10 Best Destinations for Student Travel

The United States is full of seriously great destinations for student travel, whether you are talking about planning an elementary school day-long history field trip or a weeklong college student retreat. America’s war-torn and culture-filled map has several different notable hot spots full of education mixed with entertainment, these perfect student spots making the best vacations and getaways for eager young learners, celebrating seniors, and volunteering collegiates.

At Adventure Student Travel we are all about helping teachers, students, and parents find the absolutely perfect type of trip for their group, which always starts in the same place: where do you want to go?? This question breaks into ‘what do you want to see?’ ‘what do you want to learn?’ ‘what are your trip objectives?’ ‘what is your budget?’, etc, etc. Not only can we help you every step of the way through that inquisitive process, but we can also find the best deals and tour guides to work with you once you are there!

Customizable, affordable, educational, and really fun, that’s what we do here at Adventure Student Travel, and that’s what any of the locations listed below will get you as well!

  1. Washington D.C
    Washington D.C is our top seller when it comes to student travel, the federal capital offering student groups history, politics, education, and truly memorable travel experience all in one. This is a student trip jackpot, really, especially when you factor in all the memorials, monuments, and various top universities in town.Attractions We Love: White House, Supreme Court, Lincoln Memorial, Smithsonian 

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  2. New York City, New York
    The Big Apple is another best-seller here at Adventure Student Travel, the sparkling city a beacon of tourism, culture, and education in the United States. Student groups can see all the best fashion, finance, and fierce Broadway hits while here, not to mention eat all the best street foods and visit all the best NYC universities and museums!

    Defocused blur of Times Square in New York City with lights at night and taxi cab

    A defocused blur of Times Square in New York City with lights at night and taxi cab Dollarphotoclub

    Attractions We Love: American Museum of Natural History, Empire State Building, 9/11 Memorial, Central Park

  3. Boston, Massachusetts
    For more historically themed student travel plans, Boston may be the way to go for your group! Top academics, amazing music/ sports' scenes, plus some of the countries most historic sites, Boston has it all! Older students will appreciate the Harvard academics and downtown pub scene, younger students will love the art and American history throughout!

    Attractions We Love: Freedom Trail, Harvard, Faneuil Hall, Fenway Park 

  4. Chicago, Illinois
    Not only is this city really windy, but it's also really popular with student groups of all ages! You can study famous architecture, eat at some of the best restaurants in the U.S, or spend your day sightseeing the city on your way through the highly educational Museum Campus! The shopping isn't so bad here, either!Attractions We Love: Field Museum, Adler Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium, Millennium Park, Navy Pier 

  5. Birmingham, Alabama This southern city is brimmed to the top with authentic U.S history, most of it dealing with the Civil Rights Movement and the US. Civil War. What was once a hate-filled city is now known as the beginning of so many important U.S. rights' activities, it's hard to pass this destination up for history and education-themed student travel trips.Attractions We Love: McWane Science Center, Birmingham Zoo, 16th Street Baptist Church, Sloss Furnaces 

  6. San Francisco, California
    Sitting adjacent to the tech hub of the world, Silicon Valley, San Francisco provides your student travel group with access to top financial, innovative, and academically advanced Cali hotspots around the coast, not to mention the seemingly endless opportunities for beach-side bliss!Attractions We Love: Standford University, Exploratorium, California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz 

  7. Atlanta, Georgia
    Atlanta is the capital and largest Georgia city, a Civil Rights History hotspot that is full of progressive modern tech and industry. A vibrant historic past mixed with a booming present-day urban vibe, plus you top it all off with sparkling city gems found only here such as french fries from the Varsity? This is one of our all-time favorite student travel locations!Attractions We Love: World of Coca-Cola, Georgia Tech, The Varsity, Georgia Aquarium, CNN

  8. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love and city of the 'Great Philly Cheesesteak debate'! Of course, Philly is also full of a ton of authentic United States history and political beginnings, the Declaration of Independence was even signed here in 1776! The sports, jazz, fine cuisine, and academic scenes here in Philadelphia are top-notch choices, as well.Attractions We Love: Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Please Touch Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art  

    Downtown Skyline of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    Downtown Skyline of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dollarphotoclub


  9. Orlando, Florida
    We love Orlando for one main reason: (though we're sure you can think of several more) Disney! Disney is an untapped wealth of educational and immersive student travel opportunity that goes so far beyond the spectrum of entertainment. Workshops on business, leadership, music, and sciences are highly popular, not to mention the special senior send-off celebrations!Attractions We Love: Disney, Universal, Discovery Cove 


    Universal Orlando Danielle Bopp


  10. St. Louis, Missouri
    Head to the 'Gateway to the West' for our last popular student travel stop, St. Louis. This city is full of American history in it's purest essence: discovery. Discover it all just as Lewis and Clark did, everything from the Gateway Arch and Missouri River Steamboats to the sprawling City Museum and Missouri Botanical Gardens.Attractions We Love: St. Louis Zoo, Gateway Arch, Missouri Botanical Gardens, Busch Stadium, City Museum 


    Gateway Arch Danielle Bopp