Category Archives: Destination Trips

These trips in the Northeastern U.S. and Quebec, Canada, are favorites of students in the Empire State English intensive ESL program.

Visit New York City (the “Big Apple”)

Less than three hours by car or train from Empire State English's school locations in Albany and Saratoga Springs, New York City comprises 5 boroughs (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, Staten Island, Queens) and is located where the Hudson River meets the Atlantic Ocean. At its core is Manhattan, a densely populated borough that’s among the world’s major commercial, financial and cultural centers. Manhattan's iconic sites include skyscrapers such as the Empire State Building and sprawling Central Park. Broadway theater productions are staged in neon-lit Times Square. Manhattan has many museums of art and history. Manhattan also is home to the 9/11 Memorial, where the World Trade Center towers once stood before the attacks of September 11, 2001.

Visit Montreal, Quebec, Canada

A little more than three hours by car or train from Empire State English's location in upstate New York, Montréal is the largest city in Canada's Québec province. It’s set on an island in the Saint Lawrence River and named after Mt. Royal, the triple-peaked hill at its heart. Its boroughs, many of which were once independent cities, include neighborhoods ranging from cobblestoned, French colonial Vieux-Montréal – with the Gothic Revival Notre-Dame Basilica at its center – to bohemian Plateau. If you plan to travel to Canada while a student at ESE, you must first talk to the DSO/Student Advisor and get a travel stamp on your I-20.

Visit Boston, Massachusetts

Within a three-hour drive of Empire State English's schools in upstate New York, Boston is Massachusetts’ capital and largest city. Founded in 1630, it’s one of the oldest cities in the U.S. The key role it played in the American Revolution is highlighted on the Freedom Trail, a 2.5-mile walking route of historic sites that tells the story of the nation’s founding. One stop, former meeting house Faneuil Hall, is a popular marketplace. Boston also has numerous colleges and universities, including Boston University, Northeastern University, Simmons College, and others. Nearby to Boston, across the scenic Charles River, is the City of Cambridge, home to universities including M.I.T. and Harvard.

Visit Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

About a four-hour drive from Albany, Philadelphia is Pennsylvania's largest city and is considered the birthplace of our nation. The historic district is filled with sites such as the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, and the Benjamin Franklin Museum. Philadelphia is also home to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, famous for its Rocky statue and the steps Rocky Balboa climbed during training in the Rocky films, as well as for its majestic architecture and vast art collection, which makes it the third-largest museum in the country.

Visit Washington, DC

Washington, DC, our national capital, is a little more than six hours away by car, bus, or train from Albany. Washington is a large city filled with historic sites, museums, restaurants, and government buildings. Must-see venues include the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, the National Mall, the White House, and the Smithsonian.