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America’s Best Cultural Vacations

by Must ReadsJune 30, 2014

While some like to spend their summer vacation relaxing on a beach with the latest best seller, others prefer to take the time out to explore the historical and cultural side of the country. Skip the beach this year and try out one of these vibrant, cosmopolitan cities instead.

Washington DC

The United States of America’s capital is packed full of fascinating museums, famous monuments and interesting activities. The Smithsonian museums are all completely free to enter- this includes the National Air and Space Museum (a must-visit for families with kids), the Museum of Natural History and the Museum of American History. You can pose for pictures alongside Abe at the Lincoln Memorial and then head over to the towering Washington Monument for a picnic on the broad stretch of green grass.

There’s no shortage of exciting events for music and theatre lovers in D.C. Catch a world-class play at the National Theatre and then sit back and listen to some jazz in one of the city’s many atmospheric and historic jazz clubs.

New York City, New York

Art lovers can’t do much better than NYC. Between MoMA and The Met, you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to viewing an eclectic mix of pieces. The Met has a huge collection of ancient art as well as fascinating temporarily galleries that attract visitors from around the world, while MoMA holds one of the country’s best collections of contemporary and modern art.

If theatre is more your cup of tea then you’ll love the bright lights and spectacular shows of Broadway. Line up in Times Square in the morning for discounted tickets to a range of Broadway shows if budgeting is an issue.

New York City also has one of the most diverse and unique food cultures in the country- any variety of ethnic food you can think of will be found at one of the city’s famous restaurants or delis.

Boston, Massachusetts

Boston is one of America’s most historic cities, with fascinating landmarks and glimpses into the past around every corner. If you’re interested in architecture, don’t miss the perfectly preserved examples of Victorian homes in Back Bay- you can even enter a few of the homes to take a look around and see how Bostonians lived in the earlier days of the nation’s history.

Follow the Freedom Trail on a fascinating tour of American history, from the Federalist State House to Bunker Hill Monument. Families and sports fans can top off their trip to Boston with a tour of the city’s historic Fenway Park.

New Orleans, Louisiana

If your idea of a cultural vacation involves good music and even better food, New Orleans will quickly quench your thirst for both. The world-famous food combines Creole and Cajun flavors with delicious fresh seafood, making New Orleans one of America’s top destinations for foodies.

The city’s exciting music scene is showcased every spring in the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, an event not to be me missed by any jazz or blues fan. Although New Orleans may have been knocked back a few times over the years it always comes out on top, with an atmosphere and cultural vibrancy that attracts culture-loving tourists from all over the world.

Image: “New Orleans French Quarter” by jcsullivan24 on Flickr. 

 

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