You’re Going To Love TripAdvisor’s List of Top Experiences

TripAdvisor announced their list of best US experiences…which make for the PERFECT winter getaway/holiday gift…especially with so many of them along the east coast with easy access.

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And now the list! I am so jazzed – what’s your favorite, and have you already experienced any of these?

10. Polynesian Cultural Center Luau in Oahu, Hawaii

Visit eight villages showcasing thePolynesian culture. Take a canoe ride, get a tattoos, throw a spear, tackle ukulele lessons and fish like the locals. And don’t miss the spectacular Polynesian evening dinner show with dancing and fire!

9. Washington DC Guided Night Tour

Avoid the crowds by viewing the city by night. Explore the best attractions without worrying about a stressful itinerary or having to locate parking. Plus, the guide will ensure that you enjoy the attractions in context. Some of the main attractions visited during this tour include the Jefferson Memorial, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and Tidal Basin.

8. Boston Duck Tour

Combine a Boston sightseeing tour and Charles River cruise in one excursion. You’ll roll from the historic State House in Beacon Hill to Boston Common, Copley Square, Newbury Street, and Quincy Market, also known as the Faneuil Hall Marketplace, then continue into the water to see Boston and Cambridge from river.

7. Chicago Architecture River Cruise

See all of Chicago’s architectural masterpieces in a single tour. Find a comfortable seat and settle in as your guide, an architecture expert, gives an introduction to Chicago’s architectural history. Pass by more than 40 distinctive buildings, including the Aon Center, 360 Chicago Observation Deck, and IBM Building… and learn which buildings famous architects designed. You’ll have plenty of photo opportunities. Some cruises include a full bar.

6. The High Roller at The LINQ

Enjoy unbeatable view of the Strip and the surrounding desert on a 30-minute revolution aboard the High Roller, Las Vegas’ newest attraction, with audio commentary. At more than 550 feet  tall, the High Roller in Vegas isn’t your county fair Ferris wheel. Choose from day or night rides to watch the landscape glimmer with hot sun or neon lights as you soar high above. Children age 6 years and younger are free of charge.

5. Swamp Boat Adventure and Plantations Full-Day Tour from New Orleans

Take a narrated boat tour through the winding bayous in remote cypress swamps in Cajun Country, then visit Laura, a Creole Plantation with a distinctive and colorful manor house. You’ll also enjoy a traditional lunch at one of the oldest plantations in the south, Oak Alley Plantation -a restored example of antebellum elegance and Greek Revival architecture. Thrill‐seekers may upgrade to include a high‐speed airboat ride with the tour; however children younger than 6 are not allowed on the airboat

4. Ultimate Hoover Dam Tour

Travel through the desert landscape that’s just beyond Las Vegas for a complete view of the Hoover Dam with power plant tour and top walk. You’ll saunter past massive generators and diversion tunnels, and then glide back up to the Visitor Center to explore exhibits on the building and the dam’s daily operations. After that, walk on top of the dam itself to check out views from above. Lunch is provided.

3. Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Guided Tour

Worth the cost alone, guides will escort you to the ferry, where you can skip the lines with early reserve-line boarding. The ferry drops you off on Liberty Island where your guide takes you to pedestal of the Statue of Liberty and the observation decks. After that, head back to the island where you can explore the Ellis Island Immigration Museum and the rest of the island.

2. New Orleans School of Cooking Class

Learn how to make New Orleans specialties such as gumbo, jambalaya and pralines from expert chefs, then enjoy generous samplings of the dishes accompanied by complimentary beer, iced tea and coffee. It all takes place in a converted 19th century molasses warehouse, taking about 2 hours. Enjoy local anecdotes, story telling and interesting facts you won’t find anywhere else.

1 New York in One Day Guided Sightseeing Tour

Combine New York City’s top attractions in a guided tour via bus and boat. With insider commentary from your guide, visit Federal Hall, South Street Seaport, 9/11 Memorial, and Wall Street. Skip this tour in winter because you’ll want to also take a harbor cruise on a luxury boat, with views of Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty, and Brooklyn Bridge. Back on land, hit Lincoln Center and Central Park before wrapping up this whirlwind tour.


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Lesli Peterson

Lesli Peterson

Lesli made her way to Atlanta over 20 years ago, after living in Germany, Japan and six U.S. states. She relishes the discovery of obscure, offbeat and unwonted places, and she will chat up any willing stranger to uncover a new secret locale.

After 18 years in software development, Lesli bailed on the corporate scene. When she’s not traveling, she’s hiking in the mountains or checking out Atlanta’s culinary scene, whiskey in hand.

Lesli has two kiddos -Cooper and Elliot- plus two bonus kids currently at UGA, and she’s happily married to her soul mate.
Lesli Peterson

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