Arts & Culture

Follow our editors as they seek out the best museums and galleries and visit moving historical sites (and occasionally indulge in some shopping for treasures to bring home).

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Traveling With Children in California Wine Country

There are a number of activities that can be added to a wine country itinerary to make the journey as memorable for children as for their parents.

Just Back From: Mexico City

Our graphic designer just came back from a mind-blowing trip to Mexico City. He plans on going back soon and this report shows why: There's so much to do!

A Perfect Day In ... Richmond, Virginia

With historic homes and gardens, museums and monuments, and restaurants and hiking trails, Richmond, Virginia, is a great place to make a day of it.

Objects of Desire: Calabrian Ceramics

Ceramic pots, pitchers and plates for domestic use were created in Calabria 3,500 years ago. There are still many ateliers working there today. Here are three.

Seaside Style: The Unexpected Pleasures of Reggio Calabria

Calabria's largest city, Reggio, is often overlooked, but it shouldn't be. It boasts a lovely seaside promenade, elegant buildings and a fashionable populace.

Alsace’s Cultural Jewel: Colmar’s Unterlinden Museum

The Unterlinden Museum has become one of the top attractions in Alsace. It is small, set in historic buildings and has a superb collection of art.

Things to Do in Phoenix and Scottsdale

Phoenix-Scottsdale is known for its golf resorts and cacti, but there is a lot more to explore: museums, shops, hiking trails and Native American history.

Video: Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West

A video of Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West home in Scottsdale, where the renowned architect wintered from 1937 on.

A Primer on Mayan Civilization

The Mayan empire flourished between A.D. 250 and A.D. 900. Remnants of their large-scale construction projects can be seen in the Yucatan.

A Perfect Day In … the Marais

You could easily spend your entire time in Paris in the Marais. The area between the Third and Fourth Arrondissements is full of cafes, museums and shops.

Grenada’s Ancient Rock Art

Grenada's rock art may not be well-protected or well-maintained, but it's still worth a visit. Here are five sites where you can see ancient petroglyphs.

Five Architectural Landmarks in Porto

Portugal's second city is famed for its well-preserved medieval core, baroque churches and graceful bridges, but it's also a hub of contemporary architecture.

The Hidden Mardi Gras Museums of New Orleans

Only select locals get to experience the secret side of Mardi Gras. These off-the-radar museums let you in on the magic and the mystery of that world.

Touring the Surprising Architecture of Los Angeles

Though preservation guidelines came late to the city, Los Angeles is full of architectural jewels — if you know where to look. This tour helped us find them.

Top Contemporary Art Museums in Los Angeles

Los Angeles has become one of America’s most important centers of contemporary art. Here we visit four notable museums with exciting collections.

Discovering the Fascinating Medieval City of Troyes

Troyes has yet to attract hordes of tourists and remains a quiet and atmospheric place. There is so much to do that we recommend a two-day visit.

Discovering Santa Barbara’s Storied Past

On a recent trip to Santa Barbara, we got a sense of the area's storied past by visiting its famous mission, a historic park and a maritime museum.

American Concours d’Elegance: Fine Cars, Beautiful Settings

America loves cars, and the concours d’elegance is the expression of that love. Here are 8 shows where automobiles are shown as the works of art they are.

6 Dishes That Define Lowcountry Cuisine

Incorporating a patchwork of ethnicities, Lowcountry cuisine uses foods grown and harvested in this coastal area, including shrimp, rice, game and grits.

The Etiquette of Visiting a Traditional Village

It’s too easy for visits to traditional villages to end up being awkward. Here are some suggestions on how to make it successful for everyone.

Object of Desire: Gullah Sweet Grass Baskets

Sweet grass baskets tell a fascinating story and offer a high level of artistry and design. They make a great souvenir from Charleston, South Carolina.

Video: A Trip Along the Nile Valley

We visited the classic sites of the Nile Valley to assess the situation in Egypt. Here are videos from Giza, Luxor and the Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Hotel.

Grand Egyptian Museum: Pharaonic Antiquities Get a New Home

At a cost of $1 billion, the Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza will be the world’s largest archaeological museum and house more than 20,000 items never seen before.

A World of Wonders: Majestic Temples and a Serene Hideaway in South India

South India's Thanjavur rewards the traveler with a world of wonders — delicious food, mesmerizing architecture and vibrant street life among them.

Where the Magic Happens in Chicago

The Chicago Magic Lounge, a launderette turned stylish cocktail bar and theater, is a worthy stop in the Andersonville neighborhood.

Seeking the Real Count Dracula in Transylvania

For travelers fascinated by Dracula, there are a variety of locations that can be visited in Transylvania besides the most popular, Bran Castle.

Indelible Memory: Cookies and New Friends in Mălâncrav

Our editor visited Mălâncrav to see the 14th-century fortified church and its famous Gothic murals. What he found instead was much more special.

Three Favorite Small Museums in Chicago's Hyde Park

On this visit to Hyde Park, on Chicago's South Side, we skipped over the Museum of Science and Industry and visited three lesser-known gems.

Exploring Unspoiled Transylvania

Culturally rich, peaceful and hospitable, Transylvania deserves to join the ranks of major European destinations. For now, it remains unspoiled.

Bucharest's Stirring Revival

With its Belle Epoque buildings and excellent restaurants, Bucharest is living up to its pre-World War II sobriquet, the “Little Paris of the East.”

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