When the topic of traveling for cultural attractions arises, there are always some major players mentioned: New York City, Rome, Paris, London, and others that are obviously arts meccas. You don’t have to hop a plane or book a party bus in Texas to one of these spots to soak in some major cultural fare, though. You can find interesting cultural attractions just about anywhere you travel and there are some major hubs that people often don’t think about when planning their trips.
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Take a look at some cities with surprising cultural sides.
Montreal is known for snowy winters and a French feel to it, but the city has so much more to offer. First of all, you need to know where to stay. Depending on your budget there are a number of great options. For budget-conscious folks there is the Auberge Le Pomerol. This is in a great central location and every morning you can expect a picnic basket of breakfast outside your day. If you’re alright with splurging a bit more the Hotel Gault is a boutique hotel located in the heard of old Montreal.
There is so much to do in Montreal. You can get some exercise and hike up Mount Royal or feast on some authentic local food like poutine. If you want some more relaxing activities you can always stay in your hotel and play the blackjack offered by www.slotsheaven.com in South Africa if that’s your home country. Whatever you choose the city of Montreal has it all in spades.
This Midwestern Motor City boasts a melting pot of many ethnicities that shine in several cultural attractions. While in town, check out the Arab American National Museum, the Polish Art Center, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, and the Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus. If museums aren’t your thing, spend an evening at the Detroit Opera House or catch any number of traveling ballet and dance shows that frequent the city. You should show up to eat, too. Check out delicious authentic dishes in Greektown, Mexicantown, and Hamtramck (the Polish district).
The nation’s capital is certainly known for many of its attractions, but most people solely associate history offerings in the area. The truth is that the cultural pulse of Washington D.C. is one that rivals the big-name spots mentioned at the beginning of this article. The Kennedy Center for the Arts offers daily free performances that include poetry readings, dance performances, and appearances by the National Symphony Orchestra. The National Gallery of Art also offers weekly free music performances. While in town, see what’s showing at the Kennedy Center, Ford’s Theatre, and Folger Theatre. Pair your cultural outings with world-class D.C. dining for a memorable, sophisticated take on the Capital that you won’t soon forget.
Sin City has seen a major evolution in the past decade from simply glitz to a world-class, glamorous destination. If you want to add a cultural component to your Vegas vacation, head to acclaimed shows like Cirque du Soleil’s Love, bringing the story of the Beatles to life. You can also try the aquatic themed La Reve for a darker look at movement and music. The new T-Mobile Arena hosts a variety of arts showcases, from popular music stars to touring ballet companies. For a look at visual art, head to the City Centre Fine Art Collection that begins in the Aria hotel. If you want to learn a little more about the seedy past of Vegas, head to the The Mob Museum in old downtown. If you think that playing poker and culture don’t mix, you obviously haven’t let yourself experience all that Las Vegas has to offer.
Where have you traveled with lesser-known cultural attractions?