Shopping and Art

Adventure Living
A big part of any travel adventure is shopping. Here´s where to find out about a destination´s best buys, native products, local art and how to shop for these.

Along Santa Fe’s Art Trail star
Santa Fe, New Mexico, rewards art lovers with outstanding museums and more than 200 galleries. We found many works we really liked, but just a handful that we could actually afford. No matter; the “hunt” proved exhilarating, the gallery owners were friendly, and the art, a gift to the eye.

American Craft Council and SOFA Shows star
Some craft and art shows are worth traveling to, especially the American Craft Council shows, hosted in Baltimore, Atlanta, St. Paul and San Francisco, as well as Sculptural Objects and Fine Arts (SOFA) yearly show in Chicago. Even if you can’t buy, browse the high-quality handmade objects.

Andes’ Markets, Ecuador star
In Ecuador’s Andes, along with formidable mountains, scenic valleys and centuries-old haciendas, we discovered intriguing native markets. We met locals, learned about traditions and bargained for hand-crafted items.

Explore Art in Taos, New Mexico star
Taos, New Mexico, known for its historic Pueblo, towering mountains and plunging Rio Grande Gorge, lures art lovers too. At the Millicent Rogers Museum and the Harwood Museum as well as in adobe walled galleries admire historic and contemporary southwestern art.

Shopping in Shanghai and Beijing, China star
For those who consider shopping a trip essential, China is magic. The vendors at Shanghai’s and Beijing’s markets hawk everything—tea pots, Buddhas, pearl necklaces, scarves, jade bracelets, cheap watches, "designer bags," silk shawls and more. But you need to know where to look and how to shop.

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