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Explore the Best Cities for Arts and Culture

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Music, music, and more music. The city famed for the Grand Ole Opry has a number of venues where you can get into some serious honky tonk. Find live music and dancing in both esteemed concert halls and downtown bars. Cap it all off with a late-night snack, southern comfort style.



Catch expansive exhibits at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, the Lawndale Art Center, and the Contemporary Arts Museum. Take your love for science to new heights at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. If you’re looking for drama, you’ll also find a thriving theater district here. 


Ontario, Canada

Fantastic galleries are scattered throughout this Canadian metropolis, with collections dating back to the First Nations, specializing in Metis and Inuit Cultures. Live modern dance performances are popular, as is Ontario’s buzzing music scene.


Los Angeles

The town where big screen legends become reality. Head to the hills for expansive, city-wide views at Griffith Observatory, or enjoy a screening at Grauman’s Chinese Theater. Find new sounds, smells, and tastes in this melting pot city when you stop by Little Tokyo, Little Italy, and Little Mexico.



An Old American city, Boston is home to a number of historical tours and exhibits. Stop by Plymouth Rock to hear how the first settlers crossed the Atlantic, or hit up cultural mainstays like the Boston Opera House or the Museum of Fine Arts. MIT and Harvard campuses are also well-worth a visit.



Located just southeast of Mexico City, Puebla is rich with culinary history, colonial architecture, and intricate pottery. This city is known for the hand-painted Talavera Tiles that adorn many of the buildings downtown. Day trip away from the hustle and bustle for a glimpse of the Mesoamerican ruin The Great Pyramid of Cholula.

Featured Hotels


InterContinental Cartagena
Cartagena de Indias, Colombia


Hotel Indigo Brooklyn
Brooklyn, New York


EVEN Rockville
Rockville, Maryland


Crowne Plaza New Orleans
New Orleans, Louisiana


Candlewood Suits Pittsburg-Airport
Pittsburg, Pennsylvania

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