While most vacationers tend to spend no longer than a couple of hours visiting a museum or attending a music event to take in local culture, some would like to take a more intimate vacation that focuses on the finer things in life: art, music and literature. Planning a culture-oriented trip can be hard, but we’ve rounded up five of the most impressive trip ideas we’ve come across for a vacation designed for the creative mind.
Underwater Museum, Cancun
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Located a short distance from the famous Manchones Reef, artist Jason deCaires Taylor has created a one-of-a-kind man-made reef that consists of over 400 permanent life-size statues, which has quickly became one of the most ambitious underwater artistic attractions in the world. Developed to draw the hundreds of thousands of tourists who come to Cancun each year away from the now damaged natural reefs, the museum has become an overnight sensation in all circles of art lovers.
This is the only museum in the universe where you will not fall victim to screaming children, loud talkers or avant-garde trust fund “artists” critiquing over their cell phones; that alone is reason to go. While visiting this matchless art gallery is free, the owners strongly suggest a guided tour to fully grasp the experience and meaning of each piece. If you’re not into getting up close and personal with submerged lifelike sculptures in the deafening silence of the ocean, you can also see the sculptures via glass bottom boats or, for the more adventurous, by parasail. More info.
Jack Kerouac’s New York City
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Pick up a pack of cigarettes, fill a flask, slip your favorite Kerouac paperback in your jeans pocket and set out on this unique walking tour which envelops you in all of the sights and sounds that influenced the legendary father of the beatniks. If you’re not into drinking heavily, skip the flask; most of these places will be taverns of sorts thanks to Kerouac’s love of alcohol. But this walking tour does include a couple of parks, so regular imbibers may want to come prepared for a drink emergency.
The one place on the list that you can’t miss is the legendary White Horse Tavern. Grab a bite and a pint in the bar that was once the stomping grounds of such famous writers as Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, Hunter S. Thompson and Bob Dylan. Since it is a must-see for many tourists, go in the early afternoon if you want to experience the pub in all its glory. This place is any beatnik enthusiast’s dream since the décor and interior haven’t changed much except for the added rooms to either side of the bar and the absent, fabled bathroom scrawling, “JACK GO HOME!” More info.