Scenic College Campuses
Plan a getaway to one of these college towns for amazing views and fascinating architecture.
Visiting a college campus isn’t just for your teenage years. Many campuses are set in quaint, walkable towns with fascinating architecture and views you won’t find anywhere else. Instead of worrying about tuition costs and class sizes, stroll through vast lawns and tree-lined streets, or enjoy a latte at a hip coffee shop. Your options are endless, and, in many cases, the history of these campuses is fascinating.
Here are just some of the most beautiful college campuses in the U.S., courtesy of Condé Nast Traveler.
University of Chicago - Chicago, Ill.
Set in the Hyde Park and Woodlawn neighborhoods, the campus’ design was inspired by Oxford University. Many of the older buildings on campus have earned designation on the National Register of Historical Places.
Must see: The Robie House designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
University of Notre Dame – Notre Dame, Ind.
The iconic golden dome atop its main building was the inspiration for the football team’s signature helmets. The Catholic university’s most prized structures include a Virgin Mary statue blessing the Grotto and the Basilica of the Sacred Heart.
Must see: Tour the Basilica museum and see the 218 foot, stain-glass-filled chapel.
Duke University – Durham, North Carolina
The Gothic architecture and 210-foot-high Duke Chapel sits on a small section of the 9,000-acre campus. The Duke Forest spans more than 7,000 acres and has been used for teaching and research purposes since 1931.
Must see: The crown jewel of Duke, the Sarah P. Duke Gardens, is a public garden that is home to a world-class array of irises, palms, roses and tulips.
Pepperdine University – Malibu, Calif.
Location, location, location. Add in the Malibu foothills and a steady string of 80-degree days, and you have a college campus out of a movie. The stunning 830-acre campus is located 35 miles northwest of Los Angeles. Mediterranean-inspired buildings are lined with palm trees and stunning views of the Pacific Ocean.
Must see: Visit one of Malibu’s well-known and pristine beaches located just a few miles from the university.
University of Colorado – Boulder, Colo.
Boulder is already known as one of the best places to live because of its beautiful setting and friendly community. The campus’ exclusive design was created by Charles Klauder and is known as Tuscan Vernacular Revival (or “University of Colorado Style”). The sandstone walls, red-tile roofs and limestone serve as the perfect complement to the Rocky Mountain foothills.
Must see (or drink): Grab a fancy cup of joe at the best-known coffee shop in the CU community – The Laughing Goat.
To get the most out of your visit, stick to the summer months and popular break times (like spring break) when students aren’t flooding the greenspace.
See the full list of The 20 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America from Condé Nast Traveler for more places to visit. Happy touring.