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Love Museums? Put These Cities on Your Travel Checklist

Visiting a city's art museums is a great way to learn more about the history, people, and artwork of the region. Picking a museum that suits your personal interests will enhance the experience for you and make it more memorable. Here are three cities to visit if exploring museums and experiencing local cultural art is high on your list of vacation activities.

Phoenix, AZ

According to Visit Phoenix, an eclectic mix of museum offerings puts Phoenix at the top of any travel list. The museum scene of this desert oasis is truly reflective of its history and cultural influence. The ASU Art Museum features more than 12,000 artifacts with a significant emphasis on Southwestern and Native American art. Music lovers will love the offerings of the Musical Instrument Museum, offering over 15,000 instruments and artifacts, a conservation lab, a music theater, and more.

Fayetteville, NC

This lovely college town boasts a vibrant museum scene for an area its size. According to Avis, Fayetteville offers no fewer than six museums and ten historical sights. With a host of interactive exhibits and educational opportunities, the Fascinate-U Children's Museum is a great time for the younger people in your travel party. For a fascinating look into this country's military history, be sure to check out the Airborne & Special Operations Museum as well as the Fayetteville Independent Light Infantry (F.I.L.L.) Armory and Museum. Nearby Fort Bragg is also flush with an abundance of museums chronicling the area's role in the military dating all the way back to the Revolutionary War.

Washington, DC

The granddaddy of all art museums is the vast Smithsonian Institution. This national treasure features a museum for every age and interest. Art lovers will appreciate the fine works at the National Portrait Gallery while history buffs will delight in all of the artifacts that are housed at the National Museum of American History. Do not miss the chance to get up close with a variety of historic aircraft at the National Air and Space Museum or with a woolly mammoth at the National Natural History Museum. As a bonus, all of the museums in this network are free to visit. And with their close proximity to each other, it is easy to visit a few museums in one day.

Immersing yourself in a city's museum culture will enrich your trip to that destination. Intentionally picking out cities that are proud of their museum network will yield a much deeper appreciation for the area and its unique personality.

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