World's Best Art Destinations

Hungry for inspiration? These art destinations worldwide will satisfy your craving with extraordinary works of creativity and genius located in world-class museums and even the great outdoors.

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Samantha checks out the Jungle Room at Graceland. 960 1280

  

Sam at Elvis' childhood home, the Uptown Square Apartments. 960 1280

  

Lip prints on Elvis' childhood bedroom wall at the Uptown Square Apartments. 960 1280

  

Sam with Arcade owner Karen Zepatos. 960 1280

  

Elvis' parents' graves at Graceland. 960 1280

  

Sam with Battle of the Band winners River City Tanlines at Young Avenue Deli. 960 1280

  

One of Memphis' classic streetcars. 960 1280

  

The legendary Sun Studio, one of the most famous recording studios in the world. 960 1280

  

Guitar lineup at Sun Studio in Memphis. 960 1280

  

Sam with Sun Studio's engineer, James Lott. 960 1280

  

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Portland Rose festival

Portland Rose festival

Portland Rose Festival
What started 104 years ago as an effort to make Portland, OR, a popular summer destination is now the official festival of the city. With 4 parades among the dozens of events, the Portland Rose Festival was named the 2011 "Best Festival in the World" by the International Festivals & Events Association.
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Apple Blossom Festival, Wenatchee, WA

Apple Blossom Festival, Wenatchee, WA

Washington State Apple Blossom Festival
Known for its apples, it's no surprise that Washington State would celebrate its apple blossoms. With a waterfront carnival, golf tournament and multiple parades, this 11-day festival in Wenatchee, WA, is entering its 93rd year.
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Poppy Festival, Lancaster, CA

Poppy Festival, Lancaster, CA

Poppy Festival
With the largest crop of California's state flower in the area, Lancaster, CA, is home to the Poppy Festival. The festival stays true to its motto, "Always Something New," with its variety of entertainment including acrobats, pirates and sand sculptors.
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Philadelphia International Flower Show

Philadelphia International Flower Show

Philadelphia International Flower Show
What started as a gathering of professional horticulturists in 1829 is now the largest indoor flower show in the country. With displays from the best florists and landscape designers, the Philadelphia International Flower Show also offers horticulture classes and a marketplace full of unique flowers and gardening supplies for sale.
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Tulip Festival, Skagit, WA

Tulip Festival, Skagit, WA

Annual Tulip Festival
Designed as a driving tour, the festival takes place throughout the Skagit Valley in Washington where farmers grow hundreds of acres of tulips. Among the tulips, enjoy festival events such as a salmon barbecue and 20-, 40- and 60-mile bike rides through the fields.
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Cherry Blossom Festival, Essex County, NJ

Cherry Blossom Festival, Essex County, NJ

Cherry Blossom Festival
Embracing the Japanese tradition of "hanami" or flower viewing, the Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival in New Jersey boasts over 4,000 cherry trees in the state's "pinkest park." The festival celebrates the blooms with Japanese cultural demonstrations, live music and activities for kids.
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Azalea Festival, Wilmington, NC

Azalea Festival, Wilmington, NC

North Carolina Azalea Festival
The largest festival of its kind in the state, the North Carolina Azalea Festival in Wilmington showcases more than 50 events. The events include the crowning of an azalea queen, a circus and a garden tour where Southern belles promenade in their Sunday best.
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Bluebonnet Festival, Chappell Hill, TX

Bluebonnet Festival, Chappell Hill, TX

Bluebonnet Festival
While the bluebonnet may be the state flower of Texas, there is only one "official" bluebonnet festival -- and it's in the small town of Chappell Hill. Each April, the town becomes crowded with visitors looking for Texan arts and crafts, and Southern home cooking.
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Tulip Time, Holland, MI

Tulip Time, Holland, MI

Tulip Time Festival
The Tulip Time Festival started in 1927 when a high school biology teacher proposed the idea of a tulip festival to celebrate the Dutch heritage of Holland, MI. The town’s Women's Literary Club accepted the proposal and 100,000 tulips were planted across town, drawing visitors from all over. Today the festival is a weeklong affair with Dutch dances and costumes.
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Daffodil Festival, Meridan, CT

Daffodil Festival, Meridan, CT

Daffodil Festival
At the Daffodil Festival in Meriden, CT, a Little Miss Daffodil is crowned to kick off the festivities. Events such as live music by more than 50 local bands, plus amateur boxing and Connecticut’s largest tag sale all occur among over 600,000 blooming daffodils.
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Lilac Festival, Rochester, NY

Lilac Festival, Rochester, NY

Lilac Festival
The Lilac Festival in Rochester, NY, features special events such as a 5K family fun run and a wine & farmers' market. All events take place among the fragrant 500 varieties of lilac bushes -- more than 1,200 in all -- first planted in 1892 by horticulturist John Dunbar in Highland Park.
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National Cherry Blossom Festival, DC

National Cherry Blossom Festival, DC

National Cherry Blossom Festival
To commemorate the 1912 gift of Japanese cherry trees from the Mayor of Tokyo, Washington, DC, holds the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival. With events like kimono fashion shows, sushi and sake celebrations, and bike tours around the Tidal Basin, the festival is attended by more than 700,000 people each year.
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Daffodil Festival

Daffodil Festival

Daffodil Festival
The city of Puyallup, WA, takes its Daffodil Festival seriously, crowning 24 daffodil princesses. Its Grand Floral Street Parade travels through the cities of Tacoma, Puyallup, Sumner and Orting with 40 floats decorated with freshly cut daffodils.
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Historic Garden Week, VA

Historic Garden Week, VA

Historic Garden Week
With tours of the most beautiful gardens and homes throughout the state of Virginia, Historic Garden Week has been called "America's Largest Open House." Ever since it started in 1927 as a flower show to raise money to save the original mulberry trees at Monticello, the festival has celebrated the peak of Virginia's spring beauty.
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Penumbra Theatre, Minnesota

Penumbra Theatre, Minnesota

As Minnesota’s only professional African-American theatre, Penumbra Theatre Company offers a full season of performances -- one of only 3 theaters of its kind nationwide to do so. The theatre has helped launch the careers of noted playwrights, including August Wilson. 960 1280

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Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Ohio

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Ohio

Founded in 1959, the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park was one of the first regional theatres in the US. In 2004, the Playhouse received its highest honor: a Tony Award for Best Regional Theatre. In 2007, it won its second Tony Award for the musical comedy Company. 960 1280

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Denver Performing Arts Complex, Colorado

Denver Performing Arts Complex, Colorado

Known locally as “The Plex,” the Denver Performing Arts Complex is home to a Tony Award-winning theatre company -- a distinction it received in 1998. Then in 2011, the theatre was chosen to launch the national touring debut of The Book of Mormon by Colorado’s own Trey Parker and Matt Stone. 960 1280

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Berkeley Repertory Theatre, California

Berkeley Repertory Theatre, California

The Berkeley Repertory Theatre has seen several of its plays hit the NYC stage, including Bridge & Tunnel in 2006, Brundibar in 2007 andPassing Strange in 2008. The company also won the Regional Theatre Tony Award in 1997. 960 1280

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Alliance Theatre, Atlanta

Alliance Theatre, Atlanta

Founded in 1968, the Alliance Theatre is the largest regional theatre in the Southeast. The Alliance showcases 10 productions each year (past productions have included The Color Purple and Sister Act the Musical. In 2007, Alliance won the Regional Theatre Tony Award. 960 1280

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Blackfriars Playhouse, Staunton, VA

Blackfriars Playhouse, Staunton, VA

Tucked in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, the Blackfriars Playhouse is the world’s only recreation of Shakespeare’s original indoor theatre. The 300-seat playhouse opened in September 2001, and showcases Shakespeare productions year-round. 960 1280

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Goodman Theatre, Chicago

Goodman Theatre, Chicago

The Goodman Theatre has been a Chicago fixture for more than 8 decades. As the city’s oldest active theatre of its kind, Goodman’s accolades include a 1992 Regional Theatre Tony Award -- an honor that 3 other Chicago-based companies have also received, making Chicago the most recognized city in the US for this honor. 960 1280

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Goodspeed Musicals, East Haddam, CT

Goodspeed Musicals, East Haddam, CT

With a focus on musical theater, Goodspeed Musicals has a rich history: It was the first performance venue for the musical Annie. Since 1968, the Goodspeed has seen 19 productions transfer to Broadway. The theatre company has also won more than a dozen Tony Awards. 960 1280

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Smith Center for the Performing Arts, Las Vegas

Smith Center for the Performing Arts, Las Vegas

Sure, Las Vegas is known for theatrics, but theatre? You bet! The Smith Center for the Performing Arts opened in March 2012. Its performances of Broadway shows include Mary Poppins and The Color Purple. 960 1280

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Alley Theatre, Houston

Alley Theatre, Houston

Head to downtown Houston to catch a play at the Alley Theatre. The Tony Award-winning indoor theatre has been the venue for an eclectic array of plays, from A Christmas Carol to Death of a Salesman. 960 1280

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McCarter Theatre, Princeton, NJ

McCarter Theatre, Princeton, NJ

One of the busiest cultural centers in the US, the McCarter Theatre showcases more than 200 performances a year. Two of the theatre’s productions moved to Broadway in 2006, where they were nominated for Tony Awards. 960 1280

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Arena Stage, Washington, DC

Arena Stage, Washington, DC

For the past 60 years, Arena Stage has maintained a focus on “theater of the Americas,” producing American classics and new works, such as One Night With Janis Joplin. The production company has also received the Tony Award for best regional theatre. 960 1280

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Yale Repertory Theatre, New Haven, CT

Yale Repertory Theatre, New Haven, CT

Founded in 1966, “The Rep” was one of the first acclaimed regional theatres in the US. Located on Yale’s downtown campus, the company’s productions have garnered both the Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award. 960 1280

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Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia

Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia

America’s oldest theatre finds its home in Philadelphia’s Washington Square West neighborhood. The building was built by America’s first circus theatre company in 1809, and initially featured classical plays as well as displays of circus horsemanship. Today, the company maintains its 200-plus-year-old tradition, putting on 5 productions a season on its main stage. 960 1280

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Huntington Theatre Company, Boston

Huntington Theatre Company, Boston

The recipient of the 2013 Regional Theatre Tony Award, this theatre in Boston’s historic South End has proved a launching point for nationally recognized plays: Since its opening in 1982, the theatre has transferred 16 productions to New York, including 2 in 2012. 960 1280

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Delta Air Lines' stewardesses summer uniforms, 1969-70. 960 1280

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First class on Delta Air Lines in 1969 was spacious and meals were elegantly prepared. 960 1280

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A stewardess begins her training aboard Delta Air Lines in the 1950s. 960 1280

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Delta Air Lines' stewardesses summer uniforms, 1969-70. 960 1280

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Delta Air Lines' stewardesses winter uniforms, 1965-68. 960 1280

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A flight attendant serves alcohol to happy passengers on Delta Air Lines. 960 1280

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First class on Delta Air Lines in 1969 was spacious and meals were elegantly prepared. 960 1280

  

A Delta 747 flight attendant uses a meal elevator. 960 1280

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A 1970s Delta flight attendant prepares to serve meals. 960 1280

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A Delta Boeing 747 first class meal service, 1970s. 960 1280

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Stewardesses line up for training aboard Delta Air Lines in the 1950s. 960 1280

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Stewardesses in training for Delta Air Lines. 960 1280

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Stewardesses were the life of the party during the golden age of air travel. 960 1280

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The stewardess lifestyle was seen as glamourous, fun and sexy. 960 1280

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Stewardesses enjoyed a camaraderie during the golden age of air travel. 960 1280

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A family aboard Delta Air Lines in the 1960s. 960 1280

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Stewardesses mixed drinks, lit cigarettes, prepared elegant four course meals, and always went that extra mile to satisfy the needs of passengers. 960 1280

  

Being a stewardess was seen as an exclusive job filled with adventure and glamour. 960 1280

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Flying in the 1960s was at the height of its glory and jet age sophistication. 960 1280

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