Inside the St. Louis Art Museum.  Photo:  Tonya Fitzpatrick

“This world is but a canvas to our imagination.”

-Henry David Thoreau

From exploring galleries to museums, to attending festivals and visual arts exhibitions, arts travel can fulfill and stimulate travelers on many levels.

Major cities around the world have museums housing the works of the great masters.  Cities such as Basel, Miami and Hong Kong host art fairs that draw thousands of collectors, curators and casual observers.

From the West End to Off-Broadway to famous colosseums that display the world’s greatest talents, experiencing the arts  can energize and engage travelers in surprising and unexpected ways.

Arts travel introduces us to some exemplary works of budding artists and world renowned artists. Art works have a special way of conveying their message. The canvass and its colours speak volumes and we all simply love that.


Bridge to Eau Claire

Eau Claire’s Artistic Wonders

By Robin Raven

The American heartland city of Eau Claire is enjoying an artistic renaissance. Sitting at the junction of the Eau Claire and Chippewa Rivers in Wisconsin, Eau Claire is French for “clear water,” and water is a defining physical feature of the city.   Read more

United States The Arts
Gaudi's creations are the quintessential highlights any Barcelona city tour. Photo: Sugato Mukherjee

On Antoni Gaudi’s Trail in Barcelona

By Sugato Mukherjee

The Spanish city of Barcelona had been Antoni Gaudi’s canvas and muse, at once. The 19th-century architect-wizard used the entire Catalonian city to express his creative genius and seamlessly blended the Gothic and the French Art-Nouveau with Expressionism to create his architectural masterpieces.   Read more

Spain History The Arts
Philip of Macedon fountain in Skopje's main square.

Macedonia: Five Places to Visit

By Ali Jennings

One destination, which is still considered fairly off the beaten track, is Macedonia, a small country with a rich history and beautiful nature. If you’re looking for an interesting Balkan destination with fewer tourists, Macedonia makes a great choice. Here are the top five places to visit in Macedonia.   Read more

Europe Off the Beaten Path The Arts
Wupatki. Photo: Breana Johnson

Protecting Pottery and the Past

By Breana Johnson

Agua Fria National Monument protects nearly 500 ancient Native American homes within four distinct settlements.   Read more

United States History The Arts
A temple in the Chiang Mai province in Thailand.

Discovering Traditional Arts in Thailand’s Golden Triangle

By Katie Dundas

The Golden Triangle region of Northern Thailand sits at the intersection of three Southeast Asian countries along the Mekong and Ruak Rivers: Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar. A visit to this area is an incredible way to learn about the culture, history, and traditional arts of the region, which have been … Read more   Read more

Asia History The Arts Social Responsibility
Oaxaca | Fermacide photo by Eliza Amon.

Rats and Astronauts: Street Art in Oaxaca

By Eliza Amon

Famed for its artistic traditions in weaving, pottery and painted wooden animal carvings known as alebrijes, the Mexican city of Oaxaca is also brimming with contemporary art.   Read more

Mexico Off the Beaten Path The Arts

Brazil: A Country for Every Travel Budget

By Tonya Fitzpatrick

Brazil has a rich cultural heritage, countrywide celebrations, locally sourced scrumptious cuisine and natural attractions that attract millions of travelers every year.   Read more

Central and South America Budget Travel Events & Festivals The Arts
Standing guard outside of Windsor Castle.

What to See and Do at Windsor Castle

By Ali Jennings

Most people know Windsor Castle as the venue for the royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, swiftly followed by the wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank, but there’s far more to Windsor Castle than just royal matrimonial events.   Read more

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Outdoor art. Photo: Kathleen Walls

Kinston, North Carolina: A Farming and Industrial City Turned Arts Hub

By Kathleen Walls

They say art is in the eye of the beholder. When you visit Kinston, North Carolina, art will be in your eyes, ears, and taste buds too.   Read more

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"Love Out Loud" at Busboys and Poets in Hyattsville, Maryland a Washington DC suburb. Photo: Daniel Baldwin

Washington DC: An Exploration of a Thriving Poetry Scene

By Daniel Baldwin

Poetry is probably not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Washington DC. Despite its storied literary history, diverse music communities, and world-renowned museum system, visitors and residents alike have trouble seeing beyond the shadow of Capitol Hill.   Read more

United States Literature & Music The Arts
bojnice-slovakia

Slovakia: Five Places to Visit

By Ali Jennings

With spectacular mountains good for hiking and bicycling, dramatic castles, charming architectural cities, and a vibrant contemporary arts scene, Slovakia has much to offer tourists.   Read more

Europe Off the Beaten Path The Arts
Toro Graffiti Picasso

Picasso’s Spain

By Bianka Cramblit

Raised and educated in Spain, Pablo Picasso moved to the French capital in the early 1900s. Here he experienced decades of inspiration as part of the city’s buzzing Modernist art movement and bohemian atmosphere.   Read more

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Taken from a riverfront park on the east bank of the Mississippi River in Quincy, Illinois. U.S. Highway 24 is routed along the bridge in the background.

Quincy, Illinois: The Midwest’s Hidden Gem

By Hanna Muth

Located in western Illinois, on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River, you’ll find my charming and welcoming hometown of Quincy. With a rich history, Midwestern hospitality, and a thriving arts scene, Quincy is Illinois’s best-kept secret.    Read more

United States Off the Beaten Path History The Arts
Racing Extinction mural photo by Nayla Azmi

Splash and Burn: A Sumatran Conservation Mural Tour

By Nayla Azmi

The earth belongs to not only some humans, but all humans and other species that co-exist together. So it’s important to ensure everyone is on board in a conservation initiative.   Read more

Asia The Arts Conservation
(Cover image) Spiral Jetty Overview. Photo: Eliza Amon

Spiral Jetty: Making the Trek to the Famed Utah Earthwork

By Eliza Amon

Seventeen miles down a gravel road that cuts through an empty expanse of desert to reach the northeastern edge of Utah’s Great Salt Lake is an enigmatic art destination that’s worth the pilgrimage. And pilgrimage it is.   Read more

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