An estimated 65 percent of road travel centers on visiting arts and history museums, according to the latest data from MMGY Global. But we live in an age wherein overseas travel is highly discouraged for the time being. So how can someone satisfy the urge to take a culture and art trip now? Road trips, that’s how. Artistic marvels and exhibits across the US are as underrated as its beaches. Here are the top 3 locations to visit in an art-fuelled road trip across the U.S.
Top 3 Locations To Visit In An Art-Fuelled Road Trip Across The U.S.
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
This hidden gem’s main feature is its museum, which is a treasure trove of over 20,000 lesser-known art pieces. It also contains an art school and theater, as well as smaller amenities such as yoga halls and minor galleries. One of these minor galleries is named the Tactile Gallery. Here, visitors are invited to admire the special textured art pieces using their sense of touch.
Notable pieces in the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center include Fog Horns by Arthur Dove. It is a visual representation of the sound of foghorns piercing the morning mist. It also carries Trio by Walt Kuhn. In his most ambitious work, Kuhn exhibits his skill in color composition, contrast, and anatomy.
The Southwestern Land Art Exhibit
Covering four states, this array of land art pieces is an exhibit on a continental scale. These pieces encompass Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, and Utah. Artistic feats both big and small comprise the exhibit, but none are any less impactful than the others. They are a must-see if you’re planning to pass by these states during your road trip.
Keep in mind that some of these works are fairly off the beaten path, so you need a reliable vehicle to get to them. Renting or purchasing a midsize SUV or truck would be best if you’re going to drive on the rugged roads of the American Southwest. One of the features in the exhibit is a massive earthwork structure out in the middle of the Nevada desert. Another is the crater of an extinct volcano repurposed into a space observatory. These are definitely not the types of places you’d expect to pass by on a leisurely drive.
Art Institute of Chicago
This Chicago museum is the home of classics. Among them are works such as At The Track, On The Stage by Edgar Degas, and A Sunday on La Grande Jatte by Georges Seurat. It is the perfect place to wind down after a long art-filled road trip. Its well-known works give off a feeling of refreshing familiarity. That should put things in perspective after a long period of exposing yourself to new art.
The US is just as cultured and artistic as any other part of the world. Human ingenuity and artistic sense of transcends borders. It can pop up in places you might least expect, like in the crater of an extinct volcano.