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Posted On: Monday, February 3, 2014 05:21 PM, by Elizabeth Mundy
One of my favorite things about being an ELC is traveling the U.S. and Canada. Below are lists of my favorite cities and college towns I have visited on the road. Enjoy!

Favorite Cities on the Road

1. Boston-- I spent nine months in Boston last year working with the Eta Chi chapter. Boston was an incredible city to live in as a young 20-something. It is big enough to experience something new every day, but small enough to be a walkable city. A few friends warned me that I would not find the friendliness of the Midwest I was accustomed to, but I found the people to be absolutely wonderful and always willing to show off their vibrant city. *Favorite Places- Border Café, No Rest for Bridget boutique, Mr. Bartley's Burger Cottage, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

2. Nashville-- I fell in love with Nashville the minute I stepped off the plane. Literally. I was greeted by live country music in the airport as I walked off the plane, and I soon realized this fun, easy-going atmosphere was prevalent throughout the entire city. I was not much of a country fan or meat eater, but Nashville turned me into both within days. *Favorite Places: Belmont University, Bluebird Cafe, Edley's Bar-B-Que, Impeccable Pig boutique, Provence Breads & Cafe

3. Chicago-- I visited Chicago during one of the worst weeks of January weather. Temperatures were below zero, and the wind was absolutely brutal. Despite all this, I LOVED Chicago. I enjoyed being in a city surrounded by other young people looking for new opportunities. It gave me a renewed sense of motivation and spontaneity. I will definitely be back for more visits, but next time during the spring, summer, and fall! *Favorite Places: University of Chicago, Medici on 57th, Michigan Avenue

4. Baton Rouge-- My two favorite things about Baton Rouge were the accents and the food. I could not get enough of the charming southern accents, and I think I ate just about every Southern specialty. You name it, I tried it. Beignets crawfish étouffée, and po' boys galore. Needless to say, I left Baton Rouge feeling an abundance of Southern hospitality and Southern food. *Favorite Places: Louisiana State University, Mike the Tiger's cage, Sammy's Grill, Chelsea's Café, Coffee Call

5. Columbus, OH-- Alright, so this is a bit of a cheat city because it is not where my job as an ELC has taken me... it is my home! But my constant traveling has made me love the city of Columbus even more than before. There is nothing better than returning to "old Columbus town" for a football Saturday in the fall. *Favorite Places: The Ohio State University, 1861 Indianola Avenue, Katalina's Cafe Corner, Wexner Center for the Arts, German Village, restaurants and shopping in the Short North

Favorite College Towns on the Road

State College, PA
Tip: Go to a football game. Penn State fans are some of the most spirited around, and football is definitely a way of life.

San Luis Obispo, CA
Tip: Spend a warm evening downtown. It is decked out in twinkle lights and boasts of charming restaurants, retail shopping, and unique boutiques.

Charlottesville, VA
Tip: Get a campus tour. The university has very rich history and the campus is breathtaking. The university was not fully coeducational until the 1970s, so it is quite amazing to see how much has changed over the decades.

Ann Arbor, MI
Tip: Visit during the fall. Michigan has some tough winters, but the fall months are absolutely gorgeous with colorful foliage and fun places to explore.

Even after traveling over 100,000 miles, my list of cities keeps on growing. This semester, I am excited to explore San Francisco, Los Angeles, Charleston, Austin, Vancouver, among many others. The best part is that I get to explore these cities alongside Theta sisters.

What is your favorite trip or vacation you have gone on with Theta sisters?

Elizabeth Mundy, Alpha Gamma/The Ohio State University, Educational Leadership Consultant