Thursday, November 5, 2015

Sure, there’s some fun to be had just roaming a new city on your own,
wandering into whatever you happen to see.
But that method has its downsides
too.
You might miss the best things or get stuck in massive crowds around
tourist landmarks.
So if you’re looking for a more curated experience,
you’ll want to try an organized tour.
Start with some of these
top-rated tours on Yelp.10.
Trilogy Excursions: Sail the Hawaiian
Waters Take your choice of snorkeling or whale-watching
from Hulopo’e Bay on Lana’i.
(Courtesy: Trilogy
Excurions)
You don’t go to Hawaii to stay on land all day.
With a
fleet of six catamarans, Trilogy Excursions offers sailing tours leaving from
Maui and traveling to all the premier snorkeling destinations.
It’s one
of the only ways tourists can visit the pristine Hulopo’e Bay on
Lana’i — though only on weekdays.
Couples can also opt for a
romantic sunset or dinner sail.
Or, take a whale-watching trip.
Prices range
from $55 for kids to $200 for adults, depending on the trip and time of
year.9.
Austin Eats Food Tours: Eat Your Way Through TexasGorge on all the
Austin food you can handle with this tour.
(Photo: Austin Eats Food
Tours/Facebook)Almost everyone knows that Austin has great food, but not too
many people know where exactly to find it.
That’s why you sign up for
one of the city’s top food tours.
Austin Eats Food Tours offers three
classic trips most weekends, but also customizes private tours for groups of
eight or more.
The Sunday South Congress Walking Tour is the company’s
most popular, starting with a cinnamon bun and breakfast before hitting up the
burger bar and taco bar, and ending with a slice of the best pizza in
town.
You might also want to try the food truck or BBQ tour.
Prices range from
$65 to $80, and includes tips.Related: No Taco Left Behind in Austin

8.
DeeTours of Santa Barbara: Winning WinesThis tour of four wineries
in the Santa Inez Valley is a big hit.
(Photo: DeeTours of Santa
Barbara/Facebook)DeeTours is named for its founder — and, if
you’re lucky enough, your tour leader.
While the company offers city
tours around Santa Barbara, its most popular trips are its wine country
adventures.
For about $135/person, the wine tour is an all-day trip that
visits four local wineries in the Santa Inez Valley, a up-and-coming wine
region.
The package also includes a picnic lunch and an olive oil
tasting.
You’ll even get to stop in the cute Danish community of
Solvang.Related: Cheapest Wine Destinations for Under $150 a
Night
7.
Confederacy of Cruisers Bicycle Tours: The Big Easy by
Bike Bike around New Orleans and reward yourself by drinking a
Hurricane.
(Photo: Jeff F./Yelp)New Orleans is full of so much history that
it’d be impossible to get to it all in one trip — unless you
travel around on two wheels.
The Confederacy of Cruisers leads groups by bike,
with your cycling cruisers prepared and waiting for you.
Try the most popular
trip, the Creole New Orleans Bike Tour, which travels about six miles in and
around the French Quarter and ends with a drink at a local bar.
If you want
more drinks (or food), try the cocktails or the culinary tour.
All the trips
are designed so even beginner bikers should feel comfortable.
Prices range
from $49 for the most basic tour to $90 for a bike and kayak trip.6.
Skyline
Eco-Adventures Zipline: Maui From AboveGet a bird’s-eye view of Maui by
ziplining.
(Photo: Skyline Eco-Adventures)Started in 2002, when most people
didn’t even know what a zipline was yet, Skyline Eco-Adventures Zipline
lets people see all the wild beauty of Maui, Kauai, and the Big Island from a
unique vantage point.
The most popular tour is the $150 four-hour
Ka’anapali trip through the west Maui mountains.
Or try the zip
n’ dip tour, which ends with a zipline right into a clear mountain
pool.
All tours include hiking (except for the zipline-bike tour) and some
driving in an four-wheel vehicle, and then ziplining back down through the
trees and across magnificent vistas.Related: Life Lessons from Maui: What I
Learned Driving the Crazy Road to Hana
5.
Savor Seattle Food Tours: Navigate
the Foodie MazeYou can get a lot of seafood and coffee with a two-hour tour of
Pike Place in Seattle.
(Courtesy: Savor Seattle)
With all the clam chowder,
fresh fish, trendy donuts, and artisan coffee, it’s easy to get
overwhelmed by the delicious options in Seattle.
That’s when
it’s time to sign up for a food tour with Savor Seattle.
Go on the
two-hour walking tour of Pike Place to get a sense of which things at this
popular tourist attraction are worth your time.
The Gourmet Seattle tour lets
you eat your way through town, while the chocolate trip focus on, well,
chocolate.
Looking for something a little more involved? Try the three-day San
Juan Islands Gourmet Kayak Expedition.
If you don’t fill up during your
tour, don’t worry.
It comes with a discount card that gives you 10-15%
off at the retailers, so you can keep eating the rest of your visit.4.
Flyin
Hawaiian Zipline: The Longest and Best Views of MauiDrive, then zipline, then
take an ATV on Maui.
(Courtesy: Flyin Hawaiian Zipline)
With the longest
zipline rides on Maui, Flyin Hawaiian Zipline shows off the best panoramic
views of the North and South shores.
You start by taking a short drive into
Waikapu Valley, then zipline your way through the Maui mountains —
while stopping along the way to learn about the history of the island —
and then you’ll finish up with an ATV ride back to the
base.
You’ll ultimately zipline over two miles, with the longest line
whisking you across 3,600 feet.
The whole thing takes about four to five hours
and costs $185/person.3.
Catalina Zipline Eco-Tour: Just a Boat Ride
Away Travel through Catalina’s Descanso Canyon via
zipline.
(Photo: Kate G./Yelp)Catalina Island, about 22 miles off the coast of
Los Angeles, is famous for its natural beauty, wildlife, and the roaming
bison.
To get a full view from above try the Catalina Zipline Eco-Tour.
The
company also puts on a number of boat tours and hiking trips, but the zipline
tour is a quick and fun way to travel through Descanso Canyon.
Along the way,
the much-loved guides share information about the unique island.
Tours cost
about $115 to $125/person and cover five different ziplines hundreds of feet
above the canyon floor, before ending at the beach.2.
Free Tours by Foot:
Worth More Than a Few PenniesYou can pay what you want with this high-rated
tour of D.C.
(Photo: DC by Foot/Facebook)There’s lots to learn and see
in D.C., but a thorough tour might cost more than your travel budget can
afford.
That’s where Free Tours by Foot comes in.
The company is,
essentially, a group of guides who offer their service via a pay-what-you-want
model.
There’s no upfront cost, so at the end you pay what you thought
the tour was worth — and, with knowledgeable and funny guides,
it’ll be worth plenty.
The most popular trips are the Lincoln
Assassination tour and the Capitol Hill & Library of Congress tour, but
you can also try food tours, ghost tours, or the secrets and scandals
tour.Related: Capital Kids: Washington D.C.
for Families
1.
San Francisco
Architecture Walking Tour: Beauty Hidden Right in Front of You Visitors
and locals alike love this San Francisco tour.
(Photo: Mark Y./Yelp)With all
tours led by Rick Evans, an architecture historian, who started the tours when
he was working on a book about San Francisco’s buildings, you know that
your two-hours will be informative and entertaining.
The tours cost $40 and
don’t cover too much ground, but you’ll learn all the secrets of
San Francisco’s oldest buildings and the hidden public places you never
knew about.
While the tours are popular with out-of-towners, you’ll
also find plenty of Bay Area natives learning from Rick.
He also offers
neighborhood tours in Nob Hill, North Beach, and Chinatown.
Make reservations
ahead of time.WATCH: The Ancient, Secret City of Bagan: The Most Zen Place in
the World
Let World traveling club Travel inspire you every day.
Check out our original adventure travel series A Broad Abroad.
With a fleet of six catamarans, Trilogy Excursions offers sailing tours
leaving from Maui and traveling to all the premier snorkeling
destinations.
9.
Austin Eats Food Tours: Eat Your Way Through Texas Gorge on
all the Austin food you can handle with this tour.
Austin Eats Food Tours
offers three classic trips most weekends, but also customizes private tours
for groups of eight or more.
DeeTours of Santa Barbara: Winning Wines This
tour of four wineries in the Santa Inez Valley is a big hit..4.
Flyin
Hawaiian Zipline: The Longest and Best Views of MauiDrive, then zipline, then
take an ATV on Maui.
(Courtesy: Flyin Hawaiian Zipline)
With the longest
zipline rides on Maui, Flyin Hawaiian Zipline shows off the best panoramic
views of the North and South shores.
You start by taking a short drive into
Waikapu Valley, then zipline your way through the Maui mountains —
while stopping along the way to learn about the history of the island —
and then you’ll finish up with an ATV ride back to the
base.
You’ll ultimately zipline over two miles, with the longest line
whisking you across 3,600 feet.
The whole thing takes about four to five hours
and costs $185/person.3.
Catalina Zipline Eco-Tour: Just a Boat Ride
Away Travel through Catalina’s Descanso Canyon via
zipline.
(Photo: Kate G./Yelp)Catalina Island, about 22 miles off the coast of
Los Angeles, is famous for its natural beauty, wildlife, and the roaming
bison.
To get a full view from above try the Catalina Zipline Eco-Tour.
The
company also puts on a number of boat tours and hiking trips, but the zipline
tour is a quick and fun way to travel through Descanso Canyon.
Along the way,
the much-loved guides share information about the unique island.
Tours cost
about $115 to $125/person and cover five different ziplines hundreds of feet
above the canyon floor, before ending at the beach.2.
Free Tours by Foot:
Worth More Than a Few PenniesYou can pay what you want with this high-rated
tour of D.C.
(Photo: DC by Foot/Facebook)There’s lots to learn and see
in D.C., but a thorough tour might cost more than your travel budget can
afford.
That’s where Free Tours by Foot comes in.
The company is,
essentially, a group of guides who offer their service via a pay-what-you-want
model.
There’s no upfront cost, so at the end you pay what you thought
the tour was worth — and, with knowledgeable and funny guides,
it’ll be worth plenty.
The most popular trips are the Lincoln
Assassination tour and the Capitol Hill & Library of Congress tour, but
you can also try food tours, ghost tours, or the secrets and scandals
tour.Related: Capital Kids: Washington D.C.
for Families
1.
San Francisco
Architecture Walking Tour: Beauty Hidden Right in Front of You Visitors
and locals alike love this San Francisco tour.
(Photo: Mark Y./Yelp)With all
tours led by Rick Evans, an architecture historian, who started the tours when
he was working on a book about San Francisco’s buildings, you know that
your two-hours will be informative and entertaining.
The tours cost $40 and
don’t cover too much ground, but you’ll learn all the secrets of
San Francisco’s oldest buildings and the hidden public places you never
knew about.
While the tours are popular with out-of-towners, you’ll
also find plenty of Bay Area natives learning from Rick.
He also offers
neighborhood tours in Nob Hill, North Beach, and Chinatown.
Make reservations
ahead of time.WATCH: The Ancient, Secret City of Bagan: The Most Zen Place in
the World
Let World traveling club Travel inspire you every day.
Check out our original adventure travel series A Broad Abroad.
With a fleet
of six catamarans, Trilogy Excursions offers sailing tours leaving from Maui
and traveling to all the premier snorkeling destinations.
9.
Austin Eats Food
Tours: Eat Your Way Through Texas Gorge on all the Austin food you can handle
with this tour.
Austin Eats Food Tours offers three classic trips most
weekends, but also customizes private tours for groups of eight or
more.
DeeTours of Santa Barbara: Winning Wines This tour of four wineries
in the Santa Inez Valley is a big hit.

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