Travel Themes Part 11: The Arts

Last Updated on December 28, 2020 by Janet Frost

Today we are going to look at The Arts in its vast range of mediums. The Arts elicit strong passions among the devoted. It drives many to visit far flung destinations. I have mentioned art in several previous travel themes such as Museums, and Urban Adventures. I commented on the subjectivity of art. That will be even more apparent in this post as we discuss everything from opera to animation.

Let’s Go Learn Things about The Arts…


Personally, I have an eclectic and ever-changing taste in music. Therefore I was never a Deadhead, Phan or Swiftie.  Can you guess which bands belong to those nicknames?  In researching this article I actually found a site listing the nicknames of band groupies. These fans are out there, the fans/groupies that follow their obsessions across the globe. I will not judge, but I will look for a more diversified experience.

Music Festivals

Unfortunately, the iconic music festivals have taken a beating this year of 2020 and Covid cancellations. If you visit these sites, they do seem hopefully about returning in 2021

Music Cities

A virus may have shut down the festivals in 202, but nothing can stop the music. Here is a list of some very popular destinations know for their unique style of music and music venues.

  • Nashville, Tennessee
  • New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Austin, Texas
  • New York, NY
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Havana, Cuba
  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Prague, Czech Republic
  • Vienna, Austria

Performing Arts

This is another broad category.  It can include the classics of opera and ballet to the avant garde of foreign films. All of them offer spectacular host cities that would make great travel destinations.

Ballet and Opera

“You live as long as you dance,” – Rudolf Nureyev.

I have put opera and ballet together because they frequently share a majestic venue. Many of these venues listed  below are architectural spectacles in their own right with museums attached.

Classic Venues:

Venues known for their more contemporary styles:


Visual Arts

Woman in an art exhibition

In the Travel Themes: Museums, I listed several cities worth creating a museum-itinerary around. In an effort to avoid redundancy I will share a view smaller or less known spots on this list. Many destinations have a vibrant arts community if you look for them.

  • Rome and Florence are a Renaissance art immersion experience.  Every corner is a museum, or sculpture-rich pizza. The churches are packed full of art as well.  Famous works by Da Vinci, Bernini, Michelangelo and the list goes on.
  • Berea, KY is the quaint center for the arts and crafts of the Kentucky and the Appalachians. Beautiful setting and vibrant arts community.
  • Santa Fe, NM calls itself “one of the most artistic places on the planet”. That is a big claim and I have not visited yet but plan to in 2018.  I will report back.

Glass Blowing

My grandson joins in the excitement of blowing glass at Sonoran Glass in Tucson, AZ

We are admirers of glass-blowing and have added many detours  on our travels to find a studio. The famous Dale Chihuly has revolutionized this art form. With exhibits across the country and studio tours in Seattle and Tacoma, Washington, you could put together an entire itinerary just following him.

Murano, Italy is a series of islands linked by bridges in the Venetian Lagoon, just north of Venice. This little community is world renowned for its glass making. It is definitely on my bucket list.

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Brenna Baker Brown of Hollywood Hot Glass
Sonoran Glass School

Be sure to check out all the posts in The 12 Days of Travel Themes;
Part 1: Culinary Tourism
Part 2: Fairs and Festivals
Part 3: Historic Destinations
Part 4: Museums
Part 5: Boozy Trips
Part 6: Get Outdoors
Part 7: Agritourism
Part 8: Urban Adventures
Part 9: Scenic Road Trips
Part 10: Literary Travels
Part 11: The Arts
Part 12: National Parks

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