Many students seem to have a common aspiration to one day travel the earth so thoroughly that they forget what home looks like. However, after balancing a checkbook brimming with the expenses of college life, very little have the means to do any serious traveling. Nevertheless, in our youth the opportunities for cheap travel run amuck: study abroad programs, discount spring break, mission trips and family vacations.
The Beacon did its own venturing to see where students consider the most momentous, most beautiful spot in the whole world.

"Where is the most beautiful spot on earth that you have been?"

"St. Patrick's cathedral in New York City. It just felt amazing to stand inside there."
- Emily Hamilton, junior in advertising

"The scenery isn't what makes a spot beautiful. It's the person you are with that makes it beautiful."
- Jonathan Mash, freshman in Spanish and world business

"My family goes sailing in the British Virgin Islands. I've never seen a sunset with those colors ... and there's no drinking age."
- Julie Noonan, sophomore in advertising

"The most beautiful spot is in Carmel California on Carmel Bay where the ocean crashes into the rocks."
- Drew Schneider, junior in economics

"St. Mary Lake in Montana in the Glacier National Park is beautiful because of the mountains and the big skies. The views there were breathtaking."
- Brian Hodges, senior in public relations

"In the Red Light district of Amsterdam standing in front of a window looking in on a hard-working girl. Now that was a spot."
- Randy Legault, junior in biochemistry

"The water was incredible in Trunk Bay in the Virgin Islands. It's named as one of the ten most beautiful beaches in the world."
- Will Brewer, junior in speech

"I was 14, and I went to the Bahamas. One night there was a storm far out at sea and it was just the most amazing thing I've ever seen."
- Jessica Power, senior in human services

"It's this place called Acadia National Park in Maine. It was on one of the trails up to the highest mountain. The terrain was rocky, and different from the South. I hiked it by myself, and it took so much work to get there. It was my first solo adventure."
- Brooke Weeks, junior in environmental engineering

"Mount Pilatus in Switzerland. I fell in love with it because it's something you'd see in a movie. It's the most perfect place. It makes you stop and think. I don't understand how someone could see it and not believe in God just because of it."
- Meredith Farmer, undecided sophomore

"The Grand Canyon. We got to fly over it in a five-person plane. Once you see it, it takes your breath away."
- Christie Stokan, sophomore in public relations