Brace yourselves. Graduation season is coming. While emotions that vacillate between happy and sad abound, take this moment to celebrate your achievements and the friendships you’ve nurtured. This means it’s time to map out where you and your college buddies are going to spend the last remaining months of youthful freedom!
Here are 4 of the best escapes that you and your friends can take.
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For all you music lovers out there, stop by Denver to experience an incredible musical experience at Red Rocks as well as endless craft breweries and intriguing art exhibits. Choose among horseback riding, camping, hiking, or fishing activities at Rocky Mountain National Park. For a good dose of adrenaline, ride the wild waters of the Arkansas River or navigate white-knuckle-inducing Independence Pass. Indeed, Colorado is the perfect getaway for post-grads who live for the fast life.
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If you’re looking for Instagrammable nature shots, drive to Washington. Its 29 scenic byways make Washington one of the best drives in the country. Take a dip or go paddle boarding in Lake Union and just get lost in the dazzling city skyline view. Curious travelers and gourmets alike should drive by Seattle and visit the renowned Pike Place Market for some farm-fresh produce and delectable Seattle delicacies.
Snoqualmie Falls is the place where you and your friends can find a bit of tranquility. On the other hand, if rows of multi-colored tulips are more your thing, head to Skagit Valley in the spring. Washington is a true mix of the best things to do in both the cities and the natural spots.
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Texas is just as eclectic as it is huge. If you and your college buddies want to explore the whole state, you may need to allocate some time for this trip. The great thing about Texas is that you’re almost guaranteed to have no dull moments. In Austin, you can indulge your gastronomic cravings by conquering some of the 19 best burgers in town, like the Bowling Alley Burger at Swift’s Attic, or eating at one of the city’s hip food trucks.
If you want to take a break from the city life, you can take a breather in vintage airstreams at El Cosmico or spend the night at the gorgeous Brite Building, complete with elegant art deco and West Texan minimalist design and panoramic windows. Then get lost in the 800,000-hectar Big Bend National Park and then head over to the winding Santa Elena Canyon.
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Arizona is home to the world-famous Grand Canyon, but that’s not the only great thing about it. After making a pilgrimage to the Grand Canyon, you shouldn’t forgo the spectacular sceneries of Horseshoe Bend as well as the trippy sandstone walls of Antelope Canyon in Page.
Stop to cool down in the turquoise waterfalls of Havasupai Canyon or drive along Monument Valley located on the Navajo Indian Reservation for the most impossibly stunning canyon views you will ever see. If you wish to take a break from nature, you can find your vibe among the array of galleries and spas in Sedona, or learn about Native American art and history in Phoenix’s Heard Museum.
The three months after graduation will probably be the only time you’ll have to experience what life on the road is like before you enter the real world. Make sure to spend it in only the best places with your best people.