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The plan is to hit Har­vard, MIT, BU, and Tufts in one swoop. Get a room at the Charles Ho­tel in Cam­bridge for a week­end—par­ents we know booked rooms for grad­u­a­tion af­ter their first trip—and use it as your home base. Treat the fam­ily to a burger at Har­vard Square main­stay Char­lie’s kitchen on the first night, but make reser­va­tions for two at the newly re­opened East Coast Grill to cel­e­brate com­plet­ing the week­end.


Make this a long week­end. Af­ter a night at the Park Hy­att, hit North­west­ern and the Univer­sity of Chicago. Then en­joy the Windy City—es­pe­cially since you pulled strings for a ta­ble at Rois­ter. The next morn­ing drive to charm­ing Madi­son, where the only thing more pop­u­lar than the econ ma­jor at the Univer­sity of Wis­con­sin is the steel pan pizza at Lucille. From there it’s a short flight to St. Louis to visit Wash­ing­ton Univer­sity—and have lunch at An­nie Gunn’s—be­fore head­ing home.


A clas­sic three-day road trip if ever there was one. Hit Brown first thing in the morn­ing and fol­low that up with RISD—there’s no rea­son you can’t leave Prov­i­dence and be in New Haven for a visit to Yale, a bit of shop­ping at the orig­i­nal J. Press, and din­ner at Heir­loom. The next morn­ing it’s a 90-minute drive to New York to visit Columbia, NYU, Pratt, and…Bar­neys. The next day head down I-95 to DC to see Ge­orge­town and Amer­i­can—as well as the din­ner crowd at Café Mi­lano.


Af­ter vis­its to Pep­per­dine, UCLA, and USC, and stops at Moon Juice and Irene Neuwirth, go for a drive from L.A. to the Bay Area to see Stan­ford and Berke­ley, and stay at the Proper Ho­tel. It will take a few days, but a scenic stop at CalArts and lunch at the Lark in Santa Bar­bara make it worth­while. If you’re short on time—and as­sum­ing Elon Musk’s Hy­per­loop isn’t up and run­ning—fly­ing will save a few hours, but it will cut down sig­nif­i­cantly on the charm.

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