18 Life-Changingly Fun And Geeky Things To Do In Edinburgh

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1. Chuck your change into the cabinets at Konbo.

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If you live for super combo finishers, chiptune soundtracks, and giant clacking buttons, then you need to visit Konbo on Gilmour Place. It’s Edinburgh’s first arcade café and it has an array of ’80s and ’90s Japanese arcade machines, including Tekken. But remember, nobody likes an Eddy Gordo kick spammer.

2. Eat crispy chicken and play N64 games at Wings.

Your friendship may not survive a few GoldenEye death matches (“bagsie Odd-Job!”), but you can at least scoff some tasty chicken at Wings together. Oh and you also win a Nerf cannon if you finish a bowl of their suicide hot wings. Challenge accepted!

3. Get dressed up at Edinburgh Comic Con.

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Where else are you going to see the likes of Oor Wullie, Darth Vader, and Iron Man chatting over a pint of Tennent’s? Held at the EICC every April, this is the place to check out the best Scottish comics, enter the cosplay contest, and get your photo taken with movie stars.

4. Or use the Force at Capital Sci-Fi Con.

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If you saw an eight-foot-tall hairy dude dismember someone at Meadowbank Stadium, you’d usually be straight on to the polis, but at this huge sci-fi convention it’s perfectly legit. Held every February, this charity event is rammed with comics, merch, TV, and movie stars galore. And wookies, obviously.

5. Play games while you dance to indie hits courtesy of We Throw Switches at The Caves.

We Throw Switches put on gaming indie club nights as well as installations, tournaments, and developer showcases. Basically, they want to get games out of the house and into interesting places, like these spooky vaults underneath the city.

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We Throw Switches put on gaming indie club nights as well as installations, tournaments, and developer showcases. Basically, they want to get games out of the house and into interesting places, like these spooky vaults underneath the city.

6. Step into a new world at the Virtual Reality Arcade.

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When you need to escape the crushing realisation that Half-Life 3 still isn’t a thing and that Firefly never got a second series, a trip to E-VR at Ocean Terminal will help. Their VR-pods can be hired for half an hour at a time, and games include Star Wars: Trials on TatooineFruit Ninja VR, and Tilt Brush.

7. Browse new comics and rare finds at Deadhead Comics.

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Rumour has it that this shop inspired Edinburgh-based comedian Dylan Moran to write Black Books. Either way you can easily spend an hour looking through this treasure trove of pulp, superhero, and indie comics. Who knows what you’ll find?

8. Or browse the options at Forbidden Planet.

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For all your graphic novel, sci-fi, toys, movie, and TV needs. Also, it’s on South Bridge, which is right in the centre of town. So handy.

9. Put your phones away and play board games at Tabletop Café.

Grab some pals, tell your phones to “get tae”, and gather round to crush armies and fight intergalactic space battles over coffee and ludicrously tasty doughnuts at this board game café in the historic centre of town.

10. Or grab a toastie and a pint at The Mousetrap.

This Leith pub is literally wallpapered with game references, and their back room is a mini-arcade stocked with plenty of board games. Don't try their shot roulette wheel on an empty stomach – their vodka tabasco mixer will give you the fear.

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This Leith pub is literally wallpapered with game references, and their back room is a mini-arcade stocked with plenty of board games. Don’t try their shot roulette wheel on an empty stomach – their vodka tabasco mixer will give you the fear.

11. Wage miniature battles at the Warhammer shop.

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The figures may be wee, but this institution on the High Street (what we call the Royal Mile – just a head’s up, tourists) is home to massive battles and hella good times. Just don’t forget to stock up on undercoat while you’re there.

12. Play the arcade games at Megabowl Fountainpark.

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Protip: don’t play their Dance Dance Revolution machine after trying the burger challenge at nearby pub McGowan’s. It’ll give you the boak, trust us on this one.

13. Or go even more retro at Gamesmasters in Leith.

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This wee shop sells rare PlayStation, Sega, Xbox, and Nintendo games (mind when games used to be on cartridges?). Ask the owner to show you his really rare stuff, but be ready to fork over some serious dosh if you want to buy anything.

14. Catch them all in Waverley Mall.

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In the early ’00s kids came to this end of Princes Street to buy red hair dye, Dickie’s baggies, and weed-flavoured lollipops. Now there’s Anime Republic, the biggest manga and anime store in Scotland, which sells things you probably can’t pronounce or understand. Oh, and also lots and lots of Pokémon.

15. Play tons of card games at Games Hub.

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No we’re not talking poker, or any of that other basic pish – this Tollcross geek retreat has oodles of really skilful card games that are seriously good fun to play with mates, especially when you wallop them. Oh, and the scran’s amazing too.

16. Quaff cappuccinos while bombing your pals’ battleships at Noughts and Coffees.

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Noughts and Coffees on Morrison Street has the right idea – kick back with a nice coffee and some hefty eats, then wage plastic maritime war against your friends and co-workers. It’s an outrageously fun hang-out (unless you’re a sore loser).

17. Find your next adventure at Black Lion Games.

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Remember what life was like before adulthood, when a Lothian Bus single cost a quid and our team almost beat Brazil in the World Cup? Well, this specialist game shop is like a portal to those simpler times of imagination, escapism, and fun – something that geeks get to experience almost every day. Come, join us!

18. And finally, get leathered in a world of TV fantasy at the Game of Thrones-themed Blood and Wine Bar.

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This Game of Thrones-themed bar on Dublin Street is run by events company The Pop Up Geeks. It won’t be around forever, but the good news is that team behind it are launching a Walking Dead bar in Edinburgh this year.

Incredible Places You Should Travel Alone In Your Twenties

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1. The Croatian coast

 

'A few years ago, I backpacked along the Croatian coast for a week. And it is still, hands-down, the best trip I've ever taken. I started in Pula in northern Croatia, the site of one of the largest Roman arenas in the world, and made my way down the coast to Zadar. From Zadar, I day-tripped to Plitvice Lakes and marveled at the beauty of the crystalline waters of the cascading lakes. It just might be the most beautiful place on earth. And I ended my trip, Game of Thrones-style, in Dubrovnik. I stayed in hostels along the way, so the total cost of the trip wasn't bad at all, and I met the nicest people along the way. I'd recommend this trip to absolutely anyone.' —Jon-Michael Poff

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“A few years ago, I backpacked along the Croatian coast for a week. And it is still, hands-down, the best trip I’ve ever taken. I started in Pula in northern Croatia, the site of one of the largest Roman arenas in the world, and made my way down the coast to Zadar. From Zadar, I day-tripped to Plitvice Lakes and marveled at the beauty of the crystalline waters of the cascading lakes. It just might be the most beautiful place on earth. And I ended my trip, Game of Thrones-style, in Dubrovnik. I stayed in hostels along the way, so the total cost of the trip wasn’t bad at all, and I met the nicest people along the way. I’d recommend this trip to absolutely anyone.” —Jon-Michael Poff

2. Ireland

 

'I just got back from a solo trip to Ireland last week. I spent the week traveling up the western coast and it was by far the most amazing thing I have done. The connection you make with a place or country is completely different when you’re alone. Everyone asked if I was scared or nervous and I can honestly say I wasn’t. I knew I would be fine and I would do it again in a heartbeat.'—beccaahhh

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“I just got back from a solo trip to Ireland last week. I spent the week traveling up the western coast and it was by far the most amazing thing I have done. The connection you make with a place or country is completely different when you’re alone. Everyone asked if I was scared or nervous and I can honestly say I wasn’t. I knew I would be fine and I would do it again in a heartbeat.”

3. Paris

 

'During my semester abroad, I spent a weekend in the city of love hitting up the museums, eating dinner in fabulous restaurants, and snacking on croissants. Instead of sharing it with a partner, I learned to love myself by spending time in the Louvre, staring at the Eiffel Tower from the top of the Arc de Triumph and people watching from the banks of the Seine.'—tessh5

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“During my semester abroad, I spent a weekend in the city of love hitting up the museums, eating dinner in fabulous restaurants, and snacking on croissants. Instead of sharing it with a partner, I learned to love myself by spending time in the Louvre, staring at the Eiffel Tower from the top of the Arc de Triumph and people watching from the banks of the Seine.”

4. England

 

'After college graduation (Go Cougs), I travelled all around England for just under three weeks. It was an amazing trip. It was made possible by my godmother, who had left me some money after she died. I truly feel that this was a trip that we would have taken together and I know that she would have been so proud of me. I learned so much about myself and what I am capable of. All of my friends said that I was crazy to go out alone in a country where I knew no one, that I would feel afraid and that I wouldn’t want to go out anywhere, but I never felt that way. I felt empowered.'—Clarissa Ramey

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“After college graduation (Go Cougs), I travelled all around England for just under three weeks. It was an amazing trip. It was made possible by my godmother, who had left me some money after she died. I truly feel that this was a trip that we would have taken together and I know that she would have been so proud of me. I learned so much about myself and what I am capable of. All of my friends said that I was crazy to go out alone in a country where I knew no one, that I would feel afraid and that I wouldn’t want to go out anywhere, but I never felt that way. I felt empowered.”

5. Hawaii

 

'I took myself to Hawaii for a week when I was 23 and it was the most rewarding and rejuvenating experience of my life. I booked the tickets on a whim at a time in my life when I had no control over the things around me, and I just needed to get away. It’s perfect for the solo traveler! Hawaii was far enough away to feel like I escaped but safe enough that I felt comfortable going alone. Everyone there is extremely happy, relaxed and friendly. Everywhere I went locals were happy to help me get around or talk to me at the bar during dinner. The beaches are wonderful and make for a full day of activity that isn’t weird to do solo. Everyone should travel alone at least once and Hawaii is a great place to start!'—nicoleb48c50a074

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“I took myself to Hawaii for a week when I was 23 and it was the most rewarding and rejuvenating experience of my life. I booked the tickets on a whim at a time in my life when I had no control over the things around me, and I just needed to get away. It’s perfect for the solo traveler! Hawaii was far enough away to feel like I escaped but safe enough that I felt comfortable going alone. Everyone there is extremely happy, relaxed and friendly. Everywhere I went locals were happy to help me get around or talk to me at the bar during dinner. The beaches are wonderful and make for a full day of activity that isn’t weird to do solo. Everyone should travel alone at least once and Hawaii is a great place to start!”

6. Japan

 

'The plane tickets can be pricey but Japan is great for solo travel. It is one of the safest countries in the world and there are tons of good hostels in all the major cities. Nowhere else I’ve ever been is so packed with interesting stuff as Japan. You can’t throw a stick without hitting something cool or wacky or historical. And while, no, not a lot of people speak English with any fluency, people are helpful and generally pretty patient. The trains and buses are everywhere and pretty easy to figure out, so you can get almost anywhere. And the country has been traveled so much by foreigners that there are tons of guides on things to see and how to get around. I would say it’s worth it to rent a mobile hot spot so you can look things up on the go. With a smartphone in your pocket, Japan is your oyster.'—bandezanne

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“The plane tickets can be pricey but Japan is great for solo travel. It is one of the safest countries in the world and there are tons of good hostels in all the major cities. Nowhere else I’ve ever been is so packed with interesting stuff as Japan. You can’t throw a stick without hitting something cool or wacky or historical. And while, no, not a lot of people speak English with any fluency, people are helpful and generally pretty patient. The trains and buses are everywhere and pretty easy to figure out, so you can get almost anywhere. And the country has been traveled so much by foreigners that there are tons of guides on things to see and how to get around. I would say it’s worth it to rent a mobile hot spot so you can look things up on the go. With a smartphone in your pocket, Japan is your oyster.”

7. Bologna, Italy

 

'My first solo trip was to Bologna, Italy. At first I was really regretting not going on a trip with friends as I sat next to a group of girls at the gate, but by the end of the trip I was more than elated that I had gone alone. I finished a book all about solo girl travels (What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding) right before leaving, and it was a perfect inspiration. Every time I felt lonely, I remembered how Kristin Newman (the author) learned to be at peace with her own thoughts and I was okay again. My favorite part of the trip was when I accidentally bought a train ticket to the wrong place, but ended up in a small city called Bassano del Grappa. I was able to make the decision to go there instead on a whim, and do whatever I damn well pleased when I got there. I learned a lot about myself in my capabilities of travel and communication. I’d never trade my solo travel experience for anything and I can’t wait to do it again.'—katier4c75c4cd2

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“My first solo trip was to Bologna, Italy. At first I was really regretting not going on a trip with friends as I sat next to a group of girls at the gate, but by the end of the trip I was more than elated that I had gone alone. I finished a book all about solo girl travels (What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding) right before leaving, and it was a perfect inspiration. Every time I felt lonely, I remembered how Kristin Newman (the author) learned to be at peace with her own thoughts and I was okay again. My favorite part of the trip was when I accidentally bought a train ticket to the wrong place, but ended up in a small city called Bassano del Grappa. I was able to make the decision to go there instead on a whim, and do whatever I damn well pleased when I got there. I learned a lot about myself in my capabilities of travel and communication. I’d never trade my solo travel experience for anything and I can’t wait to do it again.”

8. Madrid

 

'Madrid! I’ve done a few solo trips abroad and they’ve all been nice. I must say though that Madrid was one of my favorite places. It’s entirely safe and relatively easy to get around as well. During my time there I went to museums, saw the Russian imperial ballet, ate at the markets — all on my own time. Plus don’t even get me started about the shopping!'—truleemadlee

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“Madrid! I’ve done a few solo trips abroad and they’ve all been nice. I must say though that Madrid was one of my favorite places. It’s entirely safe and relatively easy to get around as well. During my time there I went to museums, saw the Russian imperial ballet, ate at the markets — all on my own time. Plus don’t even get me started about the shopping!”

9. Los Angeles

 

'If you’re not ready to go international, check out coastal LA! From Venice to Palos Verdes, there’s a variety of places to explore. Save on costs by staying in hostels or using Airbnb, and biking everywhere!'—ginam41b32b8e5

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“If you’re not ready to go international, check out coastal LA! From Venice to Palos Verdes, there’s a variety of places to explore. Save on costs by staying in hostels or using Airbnb, and biking everywhere!”

10. Barcelona

 

'Whether you like art, history, or nature there is something for every traveller. It’s affordable compared to some of the other places in Europe and most importantly the subway system is AMAZING!!! I never had difficulty getting to where I needed to go. It’s perfect for a low stress, fun vacation.'—rebeccav212124

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“Whether you like art, history, or nature there is something for every traveller. It’s affordable compared to some of the other places in Europe and most importantly the subway system is AMAZING!!! I never had difficulty getting to where I needed to go. It’s perfect for a low stress, fun vacation.”

11. Lisbon, Portugal

 

'Lisbon was amazing! I went by myself when I was 20 to celebrate getting my GED and my first semester in college. It was safe and the public transportation was very easy and cheap. In the center of the city almost everyone spoke English, which shouldn't be expected when you travel to a foreign speaking country, and those who didn't were still accommodating and happy to play charades. I stuffed myself with custard pastries every day. The food was great. There were lots of great hostels, the one I stayed in was in a train station. It made it wicked easy to take day trips. Overall, the whole trip didn’t cost very much. It was a great experience and I can’t wait to go again.'—MaddyOC3

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“Lisbon was amazing! I went by myself when I was 20 to celebrate getting my GED and my first semester in college. It was safe and the public transportation was very easy and cheap. In the center of the city almost everyone spoke English, which shouldn’t be expected when you travel to a foreign speaking country, and those who didn’t were still accommodating and happy to play charades. I stuffed myself with custard pastries every day. The food was great. There were lots of great hostels, the one I stayed in was in a train station. It made it wicked easy to take day trips. Overall, the whole trip didn’t cost very much. It was a great experience and I can’t wait to go again.”

12. New England

“I just completed my first ever solo trip this past weekend! I visited several places along the New England coast including Massachusetts, Maine, and New Hampshire. I flew into Boston and stayed at an adorable bed and breakfast in York, ME and had a rental car to go everywhere in between. There was so much to see, the scenery was breathtaking, the food was incredible, and I felt completely safe the whole time. Plus, everyone I encountered was so friendly and helpful and wanted to make sure I had a good experience while there. I was worried I’d get bored or lonely by myself, but there was so much to do and see that it was never a problem. I’d definitely recommend this area for solo travel, especially if you love history and the outdoors.”

32 Photos That Will Make You Want To Travel

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1. “Flying over the Caribbean Islands on my way to a family vacation to Puerto Rico! The colors in this photo are NOT edited at all, the water truly is this blue!”

 

– oliviab4e4fe32fe

2. “Crater Lake from the skies.”

 

– mariahb9789

3. “This was when I was flying into Stockholm and I happened to catch the plane’s shadow in a photo.”

 

– Courtney

4. “Somewhere over Arizona/Utah.”

 

– tristanp2

5. “Mt. Hood.”

 

– tristanp2

6. “On my trip to Alaska.”

 

– ellisone03

7. “Thunderstorm in Munich.”

 

– amelias11

8. “Popocatépetl Volcano. Puebla Airport in central Mexico.”

 

– kirbyr

9. “Flying into Cancun, Mexico.”

 

– Europa1956

10. “Flying over the Canadian Rockies before dawn.”

 

– alanb25

11. “Big puffy clouds over Northern California.”

 

– ashleyh4d477c6f4

12. “Flying over San Francisco the Golden Gate Bridge is in the center of the pic.”

 

– ashleyh4d477c6f4

13. “Utah mountains.”

 

– kelseyb4403a79a8

14. “Approaching Chicago.”

 

– emiliek2

15. “Flying over St. Louis.”

 

– davidsimmonsj

16. “Monte Rosa, Italy.”

 

– rekak4ff0918cc

17. “Approaching Honolulu, Hawaii.”

 

– rekak4ff0918cc

18. “Ships lining up to end the Panama Canal from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic.”

 

– Samantha C. Statham

19. “Male from above (the far one).”

 

– rekak4ff0918cc

20. “Took this when my flight was landing at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.”

 

– siriwatk

21. “Flying over a copper mine.”

 

– ladydanger2020

22. “Flying into Glasgow, Scotland.”

 

– kath1992hp

23. “This is a picture of the shadow of our plane surrounded by a rainbow – a phenomenon called a glory – that I took on the way to Alaska last summer.”

 

– mawolfmeyer

24. “This amazing river (someone might know it…?) somewhere between the UK and Australia.”

 

– lottej

25. “Flying into Norway and over the fjords.”

 

– izzyr42a4562f3

26. “Flying into Maui.”

 

– joannao4

27. “Flying into New Zealand. You could see the water depth so clearly defined, it was crazy.”

 

– shikal

28. “Mount Rainer.”

 

– kaeliw

29. “Leaving SFO.”

 

– deannab4947085e2

30. “Chennai City, India.”

 

– akila

31. “Flying into JFK in the evening!”

 

30 Of The Most Breathtaking Destinations On Earth

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1. See Iguazu Falls from both Argentina and Brazil.

 

—rsh85These massive waterfalls, over 270 in total, form the boundary between Argentina and Brazil. The tallest of the falls, called Devil's Throat, cascades about 250 feet.

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These massive waterfalls, over 270 in total, form the boundary between Argentina and Brazil. The tallest of the falls, called Devil’s Throat, cascades about 250 feet.

2. Travel to the Maldives.

 

'You wake up to sea turtles, fish, and colorful coral reefs right outside your door. It's the most magical place I've ever seen.' —emilien4ef9618ae

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“You wake up to sea turtles, fish, and colorful coral reefs right outside your door. It’s the most magical place I’ve ever seen.” —emilien4ef9618ae

3. Camp out in the Amazon rainforest.

 

'The sky is absolutely endless and full of stars.' —alejandrap415827bdf

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“The sky is absolutely endless and full of stars.” —alejandrap415827bdf

4. Marvel at the Hardanger Fjord in Norway.

 

—gabsfeverHardanger is Norway's second largest fjord, home to sprawling mountains, glaciers, and the iconic Trolltunga, a scenic cliff that juts up 700 meters above Lake Ringedalsvatnet.

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Hardanger is Norway’s second largest fjord, home to sprawling mountains, glaciers, and the iconic Trolltunga, a scenic cliff that juts up 700 meters above Lake Ringedalsvatnet.

5. Hike in Jiuzhaigou Valley National Park in China.

 

'As you trek up the mountain, you pass natural pools and crystal-clear lakes in all different colors.' —jonathanrossa

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“As you trek up the mountain, you pass natural pools and crystal-clear lakes in all different colors.” —jonathanrossa

6. Visit the vibrant city of Antigua, Guatemala.

 

—LuluhbAbout an hour from Guatemala City, this former capital is a relic of colonial Spain. Just beyond the Crayola-colored town are three giant volcanoes, which make for some pretty spectacular day trips.

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About an hour from Guatemala City, this former capital is a relic of colonial Spain. Just beyond the Crayola-colored town are three giant volcanoes, which make for some pretty spectacular day trips.

7. Snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef.

 

—remcmOne thousand, five hundred species of fish call the Great Barrier Reef home. P.S. You can actually see this massive reef from outer space.

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One thousand, five hundred species of fish call the Great Barrier Reef home. P.S. You can actually see this massive reef from outer space.

8. See the view of Mount Fiji from Hakone, Japan.

 

—Bluflmngo1A popular day trip from Tokyo, Hakone is known for its insane mountain vistas and natural hot springs.

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A popular day trip from Tokyo, Hakone is known for its insane mountain vistas and natural hot springs.

9. Hike The Narrows in Utah’s Zion National Park.

 

—natoshabeeOne of the most famous hikes in Zion National Park, The Narrows splices through a slot canyon. Hope you don't mind getting your feet a little wet.

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One of the most famous hikes in Zion National Park, The Narrows splices through a slot canyon. Hope you don’t mind getting your feet a little wet.

10. Hike up to Bellanda Tower in Nice, France.

 

'If you go early enough in the morning, there's hardly anyone there and the colors of the sunrise over the blue hues of the water are unlike anything I've ever seen.' —calikelsi

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“If you go early enough in the morning, there’s hardly anyone there and the colors of the sunrise over the blue hues of the water are unlike anything I’ve ever seen.” —calikelsi

11. Visit the Isle of Skye on Scotland’s west coast.

 

—carolinep4a22b26fbStart in the picturesque fishing village of Portree and explore this dreamy landscape made up of green velvet moors, craggy mountains, fairy pools, and sea stacks.

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Start in the picturesque fishing village of Portree and explore this dreamy landscape made up of green velvet moors, craggy mountains, fairy pools, and sea stacks.

12. Travel to colorful Cinque Terre in Italy.

 

—Charis Vaughn, FacebookMade up of five fishing villages on the Ligurian coastline, Cinque Terre's steep cliffs and vibrant houses look like a page from a storybook.

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Made up of five fishing villages on the Ligurian coastline, Cinque Terre’s steep cliffs and vibrant houses look like a page from a storybook.

13. Be humbled by the fishing villages in Ha Long Bay in Vietnam.

 

—kaityf3 The best way to see these floating villages — surrounded by limestone karsts and lush rainforests — is by river cruise.

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The best way to see these floating villages — surrounded by limestone karsts and lush rainforests — is by river cruise.

14. Visit Lençois Maranhenses National Park in Brazil.

 

—Eduarda De Souza Queiroz, FacebookThis Brazilian national park may look like a desert, but It's actually miles and miles of white sand dunes dotted with crystal lagoons.

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—Eduarda De Souza Queiroz, Facebook
This Brazilian national park may look like a desert, but It’s actually miles and miles of white sand dunes dotted with crystal lagoons.

15. Swim in the hidden Cenotes near Tulum, Mexico.

 

—gouwensdThese turquoise, underground caves are hidden deep in the jungles all over the Yucatán Peninsula from Cancún to Cozumel.

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These turquoise, underground caves are hidden deep in the jungles all over the Yucatán Peninsula from Cancún to Cozumel.

16. Drive the Great Ocean Road in Melbourne, Australia.

 

—Hannah Schneider, FacebookIf you find yourself in Australia, get behind the wheel and explore this 243-kilometer stretch of coastline past wineries, seaside towns, lighthouses, and the famous limestone towers known as the 12 Apostles.

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—Hannah Schneider, Facebook
If you find yourself in Australia, get behind the wheel and explore this 243-kilometer stretch of coastline past wineries, seaside towns, lighthouses, and the famous limestone towers known as the 12 Apostles.

17. Take a hot air balloon ride during sunrise in Cappadocia, Turkey.

 

—Erika Baroman, FacebookOne of the most fascinating landscapes on Earth, the whimsical city of Cappadocia in Central Turkey is known for its fairy chimneys, boulders, and pinnacles. Take to the sky by hot air balloon for the absolute best views.

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—Erika Baroman, Facebook
One of the most fascinating landscapes on Earth, the whimsical city of Cappadocia in Central Turkey is known for its fairy chimneys, boulders, and pinnacles. Take to the sky by hot air balloon for the absolute best views.

18. Be spellbound by the Northern Lights in Lapland, Finland.

 

—Danae Balcells Moliné, FacebookIf you visit the arctic circle from October through March, you just might get lucky enough to see the neon aurora borealis dancing in the sky.

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—Danae Balcells Moliné, Facebook
If you visit the arctic circle from October through March, you just might get lucky enough to see the neon aurora borealis dancing in the sky.

19. Trek the breathtaking Napali coast in Kauai, Hawaii.

 

—ashleydfYou might recognize this 16-mile stretch or coast in Kauai with its hidden beaches and sea-carved cliffs from Spielberg's Jurassic Park series.

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You might recognize this 16-mile stretch or coast in Kauai with its hidden beaches and sea-carved cliffs from Spielberg’s Jurassic Park series.

20. Experience lilac season in Mackinac Island, Michigan.

 

—caitlincatbCome June, this island in Lake Huron bursts into color and smells of fresh flowers.

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Come June, this island in Lake Huron bursts into color and smells of fresh flowers.

21. Visit Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland.

 

'This UNESCO heritage site was formed 50–60 million years ago by volcanic activity. Seeing it makes you feel like you're at the edge of the world.'—Rachel S.

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“This UNESCO heritage site was formed 50–60 million years ago by volcanic activity. Seeing it makes you feel like you’re at the edge of the world.”—Rachel S.

22. See Kenai Fjords National Park in Alaska.

 

—rachela46faef666One of the highlights along this rugged Alaskan landscape is an ice trek on giant Exit Glacier.

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One of the highlights along this rugged Alaskan landscape is an ice trek on giant Exit Glacier.

23. Admire the architecture of the Place des Vosges in Paris.

 

'You'll feel like you've traveled back in time when you visit this beautiful little square in the Marais District.' —katherines468a12996

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“You’ll feel like you’ve traveled back in time when you visit this beautiful little square in the Marais District.” —katherines468a12996

24. Cruise along California’s scenic Pacific Coast Highway.

 

—Kbarr92Big Little Lies fans, put this one on your bucket list. Put a few pit stops on your road trip itinerary like Bixby Creek Bridge, Pfeiffer Beach, and the jaw-dropping McAway Falls.

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Big Little Lies fans, put this one on your bucket list. Put a few pit stops on your road trip itinerary like Bixby Creek Bridge, Pfeiffer Beach, and the jaw-dropping McAway Falls.

25. See Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach in Oregon.

 

—gabriellak4ef9d9046About 90 minutes from Portland, this beach town on Oregon's coast is a must-see spot for nature lovers. In addition to hiking trails and state parks galore, the 235-foot-tall sea stack called Haystack Rock is some serious eye candy.

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About 90 minutes from Portland, this beach town on Oregon’s coast is a must-see spot for nature lovers. In addition to hiking trails and state parks galore, the 235-foot-tall sea stack called Haystack Rock is some serious eye candy.

26. Admire the ancient temples of Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

 

—ana1102One of the most renowned archeological sites in the world, this incredible system of Hindu temples built in the jungle dates back to the 9th century.

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One of the most renowned archeological sites in the world, this incredible system of Hindu temples built in the jungle dates back to the 9th century.

27. Watch the sun rise over the south side of the Grand Canyon.

 

'I have never seen something so breathtaking or beautiful in all my life. Just taking in the sheer vastness of it left me speechless.' —funkysammie

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“I have never seen something so breathtaking or beautiful in all my life. Just taking in the sheer vastness of it left me speechless.” —funkysammie

28. Gaze at the Emerald Lakes at Tongariro National Park in New Zealand.

 

—andiekatherinesNew Zealand's oldest national park is home to mountains, volcanoes, hot springs, and jade lakes. The most popular attraction is a full-day trek across the hills of the three volcanoes encircled by the park.

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New Zealand’s oldest national park is home to mountains, volcanoes, hot springs, and jade lakes. The most popular attraction is a full-day trek across the hills of the three volcanoes encircled by the park.

29. Visit Lake Bled in Slovenia.

 

—keldredge7Of all Europe's breathtaking lake towns, this Slovenian vacation destination is something special with its emerald water and scenic town. The medieval castle backdrop is just the icing on the cake.

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Of all Europe’s breathtaking lake towns, this Slovenian vacation destination is something special with its emerald water and scenic town. The medieval castle backdrop is just the icing on the cake.

30. Watch the clouds roll in over Reynisfjara Beach in Vik, Iceland.

 

This black sand beach on Iceland's south coast is like nothing you've ever seen before, especially during winter when the sun hangs low, trying to break through the brooding sky. —Hannah Loewentheil

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This black sand beach on Iceland’s south coast is like nothing you’ve ever seen before, especially during winter when the sun hangs low, trying to break through the brooding sky.

Here’s The Most Beautiful College Campuses In USA

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Alabama: University of Alabama

 

Where: TuscaloosaDate Founded: 1820Fun fact: The University of Alabama is home to one of the ten most winning football teams in NCAA history. Roll tide!

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Where: Tuscaloosa
Date Founded: 1820
Fun fact: The University of Alabama is home to one of the ten most winning football teams in NCAA history. Roll tide!

Alaska: University of Alaska – Fairbanks

 

Where: FairbanksDate founded: 1917Fun fact: Psst, you just might see the Northern Lights from your dorm room.

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Where: Fairbanks
Date founded: 1917
Fun fact: Psst, you just might see the Northern Lights from your dorm room.

Arizona: University of Arizona

 

Where: TucsonDate founded: 1885Fun fact: In addition to a beautiful campus, UA is also known for one of the best looking student bodies in the country. Hmm...

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Where: Tucson
Date founded: 1885
Fun fact: In addition to a beautiful campus, UA is also known for one of the best looking student bodies in the country. Hmm…

Arkansas: University of Central Arkansas

 

Where: ConwayDate founded: 1907Fun fact: Once called The Arkansas State Teacher's College, UCA was historically the number one educator of teachers in the state.

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Where: Conway
Date founded: 1907
Fun fact: Once called The Arkansas State Teacher’s College, UCA was historically the number one educator of teachers in the state.

California: Scripps College

 

Where: ClaremontDate founded: 1926Fun fact: The campus prides itself on its lush greenery, including its orange trees, birds of paradise, and other foliage. Best of all, students are allowed and encouraged to pick from the rose garden when flowers are in bloom.

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Where: Claremont
Date founded: 1926
Fun fact: The campus prides itself on its lush greenery, including its orange trees, birds of paradise, and other foliage. Best of all, students are allowed and encouraged to pick from the rose garden when flowers are in bloom.

Colorado: University of Colorado Boulder

 

Where: BoulderDate founded: 1876Fun fact: A skiers paradise, CU Boulder has a dedicated ski bus that transports students from campus to the surrounding slopes of Breckenridge, Beaver Creek, and Vail.

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Where: Boulder
Date founded: 1876
Fun fact: A skiers paradise, CU Boulder has a dedicated ski bus that transports students from campus to the surrounding slopes of Breckenridge, Beaver Creek, and Vail.

Connecticut: Yale University

 

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Where: New Haven
Date founded: 1701
Fun fact: Some of Yale’s most notable alumni include George W. Bush, Meryl Streep, Hillary Clinton, Anderson Cooper, and James Franco. Talk about a stacked house.

Delaware: University of Delaware

 

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Where: Newark
Date founded: 1743
Fun fact: Three of the original ten class members that studied at the University of Delaware went on to sign the Declaration of Independence.

Florida: Flagler College

 

Where: St. AugustineDate founded: 1968Fun fact: At the center of campus is the former luxury hotel, the Ponce de Leon, built in the Spanish Renaissance style.

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Where: St. Augustine
Date founded: 1968
Fun fact: At the center of campus is the former luxury hotel, the Ponce de Leon, built in the Spanish Renaissance style.

Georgia: Berry College

 

Where: RomeDate founded: 1902Fun fact: With the largest contiguous campus in the country, parts of Berry College's 27,000 acres contain hiking, cycling and horseback riding trails.

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Where: Rome
Date founded: 1902
Fun fact: With the largest contiguous campus in the country, parts of Berry College’s 27,000 acres contain hiking, cycling and horseback riding trails.

Hawaii: Brigham Young University-Hawaii

 

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Where: Laie
Date founded: 1955
Fun fact: Sister school to BYU, located in Provo, Utah, this Hawaii based institution is owned and operated by the Mormon Church.

Idaho: University of Idaho

 

Where: MoscowDate founded: 1892Fun fact: One of the most beautiful spots on campus (and the best place to de-stress during finals period) is 'Tree City.' It's a 65-acre Arboretum and botanical garden featuring gardens, ponds, and trees from around the world.

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Where: Moscow
Date founded: 1892
Fun fact: One of the most beautiful spots on campus (and the best place to de-stress during finals period) is “Tree City.” It’s a 65-acre Arboretum and botanical garden featuring gardens, ponds, and trees from around the world.

Illinois: University of Chicago

 

Where: ChicagoDate founded: 1890Fun fact: This prestigious university's motto is 'let knowledge grow from more to more; and so be human life enriched,' but you'll probably be more likely to remember the unofficial motto, 'where fun goes to die.'

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Where: Chicago
Date founded: 1890
Fun fact: This prestigious university’s motto is “let knowledge grow from more to more; and so be human life enriched,” but you’ll probably be more likely to remember the unofficial motto, “where fun goes to die.”

Indiana: University of Notre Dame

 

Where: Notre DameDate founded: 1842Fun fact: The famous Golden Dome, which tops the University's main building is gilded in 23.9-karat gold leaf. In fact, the very same same gold flake is used to paint the Notre Dame football helmets.

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Where: Notre Dame
Date founded: 1842
Fun fact: The famous Golden Dome, which tops the University’s main building is gilded in 23.9-karat gold leaf. In fact, the very same same gold flake is used to paint the Notre Dame football helmets.

Iowa: Grinnell College

 

Where: GrinnellDate founded: 1846Fun fact: This tiny liberal arts college about half way between Iowa City and Des Moines is one of the most selective and best value colleges in the whole country, according to U.S. News & World Report.

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Where: Grinnell
Date founded: 1846
Fun fact: This tiny liberal arts college about half way between Iowa City and Des Moines is one of the most selective and best value colleges in the whole country, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Kansas: Kansas State University

 

Where: ManhattanDate founded: 1863Fun fact: The on-campus KSU Dairy Bar is home to what's arguably the best ice cream in the state: The iconic Purple Pride blueberry ice cream (and the recipe is kept secret).

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Where: Manhattan
Date founded: 1863
Fun fact: The on-campus KSU Dairy Bar is home to what’s arguably the best ice cream in the state: The iconic Purple Pride blueberry ice cream (and the recipe is kept secret).

Kentucky: University of Louisville

 

Where: LouisvilleDate founded: 1798Fun fact: UofL's medical school is credited with some pretty amazing breakthroughs, including the first artificial heart transplant and the first successful hand transplant.

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Where: Louisville
Date founded: 1798
Fun fact: UofL’s medical school is credited with some pretty amazing breakthroughs, including the first artificial heart transplant and the first successful hand transplant.

Louisiana: Louisiana State University

 

Where: Baton RougeDate founded: 1853Fun fact: True to the state's Creole culture, LSU's French department offers an undergraduate Cajun studies program.

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Where: Baton Rouge
Date founded: 1853
Fun fact: True to the state’s Creole culture, LSU’s French department offers an undergraduate Cajun studies program.

Maine: Bowdoin College

 

Where: BrunswickDate founded: 1794Fun fact: Bowdoin's mascot is the Polar Bear, in honor of Robert Peary, a naval officer and alumni who led the first expedition to the North Pole.

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Where: Brunswick
Date founded: 1794
Fun fact: Bowdoin’s mascot is the Polar Bear, in honor of Robert Peary, a naval officer and alumni who led the first expedition to the North Pole.

Maryland: Johns Hopkins University

 

Where: BaltimoreDate founded: 1876Fun fact: If there's a Lacrosse capital of the U.S., it's probably JHU. In fact, the campus is home to the Lacrosse Museum and National Hall of Fame

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Where: Baltimore
Date founded: 1876
Fun fact: If there’s a Lacrosse capital of the U.S., it’s probably JHU. In fact, the campus is home to the Lacrosse Museum and National Hall of Fame

Massachusetts: Williams College

 

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Where: Williamstown
Date founded: 1793
Fun fact: This small liberal arts college in New England has an impressive list of alumni, including 7 Pulitzer Prize winners, a Nobel Prize Laureate, over 50 U.S. Congressmen, 18 governors, and former U.S. President, James Garfield.

Michigan: University of Michigan

 

Where: Ann ArborDate founded: 1817Fun fact: While Ann Arbor is one of America's most beloved college towns today, the University of Michigan was originally in Detroit. It moved to its current location in Ann Arbor in 1837.

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Where: Ann Arbor
Date founded: 1817
Fun fact: While Ann Arbor is one of America’s most beloved college towns today, the University of Michigan was originally in Detroit. It moved to its current location in Ann Arbor in 1837.

Minnesota: St. Olaf College

 

Where: NorthfieldDate founded: 1874Fun fact: Founded by a group of Norwegian immigrants, St. Olaf is named after the patron saint of Norway and its motto is actually an old Norse war chant.

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Where: Northfield
Date founded: 1874
Fun fact: Founded by a group of Norwegian immigrants, St. Olaf is named after the patron saint of Norway and its motto is actually an old Norse war chant.

Mississippi: University of Mississippi (Ole Miss)

 

Where: OxfordDate founded: 1848Fun fact: In 1885, Ole Miss hired Sarah McGehee Isom, making her the first female professor at a co-ed institute for higher learning in the entire South. Today, Mississippi's Center for Women and Gender Studies bears her name.

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Where: Oxford
Date founded: 1848
Fun fact: In 1885, Ole Miss hired Sarah McGehee Isom, making her the first female professor at a co-ed institute for higher learning in the entire South. Today, Mississippi’s Center for Women and Gender Studies bears her name.

Missouri: Washington University in St. Louis

 

Where: St. LouisWhen: 1853Fun fact: WashU has hosted more presidential and vice-presidential debates than any other institution in U.S. history, including the first televised three-person debate between President George H. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Ross Perot.

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Where: St. Louis
When: 1853
Fun fact: WashU has hosted more presidential and vice-presidential debates than any other institution in U.S. history, including the first televised three-person debate between President George H. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Ross Perot.

Montana: Carroll College

 

Where: HelenaDate founded: 1909Fun fact: One of Carroll College's residence halls houses a boulder wall, which is open for all students to practice their rock climbing.

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Where: Helena
Date founded: 1909
Fun fact: One of Carroll College’s residence halls houses a boulder wall, which is open for all students to practice their rock climbing.

Nebraska: Creighton University

 

Where: OmahaDate founded 1878Fun fact: Creighton offers a scholarship for students who serve as the school mascot, Billy Bluejay.

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Where: Omaha
Date founded 1878
Fun fact: Creighton offers a scholarship for students who serve as the school mascot, Billy Bluejay.

Nevada: Sierra Nevada College

 

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Where: Incline Village
Date founded: 1969
Fun fact: A nature-lover’s dream school, Sierra Nevada College is just blocks away from the shores of Lake Tahoe.

New Hampshire: Dartmouth College

 

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Where: Hanover
Date founded: 1769
Fun fact: Chris Miller wrote the movie Animal House based on his experience in Dartmouth’s Alpha Delta Phi fraternity.

New Jersey: Princeton University

 

Where: PrincetonDate founded: 1746Fun fact: In 1869, Princeton played in the first U.S. intercollegiate football game against Rutgers College.

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Where: Princeton
Date founded: 1746
Fun fact: In 1869, Princeton played in the first U.S. intercollegiate football game against Rutgers College.

New Mexico: New Mexico State University

 

Where: Las CrucesDate founded: 1888Fun fact: If you've ever eaten green chile sauce, you can thank New Mexico State. The University is home to the Chile Pepper Institute, a department that researches and develops new strains of the Hatch green chile.

New Mexico State University

Where: Las Cruces
Date founded: 1888
Fun fact: If you’ve ever eaten green chile sauce, you can thank New Mexico State. The University is home to the Chile Pepper Institute, a department that researches and develops new strains of the Hatch green chile.

New York: Vassar College

 

Where: PoughkeepsieDate founded: 1861Fun fact: Vassar was the first institution of higher education that granted degrees to women. In 1969 it became coeducational, opening its doors to male students.

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Where: Poughkeepsie
Date founded: 1861
Fun fact: Vassar was the first institution of higher education that granted degrees to women. In 1969 it became coeducational, opening its doors to male students.

North Carolina: Elon University

 

Where: ElonDate founded: 1889Fun fact: Each year, every new Elon student receives an acorn under the oak trees; the tradition is meant to symbolize their new beginning and personal growth.

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Where: Elon
Date founded: 1889
Fun fact: Each year, every new Elon student receives an acorn under the oak trees; the tradition is meant to symbolize their new beginning and personal growth.

North Dakota: Valley City State University

 

Where: Valley CityDate founded: 1890Fun fact: Located in Valley City, which was named 'Most Beautiful Town' in the state by Expedia, VCSU is bordered by the Sheyenne River on one side and lush, forested hillside on the other.

Where: Valley City
Date founded: 1890
Fun fact: Located in Valley City, which was named “Most Beautiful Town” in the state by Expedia, VCSU is bordered by the Sheyenne River on one side and lush, forested hillside on the other.

Ohio: Kenyon College

 

Where: GambierDate founded: 1824Fun fact: Each new student sign the school's matriculation book upon beginning their studies. It's one of Kenyon's longest standing traditions that dates back over a century.

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Where: Gambier
Date founded: 1824
Fun fact: Each new student sign the school’s matriculation book upon beginning their studies. It’s one of Kenyon’s longest standing traditions that dates back over a century.

Oklahoma: University of Oklahoma

 

Where: NormanDate founded: 1890Fun fact: The campus houses the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History, where you can find find the world's known largest skeleton of the Pentaceratops dinosaur.

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Where: Norman
Date founded: 1890
Fun fact: The campus houses the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History, where you can find find the world’s known largest skeleton of the Pentaceratops dinosaur.

Oregon: Lewis and Clark College

 

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Where: Portland
Date founded: 1867
Fun fact: The heavily forested campus, set in a quiet neighborhood of Portland, feels more like a park than a college. One of the highlights: A peaceful reflecting pool offering views of nearby Mount Hood.

Pennsylvania: Swarthmore College

 

Where: SwarthmoreDate founded: 1864Fun fact: This liberal arts college is part of a consortium with Bryn Mawr College, Haverford College, and the University of Pennsylvania, meaning students can take classes at any of the four institutions.

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Where: Swarthmore
Date founded: 1864
Fun fact: This liberal arts college is part of a consortium with Bryn Mawr College, Haverford College, and the University of Pennsylvania, meaning students can take classes at any of the four institutions.

Rhode Island: Brown University

 

Where: ProvidenceDate Founded: 1764Fun fact: One of Brown's most famous alumni is Emma Watson; the Harry Potter star graduated in 2014 with a degree in English.

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Where: Providence
Date Founded: 1764
Fun fact: One of Brown’s most famous alumni is Emma Watson; the Harry Potter star graduated in 2014 with a degree in English.

South Carolina: College of Charleston

 

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Where: Charleston
Date founded: 1770
Fun fact: There have been a handful of movies and TV shows filmed at this well-manicured campus, including The Notebook, General Hospital, and Cold Mountain.

South Dakota: Augustana University

 

Where: Sioux FallsDate founded: 1860 Fun fact: Augustana University was once nicknamed 'The College on Wheels' because it moved so frequently in the 19th century. The college moved all accross Illinois before finding its permanent campus in South Dakota.

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Where: Sioux Falls
Date founded: 1860
Fun fact: Augustana University was once nicknamed “The College on Wheels” because it moved so frequently in the 19th century. The college moved all accross Illinois before finding its permanent campus in South Dakota.

Tennessee: Sewanee: The University of the South

 

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Where: Sewanee
Date founded: 1857
Fun fact: Nicknamed “The Mountain,” Sewanee’s campus is made up of Gothic-style architecture spread across the Cumberland Pleateau overlooking the Tennessee Valley.

Texas: Rice University

 

Where: HoustonDate founded: 1912Fun fact: Rice has a long history of pranking, and the University keeps a running list of superlatives. The most disgusting, according to the archives, was in 1966, when Gregory Curtis convinced the Freshmen and Sophomore classes to line up at the health carrying urine samples.

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Where: Houston
Date founded: 1912
Fun fact: Rice has a long history of pranking, and the University keeps a running list of superlatives. The most disgusting, according to the archives, was in 1966, when Gregory Curtis convinced the Freshmen and Sophomore classes to line up at the health carrying urine samples.

Utah: University of Utah

 

Where: Salt Lake CityDate founded: 1850Fun fact: The University of Utah was established for 46 years before Utah even became a state.

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Where: Salt Lake City
Date founded: 1850
Fun fact: The University of Utah was established for 46 years before Utah even became a state.

Vermont: Middlebury College

 

Where: MiddleburyDate founded:1800Fun fact: This liberal arts school has its very own ski slope called the Middlebury College Snow Bowl. It's the only college to own a slope in the U.S. besides for Dartmouth.

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Where: Middlebury
Date founded:1800
Fun fact: This liberal arts school has its very own ski slope called the Middlebury College Snow Bowl. It’s the only college to own a slope in the U.S. besides for Dartmouth.

Virginia: University of Virginia

 

Where: CharlottesvilleDate founded: 1819Fun fact: Ever since its first class of students, UVA has had secret societies. Today, six societies still remain that are over 100 years old. Members of the most secretive—the Seven Society—are only revealed after they die.

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Where: Charlottesville
Date founded: 1819
Fun fact: Ever since its first class of students, UVA has had secret societies. Today, six societies still remain that are over 100 years old. Members of the most secretive—the Seven Society—are only revealed after they die.

Washington: University of Washington

 

Where: SeattleDate founded: 1861Fun fact: Every year around the end of March, people swam the University of Washington to see the rows of flowering cherry blossom trees.

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Where: Seattle
Date founded: 1861
Fun fact: Every year around the end of March, people swam the University of Washington to see the rows of flowering cherry blossom trees.

Washington D.C.: Georgetown University

 

Where: Washington D.CDate founded: 1789Fun fact: This University boasts famous alumni as diverse as Bill Clinton, Bradley Cooper, and Allen Iverson.

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Where: Washington D.C
Date founded: 1789
Fun fact: This University boasts famous alumni as diverse as Bill Clinton, Bradley Cooper, and Allen Iverson.

West Virginia: Marshall University

 

Where: HuntingtonDate founded: 1837Fun fact Marshall is known for its forensic science program; it is home to one of 20 such graduate programs in the country, and it's constantly ranked among one of the best.

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Where: Huntington
Date founded: 1837
Fun fact Marshall is known for its forensic science program; it is home to one of 20 such graduate programs in the country, and it’s constantly ranked among one of the best.

Wisconsin: University of Wisconsin

 

Where: MadisonDate founded: 1848Fun fact: One of the University's most beloved traditions is a yearly snowball fight. Each winter, two opposing dorm locations get together for a duel, and let's just say things get pretty intense.

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Where: Madison
Date founded: 1848
Fun fact: One of the University’s most beloved traditions is a yearly snowball fight. Each winter, two opposing dorm locations get together for a duel, and let’s just say things get pretty intense.

Wyoming: University of Wyoming

 

Where: LaramieDate founded: 1886Fun fact: It isn't Wyoming's campus itself, but its stunning natural setting on the Laramie Plains before Snowy Range Mountains that makes it so unique.

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Where: Laramie
Date founded: 1886
Fun fact: It isn’t Wyoming’s campus itself, but its stunning natural setting on the Laramie Plains before Snowy Range Mountains that makes it so unique.