Are you a college student who A) has accepted a summer internship in a major American city and B) is wondering what to do when the workweek is over? If so, this blog post is for you.
Traveling is an exciting opportunity for three reasons: you get to leave your comfort zone behind, you get to meet new people and experience new things, and you get to have fun (you can't forget to have fun). It can be an equally exciting opportunity if you're in said city for the summer and want to make the most of your time as an intern at the company you dreamed of working for as a child. And what better way to do so than by spending your Saturdays and Sundays taking in the various sights and sounds of your temporary living arrangements?
Scroll down to see our top three cities and nine destinations (three for each city) that are perfect for interns who just want to get away for the weekend.
Sawyer, MI: While this destination is more suited for those just looking to get out of the city for the day, don't be discouraged from visiting this hidden gem. Choose from one of hundreds of local wineries, distilleries, and breweries, each offering handcrafted drinks bound to stimulate your palate (Boro personally recommends Round Barn, which boasts a delicious Gewürztraminer and Albariño). And what better way to end the day by walking along the sand dunes at Warren Dunes State Park, which boasts unparalled ocean views of Lake Michigan at sunset.
Crystal Lake, IL: Located fifty miles northwest of the Windy City, this picturesque suburb has something for everyone. Whether it's perusing the shops on Williams Street, dining (be sure to order the red velvet pancakes at Benedict's La Strata), or sailing on the lake, you'll find yourself having a good time. And should you be around for July 4th, check out the annual festival at Lakeside Arts Park (food, fireworks, and fun for all who attend).
Champaign-Urbana, IL: Just because your fellow college students are home for the summer doesn't mean you should avoid coming here. Visit one of several museums (Boro recommends Krannert Art Museum), meander through the University of Illinois Arboretum, learn about the evolution of music at the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music. And be sure to end your visit with a nighttime excursion to the William M. Staerkel Planetarium, where you and your friends can literally reach for the stars.
NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK
New Paltz, NY: A place where history comes alive and nature is all around you, New Paltz is the destination to be. Visit Historic Huguenot Street, where interactive tours immerse you in the world of the settlers who shaped our country. Enjoy a glass of vinum at Robibero Family Vineyards, a boutique winery home to dozens of handcrafted wines. And should you find yourself up for a little rock climbing, visit Mohonk Preserve and witness the majesty of the Shawangunk Mountains.
Asbury Park, NJ: Even though it's located in another state (the Garden State, to be precise), visitors to this small coastal city will take pleasure in unwinding on one of several beaches (Boro recommends Ocean Grove Beach for those in the mood for a little peace and quiet). Looking for someone else to do besides lying on the sand all day? Consider walking along the shores of Deal Lake or visiting the Stephen Crane House (Google him).
Bear Mountain, NY: Situated on the banks of the Hudson River, this lush state park is more suited for day-trippers (much like Sawyer, Michigan) but is still a great place to get away. One can partake in any recreational activity they desire, from hiking and swimming to river fishing If you find yourself wanting to stay for the weekend, book a room at the Bear Mountain Inn (providing luxury and comfort to all since 1915) and partake in its amenities.
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA
Sausalito, CA: Just a thirty-minute drive from the City by the Bay lies a quaint city known for its views of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. For those of you who are avid camera users, take in the scenery as you walk along the beach in Paradise Beach County Park and hike through Muir Woods. And if you find yourself feeling hungry, visit Scoma's Sausalito for a seafood dinner that will make your mouth water before you have a chance to sit down.
Calistoga, CA: Looking for a place to enjoy a refreshing glass of wine? This picturesque city located in California's northern Bay Area is that place. Here you can visit rustic vineyards that have been untouched by time (Boro personally recommends the Castello di Amorosa) and relax at the Calistoga Spa Hot Springs (which is famous for, you guessed it, its hot springs).
Mendocino, CA: The three hours' drive may sound long, but believe our Boro writers when they say it's worth it. Visitors to this coastal city will find dozens of exciting activities to enjoy, from hiking through Mendocino Headlands State Park to relaxing with a good book on Glass Beach. And let's not forget the farm-to-table food that can be found when you book a table at the Trillium Cafe (be sure to order the Prawns with Wild Mushroom Risotto).
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