Friday, November 22, 2019

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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