The “biggest”, the “oldest”, the “tallest”, the “largest”…fill in the blank and Atlanta has it for you to visit and enjoy. That includes an art and culture scene filled with festivals, music, theater & dance, museums and visual arts. From unique neighborhood galleries to the High Museum of Art, which presents some of the nation’s most extraordinary exhibits, you'll be able to explore Atlanta’s diverse arts offerings to create the “greatest” cultural adventure of your own.
Bloomington is active and alive…even in the heart of a Minnesota winter. You won’t notice the cold while strolling through the 520 stores in the Mall of America or experiencing one of the many exciting events the “MOA” hosts throughout the year. The city blooms each spring and summer with popular outdoor destinations such as the Minnesota Valley National Valley Wildlife Refuge and Richardson Nature Center. The entire family will enjoy the Hyland Play Area as it offers visitors of all ages and abilities the opportunity to climb, swing, hang and slide through nature. With something for everyone, every month of the year, Bloomington seems to have it all.
Just over the bridge from Hilton Head, Old Town Bluffton rewards visitors with an eclectic mix of galleries, shops and dining that conveniently fits into one-square mile National Register Historic District that is rich with Southern charm. Much of that charm comes from the town’s renovation of historic and vintage buildings into present day attractions. The Cottage Café, Bakery & Tea Room, which resides in a structure built in 1868 and The Filling Station gallery, which resides in a former gas station are just two examples why Old Town Bluffton is worth exploring. HiltonHeadIsland.org
In Boston you’ll find history at your fingertips. Or more accurately, you’ll find it at your feet when you explore one of the city’s walking trails such as The Freedom Trail; a 2.5-mile red-brick trail that winds through the birthplace of the Revolution. Experience the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum and learn about the 1,000 days that shaped a nation. Discover dining options as diverse as Boston’s nine downtown neighborhoods. Indulge in locally caught seafood or tour Samuel Adams Boston Brewery. The Shop America tour “Shop, Explore, Taste and Play at Faneuil Hall Marketplace” package gives you the opportunity to explore Boston’s top visited attraction, a shopping/dining/entertainment destination that offers the traveler a chance to experience part of America's rich history.
Colorado Springs has emerged from its historic mountain town roots into a thriving art community. The city has elevated itself to a desirable cultural destination offering visitors their choice of fine arts, performing arts and unique cultural experiences with a Rocky Mountain backdrop to boot. Among other cultural offerings, the town provides visitors the opportunity to enjoy manmade and natural art simultaneously. Art on the Streets is a self-guided tour through the city and is open year-long. Visitors can appreciate over 50 pieces of art, which has been scattered throughout downtown, without ever losing sight of those Rockies in the distance. VisitCoS.com
Although The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan may bear the name of The Ford Motor Company’s founder, the five-attraction cultural destination is much more than a museum about cars. In fact, Mr. Ford founded the museum to celebrate what he called the “common genius” of the American people. Ready to be inspired? The Cultural Traveler’s Driving America Tour sets you on a journey of discovery with admission to The Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village, unlimited rides on all the village's historic transportation (including a narrated tour in a Model T), a tour of the Ford Rouge Factory and $25 in "Fun Money" that can be redeemed for dining, shopping and/or an IMAX® movie at The Henry Ford. What are you waiting for?
They say that in Fort Worth, “cowboys and culture collide.” In other words the city has kept a tight hold on the reigns of the past while still embracing a modern era. A modern era that includes premier shopping and dining in a 35-block area called Sundance Square. Take part in the Fort Worth Stockyards Western Experience and wiitness a cattle drive, visit an authentic saloon, or take in a show at the world’s largest honky-tonk. Or, enjoy the Fort Worth Art Lovers Escape and experience a different, yet equally engaging, side of Fort Worth.
The Roanoke River has blessed Halifax County, North Carolina with a bounty. A string of communities stretch along the river’s banks and have established their livelihood from the waterway. Today, a stream of museums, performing arts centers, and galleries flow from town-to-town providing an array of cultural activities for all who visit. Highlights include a trip to Roanoke Rapids and its Roanoke Canal Museum & Trail or an encounter with a 1920’s African-American resettlement community in the town of Tillery. Whether your Halifax County experience includes one or all of the towns along the mighty Roanoke, you’re sure to be immersed in culture and beauty.
With a friendly climate year-round, Hilton Head Island was made for outdoor activity. It’s the type of place where if “you can think of it, you can do it” practically every month of the year. Beach it, golf, fish, play tennis, bike, zip line, motorboat, Hilton Head has it all. However, this South Carolina barrier island is much more than just another pretty place. Hilton Head has a thriving community of art galleries, performing arts centers, museums, unique dining and festivals. The Cultural Traveler’s Hilton Head Arts...and All That Jazz tour starts with a private talk at the Art League of Hilton Head Gallery followed by music and dinner at The Jazz Corner. Get an insider's look of the Lowcountry's History & Nature on the tour that bares its name with a stroll through Historic Honey Horn and Heyward House, a Calibogue Cruise trip to Daufuskie Island, a two-hour guided Old Historic Daufuskie Island tour. During Jacob Preston's Pottery Studio Tour you’ll visit the master potter’s studio in Bluffton and receive an original Jacob Preston bowl, demonstration and gallery talk. Meet clay artist Laura Silberma who will be your guide on the Historic Bluffton Arts District Tour or spend time with Chef Michael Cerafesi as he prepares a menu with step-by-step procedures and helpful hints during the Cooking at Michael Anthony’s Cucina Italia tour.
America’s first permanent English colony comes to life through film, gallery exhibits and outdoor living history at Jamestown Settlement. Visitors can learn about the Powhatan Indian, English and west central African cultures that converged on this Virginian land. Larger than life exhibits, including board replicas of ships, the colonists' fort and a Powhatan village, paint a vivid picture of America’s beginnings. Unique museums and galleries along with costumed historical interpreters describe and demonstrate daily life in the early 17th century. HistoryisFun.org
Don’t be fooled by the breezy, laidback, sandy beaches that stretch along the shores of Laguna Beach. This more-than-a-beach-town town is alive with culture and has a diverse events calendar that proves it. Festivals, shows, events, workshops and concerts are enjoyed throughout the year. If you visit in October you can witness the Plein-Air Painting Invitational which presents a weeklong landscape painting festival focusing on the community, environment and art education. Take in a show at the Laguna Playhouse, the oldest continuously operating theatre on the West Coast. The best part about Laguna Beach is that even with its diverse menu of cultural experiences, those breezy, laidback, sandy beaches are always available for a stroll.
Just 45 minutes north of Denver, Loveland is an authentic arts community. Art in Loveland is a major part of its community and includes performing arts, entertainment and museums. Begin an artistic adventure by viewing over 380 individual works of art on public display throughout the city. Or visit the city’s beautifully restored historic theater and nationally accredited art and history museum. Either way you’ll be rewarded with artistic and natural beauty abound.
As The Song and Soul of the South, Macon delights its visitors with music and history abound. Toted as the birthplace of Southern Rock, this Georgia town also claims music legends Otis Redding, Little Richard and the Allman Brothers as natives. However, it’s the second part of its moniker; “soul”, that sets Macon apart from other music meccas. The city has historic streets lined with antebellum mansions and various museums displaying its Civil War and African American heritage. Experience Macon’s natural history at the Museum of Arts & Sciences or explore a Native American home site dating back 15,000 years. Discover Macon, where you’ll be drawn in with a song and delighted with Southern charm and culture.
Long before developers set out to make Myrtle Beach a golf retreat, enslaved Africans, brought from the Caribbean, were working the land and shaping American history. The Gullah-Geechee culture was born in and around Myrtle Beach and represents the customs, traditions, crafts and language of these people. Various heritage sites celebrate and preserve this unique culture. Travelers can visit Friendfield Village, a 19th century slave village at Hobcaw Barony, or experience Gullah-Geechee art and memorabilia at the Gulla O’ooman Shop and Museum. Discover the remarkable story of Gullah-Geechee and its influence on the Myrtle Beach community.
The city of New Orleans “goes big” on most things; sports, music, tradition, architecture…and food is no exception. Over 1,300 restaurants are ready and willing to show you why their Gumbo, Jambalaya, Andouille, Po-boy, Shrimp Creole, Muffuletta, Bread Pudding, Beignets (you get the picture) is the best. Pull back the curtain on food in New Orleans with one of six tours from The Cultural Traveler. On A Tasty Sample of New Orleans you'll attend a cooking class at the famed New Orleans School of Cooking followed by dinner and a drink at the renowned Tujague's Restaurant. The Jazz Brunch and Shop Experience brings you to The Court of Two Sisters’ World Famous Jazz Brunch. After dining enjoy a world-class shopping trip at the Riverwalk Marketplace. The New Orleans Cooking Experience specializes in teaching authentic Creole and Cajun cuisine and history at the "House on Bayou Road." The Shop & Swamp Tour lives up to its name with worldclass shopping and a meandering tour of Louisiana’s back country bayous. Explore the city by boat and then by bar on the New Orleans Steamboat Cruise & Cocktail Tour. Finally, travel back in time down Louisiana's Great River Road on the Plantation Rendezvous Tour.
Everything may be “coming up roses” on New Year’s Day in Pasadena, but this culturally rich city blooms each day of the year with magnificent dining, theatre, architecture and art. Visit Van Gogh at The Norton Simon Museum, go “hands-on” at The Kidspace Children’s Museum or simply stroll the streets and immerse yourself in the architecture. Many shopping and dining establishments are located within noteworthy establishments, which will turn an ordinary shopping or dining experience into an interactive history lesson. Take part in The Cultural Traveler’s Unique Arts & Cultural Tour and experience two of Pasadena's more unique homes that are now noted museums. Or channel Julia Child as you explore her birth city’s extensive culinary offerings, colorful history, architectural gems and compelling charm on The Culinary & History Sampler Tour.
Everywhere you look in Philadelphia, American history is abounding. This is the place where the Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. This is the home of the Liberty Bell. This is also the place where the Philly Cheesesteak was born. But Philly cuisine is broader than cheesesteaks and soft pretzels; in fact the city is emerging as one of the country’s finest culinary destinations. You’ll see why on The Cultural Travelers Walk n' Wok tour with an insider's look at the history, culture and food of Chinatown, one of Philadelphia's “foodie” neighborhoods. Chef Joseph Poon will be your guide as you visit several local Asian businesses. After the tour, Chef Poon's team will serve a five course meal featuring a unique Chinese fruit and vegetable carving lesson with Chef Poon. Continue your Philly adventure with a trip outside of the city for a Private Tour of the Brandywine Valley, a tour of Great Gardens, Magnificent Mansions & Wonderful Wines or the Bucks County Countryside.
It’s no wonder that San Francisco is one of the top travel destinations in the world. The City by the Bay beckons visitors with its rare art, interesting architecture, unique landmarks, exciting sports and fabulous dining. The experience of riding on (and hanging off the back of) a cable car or carefully navigating Lombard Street have placed “a visit to San Francisco” on quite a few “bucket lists.” The Cultural Traveler offers a variety of tours to encompass many of the enticements that San Francisco offers. The Gardens, Art & Macy’s tour combines priceless ancient and modern art with dazzling natural wonders. "Foodies" will enjoy a Taste of San Francisco and Macy's tour and the San Jose, Gilroy Garlic, Goat Cheese & Outlets tour as they let their tastebuds take the lead. Experience the exotic pan-Asian flavors of San Francisco on the Asian Adventure & Macy's Tour, take your "crew" on a Family Fun Adventure or a get a week-long pass to all of the top Cultural and Heritage Tourism attractions with the Best of San Francisco Tour.
The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art is the foundation upon which Sarasota’s art scene has been built. The institution was established in 1927 as a gift to the people of Florida and features a 21-gallery art museum, the Ca' d'Zan mansion, the Ringlings' mansion, the historic Asolo Theatre, and two Circus Museums with the Tibbals Learning Center. Additionally, dozens of performing arts centers, including the nationally recognized Sarasota Opera House, historic architecture, fine dining, and visual art displays can be found throughout the city. There’s not much that can rival the city’s art pedigree for top billing. However, Siesta Beach holds its own having recently been voted the number one beach in the USA.
The streets and squares that make up Savannah are rich with history, art and tradition. The city’s story embraces an exciting past filled with ghosts, black heritage, and the Civil War, while offering a present day menu of shopping, dining and entertainment. Learn about the city’s historic roots on the African American History Tour, or the History, Heritage and Legends Tour. The entire family will enjoy The Kidding Around Tour which provides access to kid-friendly museums and adventures. Hungry? Take the Savannah Cooks Tour and give your taste buds a lesson in Southern cooking. Don’t miss the Arts & Entertainment Tour which includes admission to the renowned Telfair Museum of Art and a "movie set location" tour of the city.
It seems fitting that The Fountain of Youth was discovered in St. Augustine since the city understands what it takes to stay relevant. America’s Oldest City provides today’s cultural travelers with exciting events such as a $3 million exhibit featuring 39 of Pablo Picasso’s rarely seen masterpieces. The exhibit, which runs February-May 2013, will be held at the St. Augustine Visitor Information Center which has just received over $1 million in updates. Learn how St. Augustine embraces its historical roots on the St. Augustine History & Heritage Tour. Walk the narrow brick streets to various museums, performing arts centers, and cultural landmarks. Or learn why St. Augustine is a golfers paradise and take a tour of the 35,000 square foot World Golf Hall of Fame on the St. Augustine History of Golf Tour.
It’s been said that for everything there is a season. In Vermont you’ll discover a season for everything. In spring choose from over 60 farmer’s markets and fill your basket with straight-from-the-farm produce and fresh cut flowers. Each fall, the landscape is painted with vibrant shades of red, orange, and yellow providing hiking and biking (and even car-riding) “leaf peepers” with a wonderful show. When the colors of fall turn white from winter snow you can ski or snowboard 5,972 acres of alpine or attend one of the various winter festivals including The Green Mountain Film Festival in Montpelier. Summer in Vermont means camping, boating, hiking and all things outdoors, including live music and art festivals. The Cultural Traveler tour Eclectic Elegance & Country Treasures visits the Shelburne Museum and its American and Impressionists paintings, while Made in Vermont covers all Vermont-produced goods including the glass studios at Simon Pearce.
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