Homeschool Graduation: 5 Amazing Senior Trip Ideas

Where will you take your homeschooled graduate for a senior trip?

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Ready for an adventure to mark the culmination of your school years? A senior trip is considered a “rite of passage” for some and “the best family vacation” ever for others. No matter how you look at it, there are plenty of options for a great senior trip. We’ve organized our list of ideas by the type of trips you can take. Check out some of what we’ve collected below and see if one of the places that made our list suits your fancy!


A cruise is a fantastic way of visiting exotic locations without being concerned about making housing accommodations or worrying about getting to your destination and hating it. Since most cruises offer the chance to visit multiple sites once you hit land, this could be the trip for you! Sail out of a local port and be on your way to the Bahamas, Key West, Cozumel, Cancun, and many more options – all in one trip!

International Hotspots

Prefer to make more of a stay out of your trip to another country? If so, consider booking an international flight. Here are some locations known to attract those looking for an adventurous senior trip:

  • Athens, Rome – This is a perfect destination for history buffs. Finally, piece together everything you’ve been reading about the Ancients and put your hands on Roman architecture – literally! The Ancient Greek and Roman civilizations developed fountains, buildings, monuments, statues, and more giving you a first-hand look at a lot of history.
  • Costa Rica – If you’re an outdoor enthusiast, Costa Rica is the place for you! It offers plenty of places for hiking, biking, kayaking, canoeing, zip-lining, and more!
  • Book a “package” – Many travel and tourism places have package deals that will take you out of the country to several locations. Some such places include Joshua Expeditions and Adventure Student Travel.

Close to Home – Trips in the USAHave a memorable and affordable senior trip!

If international travel isn’t your thing, think about taking your trip to one of the USA’s pinnacle locations.

  • Daytona Beach, FL – You’ve probably heard about what this location has to offer Spring Breakers. Let’s just say, whether you’re there for a family vacation or your senior trip, Daytona Beach won’t disappoint. Besides the beach, you can check out Jackie Robinson Ballpark and catch a quick baseball game or, if you need something high-energy, you can stop by Daytona International Speedway for an exhilarating race. Before you leave, don’t forget to stop by the Boardwalk Amusement Area for some low-key entertainment.
  • Williamsburg, VA – Looking for a historical site to visit that’s relatively close to home? Colonial Williamsburg may be just the right fit for your tastes. From Busch Gardens to Water Country USA water park, this historical site is anything but ancient! Be sure to head on over to Ripley’s Believe It Or Not where you won’t believe your eyes! When you’re ready to relax a little, head on out to the Boardwalk or spend the day at the beach and be sure to do a little shopping at Atlantic Avenue. All in all, this little spot on the map packs a heavy punch.
  • Orlando, FL – Our list wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t include a city that has events and happenings dedicated to giving you a senior trip you won’t soon forget. The theme parks in Orlando usually have some sort of Grad Bash festivities going on, and you won’t want to miss the activities set up just for you, graduate! Also, not too far from the theme parks is the quaint town of Celebration which you must drive through at least once. You can also do airboat tours and see alligators or if you love a bird’s eye view take a helicopter tour around town.

Train Trip Ideas

All aboard! Ready for an awesome train trip you will remember for a lifetime? Check out some of our train trip ideas!

  • Hop aboard an Amtrak and travel from Eugene, Oregon to Vancouver, Canada! This is an 11.5-hour trip that will pass Mt. St. Helens and many other places. Once aboard, you’ll have the chance to dine on regional foods as well as Seattle-based coffee.
  • If you’d prefer a busier scenic route, Amtrak Ethan Allen Express travels from New York City to Rutland, Vermont. Soak up the beauty of scenes around the Hudson River Valley. You’ll also travel through the New York Catskills and the Vermont Green Mountains.

Backpacking Must-Sees

Get ready for the senior trip of a lifetime! If hopping aboard a boat, a plane, or a train isn’t your thing because you’d rather keep your feet firmly planted on the ground, perhaps, you’d be interested in some of our hiking trip ideas!

  • Shenandoah National Park – Located about 75 miles from Washington, D.C., this national park offers hundreds of thousands of protected land which means it’s home to a variety of wildlife. There are also over 500 miles of hiking trails with each trail offering something new and different!
  • Central Park, NYC – Now, hear us out: yes, you can get your hiking on in Central Park! There’s a special area that’s about four acres of land called Hallett Nature Sanctuary that’s located just south of Wollman Rink. Feel free to pop in and out of the busy Central Park area by enjoying all that Central Park has to offer and then moving on over to Hallett Nature Sanctuary when you need a little peace and quiet.
  • The Grand Canyon, AZ – It’s definitely more than just a giant hole in the ground. The Grand Canyon offers hikers many areas to hike, including popular trails like the Bright Angel Trail and the Rim Trail. If you’d prefer something less busy and more “off the beaten path,” try the North Rim.

A senior trip can be the vacation of a lifetime! No matter what you crave, there’s something out there for you. Keep yourself planted on land, sail across the ocean, or fly high in the sky. The choice is yours because adventure awaits. Make sure it’s a trip you’ll never forget by planning your senior trip now!


Tasha has been writing for over a decade now and enjoys blogging about various topics, from kids crafts to homeschooling in general. She’s been homeschooling for over 14 years and has used every style of homeschooling out there, from unschooling to traditional textbooks and everything in between. She serves as a mentor to other homeschooling moms and works hard to juggle working from home, homeschooling, and part-time work outside the home. She’s a mom to 5 and feels like she’s got this multitasking thing down pat.

April 9, 2018


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