Best City for Street Art (2021)


Street art is exploding in popularity from coast to coast. Urban art gives you insight into a city's culture and personality, and these 10 American cities have some of the best collections of public art. 

  • Oklahoma City

    Oklahoma City

    Oklahoma City might not be the first place that comes to mind when you think about street art, but this city has become a veritable outdoor gallery. Start your explorations in the Plaza District before continuing on to the Western Avenue corridor and Bricktown.
    Photo courtesy of Oklahoma City

  • Cincinnati


    ArtWorks Cincinnati, founded in 2007, has created more than 180 public murals throughout the city. Some favorites include Mr. Tarbell Tips His Hat, The Golden Muse, Cincinnati Toy Heritage and Ice Cream Daydream.
    Photo courtesy of Lydia Schrandt

  • Richmond


    The streets of Richmond are home to more than 100 colorful murals by local, national and global artists. The city also hosts the annual RVA Street Art Festival – an event that helps revitalize blighted areas while raising money for art education.
    Photo courtesy of Sha Rich / Richmond Region Tourism

  • Houston


    Street art enthusiasts will find no shortage of colorful walls in Houston. EaDo, home to Graffiti Park, perhaps has the highest concentration of murals, but you’ll also find them in Montrose, Sawyer Yards and painted on traffic control boxes throughout the city.
    Photo courtesy of Visit Houston

  • Philadelphia


    Mural Arts Philadelphia was founded in 1984 to empower professional artists to showcase their talents. Since then, the organization has produced more than 3,600 murals, many of which are still on display. A highlight is the Love Letter project, a series of 50 rooftop murals visible from the Market-Frankford elevated transit line.
    Photo courtesy of J. Fusco for VISIT PHILADELPHIA

  • Reno


    Public art is all around in Reno. Downtown and the Midtown District alone are home to more than 100 murals. Each year, the city hosts the 24-hour Mural Marathon, where artists compete by painting original murals on the side of the Circus Circus Hotel.
    Photo courtesy of Reno-Sparks Convention & Visitors Authority

  • Detroit


    You don’t have to leave your car to take in works of art in Motor City. Detroit’s Grand River Creative Corridor stands out as a highlight with nearly 100 murals between Rosa Parks Boulevard and Warren Avenue. Ride the Detroit People Mover on its 2.9-mile loop to take in the Art in the Stations collection of 13 mixed-media displays.
    Photo courtesy of Jesse David Green

  • Miami


    Miami earned a spot on the street art map in the early 2000s when the Wynwood warehouse district became a destination for the world’s best graffiti artists. The Wynwood Walls remain a favorite, with works from more than 50 artists. You’ll also find murals in downtown, Little Haiti, Little Havana and the Design District, among others.
    Photo courtesy of Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau

  • Atlanta


    Atlanta has become a hotbed of public art, with murals covering surfaces throughout the city. You’ll find permanent installations and temporary projects curated by Living Walls and the Outerspace Project. For some of the best, take a ride along the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail, stroll through Old Fourth Ward or spend some time in Little Five Points.
    Photo courtesy of Melissa McAlpine, ACVB Marketing

  • Baltimore


    Street art enthusiasts shouldn’t leave Baltimore without a stop at Graffiti Alley on North Howard Street – a hidden corridor of art that’s always in flux. The structures of Mount Vernon feature some of the city’s best murals, along with Station North and Hampden.
    Photo courtesy of Central Baltimore Partnership

The top 10 winners in the category Best City for Street Art are as follows:

  1. Oklahoma City - Oklahoma
  2. Cincinnati - Ohio
  3. Richmond - Virginia
  4. Houston - Texas
  5. Philadelphia - Pennsylvania
  6. Reno - Nevada
  7. Detroit - Michigan
  8. Miami - Florida
  9. Atlanta - Georgia
  10. Baltimore - Maryland

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all these winning cities!

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