Make Your Day Trip an Art Day Trip

These 10 amazing art destinations may be just three hours (or less!) away from your city. What are you waiting for? Time to get out there and see some art!

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If You're in Florence

Take a Day Trip to: Chianti Sculpture Park in Pievasciata, Italy

What You'll See: Founded in 2004, this sculpture park takes true advantage of its lush home in the heart of Tuscany. The sprawling land features work by artists from 20 different countries; each visited the site and carefully chose the location where their work would be displayed.

Drive Time: One hour and 15 minutes

If You're in Tokyo

Take a Day Trip to: Echigo-Tsumari Art Field in Tokamachi, Japan

What You'll See: Spanning 10 zones in the city of Tokamachi, Echigo-Tsumari Art Field is notorious for being difficult to navigate—but it's worth it if you do! Make sure to catch James Turrell's House of Light and Marina Abramovic's Dream House, but also take the time to revel in the beauty of this art experience, which is sprawled across fields, inside empty schools, and alongside ancient shrines.

Drive Time: Three hours

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If You're in New York City

Take a Day Trip to: Storm King Art Center in New Windsor, NY

What You'll See: This 500-acre sculpture park is noted for its vast collection from artists including Alexander Calder, Isamu Noguchi, Mark di Suvero, Lynda Benglis, and Louise Bourgeois. This summer, Storm King presents works spanning the 45-year career of conceptual artist Dennis Oppenheim.

Drive Time: One hour and 20 minutes

If You're in Copenhagen

Take a Day Trip to: Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlebaek, Denmark

What You'll See: This beautiful waterfront museum is known for its first-class modern art exhibitions and picturesque sculpture park showing works by the likes of Richard Serra, Joan Miró, and Jean Arp. This summer, the museum will host an exhibition by Danish artist Poul Gernes, and a show of work from the permanent collection including pieces by Andy Warhol, David Hockney, and Yves Klein.

Drive Time: 40 minutes

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If You're in London

Take a Day Trip to: Hauser & Wirth Somerset in Bruton, U.K.

What You'll See: Hauser & Wirth, the blue-chip gallery with locations in Zurich, London, New York, and now Los Angeles, opened up this space in the rural county of Somerset in 2014. Set inside on an expansive farm with a beautiful landscaped garden, the gallery is noted for such exhibitions as their architecture project for which young architects were invited to redevelop a shed on the property, and a site-specific work by sound artist Susan Philipsz.

Drive Time: Two hours and 25 minutes

If You're in Boston

Take a Day Trip to: Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams, MA

What You'll See: Already known for its daring permanent and long-term installations with artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Joseph Beuys, and Franz West, Mass MoCA will unveil a major expansion next year, making it the biggest contemporary art museum in the country (they already have plans for projects with Laurie Anderson, James Turrell, and Jenny Holzer!). On view this summer is a colorful and immersive exhibition by Alex da Corte and a painting show by Barbara Takenaga.

Drive Time: Two hours and 40 minutes

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If You're in Mexico City

Take a Day Trip to: Museo Robert Brady in Cuernavaca

What You'll See: The home of American collector and world traveler Robert Brady (1928–1986) is exquisitely decorated with artifacts from his travels to countries such as Papua New Guinea, India, and Haiti. These mementos are shown alongside work by famous artists including Rufino Tamayo, Diego Rivera, and Frida Kahlo.

Drive Time: One hour and 25 minutes

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If You're in Paris

Take a Day Trip to: Fondation Claude Monet in Giverny

What You'll See: You're probably familiar with Impressionist Claude Monet's magnificent landscape paintings, but a visit to the Fondation Claude Monet brings your understanding of his work full circle: The museum is set in the artist's home and garden, which he transformed and cultivated into the inspiration for some of his greatest pieces.

Drive Time: One hour

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If You're in Nice, France

Take a Day Trip to: Domaine du Muy in Le Muy, France

What You'll See: Opened last summer, this private park shows work by over 35 artists amongst its tranquil valleys and pools in the South of France. Notable featured artists include Yayoi Kusama and Sol LeWitt.

Drive Time: One hour

If You're in Leeds, U.K.

Take a Day Trip to: Yorkshire Sculpture Park in West Bretton, U.K.

What You'll See: This 500-acre sculpture park, which opened in 1977, has over 100 works on view at any given time. This summer, check out sculptures by Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore, Ai Weiwei, Helen Escobedo, and make sure to catch the impressive Kaws exhibit, open until June 12!

Drive Time: 25 minutes

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