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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 prowess attracts the travelers merely through its dishes. 

There is an exciting new term called ‘Foodie vacation’, which is becoming increasingly popular. People go to their favorite vacation spots to particularly enjoy the food. One such country that is famous for this is the good ol’ USA. You will find many such spots and you can even organize a mini food tour.

You’ll also 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 where you can enjoy various American delicacies. 

 

Savannah, Georgia

 

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If you want to have a taste of Southern charm then Savannah is the place for you. It embodies every bit of southern charm from its oak tree-lined streets to its finest cuisines. There is a food tour called First squares food tour which is held daily. This tour 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. This walking food tour is 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. The Austin eats food tours offers 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, can join the South Congress tour. This 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

 

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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 the Walk Eat Nashville food tour to your itinerary.

Under this tour, the company offers a three-hour walking tour to the famous Nashville’s neighborhoods. These include the East Nashville, the downtown and the midtown. Another famous food tour in this city is the Nashville Eats food tour, which operates on every Monday. 

 

San Diego, California

 

For the foodie traveler who seeks to explore the food scenes by the neighborhood can consider one or the multiple tours with Bite San Diego. There are multiple options under this tour which includes 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. The La Jolla walking tour includes the samples from apple pancakes to fish tacos to five other restaurants. The details in tours vary, and the experiences are available once or twice in a week. 

 

Sonoma, California

 

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 by Sonoma food tour local expert and navigate through the town's beautiful landscape.

 

 

The tour also includes architecture and regional history along with the food and wine tastings. This is done through the popular locales like wine country chocolates and Vella cheese company. The food tour is available daily. 

 

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 with the taste of Houston food tours.

This is 3.5 hours of the walking tour where 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. The tours are only available for Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday noons. 

 

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, Charleston culinary tours have got it all covered. This is 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 is perhaps one of the most famous food-centric destinations in entire America. Why? For starters, it is home to 5 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

 

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 the Chicago food planet's main tour.

It is called the best in the show and features stops at local spots like Al's Italian beef, Portillo's and Lou Malnati's. This whole walking food tour lasts for about 3 hours. Besides this daily tour, Chicago also has a seasonal tour called 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!

 


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