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Harry Potter's United Kingdom

Harry Potter's United Kingdom

Harry Potter fans may not be able to apparate into the boy wizard’s world, but Potterphiles can still take a real trip to the wizarding realm. With Purdue University, students can spend a week delving into the magical world of Harry Potter. During the spring break stay, students will visit London, Oxford, Stonehenge and Edinburgh, see real sites featured in the books and those used to depict the fantasy world in the movies and study magical lore and myths. 960 1280

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Antarctica

Antarctica

During winter break, students can summer in Antarctica and see orcas, penguins and sea lions through a program offered by The College of Brockport, a campus of the State University of New York. The 14-day program includes a field study of the Antarctic peninsula, Tierra del Fuego and the tip of Argentina. Students explore the biological systems of the areas as well as observe wildlife in their natural habitat. The program provides students with extraordinary experiences few others will ever have, such as diving into a caldera or sleeping in a hole in a glacier. 960 1280

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Semester at Sea

Semester at Sea

The Semester at Sea program is a once-in-a-lifetime journey for students from a variety of colleges and universities to sail around the world in 105 days. The ship sets off in California, traveling to Hawaii and then 11 countries, including Japan, China, Vietnam, Burma, India, Mauritius, South Africa, Ghana and Morocco, before disembarking in Hamburg, Germany. 960 1280

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Florence, Italy

Florence, Italy

The capital of Italy’s breathtaking Tuscan region, the city of Florence lies on the Arno River and is famously known as the birthplace of the Renaissance. Here, New York University’s Florence study abroad program focuses on art, history, literature and cinema through a humanities and social sciences perspective. NYU’s Florence campus, Villa La Pietra, is made up of five villas and nearly 60 acres of gardens and olive groves. Among other locations, NYU hosts sponsored trips to Lucca, Bologna and Pisa, which are free to study abroad students during the three-month program. 960 1280

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Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Islands

The unusual land and marine life of the pristine Galapagos Islands have drawn scientists and small groups of wildlife and environmental enthusiasts to this volcanic archipelago off the coast of Ecuador for decades. It was here that Charles Darwin first made observations that led to his groundbreaking theory of evolution. Students in the University of Georgia’s Animals and Insects of Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands program travel between Quito, the Galapagos Islands, Maquipucuna Reserve, Playa del Oro and other locations to analyze and preserve insects and animals. Participants in the three-week program go on night and morning hikes to examine the local wild and insect life and spend a week boating to different sites among the Galapagos Islands. 960 1280

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Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto, Japan

Shinto shrines and silent sanctuaries, lush gardens, kabuki theater, Japanese music and a tranquil monument to haiku poetry can all be found in the Japanese city of Kyoto. Students who embark on Harvard University’s Japan study abroad program are introduced to unique eastern customs and traditions through a homestay with a Kyoto family. During their 25-day stay, students study Eastern economies, religions and history. While visiting, students can take trips to ancient shrines and observe the 1,100-year-old Gion Festival, which takes place during the study abroad trip. 960 1280

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South Africa

South Africa

Once a land of conflict, colonialism and segregation, as South Africa has moved away from its apartheid past, the nation at the southern tip of Africa can now showcase its natural wonders and diverse mixture of cultures, cuisines and wildlife. LeadAbroad's many international travel programs give students the rare opportunity to study leadership and global citizenship from a foreign perspective. Students who embark on its five-week South Africa journey will go bungee jumping, abseiling and paragliding and will go cage diving with sharks and visit an elephant sanctuary. A homestay and introduction to local tribal elders will provide students with the opportunity to experience local culture. 960 1280

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Turkey

Turkey

The Turkish peninsula, bordered by the Mediterranean and Black seas, has always acted as a bridge between Europe and Asia, specifically the Middle East. Turkey’s ancient cities, rugged mountains and beautiful coastlines can be explored through Georgetown University’s McGhee Center semester-long study abroad program, based in a Mediterranean villa in Alanya that was donated to the school in 1989 by former U.S. Ambassador to Turkey and Germany George Crewes McGhee. In order to fully immerse students in the ancient history of the land, the program includes multiple day trips and overnight trips to Istanbul, Cappadocia, Cyprus and more. 960 1280

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Madagascar

Madagascar

Located off the southeastern coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean, Madagascar is a biodiversity dream come true. About 90 percent of its plant life is found only on this island nation, and Syracuse University’s Madagascar study program immerses its students in one of the most unique and diverse ecosystems in the world. During their semester-long stay, students tackle biodiversity and environmental issues, spend time living with locals, learn the native Malagasy language, explore the Great Barrier Reef of Tuléar and visit national parks. 960 1280

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Rome

Rome

With civilizational influences and masterpieces too numerous to mention, the nearly 3,000-year-old city of Rome is a must-see for travelers. Students can get a firsthand look at the country of Michelangelo, Virgil and Cicero, as well as explore Eternal City landmarks like the Coliseum, the Trevi Fountain and Sistine Chapel through the University of Dallas’s Rome program. In 1994, the University established its own Eugene Constantin Rome Campus, which students studying art, architecture, history, literature, theology and philosophy use as their home base to explore ancient sites of Rome and other cities, including the Tower of Pisa and the Duomo in Florence. Additional reporting by Katie Tiller. 960 1280

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Oregon

Oregon

Camp life. 960 1280

  

Santa Barbara Raw and Cooked Shellfish

Santa Barbara Raw and Cooked Shellfish

Plateau de mer at David Lentz's Hungry Cat. 960 1280

  

Arizona

Arizona

Good morning to you, too! 960 1280

  

Mississippi

Mississippi

Bacon-wrapped jalapeño duck "poppers" cooked in the blind. 960 1280

  

Mississippi

Mississippi

Buffalo fish: the best tasting fish that no one eats. 960 1280

  

Shealy's Bar-B-Que, South Carolina

Shealy's Bar-B-Que, South Carolina

Fried chicken. Three generations of experience helps. 960 1280

  

Georgia

Georgia

My last lunch in Georgia was fried wild rabbit in gravy, wild BBQ boar, BBQ raccoon with sorghum and sweet potatoes, greens with smoked ham hocks, green beans with salt pork and a hoe cake from the amazing Ward family. Home cooking is the best when Barbara and Fred are cooking. 960 1280

  

Georgia

Georgia

The large mouth bass in Georgia are really large. This was the first of many. 960 1280

  

Mississippi

Mississippi

Lima beans and house-made sausage(!!!!) 960 1280

  

Morro Bay Beach

Morro Bay Beach

Catch and pic of the day: This Ling cod eats so much octopus that the ink turns its flesh and mouth bright blue! 960 1280

  

Lobster

Lobster

My pal Ba Luong likes his lobsters big. This one is almost 10 pounds, and that's without claws!

 

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Morro Bay Beach

Morro Bay Beach

Last monster of the day. Every 10 minutes I need another one. Fresh beyond fresh, sweet, creamy and intensely oceanic. 960 1280

  

Mississippi River Barge

Mississippi River Barge

Goodnight from the mighty Mississippi. 960 1280

  

Miami to Key West, Florida

Miami to Key West, Florida

This stretch of US 1, commonly known as the Overseas Highway, is only 113 miles, but there are plenty of reasons — from roadside souvenir shops to seafood shacks — to stop along the way. Once you enter the Upper Keys, refuel at Alabama Jack’s or Mrs. Mac’s Kitchen in Key Largo. Scuba divers will love John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, which contains the only living coral reef in the U.S. (and an underwater park). Divers can also overnight at Jules Undersea Lodge, which claims to be the only underwater hotel in the world. Or spend the night at halfway point Islamadora in the Middle Keys. Options include Casa Morada or the family-friendly Hawks Cay Resort. Ma’s Fish Camp and Lazy Days Restaurant are popular eateries, while feeding tarpon at Robbie’s is another popular pastime. Continue down to Marathon for the Dolphin Research Center and Turtle Hospital. Grab a bite at the quirky Wooden Spoon, and leave time for Instagram opps along the iconic Seven Mile Bridge into the Lower Keys. From here, it remains a straight shoot into Key West. 960 1280

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New York City to the Catskill Mountains

New York City to the Catskill Mountains

The Palisades Parkway and Taconic Parkway are among the scenic routes to the Catskills, a diverse, woodsy region that’s evolved from its ‘50s stereotype of summer resorts. Your first stop should be Woodbury Common Premium Outlets, just an hour north of the city, for discounts on high-end brands. Further north, make time for charming Hudson Valley towns such as Poughkeepsie and Rhinebeck. Book reservations in advance to dine at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park after you’ve visited the nearby Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site. If it’s in your budget, spring for the fairy tale-esque Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz. Meander north into the Catskills to hit artsy Woodstock (ironically, the eponymous music fest wasn’t held here, but some 50 miles west in Bethel). Stay at the cozy Woodstock Inn on the Millstream, catch a live performance at Levon Helm Studios, and go vegan at the Garden Café. Head northwest for Table on Ten in rural Bloomville, a down-home destination for farm-to-table goodness. Afterward, bed down in one of its three bedrooms. Leave time to wander quaint Delhi, then travel south along the name-says-it-all Upper Delaware Scenic Byway before heading back home. 960 1280

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San Francisco to San Simeon, California

San Francisco to San Simeon, California

The Pacific Coast Highway appears on road trip lists for good reason. The windy road hugs the rugged coast for much of this route, with breathtaking views between Monterey and the Big Sur region. Stop in Half Moon Bay for stunning beaches, and keep your eyes peeled for whales. Overnight at The Ritz-Carlton and see unbeatable views from an oceanside cliff. Continue south to Santa Cruz for a stroll on the boardwalk before motoring toward Monterey. En route, stop for grub at the eclectic Whole Enchilada in Moss Landing. Keep an eye out for farm stands selling artichokes; Castroville is considered the artichoke capital of the world. In Monterey, check out Fisherman’s Wharf and the acclaimed Monterey Bay Aquarium. Explore charming boutiques at nearby Carmel-by-the-Sea. (Fun fact: Clint Eastwood was a former mayor.) Or hike in Point Lobos State Park before driving over the iconic Bixby Creek Bridge. Decompress at award-winning Post Ranch Inn; just past it is Nepenthe for drinks and views. Cap off your trip by touring the legendary Hearst Castle in San Simeon. 960 1280

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Chicago to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

Chicago to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

This resort town is where Gilded Age families with names like Wrigley had summer homes. Head north along Lake Michigan to Highland Park, where the Ravinia Festival holds outdoor concerts every summer. From here, turn west for handcrafted chocolate at Ethereal Confections in Woodstock. Once you cross the state line, catch a show at The Dancing Horses Theatre. As the name implies, this is an equestrian show where entertainers perform elaborate feats on festooned horses. Once in Lake Geneva, hike part of the 26-mile Lake Geneva Shore Path and ogle at the former summer estates of the wealthy. After working up an appetite, Popeye’s is a local institution for rotisserie chicken (not to be confused with the fast-food chain). Stay at The Baker House to channel the Gilded Age era. Astronomy buffs should make an excursion to Yerkes Observatory, while train lovers can ride the East Troy Electric Railroad, a remaining holdover of original electric lines.   960 1280

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Austin to Fredericksburg, Texas

Austin to Fredericksburg, Texas

Wine-centric Fredericksburg in Texas Hill Country is a straight shot on 290, or a bit further along scenic US-281. If you choose the former, your first stop should be in bucolic Dripping Springs for Rolling In Thyme & Dough. If you’re hankering for barbeque, detour to The Salt Lick in Driftwood. Continue on to Johnson City (President Lyndon B. Johnson’s hometown), for The Sculpture Ranch & Galleries and Pedernales Falls State Park for swimming and camping. Once in Fredericksburg, base yourself at Magnolia House and hit the wine road for some of the dozens of wineries in the area. If beer’s more your thing, don’t miss Fredericksburg Brewing Company. Since Fredericksburg’s German past is still very present, experience it at Old German Bakery & Restaurant. Make a side trip to famed old-school dance hall Luckenbach to practice your two-step. If visiting in April, no Hill Country road trip is complete without driving past the famous wildflowers and bluebonnets that blanket the area. 960 1280

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Boston to Portland, Maine

Boston to Portland, Maine

From Boston, focus on the coastal towns, starting in Salem to learn about the witch trials. Meander north along the coast to Manchester-by-the-Sea, popularized by the movie, for its harbor and small-town charm. Further north, stop in Newburyport for shopping and enjoy dinner at the top of Newburyport Lighthouse before checking into the Compass Rose Inn. The next day, set off for the foodie haven of Portsmouth, New Hampshire for Black Trumpet Bistro, Caffe Kilim and more. Make time to visit Kennebunkport for a special dinner at the White Barn Inn Restaurant, then roll into Portland, another major foodie city. It’s more than just lobster rolls, but eat those too. In fact, you’ll find some of the best at the non-descript Fishermen’s Grill. Don’t leave before trying Duckfat, Central Provisions, Holy Donut (made with Maine potatoes) and Eventide Oyster Co. The craft beer scene is also strong; favorites include Allagash and Bissell Brothers. On your way home, swing into Scarborough to say hi to Lenny, billed as the only life-size chocolate moose in the world. 960 1280

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Seattle to San Juan Islands, Washington

Seattle to San Juan Islands, Washington

The remote San Juan Islands provide ideal Pacific Northwest vistas (think rugged landscapes peppered with Douglas firs) and a slower pace. While there are actually 172 islands, ferries only serve San Juan, Orcas, Lopez and Shaw. It’s an easy 90-minute drive up I-5N to the ferry crossing at Anacortes; luckily road trippers can bring cars onboard, but reserve ahead since many others have the same idea. Grab a bite beforehand at Gere-a-Deli before setting sail for Friday Harbor, considered the entry point into the islands. Fear not though, as this historic seaport has managed to retain its authentic appeal. Stay in town and poke into independent booksellers and jewelry shops, or hit the road to visit alpacas at Krystal Acres and wander lavender fields at Pelindaba Lavender Farm. Take the scenic byway route to Roche Harbor and overnight at the Roche Harbor Resort. On your way back, pop into San Juan Vineyards. Don’t leave before taking a whale-watching excursion to spot the famous orcas. 960 1280

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Los Angeles to Palm Springs

Los Angeles to Palm Springs

Palm Springs is experiencing a resurgence in popularity thanks to trendy new hotels and restaurants. However, much of the area’s appeal resides beyond this scene. Once you get out of dodge, follow Interstate 10 until you reach the Desert Hills Premium Outlets for designer discounts. Back on the road, pull off at Hadley Fruit Orchards for a date shake, then marvel at the wonderful weirdness of the Cabazon Dinosaurs. (You might remember them from Pee-wee’s Big Adventure.) From here, detour 10 minutes north to the San Gorgonio Pass Wind Farm, a collection of wind turbines that generate energy. Once in Palm Springs proper, ride the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, which slowly rotates as it ascends to 8,516 feet. Base yourself at the recently renovated L’Horizon Resort & Spa to visit Indian Canyons and Joshua Tree National Park, and learn about wildlife and desert conservation at the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. Nearby, College of the Desert Street Fair is a long-running weekend flea market where you can find everything from turquoise jewelry to Hawaiian shaved ice. And you can’t go wrong with baby back ribs and microbrews at Babe's Bar-B-Que & Brewhouse in Rancho Mirage. 960 1280

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Jackson Hole, Wyoming to Yellowstone National Park

Jackson Hole, Wyoming to Yellowstone National Park

This is true of all road trips, but be sure to map out your route in advance as some roads, restaurants and hotels close during the winter, which can last through mid-April. Regardless of when you travel, majestic skies and backcountry terrain await, starting in Jackson Hole. Before heading to Grand Teton National Park, fuel up at the Chuckwagon at Dornans. Rib-sticking fare includes sourdough pancakes and biscuits in sausage gravy. Spend the day driving around Grand Teton, from Teton Park Road to Colter Bay Village before settling into a cabin at Signal Mountain Lodge. After a restful sleep, strike out for Yellowstone National Park after enjoying cinnamon rolls and a breakfast sandwich from Woodside Bakery. Once in the park, must visits include Old Faithful, Mammoth Hot Springs, Mount Washburn and the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. Camping options abound, or turn in at the landmark
Old Faithful Inn.
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Washington, D.C. to St. Michaels, Maryland

Washington, D.C. to St. Michaels, Maryland

The historic seaside village of St. Michaels was a shipbuilding port in Colonial times; more recently, Wedding Crashers was filmed here. After clearing D.C. traffic, continue on 50 East until reaching the state capital of Annapolis. Visit the U.S. Naval Academy, or head over to Ego Alley to watch boats and explore shops and restaurants. As it’s on Chesapeake Bay, go for seafood, whether it’s Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls, Wild Country Seafood or Cantler’s Riverside Inn. Cross over to Kent Island to compare Blackwater Distilling and White Tiger Distillery, or take a factory tour at Paul Reed Smith Guitars. Head into St. Michaels to collapse at the Inn at Perry Cabin by Belmond. In town wander the historic streets and explore the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. Drive to nearby Tilghman Island for kayaking, fishing and sailing, and stock up on food supplies at the Tilghman Island Country Store. 960 1280

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