Sure, strolling the halls of the Louvre is a once in a lifetime adventure, but what about those of us on a staycation budget? Grab a cultural fix in your city's museums and art galleries. Depending on where you live this could mean something small and kitschy like the Barbie Hall of Fame in Palo Alto, CA, or a biggie like the Whitney in New York. Sometimes you can walk away with amazing works of original art for low prices when you're buying from unknown or emerging artists at a local gallery.
Feeling inspired? Break out the watercolors and spend a few afternoons in classes at a local community center.