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Posted by on May 9, 2011 in Places To Go, Spring Break, Stories | 0 comments

Top 10 College Trip Destinations – The List

MCRT’s List for the top 10 destinations!

These were chosen by the well traveled MCRT team, if you disagree or think we missed one let us know in the comments below.

1) Rio De Janeiro
2) Kauai
3) New Zealand
4) Patagonia
5) Key West
6) New Orleans
7) Yosemite National park
8) Savannah
9) Charlotte
10) Asheville

If you have the time to get away, then be sure to check out any of these 10 amazing destinations!

Rio De Janiero

Rio is about to be at the top of the world stage by hosting the Olympics and the World Cup in the next five years. There is no better time than now to see Rio. The beautiful cocabana and impanema beaches surrounded by incredible mountains set the stage for adventure. If you have more time try taking a bus south to Isla Grande or Iguazu Falls!


The most magical place in the United States. This place is absolutely unreal. In the same day you can surf, fly fish, hike, paddle board, kayak, eat some of the best fish in the world and then finish the day with an ACAI bowl. With flights from the mainland at $500-$1,000 this is an affordable trip for most College Students. If you have time, ask a local and check out a tunnel hike, which is literally located in Jurassic Park but you could also play slots online if you need a break from adventure and pass the time.

kauai mountains and beaches

New Zealand

With a population of 2 million that swells to 4 million every year nothing else needs to be said to show how much tourist love this place. The landscape looks like Colorado ran into Hawaii. A highlight to explore is the Nevis High Wire Jump or fly fishing in Taupo, one of the self proclaimed trout capitals of the world. If you think going that far away from home by yourself wouldn’t be fun…think again. There are backpackers from all over the world filling every hostel and the atmosphere for adventure seekers couldn’t be better.


This is the most wild place left in the Americas. With snow capped peaks, streams overflowing with trout, and small towns that are unbelievable charming…Patagonia is truly a place everyone should go once in their life. The highlights including hiking the W trail in Torres Del Paines, visiting Mt Fitzroy in El Chalten, Argentina, chilling out at the bottom of the world in Ushuaia, and living it up in Bariloche. torres del paine national park

Key West

If you want to feel like you’ve left the country without doing so then check out Key West. It is filled with freak shows that are detailed in this classic MCRT article. Check out the sunset at Mallory Square and the crazy nightlife on Duval Street.

New Orleans

This town has fully recovered and its nightlife has the energy at a palpable level at all times. Bourbon Street and the French Quarter will be the best areas to check out and be sure to go to Mardi Gras or Jazz Fest if you have the chance, but if you get tired and want to do something else then you could also try to play some games like online blackjack, poker, backgammon, and many more.

Yosemite National Park

Yes, all the other places are cities, but Yosemite is that special. Located about 4 hours west of San Francisco this is one of the most incredible places in the continental US. Once you’re in the park go for a 18 mile roundtrip of Half Dome or the easier hike up to the falls. If you want to do something different drive to the back of the park and spend your time in the meadows.


A great town in the South East. Savannah has tons of charm and a beautiful historic lay out. Check out Savannah’s shopping scene or attend their St’ Patty’s Day Celebration.


It’s not as tropical or nature filled as the rest of the destinations, but Charlotte can still hold its own. It is jam packed with twenty somethings working at Banks and other post college jobs. The bar scene is stellar and if you have the right friends is the perfect road trip destination. If you happen to be able to go in Early May, then be sure to grab a $10 ticket to the Wells Fargo Championship to watch some of the PGA tours finest players compete.


Surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville truly has an ideal setting. Walk around the city and enjoy fabulous local restaurants including Tupelo Honey and Mamacitas. If you need a break and want to grab a beer then try Asheville Brewing Company. This city is ahead of the game with its green efforts, local eateries, and progressives schools like Warren Wilson University. Its a great place for a road trip weekend!

down town asheville north carolina

Enjoy these incredible destinations and add yours in the comments below!

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