Is Your Exchange Program Almost Over? Consider Taking These Day Trips Before Leaving the US

Filed in American Culture by on August 17, 2018 0 Comments


With many exchange visitors’ programs ending in August and September, you may be wondering which excursions you should take before leaving the United States. There are plenty of options for tourists looking to plan last-minute trips at a low cost.

August and September are some of the best times to travel in the United States, too. Since summer is drawing to a close, many families will be preparing to head back to school or work. Fewer crowds means you’ll have an easier time traveling.

But maybe you’ve already been to some of the United States’ major tourist destinations during your exchange program. If you’ve traveled to must-see locations like New York City, Washington D.C., or Los Angeles—or if you simply don’t have the time or budget—consider taking a trip to a lesser-known attraction.

Here are a few quick, fun (and affordable) places to consider checking out before heading back home:

Chattanooga, Tennessee: Ruby Falls

Chattanooga, Tennessee offers all the charm of a Southern city, as well as plenty of beautiful attractions. Nestled between the Tennessee River and the Appalachian Mountains, it’s the perfect place to sightsee and hike for the day.

Ruby Falls in Chattanooga is one attraction you can’t miss. Guests can take a tour of the cavern, which is home to the tallest and deepest commercial underground waterfall in the United States. For only $12, you can descend 1,120 feet underground and embark on a guided tour of the caverns, discover ancient geological formations, and view the crashing and majestic Ruby Falls.

Keystone, South Dakota: Mount Rushmore

If you’re looking to go somewhere that still feels quintessentially American during your last few weeks here, you could always take a day-trip to South Dakota and visit Mount Rushmore.

This national memorial is a granite sculpture carved into the side of Mount Rushmore, a massive rock formation found in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The Mount Rushmore sculpture pays homage to four U.S. presidents—George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. The memorial, built over 12 years beginning in 1927, features 60-foot sculptures of the heads of each president.

Empire, Michigan: Sleeping Bear Dunes

Sleeping Bear Dunes is a national lakeshore located near the city of Empire, Michigan. The National Park Service designated it as one of ten protected lakeshores in the United States.

Sleeping Bear Dunes has something for everyone looking to take a day trip or even a full vacation. You can camp in the national lakeshore’s forests or on its beaches, climb the sand dunes, or tour the ancient glaciers.

America has plenty of beauty to offer beyond its mainstay tourist attractions. If you get the chance, consider spending your last few days as an exchange visitor at one of these locations.

Do you have plans to travel this summer? Tell us in the comments below.