Adult coloring books are all the rage these days. I’ll admit when I first heard about them, I thought they were stupid. Then curiosity got the best of me, and when I saw the photos, I wanted to hop on the bandwagon. They’re so intricate and beautiful, and apparently also stress relieving. Who knew this childhood activity could be like art therapy for adults.
I mentioned to Jacob that we should try a coloring for one of our “C” Alphabet Dates but never followed through. I actually forgot about it until one day this baby arrived in the mail as Jacob’s surprise gift to me and a surprise date! He’s a pretty good guy, right?
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Last Updated: June 16, 2020
11 Best Adult Coloring Books for the Traveler
Have you ever wanted to see a grown man color? You’re welcome. Jacob used his good ol’ crayola colored pencils, and I busted out both my Faber-Castell and even my fancy prismacolor markers. I thought it was an appropriate time to use them.
Of course, like any other ungrateful wife, I had to look and see if there was anything else better out there. That’s the maximizer in me at my worst. I did find a few more so I could do this roundup post. We’ll work on finishing the current one first before we move on.
The cover designs aren’t always the prettiest, but it’s the insides (what counts) are legit! If you’re looking for the bestsellers at the moment, I wrote them on the bottom of the post, too.
Travel Adult Coloring Books Comparison Chart
One great way to help you relax and connect with nature is through these beautiful illustrations of Colorado. We loved that it had info next to the illustrations that teach you more about the state. They just published a new coloring book for Wyoming.
25 illustrations, 56 pages. Illustrations of the most iconic places in the world including the US, Portugal, Morocco, Indonesia, and more.
Take a colorful journey across America, road tripping through all of the famous landmarks including the Seattle Space Needle, Times Square, Sears Tower, California redwoods, and more.
Love these illustrations of one of our favorite cities we’ve lived in. Other great color your way to calm city books include Secret Tokyo, Secret London, and Secret Paris.
Now you can color your way through the world’s 100 greatest places as voted by travel experts.
This book has detailed aerial views of real cities and fantastical ones. So intricate! *heart eyes*. Fantastic Structures is also a great one from the same artist focusing on famous buildings and imagined structures.
Need to brush up on your geography? I sure do. Not only do you get to color, but you get to learn through these maps covering climate, rainfall, temperatures, vegetation, land use, population, religion, languages and more.
92 Pages. Color your way through the Eiffel Tower, London Bridge, Vatican, Empire State Building, and more.
80 Pages. It features famous religious buildings, museums, castles, and more all across the world.
Changing your perspective to ground level, this book offers a mix of beautiful cities and creatively imagined ones. Travel all over the world while you color! They also have city-specific books, like Secret Tokyo, and New York.
35 illustrations, 80 pages. Color your way through beautiful city scapes including skylines from Amsterdam, Cairo, NYC, Rio de Janiero, and more.
10 MOST POPULAR ADULT COLORING BOOKS
- Adult Coloring Book : Stress Relieving Designs Animals
- Calm the F*ck Down: An Irreverent Adult Coloring Book
- 100 Amazing Patterns
- Adult Coloring Book: Stress Relieving Animal Designs
- Drinking Animals
- F*cking Adorable – Cute Critters with foul Mouths
- Coffee Animals
- 100 Animals
- Swear Word Coloring Book
- Disney Dreams Collection Thomas Kinkade Studios
More Fun Coloring Books (Non Travel Related)
- Cat Butt Coloring Book
- Floating World Japanese Prints
- The Art of Nature (60 Illustrations) – Remember encyclopedias and those beautiful black and white photos inside? These illustrations have the same vintage feel. Just add color.
- Anatomy Coloring Book (162 Illustrations) I may have never made it to med school like my parents wanted, but I still love learning. This was probably not originally meant for adults to relieve stress, but why not get some learning in while you color! This book has been around for 35 years+ and is precise and clearly labeled. Now, they also have a Physiology Coloring Book.
- Dream Catcher: finding peace – These illustrations are all about finding peace in a busy life. Each drawing is paired with a motivational quote. Here are other books by the same artist.
- Color Your Own Monet Paintings (30 Illustrations) If you enjoy art galleries, try this coloring book. I can’t guarantee it will help you feel more like an artist, but it will definitely help you study the detail in the paintings. They also have one for Van Gogh, Cezanne, Degas, Renoir, and more! I also saw this Van Gogh book from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, and it looks a lot more intense (think 1000 piece puzzle versus 100).
Current Favorite Coloring Books
They say don’t get a child a coloring book, because you’ll box in their imagination. Now that we’re adults and set in our ways, these are great since our imagination is long gone! haha jk
We’ve only done a couple pages each and we can’t decide whether it’s a great relaxing activity or if it’s exhausting. I go back and forth. The intricate designs take forever to color in, and sometimes I lose my patience. There is this nostalgic sense when I’m coloring, but I also get stressed out when I accidentally color outside of the lines. I get more joy when I give myself permission to draw through the lines! We’ll have to do a few more before we fully decide.
What do you guys think of the coloring book craze? Have you tried Zentangles? What other activities did you love as a child that you’d love to revisit?
Esther + Jacob
Esther and Jacob are the founders of Local Adventurer, which is one of the top 5 travel blogs in the US. They believe that adventure can be found both near and far and hope to inspire others to explore locally. They explore a new city in depth every year and currently base themselves in Las Vegas.