, they tend to be peaceful, and their campuses are gorgeous. Some are historic, and many have museum collections, which are often free to visit. Here are the top 5 colleges people should visit while on vacation.
Southern Seminary: A History Seminary in the Bible Belt
The Bible Belt is full of Christian colleges and seminaries, which makes choosing a single one to represent the region difficult. Nevertheless, Southern Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky stands out from the rest as a historic leader of education in this area. It was founded back in 1859, and the school’s campus reflects its long history. Despite one’s theological views, the history here is rich and Louisville is a fun city to stay in.
College of the Atlantic sits on the shores of the ocean in Bar Harbor, Maine. Bar Harbor itself is a fun town to visit, and Acadia National Park is just around the bend. On Acadia Island, people can drive along the rocky coasts and hike the inland trails, but the best way to experience Maine is at a lobster pound. Just down the road from College of the Atlantic are several lobster pounds. No one takes preserving the beauty of this land more seriously than the faculty, administration and students at College of the Atlantic. Here, the paper is 100 percent recycled, and the paint is low-VOC. The people at this school will be glad to show you the land’s beauty and teach you how to take care of it.
Illinois Institute of Technology: The Best Architecture at a College
The Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), in Chicago, IL, is just as striking as the College of the Atlantic. It beauty is very different, however. Instead of green quads, brick buildings and ivy-covered walls, the Illinois Institute of Technology boasts bold buildings and an industrial landscape. IIT’s School of Architecture has more than 20 buildings that were designed by renowned architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.
Dartmouth: A University for Skiers
Dartmouth is situated in rural New Hampshire. The best time to visit is during autumn, when the leaves are changing colors. Most people know of Dartmouth’s excellent academics, but the school also owns and operates a nearby ski slope. The hill is much smaller than resorts in Vermont and New Hampshire, but few universities have their own ski mountain. The nearby towns are dotted with antique shops and the mountains are filled with hiking trails, as well.
Harvard: A University with Museums
Every college has a collection of special artifacts, but Harvard’s is among the best in the world. Some of the most rare items are not for public viewing, but it has several museums. Some are art museums, and others are science-oriented.
Thanks to Thomas Steiner for the photo.