Bowdoin College

College in Brunswick
Image by Portland Press Herald / Press Herald via Getty Images
Image by Portland Press Herald / Press Herald via Getty Images

Bowdoin, established in 1794, is one of the oldest colleges in the US and the alma mater of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Nathaniel Hawthorne and US president Franklin Pierce. For a tour of the handsome campus, follow the signs from Maine St to Moulton Union. Smith Union is the student center; there's an information desk on the mezzanine, as well as a cafe, pub, lounge and small art gallery.

To find the free museums on campus, look for the large flagpole.