Vacation Ideas for the Senior Eagles

Recommend places for seniors to take flight to for the traditional senior trip

Seniors on their way to a final pre-college vacation, a final celebration of their high school selves. Photo by:

Madison Stites, Staff Writer

The eagerness of the seniors is already starting to permeate the air of East Lake. They are ready for the excitement of the summer and to head off to their senior trips. Yet, some still face the complex decisions of where to go and what to do. There is a lot that goes into making this choice, and as senior Maria Millen states, “It’s hard to know where to go and what to do that is affordable, especially with college coming up.” In response to this senior stress, a list has been developed of the best U.S. cities to visit and the top budget friendly activities to take part in while you are there.


  • New York City, New York- As to be expected “the city that never sleeps” is on this list. Though it is a pricey destination, there is plenty to do that is budget friendly or free. One can walk in the famous Central Park, people watch in Times Square, visit Chinatown, and visit the Brooklyn Bridge all for free. It’s also not too hard to find great deals on meals; try dim sum in Chinatown (sold on average for $5 or less), or a joint like Katz Delicatessen ( where writer Lauren Mack states “you will need two to three people to eat the extra large portions, so $5 apiece will cover a trio of hungry travelers” in her article about the Top 20 Things to do in New York under $5 on, or find a nice slice of New York Pizza for $5. There is plenty to do in this grand city and many deals one can find if they know where to look.
  • Los Angeles, California- Like NYC there is a never-ending list of activities in this Hollywood City. People watching is top notch, along with visiting the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Santa Monica Pier, The Original LA Farmers’ Market, or schedule to sit in on one of your favorite late night shows all for little to no cost.
  • Chicago, Illinois- Chicago holds a substantial amount to do for a minimal price. It holds Lincoln Park Zoo, one of the few free zoos left in the nation. It is filled with culture and art museums that are accessible for usually less than $10. Feel free to visit Grant Park, the Navy Pier, and the Chicago Botanical Garden all free of any cost.
  • Washington D.C, District of Columbia- As the United States of America’s capital, there is an endless amount of history rich activities to do. Go visit the Lincoln Park Memorial, the White House, the Capitol Building, and the Washington Monument. Explore the past of the U.S. through all of the free museums, including the Smithsonian Institution, visit the 2,000 acres of Rock Creek Park, and explore the Bonsai trees at the U.S. National Arboretum for no cost.
  • Atlanta, Georgia- This destination is only one state away from East Lake students and is brimming with the opportunity for a fun time. Visit the Georgia Aquarium, the largest aquarium in the world from 2005-2012. Walk parts of the 22-mile Beltline for free; a small section will take you by the Ponce City Market and Piedmont Park. Also go to Centennial Olympic Park and the historic Oakland Cemetery.


These are the top cities in the U.S. (exempting the ones in Florida since they are in state) to visit if you are looking for senior trip ideas. Each has an attractive supply of budget friendly activities to take part in on a pre-college vacation. All one has to do is book the hotels, catch a flight, or take a road trip to arrive. Whether you choose to go with a big group of friends or individually, you are guaranteed to have a blast.