Last month we shared some of our professors’ favorite travel destinations. This week we’ll hear about the same topic from some of our students!

What’s your favorite place to visit in the United States? Why do you love being there?

Dakota Burton ’23 (Social Studies Education – Cromwell, MN)
The North Shore. It’s so beautiful, there’s so much to do, and I have so many fond memories of the area.

North Shore photo courtesy of Dakota Burton

Michael Opheim ’22 (History/Neuroscience – Lino Lakes, MN)
North and South Dakota. There’s simply something endearing about the West and its rural landscapes.

RyleeAnn Andre ’24 (Social Studies Ed – Harrisburg, SD)
The Black Hills of South Dakota. I have been there numerous times and have always found another activity or adventure. It is also super beautiful, no matter the season, and has a much more interesting landscape than the eastern half of South Dakota where I grew up.

The view from the top of Black Elk Peak in Custer, SD – photo courtesy of RyleeAnn Andre

Abigail Williams ’23 (History/Philosophy – Yosemite, CA)
Lake Tahoe! I grew up in the mountains by Yosemite and my parents moved to Tahoe when I graduated, so coming home feels kind of like being on vacation. There are so many activities to do here that are all doable within a day. I like to start my mornings by swimming in the lake, then do something active after work like mountain biking or trail running. I love how easy it is to be active when I’m here.

Will Swanda ’24 (History/Social Studies Ed – Edina, MN)
Zion National Park in Utah. It was the most beautiful place I’ve been, plus you feel incredibly accomplished after finishing the Angels Landing hike.

Amanda Steiner ’22 (Social Studies Ed – Grayslake, IL)
Utah for the hikes; Washington, DC for the people.

Karina and friends in Washington, DC

Karina Nelson ’24 (International Relations – Alexandria, MN)
Washington, DC. Not only is it a beautiful city with historical (and modern) significance, but some of my favorite people live near DC.

Jill Herman ’22 (Political Science/Communication Studies – Coon Rapids, MN)
Walt Disney World. I’ve been to Disney World 14 times! I love Disney World because it’s the happiest place on Earth, and I get to immerse myself into the worlds of my favorite Disney movies.

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