CATEGORY: Art in the USA

 

There are few things as exciting as taking a cultural road trip through North America: as the third largest continent in the world North America has plenty to ensure travelers a road trip of a lifetime.

Before embarking on a road trip, travelers should ensure they have all the appropriate documents, especially if they are planning to cross borders into different countries. Important documents include passports, visas, driver’s licenses as well as health and insurance papers. Those who are planning to drive for the duration of the trip need to select a vehicle that best suits their needs.   The best vehicle for the job would be a four-wheel drive, although this depends on personal preferences.

To get the most out of the cultural journey, the trip should have a flexible itinerary and should ideally cover interesting locations in both USA and Canada.

Exploring some of the most fascinating museums in these countries would be first stop on my list:

Museums in New York

Located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, New York City, The American Museum of Natural History is definitely one of the most visited museums in the country. It consists of 27 interconnected buildings housing more than 40 exhibition halls, a planetarium and a huge library. Visitors can spend hours wandering around the museum exploring hundreds of fossils, animal specimens, cultural dresses and other artifacts.

From there, art lovers can head to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, also in Manhattan, to feast their eyes on more than two million art pieces displayed there. Other notable places to visit in New York include Times Square and The Statue of Liberty.

Museums in Washington, DC.

The area around the National Mall and Memorial Park, Washington, DC., is made up of more than 1000 acres of protected park lands. It is home to many of the USA’s iconic public landmarks including the Lincoln, Jefferson and Washington Memorials and the Korean and Vietnam War Memorials. Travelers can also visit any of the numerous museums in the area to learn more of the USA’s history.

Attracting over five million visitors annually, the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History is a place of immense wonder. Also situated in Washington DC., It has a vast collection of plant and animal specimens, human cultural artifacts, precious stones and gems spread out in creative displays across the halls.

Museums in Ontario, Canada 

Situated across the USA border, in Ontario, Canada, the Royal Ontario Museum is one of the most notable museums in the country. This museum of natural history and culture has a fascinating design and boasts a collection of over six million items ranging from a collection of dinosaurs to several paintings and art pieces. It also has a hand-on display specially designed for children.

Home to over 65,000 works of art, the Art Gallery of Ontario is the eighth largest in North America. The exhibition halls contain a rich mix of both European and Canadian art, featuring classical work from Picasso and Van Gogh to other lesser-known artists. The museum was recently renovated and expanded to house more paintings and sculptures, becoming a true art lovers haven.

These are just a few of the cultural wonders that the USA and Canada have to offer – hundreds of other notable treasures await travelers as they make their journey across North America.

Exploring the Cultural Highlights of Philadelphia

The East Coast of America has many fascinating cities and Philadelphia is surely one of the most interesting, with its deep sense of history coupled with a cultural scene to rival that of any metropolis in the world. From museums and music to sports and shopping, Philadelphia offers some unique opportunities when it comes to exploring its cultural life.

Philadelphia is the East Coast’s second largest city and was established at the confluence of two rivers, the Delaware and the Schuylkill. It has been a major port since the 18th century and has a cultural heritage that dates back to the American Revolution. Whether traveling as a family, couple or group of friends or doing a little solo exploration there is something for all ages and cultural tastes in the city.

 

Wildlife and Zoos

Philadelphia’s aquarium and zoos are ideal for families with children, young or old, to explore. The Adventure Aquarium is on the riverfront and is the fifth largest in the US. It has two huge underwater exhibits, Ocean Realm and Shark Realm, giving opportunities to get up close and personal with some of the world’s most amazing aquatic creatures. Along with a whole variety of sharks, visitors can also see stingrays, turtles and dozens of other species of fish and aquatic creatures.

Set in 42 acres of a beautiful and historic Victorian garden, Philadelphia Zoo not only has a wide range of animals but is also a magnet for botanists thanks to the over 500 or more plant species housed there. Big Cat Falls is a prime attraction, featuring felines from all over the world, including tigers, lions, pumas, leopards and jaguars. Visitors wanting a bird’s eye view of the zoo can take a trip on the Zoo Balloon, rising 400 feet into the air.

 

A Date with History

Philadelphia played a key role in the creation of the United States of America and one of the Founding Fathers, Benjamin Franklin, was from the city. Anyone interested in history will find a treasure trove of material to explore. For example Independence Hall, which is a historical landmark where the Declaration of Independence was signed. The Liberty Bell is housed in the eponymous Liberty Bell Center and the National Constitution Center is an interactive museum focused on increasing the understanding and awareness of the Constitution for all Americans.

Many other museums vie for attention, especially those dealing with science. These include the Franklin Institute, the Academy of Natural Sciences, the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania and the Mütter Museum, which specializes in medical specimens and artifacts.

 

Fun for Children

Children will feel right at home in Philadelphia because there are so many things for families to do. Choices include some that are educational and others that are simply fun; there are also opportunities to learn and play at the same time.

East Fairmount Park is the setting for the Smith Playhouse and Playground where kids can let off steam in a gigantic play mansion. It’s been there for a hundred years and has a massive wooden slide as well as all the equipment to be expected from a world-class playground.

At Sesame Place there’s the opportunity to meet favorite characters from the popular children’s TV show ‘Sesame Street’ as well as plenty of time to play and experience some thrilling rides. This is definitely a theme park with a difference.

Discovery and exploration are on the menu at the Please Touch Museum. This popular children’s museum lets kids find out and try things for themselves and its hands-on approach to play also includes opportunities to take part in craft activities as well as featuring music, storytelling and dance performances.

 

A Sporting City

As home to four major sports, Philadelphia is the perfect place to visit for fans of baseball, basketball, football or ice hockey. Soccer is also now on the agenda and for those who prefer to participate rather than just watch there are opportunities to hike and bike or go rollerblading and boating.

Musical Magic

Philadelphia hosts literally hundreds of concerts and performances every year, ranging from world famous artists in the city’s stadia to the more intimate surroundings of jazz and blues clubs. Famed for its Philly Soul sound the city is a magnet for internationally renowned performers, with tickets for big shows often being snapped up within hours of going on sale. Philadelphia ticket information provides a broad overview of the many concerts coming up, allowing visitors to see their favorite acts or check out up and coming ones.

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