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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.

Jennifer Rosenbaum

Jennifer Rosenbaum is the Director of Finance at Hemisphere Educational Travel.

The scam stories are out there: Teachers and students have lost money from booking tours with unaccredited tour operators. Student travel is important, and there are student and youth tour operators dedicated to fostering integrity and tourism.

The Student and Youth Travel Association (SYTA) selected these 10 cities as the top United States travel destinations favored by students and teachers for their unique educational opportunities, performance venues and exciting activities.