Make Like Columbus & Explore: Weekend Road Trips

So, everyone else is going home for the long weekend and you’re stuck at school with nothing to do. If you want to sit in your dorm all day, eating your weight in Oreos and binge watching every season of Gilmore Girls on Netflix, go for it--it is a very alluring suggestion. If you would rather make an adventure of your weekend, then let the Gavel suggest an idea that tops them all. Two words: road trip.

For those of you who are feeling abandoned by parents who believe that you can wait a whole month for a home-cooked meal (even though they are dead wrong), here is a list of some fun road trip ideas for a weekend getaway.

Ioka Valley Farm

This farm, located in Hancock, MA, is the perfect fall escape. For an insta-worthy photo, there’s an idyllic pumpkin patch for you to lounge around in and take some shots. If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, you can even explore the corn maze or pick some Indian corn. You can go on a hayride, bring out your inner child with their “dress-me-scarecrows,” or play around with goats, llamas and donkeys, oh my! The best part about it is that the activities are all free! The only things that you would have to pay for are the homemade pies and cookies, cider donuts or the apples that you will bring back with you, and trust me, you're going to bring some back...

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New York City getaway

New York City offers a more metropolitan escape. What’s so great about NYC is that you can easily take either a bus or a train into the city. Split the cost with a few friends and book a hotel for a couple of days. There is no question that there are endless possibilities of what NYC has to offer; after all, it is the city that never sleeps. Explore Central Park, Times Square, Bryant Park or any of the museums in Manhattan. Catch a Broadway show, such as The Lion King, Book of Mormon or Wicked. If you’re not into shows, go to a concert, or maybe even a game at Madison Square Garden. Shopaholics, you can hit up almost any street in Soho, Rockefeller Plaza or even Fifth Avenue (if you feel like splurging a little bit) for some great shopping. The best part about New York is that there is always something to do, and somewhere new to explore.

Cape Cod & Islands adventure

If you don’t consider this weekend's forecast a bit too frigid for the beach, try and make one last trip there before the weather gets too cold. The best things in life are free, right? Some free activities in Cape Cod include: a Cape Cod Baseball League game, a visit to the 12-acre Cape Cod Lavender Farm, a picnic on the beach, a visit to the Provincetown Farmers’ Market, or a free tour of the Chatham Lighthouse. If Cape Cod isn’t your style, what is more BC than spending the weekend on Martha’s Vineyard? Try visiting the “gingerbread houses” in Oak Bluffs--these small and colorful houses look like they jumped right off the page of a storybook. If the typical bird and fish sighting on the island doesn’t do it for you, you can always visit Island Alpaca, and see the herds of llamas and alpacas, visit Alley’s General Store, the oldest operating retailer on Martha’s Vineyard or spend the day exploring one of the many reservations the island has to offer.

Mountain escape

Take advantage of the beautiful fall weather and Boston's proximity to a number of mountains. Head up to Vermont and stay at the Green Mountain Inn, located in Stowe, VT. With guided foliage hikes, gondola rides and a Ben & Jerry's factory located in Waterbury, could it get any better? New Hampshire is another option: explore the White Mountains and take a zip line on the Bretton Woods Canopy Tour. If you’re feeling a hike, walk across covered bridges and explore waterfalls along one of the trails at Flume Gorge. The Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway is also a great way to explore the sights from above. A two-hour drive is nothing once you arrive at these beautiful mountains. Grab your boots, friends and positive attitudes and head out to the range for an escape.

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College visits

One of the best parts about New England is the number of schools all within close proximity of each other. Take a train or bus to one of your friends, and spend the weekend “studying abroad.” A trip to visit a friend at Harvard, UMass or Northeastern may be easy, but try and break out of your comfort zone, leave Boston and experience another town. Any school that you can reach via a short bus ride is the perfect option for a weekend visit.

Columbus Day Weekend is the perfect time to take a break from school, relax and explore. Whatever you're looking for, the road trip possibilities are endless.

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