Getting Out of the Woods
So you want to get out of the woods, huh? Well you're in luck. Though it requires a little traveling, Dartmouth happens to be between two very exciting -- and different -- cities. If you'd like to take a little break from the Vox clamantis in deserto thing (see school motto), and want to step back into broader civilization (though being in the woods is nice), look no further than Boston and Montreal.
Boston is the most popular city destination for Dartmouth students. Boston is about 2 hours away by car, and accesible for $38 via the Dartmouth Coach from Hanover, which runs throughout the day. One of my favorite weekends during sophmore summer was a short trip to Boston.
The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is a perfect place to visit. The museum is located just off the water and gives an interesting, in-depth look at the Kennedy presidency.
After visiting the JFK Museum, my friend Amanda and I went to go watch the Red Sox play at Fenway.
I'd never been to Fenway, but it's a pretty cool park if you like, you know, old things. On a more serious note, Fenway is a piece of living baseball history that is great to experience.
The Detroit Tigers just happened to be in town that evening, so of course I showed up in full Detroit gear. Thankfully, Red Sox fans are pretty nice--unless you're a Yankees fan I imagine.
My time in Boston last summer was just one example of what to do in the city. Students often like to go to concerts, shop, and connect with friends who live in or near the city.
Europe in Canada? Yup, that's Montreal. Though you don't need to know French, you will need a passport (or enhanced driving license for some state IDs) to make it across the border. The drive takes about 3-3.5 hours depending on traffic, but Montreal is about as aesthetically different from Hanover as you can get in under a four hour drive. Food is big in Montreal, like really big. Honestly, you probably need about a week to get any sort of appreciation for how many great places there are to eat. If food doesn't make you want to visit, I don't know what will!
Seeing that Montreal is in Canada, you better believe the city loves their hockey team. Speaking of hockey, watching a Montreal Canadiens game is an awesome way to end a night.
Since Montreal was founded by the French, it's only right that all the buildings seem like architectural masterpieces. Perhaps the most famous is the Notre-Dame Basilica in Old Montreal. One, the place is huge. Two, the attention to detail in every part of the basilica is incredible.
Even Dartmouth students need a little weekend getaway from campus once in a while, and Boston and Montreal are two of the most popular spots.