5 Road Trip Ideas For College Students

College can get overwhelming; you just had several tests this past week and an eight page paper due this afternoon.

After working hard all week, you deserve to have some fun with your friends. How should you enjoy your weekend or spring break? Take a road trip!

Sometimes a getaway is just what a college student needs to relieve all the stress from the semester.

I’m suggesting this type of a trip when you have a long weekend or break because then you’ll be able to enjoy the small vacation instead of rushing back. Depending on your school location though, some of these destinations might be close enough for a regular weekend trip.

There are several places you and your other college friends can visit for a weekend. These are just a few road trips for college students I wanted to recommend, but ultimately your small vacation will depend on transportation, weather, and location.

1. City

If you want to get off campus for a few days and don’t mind splurging on some activities, check out one of the major cities in your area. Enjoy a day or two of shopping, theater, sight-seeing, or whatever else the city has to offer!

Some major cities in America to check out are:

  • San Francisco, California
  • Seattle, Washington
  • Boston, Massachusetts
  • Denver, Colorado
  • New York City, New York
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Nashville, Tennessee
  • Atlanta, Georgia

2. Amusement Parks

What better way to relieve college stress than to scream your head off on some roller coasters? Check out the nearest amusement park for a day filled with rides, games, entertainment, and fast food.

There are amusement parks in all 50 states, so no matter where you are this road trip option should be a reasonable destination within the state. Just take a look at Google Maps and find the one closest to you! Or you can take a longer trip and check out amusement parks in different states as well.

*My favorite amusement park in Ohio is Cedar Point. My roommates and I took a road trip there in October for the annual “Halloweekends” event. I highly recommend it to anyone in Ohio!

3. Beach

If you’re near the coast this will be an easy trip, but for anyone else—be prepared for a longer drive. After your long drive, I can guarantee you that your road trip to the beach will be well worth it when you get to relax on the sand and get some sun!

These are some of the nicest beach locations in America:

  • Hilton Head, South Carolina
  • Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
  • Miami Beach, Florida
  • Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Cape Cod, Massachusetts
  • Santa Barbara, California
  • Ogunquit Beach, Maine
  • Sunset Beach, New Jersey
  • Virginia Beach, Virginia

4. Camping

If you don’t feel like spending money, this option is the best choice—camping. You can never go wrong by having a traditional camping trip in a nearby campground. Bring some graham crackers, chocolate, and marshmallows and enjoy some s’mores by the fire as you take in the beautiful nature that surrounds you.

Some peace and quiet will be a nice change from the noisy and hectic campus that you are constantly a part of during the week.

5. Music Festival

I recommend taking a road trip for a music festival or concert in the spring or fall. Many outdoor amphitheaters offer the perfect atmosphere for a relaxing night with your friends as you enjoy the excellent musicians at the venue.

Sometimes, certain areas offer festivals that span over the entire weekend which allows you to come at any time to enjoy the event (or you could go for the whole weekend).


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Stephanie Vlk

Stephanie Vlk

Stephanie Vlk is a junior at the University of Dayton pursuing a degree in communication with a concentration in electronic media as well as a minor in English. While not in class, Stephanie is involved in a service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega, and a honors professional fraternity, Phi Beta Chi. Outside of academic and community activities, she enjoys dancing hip hop, reading, spending time with friends, and doing yoga.