Modern travelers may no longer reach for a paper map when exploring a new city, but in 5 of America’s coolest places, massive works of street art that draw on 19th-century cartography can help visitors explore some of the best spots in town.

The new murals are a collaboration between Lonely Planet and Ford, coinciding with the launch of the all-new 2020 Ford Explorer. The beautiful maps draw on Lonely Planet’s expert knowledge of each city or borough’s top attractions, to help locals and tourists find a new way to explore.  

Want to see these works of art for yourself? Here’s where to find them. 

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The Atlanta mural in Little Five Points © Overall Murals

Atlanta Euclid Ave NE & Colquitt Ave NE

Track down this beautiful mural in Little Five Points to see a map that will highlight amazing spots like the High Museum of Art, the National Centre for Civil and Human Rights, and the DeKalb Farmers’ Market. 

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The Brooklyn mural in Williamsburg © Colossal Media

Brooklyn Wythe Ave & N 10th St

Looking to see a more local side of NYC? Travellers heading to Williamsburg can find a mural highlighting some of the borough’s top spots like Brooklyn Grange, the Spectacle Theatre, and even Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pies. 

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The Boston mural in Allston © Colossal Media

Boston Brighton Ave & Chester St

In the Athens of America, look no further than this Packard’s Corner’s wall where you can find your way to local landmarks like Brattle Book Shop or the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum. 

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The LA mural in Fairfax © Colossal Media

Los Angeles Melrose Ave & N Ogden Dr

On the sunny streets of LA’s Fairfax neighbourhood, visitors will find a map that will lead the way to top spots like El Capitan Theatre or the Los Angeles Public Library. 

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The Manhattan mural in SoHo © Colossal Media

Manhattan Grand St & Thompson St 

Start exploring SoHo and find a mural that shows off some of New York’s top attractions, like where to find the Upright Citizens Brigade or the High Line. 

Want to find out more about all of these amazing destinations? Here are some of the top tips for an Everyday Exploration

This content was produced in collaboration with Ford Motor Company. All editorial views within the Everyday Explorations campaign are those of Lonely Planet alone and reflect our policy of editorial independence and impartiality.


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