If you’re looking to find some inspiration for a new building design, or you and your family are looking for ideas to apply to your new home design, then you have a perfect excuse to travel to some very beautiful places.  

Taking an architectural vacation will renew your creativity, and set your mind in the right direction for design.  Here are a few architecturally rich travel destinations you’ll want on your inspiration itinerary.

Barcelona, Spain

One of the most esteemed architects in his time, Antoni Gaudi’s work is easy to spot around the city of Barcelona, Spain.  The variegated color patterns in his tile-style designs are displayed beautifully at Park Guell and Casa Batllo.

Find inspiration walking down the streets of the city, and consider your home’s outdoor designs.  Work through what a perfect patio setup would look like outside your home, as Barcelona’s style is well suited for boosting curb appeal.  

Brasilia, Brazil

Way back in the 1950’s, the current President of Brazil set out to create a new and architecturally stunning capital city for his country.  Brasilia was the result of his efforts, and what a sight it is to see.

The buildings in the city are well defined with dynamic lines, creative uses of concrete and glass, and a vibe of futurism.  Brazil’s capital is a truly aesthetic wonder. Don’t forget to add this spanish spectacle to your travel itinerary.

Burj Khalifa, Dubai

It’s clear that Dubai was designed to draw in tourists.  Featuring the highest building in the world at 2,716 feet, Dubai also has a few other architectural wonders up its sleeve.  The famed palm island was entirely man-made, and features a stunning lap of luxury for those who can afford it.  

Dubai is also home to the world’s largest indoor amusement park, so there’s no shortage of fun to be had by kids of all ages.  There’s no part of Dubai that wasn’t strategically planned to induce awe.

Shanghai, China

Shanghai is the place to visit for extravagant displays of contemporary architecture.  The city is decorated with sleek, sky-high urban buildings, including two of the tallest buildings in the world.  

You’ll benefit most from visiting the city’s financial district.  Check out the Museum of Glass in the Baoshan District, and don’t miss the pedestrian only trek through the 6-mile long Nanjing Road.

Chicago, United States

Intriguing architecture litters the streets of Chicago.  The Windy City is home to a unique architectural history.  

Take one of the city’s boat tours to get a different perspective on the city’s skyline, or simply walk the streets of downtown.  The city itself is a work of art, but there are also many free art museums to explore in Chicago.