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13 Areas Filled With Street Art You Need To Drive Through

There’s incredible street art throughout the U.S., and these spots are perfect to stop, see, and snap on a midafternoon drive.

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1. Arts District — Los Angeles, CA

All around Los Angeles is incredible street art, but in the arts district, the LALA Gallery has been working on a project called L.A. Freewalls. Drive all around East 4th through East 2nd and take in the vibrant murals along the stretch.

2. Downtown Oakland — Oakland, CA

Mk30 / (CC BY 2.0) / Via Flickr: mk30

Take a drive around Oakland and you'll see such a diverse mixture of street art. Murals, lettering, and mosaics cover many of the city's walls, allowing you to see just how much street art has to offer.

3. Clarion Alley — San Francisco, CA

David McSpadden / (CC BY 2.0) / Via Flickr: familyclan

You can easily get lost in the mass of street art the rolling hills of San Francisco have to offer. Take a trip down to the Mission District and Clarion Alley to see some of the best.

4. Lower Highlands — Denver, CO

Makia Minich / (CC BY -SA 2.0) / Via Flickr: threar

Creativity is abundant in Denver, and wherever people can paint, they paint. Anywhere you go, you'll see great street art, but if you drive down to the Lower Highlands between W 38th and W 32nd, you are guaranteed to see some incredible works.

5. Wynwood — Miami, FL

Kent Wang / (CC BY -SA 2.0) / Via Flickr: kentwang

It's no surprise the vibrant sunny culture of Miami spills into its street art. In the arts district, there is a stretch known as Wynwood that is just wall after wall of incredible art. Drive down NW 2nd Avenue and be sure to make a stop at Wynwood Walls.

6. Inman Park — Atlanta, GA

Daniel Lobo / (CC BY 2.0) / Via Flickr: daquellamanera

Atlanta holds some really precious gems when it comes to street art. You can walk through Krog Street Tunnel and be completely surrounded by art or take a drive by Inman Park to gawk at the massive murals.

7. Eastern Market — Detroit, MI

Russ / (CC BY 2.0) / Via Flickr: 89119745@N00

In Detroit, every artist has utilized every bit of free space as their canvas. There are eye-catching murals in downtown, an alleyway known as "The Belt" dedicated to street art, a 43-acre market surrounded by art, and an entire top floor of a parking garage covered in art. Let yourself just drive and get lost in all the diverse colors the city boasts.

8. Downtown Vegas — Las Vegas, NV

Paul K / (CC BY 2.0) / Via Flickr: m3phisto1969

Most people spend their time in Vegas up and down the strip, but just a couple of miles away is the beautiful, bustling area of Downtown Las Vegas. On every street corner, there are street murals stretching from block to block.

9. Bushwick — Brooklyn, NY

Mike Steele / (CC BY 2.0) / Via Flickr: 21022123@N04

Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is filled to the brim with beautiful street art, but if you drive a mile east, you'll find yourself in the colorful land of Bushwick. Take a drive down Jefferson Street and see art spanning across warehouses and storefronts popping out to greet you.

10. Little Italy/Lower East Side — New York City, NY

Rey Rosa

All around Little Italy and the Lower East Side of Manhattan are sprawling murals and hidden gems — partly thanks to the L.I.S.A. Project. Take a drive down Mulberry Street and enjoy all the incredible art.

11. Fishtown — Philadelphia, PA

Samuel Mann / (CC BY 2.0) / Via Flickr: 21218849@N03

In the city of brotherly love, there is plenty of street art to love too. A drive down Frankford Avenue and into Fishtown will give you a truly spectacular journey.

12. Castle Hill — Austin, TX

Ron Parker / (CC BY 2.0) / Via Flickr: ronniebparker

They say keep Austin weird, and the resident street artists of Austin help to do just that. All over downtown, there are vibrant pieces, but head down to Caste Hill to see an entire area filled with beautiful works.

13. Deep Ellum — Dallas, TX

Markheybo / (CC BY 2.0) / Via Flickr: cybercafe

For a while, Deep Ellum was the spot for rowdy nightlife and a place you didn't want to be after midnight. Now, the city has cleaned it up while still preserving the robust street art culture. For the best views, cruise around Commerce Street and under the interstate.


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