This week, we wrote about The Palomar in Los Angeles’ Westwood neighborhood, a stone’s throw from UCLA’s campus. And for those of you whose college days are over (or perhaps haven’t yet happened), there are countless other campuses across the U.S. to explore. While it may not be the most obvious pastime when on vacation, it’s a good idea to check out an area’s local colleges, as they offer some of the country’s finest museums, architecture and performance halls. We’ve taken the liberty of highlighting 5 of our favorites. Study up!
Harvard University (Cambridge, MA): As one of the oldest universities in the United States, this collegiate staple attracts countless visitors each year. We’re not just talking about highly ranked high school seniors, though. With the historic Harvard common, the thought-provoking Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology and plenty of dining and nightlife at the vibrant Harvard Square, this school offers good reason for anyone to visit the Boston area.
Sewanee University (Sewanee, TN): 13,000 acres and 60 miles of forest trails will have hikers and mountain bikers coming to this southern university’s campus in droves. And if taking in panoramic views from scenic lookout points isn’t enough, visit the storied town area for fixtures like the 1950s Gothic-style All Saints’ Chapel.
Tulane University (New Orleans, LA): If you’re looking for a little southern culture, head to Tulane University for more than 100 acres of classic Big Easy vibes. Stop by the Newcomb Gallery for local art, and don’t miss the campus’ Museum of New Orleans Jazz to learn a little bit about the town’s musical history.
University of Washington (Seattle, WA): If harborside afternoons are your thing, then the University of Washington offers a nice urban campus complete with water views. The Burke Gilman trail is a waterside, urban path that leads from campus to the Gasworks Park, and on game days students can be seen tailgating on boats in the harbor.
The United States Military Academy (West Point, NY): One of the most famous armed forces campuses in the nation, West Point commands plenty of attention. Visitors looking for an afternoon of history will find a collection of significant artifacts and exhibits at the West Point Military Museum. But don’t forget to save a little time for an afternoon march through the area’s selection of wilderness trails.