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Looking for a place to stay in Timbuktu? Planning your next transcontinental overland trek? Want to know what winter is like in Mongolia, or Paris in the spring? Here are some people who can help you out, and a general information on places that Williams students typically go, rarely go, and are proud to have been the only ones among us to go to.

Perennial destinations

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Beyond what could be called the Williamstown area of North Adams, Pittsfield, and the like, there lie somewhat more distant lands that exert their various pulls on Williams students, and draw groups of us each year. The stories of these, that we could perhaps call traditional destinations, are told here.

Montreal is a popular destination for Williams students for a few-days trip, especially during reading periods and dead week. ACE has organized trips there in the past, but more often entries and small groups of friends make plans to visit, often motivated by the drinking age, strip clubs, and the city's culture.

Hilton Head is the traditional destination of a plurality of the outoing senior class during senior dead week. Typical activities include golf, beach activities, and strippers and other debacuhery that you do and don't hear about afterwards.

Study abroad

See study abroad for information on destinations and programs frequented by Williams students.

Unusual places

Here are some places we've visited that we'd call "unusual." It's a qualitative, subjective term, but certainly tourist spots don't belong here. If the name doesn't say it all, make your case below, and celebrate your globetrotting to the rest of us.




  • Xinjiang: (Mainly Urumqi, Turpan, and Kashgar) Jason Law
  • Yunnan: (Mainly Kunming, Zhongdian, Shangri'La, Xi'An, Beijing, Dali, Ruili, and Lijiang) Andres Schabelman
  • Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Xi'An, Hong Kong, Dunhuang, Inner Mongolia and the Gobi Desert: Philip Arnolds
  • Xi'an, Huashan, Beijing, Shenzhen, HongKong, Tianjin: Morgan Goodwin

Czech Republic

Dominican Republic

  • David Rodriguez doesn't think the country with over 700,000 foreign-born immigrants in the U.S. is an obscure place, but he's been to Santiago, Santo Domingo, La Romana, Puerto Plata, Punta Cana, Higuey, Juan Dolio, Boca Chica, San José de las Matas, Jánico, La Vega, Jarabacoa, Bonao, and Moca, just to name a few major places.


  • Students who have studied at AUC
  • Philip Arnolds


  • Rovaniemi (Santa's village and Arctic Cirle), Turku, Helsinki: Ersen Bilgin and Grace Song
  • Voukatti (year round indoor ski tunnel) Morgan Goodwin



  • Students who went on the Georgia Winter Study class
  • Philip Arnolds
  • Jason Ren -2006


  • Athens, Santorini, Crete, Mykonos, Patmos, Rhodes Andres Schabelman
  • Athens, Sparti, Corinth, Mycenae, Mykonos, Patmos, Rhodes, Santorini, Chania (Crete), Heraklion (Crete), Jim Prevas


  • Srinagar, Leh, Kargil, Manali - know most of these towns, Rahul Shah
  • Mahabaleshwar, Panchgini - know like the back of my hand, Rahul Shah



  • Chihuahua: Alan Cordova
  • Jalisco, Oaxaca, Sonora, Chihuahua, Michoacan, Durango, Zacatecas, Sinaloa, Guerrero, Colima, Baja California, Nayarit, Guanajuato, Aguascalientes Noemi Fernandez
  • Colonia Azucenas, Oaxaca Andres Schabelman



New Zealand

North Korea

  • Roy Liu
  • Ji Ae Rhee





  • Kucukkabaca, Isparta, Cappadocia, Ephesus, Pamukkale, Istanbul, Antalya, Denizli: Grace Song
  • Goreme, Istanbul, Pamukkale, Cappadocia Andres Schabelman
  • Ephesus Jim Prevas


United States

  • Alaska (Fairbanks, Prudhoe Bay Oil Field): Mary Haas
  • Alaska (Kupreanof Island, Kake): Danny Fischler
  • Hawaii (Honolulu) Helen Selonick
  • Evan Miller once asked for directions to a nearby campsite at a gas/lotto station in Uniontown, Kansas (population 283) [1]. The overalled, bug-eyed proprietor with a John Deere hat perched on his head told him, "Oh it's real easy to get there. Go over the hill right here and take a left at the church, and then take your first right, then left-right-left-right-left-right, and it'll be there on your left. Can't miss it." And he didn't. You can verify the directions from Uniontown to the camp entrance for yourself:

<googlemap zoom="12" width="500" height="400" type="normal" lat="37.814937" lon="-95.01646"> 37.79812,-95.062637,Bourbon County State Park </googlemap>

  • Wall Drug (of "450 miles to Wall Drug" fame) Diana Davis
  • Nevada (Highway 50, The Loneliest Road in America) Jay Cox-Chapman
  • Colorado to Vermont one month by bike. (Kansas is as flat as they say it is) Alex Ambros

Obscure places

This is a special section. Getting in here is kind of like getting a point in Boggle -- your destination can only be on this list if no one else has been here. If you see a place you've been to here, make an edit and move that person and place to "Unusual places" (and add yourself). Please choose to add destinations of a reasonable size, so that they will be a meaningful achievement. No restaurants and the like, however good, but the jury's still out on whether something like "Lindsay Lohan's bedroom" should count.

Antarctica: Andres Schabelman
Argentina: Andres Schabelman (San Juan, Ushuaia, and Buenos Aires)
Austria: Joe McDonough (Kalwang)
Bolivia: Concert Choir, 2005 (Urubicha, The World's Most Dangerous Road)
Colombia: Andres Schabelman (Medellin, Cartagena, Bogota, Cali)
Croatia: Noemi Fernandez (Zagreb, Opatija)
Hungary: Elizabeth Pasipanodya (Dombovar)
Kenya: Andres Schabelman (Nairobi, Mt. Kenya, Samburu, Masai Mara)
Kyrgyzstan: Lilia Kadyrberdieva
Tajikistan: Alan Cordova (Dushanbe)
Northern Ireland: Helen Selonick (Belfast)
South Africa: Elizabeth Pasipanodya
Space: Jonathan Ohueri. His father is an astronaut for NASA and took him into orbit around the Earth as a young child.
Switzerland: Jono Dowse (Lötschental, Emmental, Diemtigtal, Lower Engadin, Appenzell, Gersau) proof in PDF form
Zambia: Elizabeth Pasipanodya
Zimbabwe: Elizabeth Pasipanodya