The Most Beautiful College Campuses You Can Visit in the U.S.
Are you planning a vacation? Maybe you’re helping your child decide where to go for college? Either way, a university with a gorgeous campus probably sounds like a great destination. Some college towns are more picturesque than others, but many American campuses make the grade. When you visit one of the nation’s most beautiful universities, you can expect to see awe-inspiring architecture, gorgeous greens, idyllic views, and intriguing surroundings.
Condé Nast Traveler reports that some of the most beautiful American college campuses are built in the classic collegiate Gothic style. Other universities have chosen a more contemporary architectural style. On the other hand, Travel + Leisure notes that the way a campus is landscaped is just as important as the architecture itself.
Read on to check out the most beautiful university campuses in the United States.
1. Bard College
Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, has a rural campus. That makes it a destination in and of itself, since the college showcases a unique range of architectural styles. Travel + Leisure reports that Frank Gehry’s Fisher Center exemplifies the contemporary end of that range. It has an eye-catching exterior of glass and brushed stainless steel. At the other end of the spectrum, you’ll find Blithewood Mansion. It dates back to the 19th century and has a beautiful Italian lawn. When on campus, students and visitors also enjoy the views of the beautiful Catskill Mountains in the distance.
2. Berry College
Berry College in Mount Berry, Georgia, has the world’s largest contiguous college campus. In fact, Travel + Leisure reports that the college spans more than 27,000 acres. The campus includes fields, lakes, forests, and mountains. Plus, the architecture of many of the college’s buildings showcases the English Gothic style. Those buildings exist thanks to the college’s largest benefactor, Henry Ford. And gorgeous landscaping — including reflecting pools and fountains — provides the perfect counterpoint to the beautiful architecture and idyllic setting.
3. Brigham Young University
The Laie, Hawaii, campus of Brigham Young University is on the northern Oahu coast. And, as you might expect, the university has the gorgeous scenery to match. According to Condé Nast Traveler, the Polynesian Cultural Center on campus has become one of the most popular museums in Hawaii. Tourists also visit the nearby Laie Hawaii Temple. The structure features crushed lava rock and coral, plus a design reminiscent of Frank Lloyd Wright’s right-angled Prairie style.
4. Colgate University
5. Dartmouth College
6. Duke University