The seventh annual Student Travel Planning Guide sports the theme “50 States of Great,” a celebratory reference to all that awaits young travelers from sea to shining sea.
Student-friendly attractions in each state – and the District of Columbia – have been uncovered by our team of five student interns (majoring in journalism, communications and English) and two freelance journalists. The samplings include national parks, historic sites, caverns, museums and theme parks. Also spotlighted are opportunities for hiking, zip lining, kayaking, whitewater rafting and other outdoor activities. Performance venues for school music groups are mentioned, too.
In addition to state-by-state reports, the planning guide has a feature article on taking your band or choir to a music festival. Besides describing the types of festivals available and listing some festival opportunities, writer Vanessa Day gives music educators tips on choosing a festival and how to prepare for the big event.
Branson, Missouri – described in another feature – is one of the hottest destinations for performance groups, and author Dave Bodle singles out professional development opportunities at Branson music theaters where the pros lend their expertise. Branson attractions, he notes, have their own educational programs, and the Ozarks vacation spot offers a wide variety of recreational options as well.
We hope you’ll find some inspiration in this latest edition of Student Travel Planning Guide. Fasten your seat-belts and enjoy the trip across America.