The United State calls itself home to approximately 5,300 colleges, most of which are located in the most beautiful cities that the country has to offer. Here is a list of the top five most beautiful college towns the U.S. has to offer in no particular order that Travel Trivia has provided, and a degree is not needed to enjoy spending time in them.
Boone, North Carolina calls itself home to Appalachian State University. Boone is an ideal location for relaxation and also offers an incomparable dining scene. Home to the Blue Ridge Mountains, a hike is an option at a moment’s notice. Another prime hiking destination is Howard Knob directly in the center of the city. If there is a desire for something more intense, there is a semi-difficult path to Grandfather’s Bridge. Grandfather’s Bridge is a mile-high suspension bridge surrounded by gorgeous views of the mountains. For someone looking to shop, King Street is a prime shopping destination. After working up an appetite, head on over to Porper or Vidalia for a modern southern meal.
Annapolis, Maryland is a gorgeous town full of history, beautifully located on Chesapeake Bay. Home to the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis possesses a calm unmatched by most college towns. A must-do is taking a peaceful walk along the water and shopping at the boutiques nearby. For the water lovers, there are options to take a sailing cruise around the harbor or taking a water taxi. If on a walk through the Naval Academy, there might even be a wedding party outside of the chapel, swords in the air to celebrate the newly married couple. When visiting Chesapeake Bay, eating crabs is a must, and there is no shortage of options around Annapolis.
Vermont is a hidden gem in terms of vacation destinations, and Burlington is no exception. Standing high and proud on the hill looking down onto the city is the University of Vermont. It is only a mile from Lake Champlain, providing an amazing view of both the city and the calmness of the lake. During the summer months, it is almost mandatory to rent a paddleboard and explore the shoreline. For the people looking for a different type of adventure, there is the option of hiking in the Green Mountains at Mount Philo. During the winter, Burlington is full of contentment and comfort. Skiing is definitely a huge option. Burlington is 25 minutes from Bolton Valley and less than an hour from Stowe. A big thing to remember is that Vermont is home to Ben and Jerry’s, and there is no inappropriate time for ice cream.
Madison, Wisconsin is not only the state capital but also the location of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The town is magnificently located between two lakes. The summer is the perfect time to rent a kayak and paddle to the waterfront restaurants. During the winter, grab a pair of snowshoes and travel along the lake for the perfect winter picnic. From April to November, locals spend time at the Dane County Farmers Market on Saturdays for local produce and flowers. For the history buffs, there are also tours are the state capitol building. For those looking for something more outdoorsy, the botanical gardens are a prime vacation destination.
Boulder is one of the blissful cities in the United States, making it a prime location for a college- the University of Colorado- Boulder. The air is clean and crisp and surrounded by mountains that create a peaceful environment that unparalleled. For an ideal college and vacation experience, a football game would be perfect as the football stadium has a breathtaking view of the Flatirons. For those looking for a nature adventure, the prime destinations are a hiking Chautauqua or a kayaking trip along Boulder Creek. Many of the college students take advantage of how easily accessible it is to ski and snowboard in the area.
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