Discover Some of the Best Cities for Art and Culture

Expand your mind by visiting some of the best museums and cultural sites in the US

Feeling a bit blasé about the beach? If you're looking for something new and different for your next vacation, we've put together a list of some of the best U.S. cities for art, history and culture that will amaze and inspire you. Whether you're a theater patron, a history buff or an art aficionado, these great American cities all have something to offer.

Explore the exciting attractions of some of America’s best cities for art and culture

  • New York City: In the Big Apple, you can visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art, catch a show at one of Broadway’s 40 theaters or enjoy a performance by the New York Philharmonic. To learn how immigration has helped shape American culture, check out the Lower East Side Tenement Museum or take a ferry to the Statue of Liberty National Monument on Ellis Island.

  • Boston: History buffs can head to Beantown to walk the 2.5-mile Freedom Trail and visit sites that played vital roles in America’s early history. For those interested in the Space Race or Cold War politics, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum offers a glimpse at one of the 20th century’s most famous figures. If you prefer plays or paintings, take in a brand new stage drama at the Boston Playwrights’ Theatre or pay a visit to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

  • Chicago: Discover amazing stories about Chicago’s past at the Chicago History Museum. Next, take a tour of the downtown corridor and visit the Chicago Water Tower that survived the Great Fire of 1871. You can also learn more about the great artists of the past at the Art Institute of Chicago or see comedy’s rising stars at a Second City performance.

  • Philadelphia: Art lovers can visit both the Philadelphia Museum of Art, one of the largest art museums in the United States, and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the oldest art museum in the country. For those fascinated by the strange and unusual, the Mütter Museum offers a glimpse at the history of medicine with odd specimens, instruments and models that were originally used for education and research. The subject matter may seem a bit strange, but it is consistently cited as one of the best museums in the U.S.

  • Washington, D.C.: Take a day (or two, or three) to explore the 19 museums, nine research centers and the National Zoo that make up the Smithsonian Institution, often lauded as one of the best museums in the U.S. After viewing priceless art and artifacts, you can learn about espionage at International Spy Museum, which showcases the technology and techniques used by spies throughout history. You can also explore D.C.'s vast array of landmarks, or view a performance at the Kennedy Center.

Use online and mobile banking to plan ahead and track spending

Before you go on a vacation to one of the best cities for art and culture, you’ll want to research your destination and estimate expenses for a hotel room, meals, transportation and admission fees for museums and shows. Once you've figured out how much you'll need for your trip, review your checking account statements to get an idea of your normal spending patterns, where you can trim your budget a bit and how much you should set aside for your vacation fund.

To prepare for your trip and future vacations, you may even want to open a separate checking account and set up a portion of your paycheck to be allocated to your vacation fund through direct deposit. Using a dedicated travel account will give you a better idea of how much you have saved. Plus, keeping your vacation money separate from your main account can help you resist the urge to overspend while you're on the road. One Deposit Checking from Citizens Bank ® is a great way to get started – we’ll even waive the monthly maintenance fee if you make at least one deposit each month.

While you're traveling, don't forget to use our mobile banking app to check your account balance, monitor your spending and locate Citizens Bank branches. It's a fast, easy way to make sure you stay on track while you're exploring some of America's best culture cities.

No matter where you go, Citizens Bank can help you get there

When you’re traveling to some of America’s best cities for art and culture, you’ll need tools to help you manage your money on the go. Citizens Bank can help you prepare for your trip with our diverse selection of bank accounts and convenient mobile tools for managing your money away from home. Contact us today to learn more about our banking options.


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