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Narrowing down where to take students on a trip can be difficult when there are so many different options around the country and the world. But have you considered that a beneficial, educational and fun trip might be right on your doorstep? Here are some examples of some one- or two-day trips in some popular cities near the metro Chicago area.

Milwaukee, WI

With something for everyone, Milwaukee is situated along the sparkling waters of Lake Michigan and has attractions for almost every kind of student group. Visit Boerner Botanical Gardens—an internationally renowned horticultural showplace, explore at the Wisconsin Black Historical Museum Society as they celebrate 30 years of preserving African American history in Wisconsin or enjoy some peanuts and Cracker Jacks at a Milwaukee Brewers baseball game.

Chicago, IL

The third largest city in the U.S. has plenty to offer, right in your own backyard. Don’t forget to grab a slice of iconic Chicago-style deep-dish pizza along the way! See the neighborhood where Barak Obama grew up before becoming the 44th President of the United States, chow down on some delicious seafood at Bubba Gump’s or check out some Broadway in Chicago shows. These are just some of the many options to choose from in the Windy City.

Cleveland, OH

Full of world-class performing arts and culture, Cleveland rocks—and makes an ideal short trip for students. Jam out and learn all about the music that shaped rock at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, explore science and nature at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History or throw the perfect spiral at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in nearby Canton.

St. Louis, MO

The Gateway City is ready for student groups of all kinds and is full of truly unique attractions. Explore the newly renovated and expanded museum at the iconic Gateway Arch, catch a delicious meal at Blueberry Hill—where the Father or Rock & Roll, Chuck Berry, performed over 200 times or get your thrills on the Screamin’ Eagle at Six Flags St. Louis.

Detroit, MI

Motown is full of history and has attractions for music lovers, gear heads, history buffs and more. Make sure students get to try an iconic Detroit Coney Dog while they’re there! Explore the luxurious home, art and grounds of the Ford family at the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, step inside Motown history at the Motown Historical Museum founded by Berry Gordy (also known as Hitsville U.S.A.) or see a concert at the ornate Fox Theatre.

This is one example of how Hemisphere Travel can create a personalized one- or two-day trip for student groups from coast to coast. To learn more about how to get the most out of your nearby cities, contact a Hemisphere Travel student travel expert. For a glimpse of some of Hemisphere's more popular locations, visit U.S. Tours.

Written by Hemisphere Educational Travel