When Chris and I travel to a new city we immediately look for two things while planning- street art and a good taco joint. We started this strategy for a trip to Charleston a couple years ago and it’s been working pretty well for us.
I get asked fairly often how I find street art and specifically cool murals while traveling. There’s no secret to finding them and while it does take a little searching and looking online I really enjoy the research part and it makes finding the murals even more fun!
Here’s how I find street art in a new city during the planning process:
The first thing I do when planning a trip is look for street art! I go to Instagram and search for photos with the tag #(insertcity)streetart and click Follow. When I have time I dig through those photos and look for walls and murals that I want to see with my own eyes! I save them into a folder in my Instagram account so I can easily access them when we are on the trip.
Search for the local arts district
I also go to Google and do a quick search for the location of that particular city’s art district. Sometimes it’s duplicate information from what I’ve found on Instagram, but allows me to do a more thorough search.
Make a map
If I’m visiting a place that has a TON of murals that I’m interested in I’ll make a Google Map with the locations tagged. This is especially helpful to reference when we are out and about doing other things to check and see if any murals are close by. Often times street art is easy to miss because it’ll be in an alley just one block over or on the end of a building you’re standing next to. I’m working on a map now for our LA trip and there are SO MANY amazing murals I’d love to see while we are there.
It’s so easy to find street art and murals in new cities with the use of the internet. People are tagging murals as they find them and writing blog posts and articles about city specific art. I look at street art in new cities as a scavenger hunt to find the ones I’m really into and I get a bit of an adrenaline rush looking for and finding walls that I love!
Here are some of my favorites that I saved online before finding on my own!