THE #VERYTANDC COLLEGE TOUR
ThE BOSTOn TOUr
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.
ThE MIDwEST TOUr
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.
ThE MID-ATLAnTIc TOUr
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.
ThE cALIFOrnIA TOUr
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.