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Living in Patrick Henry College's hometown of Purcellville, Virginia provides a sense of quaint country living without sacrificing an amazing world of opportunity. PHC is at the center of many political, cultural, and natural attractions, all less than an hour away. Students can take study trips to the Library of Congress, hike the Appalachian Trail, fish and swim in the Shenandoah River, play Frisbee on Washington's National Mall or enjoy time with friends at local coffee shops. Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, PHC also offers students spectacular rock climbing opportunities.

Local Opportunities

Experience Washington, D.C.

Being near the capital doesn't just facilitate great internship opportunities; it allows for a great city experience.  Just forty-five minutes away, Washington D.C. offers some of the best historical and cultural venues in the country. Students stroll through the National Gallery of Art, enjoy concerts at the Kennedy Center, and wander through the massive Smithsonian Museums. The White House, the Capitol, the breathtaking cherry blossom season, and the rich history of the area make Washington a place you'll remember for the rest of your life.

Day Trip Opportunities

For an adventurous weekend road-trip, many PHC students enjoy traveling to New York, Philadelphia, or Virginia Beach.  A visit to the brand new Washington Nationals baseball stadium is a popular day trip for those who want to watch the Nationals play the best teams in professional baseball.  And for a wintry day excursion, students take advantage of college night discounts at Whitetail, Round Top and Liberty ski and snowboard resorts, all less than two hours away.

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