Weekends are a chance for college students to escape the collegiate black hole of exams, classroom monotony and cramped dormitories. Distancing yourself from the campus even for just a couple days will do any student a world of good. Hitting the open road with your friends might be just the adventurous escape you’re looking for.
Road Trip Tips
Why soar over the beautiful country when you can soak in the sights and save money too? Remember, a road trip is all about the journey, not the destination. As a student, it’s not likely that you’ll be riding as comfortably as you would with three to four other people in an RV and traveling cross country, so whomever is driving must make the proper automotive preparations for a cross country trek. Get an oil change and replace the air filter first. In case of a running into a storm on your travels, make sure you’ve replaced the wipers too. Check the tires using the old penny trick. Turn a penny upside down and run it vertically in the tread. If you can see the top of Abe’s head, the tread is not deep enough and you should pick up something like discount Michelin tires on your meager student budget.
Head down to the city of the fleur-de-lis for an immensely entertaining and culturally stimulating time. The birthplace of jazz, as you’d expect, has no shortage of music venues and concerts, not to mention street performers. Foodies will have a field day with the world famous Creole and Cajun cuisine — jambalaya, gumbo and boiled crawfish deliver the city’s unique brand of flavor. If there are any architecture admirers among you, mark the famed French Quarter on your itinerary to explore its array of historical landmarks. Hit Bourbon Street in the evening for a slew of bars and various nightlife attractions; it just wouldn’t be vacation without a little inebriation.
The neon city of gambling and debauchery is sure to take your mind far, far away from the stresses of student living. There are an immense number of shows to attend from stand-up comedy to the Blue Man Group and Cirque du Soleil. Hit the Strip and Fremont Street for casinos and bars galore. We recommend you set aside a limited amount of money for gambling at the slot machines and low roller tables. What you spend in Sin City, stays in Sin City. Don’t return to school more broke than you already are.
If your idea of a weekend adventure isn’t full of sandy beaches and sunshine, a road trip to Denver may be the journey for you. Go hiking in the Rockies or take a gold mining tour. Colorado at large is also one of the best locations in the country for ski resorts. Beer aficionados in your group? Visit the Denver Beer Triangle. Between Denver, Boulder and Fort Collins there are an astonishing number of breweries. Visit New Belgium Brewery of Fat Tire fame, Odell Brewing Co., Anheuser-Busch Brewing Co. and the largest single brewery in the world, Coors Brewery.