Question: I rarely get a chance to travel and I am considering a trip in February, the 20-26. I am not really bent on going any place in particular, but I really want an experience where I will be comfortable and occupied while travelling solo. I am a painter and printmaker and had thought an Art vacation could be fun, but they all seem to start in March and beyond. Do you have any thoughts? My budget is not huge so I kept checking travel deals and packages, but am wary of signing up for something that could be a mistake.
Answer: Do you like architecture? Palm Springs has its Modern week in February, although it might be over by the time you get there. Miami is known for its art galleries in the Design District and Wynwood neighborhoods, plus there are Art Deco tours on South Beach. Nearby Palm Beach also has some nice museums.
Museum admissions can add up if you aren’t careful. Luckily, many of the big city art outposts have dates or times when admission is free or reduced. If art is the focus of your trip, check these before you book.
As far as other arty cities go, Scottsdale has been having a Fine Arts Expo this year (and Tucson, which has a lot of Native American galleries, is not far away, so you could split your time between several cities). I would say New Orleans – I love the galleries and artists there – but Mardi Gras is on Feb. 21 so it will be more expensive and crazier than usual.
Otherwise, I’d pick a city that you’d like to visit – Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Washington DC – and really dive into their museum and gallery scene. February is busy in LA because of awards, but the other cities are relatively quiet during that time. Chicago has great museums too, but the weather in Feb. is pretty dicey.
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