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Top Foodie Vacations in America: US Culinary Destinations & Food Tours that Travelers Love

by Rebecca

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If you consider yourself a food lover, I’m sure you would agree that one of the best ways to know about a new city or country is through its cuisine! 

It goes without saying the destinations that have such culinary excellence attract the travelers merely through their dishes. 

During the past years, foodie vacations have increased in popularity all over the world. And the good ol’ USA is one of the favorite destinations to visit to indulge in scrumptious foods. 

You’ll be happy to know that there are many places that provide great food tours in the USA. To narrow down your choices, we are providing you with a list of top 10 culinary destinations in the USA where you can enjoy various American delicacies. 

Note: BookCulinaryVacations offers a flexible cancellation policy. Should you not be able to travel as scheduled, we’d be happy to help you alter your booking with the same organizer or a different organizer.

Savannah, Georgia

 

shrimp and grits in georgia

Photo credit: Jason Riedy

 

 

If you want to have a taste of Southern charm then Savannah is the place for you.  From its oak tree-lined streets to its finest cuisines, the city will leave you craving for more. Join a tour that gives you a chance to try out the local delicious cuisines like shrimp & grits and their renowned crab soup.

Further, there are some surprising new additions like pork belly doughnut sliders and British meat pies. These all make up for an amazing and fun-filled tour. The walking food tour lasts for three hours and includes tastings at six shops and eateries. It is suitable for people of every age group. 

 

Austin, Texas

 

Food lovers flock to Austin, Texas to taste the Tex-Mex dishes and its debacle barbecue. But the culinary scenes of the city is far beyond these two dishes. There are food tours that offer the travelers the experience that is far beyond the variety of your taste buds.

There are many different options available for everyone. For people who love classic, there is a three-hour food tour which includes the pizzas, tacos, and burgers for breakfast in one of the quirkiest neighborhoods in Austin. If you love brunch than you can join BBQ, Saturday brunch, Brewery bus walking tours. 

 

Nashville, Tennessee

 

Nashville hot chicken

Image credit: Shelby L. Bell

 

 

This city’s eateries includes everything from Mexican street tacos to Nashville hot chicken. There are many dishes that this city offers which are worth traveling for! The city is also famously known as ‘the music city’. To experience culinary gems while you’re in town, feel free to check out one of the many food tours available.

You can join a three-hour walking tour exploring the famous Nashville’s neighborhoods. These include the East Nashville, the downtown and the midtown. 

 

San Diego, California

 

For the foodie traveler who seeks to explore the food scenes by the neighborhood can consider one or the multiple tours available, which include 3 to 6 hours of walking tours around the city.

Popular neighborhoods like the North Park and Gaslamp Quarter are also included in these excursions. Or you can join a walking tour that features the samples from apple pancakes to fish tacos to five other restaurants. 

 

Sonoma, California

sonoma winery

Sonoma's culinary scene is often shadowed by the Napa Valley, but it is just as impressive largely due to the plethora of food choices available. Opt for a 3 hour long walking tour  and navigate through the town's beautiful landscape.

 

 

 

The tour also includes architecture and regional history along with the food and wine tastings

 

 

Houston, Texas

 

For people who love ethnic food, Houston should be on their checklist. This city in Texas is famous for its BBQ and authentic Tex-Mex cuisines. But here international cuisines like Spanish and Italian are equally famous. You can enjoy this unique multinational cuisine during one of the many tours available.

One walking tour lasts for 3.5 hours and you can enjoy tastings at four stops. These places include Montrose, Heights, and downtown which are the three most food-centric neighborhoods in the Houston. 

 

Charleston, South Carolina

 

If you want to look for an overview of the Charleston's low country cuisine or have a look at behind the scenes of some of the eateries, a culinary tour has you all covered. There is a standard operating food tour which includes the tastings at four or five restaurants in the town.

The tour also has an option of Upper King Street culinary tour which is very popular among the locals. It usually takes you through the four dining establishments in the namesake district. This is an amazing experience for a food lover and traveler who is looking to different experience along with delicious food.

There are other unique offerings as well which includes a shopping experience in the market along with the chef. There is also a food tour which is completely oyster focused. All the tours do not last more than two hours. 

 

Napa Valley, California

napa valley

Napa Valley is perhaps one of the most famous food-centric destinations in entire America. Why? For starters, it is home to Michelin starred restaurants and it offers a bevy of highly regarded wineries. Reserving a table at one of the Napa's prestigious dinings is not an easy task. So, signing up for a food tour is your best bet to try and experience the region’s most exquisite dishes. 

There are two Napa-based culinary outings called wine tour hosts and gourmet food which offers you a peek into the French Laundry gardens. Each of this tour is a three-hour tour and includes food and wine pairings at the famous Lucy restaurant and bar at Morimoto Napa and Bardessono. 

 

Chicago, Illinois

Italian beef sandwich

Photo credit: Ron Diggity

Known as ‘the windy city’ Chicago is filled with many types of regional varieties. These are Italian beef sandwiches, deep dish pizza, sport and pepper covered hot dogs, and many more. All of these dishes are available on food tours in Chicago.

They feature stops at local spots like Al's Italian beef, Portillo's and Lou Malnati's. The walking food tour lasts for about 3 hours. Besides this tour, you can also join a Chinatown adventure tour where you can enjoy egg tarts, steamed barbecue pork buns, and many more items.

 


There you have it! These are just some of the best known culinary tours in America. If you’re planning a cross-country tour of the USA, be sure to stop by at one or more of these great cities!

If you find yourself hungry during your road trip, I suggest having some healthy yet filling food items like fruits, vegetables, or optimum nutrition whey protein, on hand to hold you over before you arrive in these great destinations and experience its food tours! Bon voyage!

 


Interested in learning how to whip up delicious authentic American cuisine right in your own kitchen? Why not sign yourself up for a culinary vacation? Your taste buds (and stomach) will surely thank you for it!

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