Best of the Best Things To Do 2023
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Best of the Best Things to Do

Top Overall Experiences - United States

Below are the 2023 Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best Top Experiences—the activities that travelers loved most.

The Travelers’ Choice Awards Best of the Best title celebrates the highest level of excellence in travel. It’s awarded to those who receive a high volume of above-and-beyond reviews and opinions from the Tripadvisor community over a 12-month period. Out of our 8 million listings, fewer than 1% achieve this milestone.


Ideal for first-time visitors, or those with limited time, this full-day tour takes you all around Oahu, making sure that you don't miss a thing. You'll see top attractions including Diamond Head, Hanauma Bay, Halona Blowhole, the Byodo-In Temple and the surfing beaches of the North Shore. Plus, you'll have time to explore Haleiwa town.
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 Duration: 9h
 Ages 0-99, max of 10 per group
  • 5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic tour for a short stay to see much of the island. Tony is friendly knowledgeable host and made the whole experience great.
    Discover37318668008
    @Discover37318668008
    Reviewed May 2024
  • 5.0 of 5 bubbles
    amazing. very professional, funny and very informative tourist guide. very recommendable. Im in love with hawaii.....
    C8039LRjohno
    @C8039LRjohno
    Reviewed May 2024
  • 5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The tour was 5 stars. Kimo our guide is fantastic and exceptional. Extremely entertaining and professional. This tour on Oahu on Royal Star is a must do when traveling to Oahu. Ask for Kimo you will not be disappointed.
    oc3ddie
    @oc3ddie
    Reviewed May 2024
  • 5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This was a beautiful way to spend the day and get a nice overview of Oahu. Kimo was very knowledgeable about every area we visited and we learned so much about Hawaiian history. We would have seen only Waikiki if it were not for this tour. I would take the tour another time and also have better knowledge of areas l would like to explore further.
    Vacationer269434
    @Vacationer269434
    Reviewed May 2024

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5.0 of 5 bubbles4,005 reviews
When your cruise stops at Juneau, see whales in their natural habitat on this whale-watching boat trip, all without the fuss of organizing shore transport. Prebook to secure your place, board a comfortable boat with outdoor decks and heated cabins, and cruise Alaska’s waters to see marine life in the wild. Then, enjoy guaranteed sightings of humpback whales, with a naturalist providing commentary on their behaviors as you cruise.
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 Duration: 3h 30m
 Ages 0-99, max of 15 per group
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5.0 of 5 bubbles5,990 reviews
Learn about the mysterious history of Salem on this guided walking tour of the city. Follow your local historian guide through Salem, listening to 400 years of history and admire the old architecture that dates back hundreds of years. For spookier experience, select the nighttime tour led by lantern light and find out the truth about the 1692 Salem Witch Trial hysteria.
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 120–135 minutes
 Ages 6-95, max of 15 per group
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5.0 of 5 bubbles3,056 reviews
Save money with our most popular option, where groups of up to 15 people can book the entire Scottsdale party bike for a two hour fun-filled private pedal party! With exclusive drink specials at our partner bars, and adult beverages legal on our party bike (available at our on-site booze store), all eyes will be on you as you're raising your cans and solo cups while pedaling and partying at the best that Scottsdale has to offer!
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 Duration: 2h
 Ages 0-99, max of 14 per group
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5.0 of 5 bubbles6,058 reviews
Get as close as possible to Niagara Falls on this escape to one of the world’s most incredible natural wonders. Feel the powerful rush of the falls from the Prospect Point Observation Tower, overlooking the American falls. Take a journey to the edge of the rushing water — by boat on the Maid of the Mist and by land on the Cave of the Winds walking adventure.
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 Duration: 4h 30m
 Ages 0-99, max of 9 per group
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5.0 of 5 bubbles4,331 reviews
Fly 500 feet (152 meters) above the scenic coast of Oahu on this 1-hour parasailing adventure from Waikiki. Buckle in to a harness and take off from the boat, soaring over the south shore of the islands for spectacular views. Photo packages available for purchase on the boat. No experience is necessary; this activity is suitable for participants of all experience levels. Parasail 500 feet (152 meters) above the Oahu coast Get fantastic views of the island's southern shore No experience necessary.
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 Duration: 1h
 Ages 3-99, max of 12 per group
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5.0 of 5 bubbles3,708 reviews
Experience the highlights of downtown Honolulu and the USS Arizona Memorial in absolute comfort on this half-day sightseeing tour by coach. Aboard air-conditioned transport, pass attractions including the Iolani Palace, King Kamehameha statue, and the Punchbowl National Cemetery, while listening to informative commentary from your driver-guide. Learn Pearl Harbor history at the USS Arizona Memorial Visitor Center. Upgrade to include entry to the USS Missouri battleship and/or the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum.
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 5–9 hours
 Ages 0-99, max of 10 per group
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5.0 of 5 bubbles1,944 reviews
Swim with manatees on this nature-focused Crystal River tour. Appreciate these majestic animals in their natural habitat, under the watchful eye of an in-the-water guide who strives to ensure safe and respectful interactions between human and manatee at all times. Tours include snorkeling gear at no additional cost, and professional underwater photos are available for purchase after the tour.
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 Duration: 3h
 Ages 3-99, max of 13 per group
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5.0 of 5 bubbles1,483 reviews
Speed through winter landscapes on this snowmobile adventure in North Pole. Follow an expert guide into the Chena Lakes Recreation area on remote mountain trails leading you across frozen lakes and rivers, and keep an eye out for wildlife. Then, park the snowmobile and wind down your adrenaline with a warm beverage, along with some snacks.
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 Duration: 1h
 Ages 7-85, max of 8 per group
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5.0 of 5 bubbles1,307 reviews
Join your guide for a 2.5-hour walking tour that combines sightseeing in the hills of Los Angeles with a vigorous walk up to the Hollywood sign. Learn about the history of Los Angeles on an entertaining hike that takes in Griffith Park, the Hollywood Hills neighborhood, and the Hollywood sign, and offers views of Burbank, the San Fernando Valley, and all of Los Angeles.
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 2–3 hours
 Ages 0-99, max of 15 per group
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5.0 of 5 bubbles3,846 reviews
Get a new perspective on Kauai as you soar through lush forests and over the Waita Reservoir on the island’s longest ziplines. While cruising across the 8-track course near Koloa, hang on to the handlebars or try some more daring acrobatic stunts with the hands-free ‘Flyin' Kauai'an’ harness.
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 Duration: 3h
 Ages 7-99, max of 12 per group
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5.0 of 5 bubbles2,059 reviews
Head out on a thrilling ATV tour in the Mojave Desert from the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas. You’ll be outfitted with safety gear including helmets and goggles and receive a step-by-step orientation on how to ride your ATV. A guide will lead you on a journey into the desert where you'll be able to travel along trails and take in captivating views.
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 Duration: 3h
 Ages 18-99, max of 10 per group
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5.0 of 5 bubbles708 reviews
Discover the lush landscapes of Central Florida and observe local wildlife during this kayaking excursion from Cocoa Beach. Join a small group and climb aboard your kayak to begin your tour of the calm waterways. Paddle through mangrove tunnels in the lagoon making sure to keep your eyes peeled for manatees and dolphins that reside in the area.
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 Duration: 2h
 Ages 2-120, max of 11 per group
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5.0 of 5 bubbles3,953 reviews
Get out on the water and see Tampa Bay from a new perspective with this kayaking tour. Ride in a clear kayak—which has the advantage of greater visibility of the underwater world. Along the way look out for coastal birds, marine life, and the beautiful mangroves. No need to worry about missing out on photo opportunities—the trip includes photo stops and a break at Shell Key to enjoy its beach and sandbars.
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 Duration: 2h
 Ages 0-120, max of 10 per group
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5.0 of 5 bubbles594 reviews
Experience the best of Maui's wildlife on this half-day, small-group snorkel tour. Board a comfortable boat in the company of guides who have extensive knowledge of local wildlife. Then, stop at two snorkeling spots where you can swim with turtles, see beautiful reef fish, and look for dolphins. Includes breakfast and lunch.
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 Duration: 5h
 Ages 6-95, max of 5 per group
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5.0 of 5 bubbles822 reviews
Explore Mendenhall Glacier on this exclusive adventure tour into the Alaskan Wilderness. Your expert guides will lead you on a journey across Mendenhall Lake where you will paddle together with a small group past icebergs, giant waterfalls, and wildlife. On your way to the ice, you will be surrounded by breathtaking scenery of mountain peaks nestled in the Tongass National Forest. Upon landing the canoe at a remote beach site, your guides will safely lead you on an interpretive hike around the rocky surfaces located directly in front of the glacier. Here you will discover the magnificent ice features up close. Views of specific glacial features like Ice Caves and Moulins cannot be guaranteed due to the nature of the constantly moving ice. Every tour is unique and space is limited, making this Juneau’s most exciting and sought-after adventure tour.
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 Duration: 5h
 Ages 12-80, max of 14 per group
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5.0 of 5 bubbles1,336 reviews
Get up close with sharks and other marine wildlife on this boat tour from Key West. Travel on board an eco-friendly, 34-foot catamaran just a few miles off the coast of Key West. See dolphins, stingrays, turtles and birds and learn about Key West’s waters, and then watch as the pilot drops bait to draw a variety of sharks right to the edge of the boat. Bring a camera to capture the excitement as these super predators swarm. Cold drinks, snacks and polarized sunglasses are included on this Key West shark cruise.
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 Duration: 2h
 Ages 0-99, max of 15 per group
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5.0 of 5 bubbles827 reviews
Discover some of Colorado’s top rapids on a 3-hour whitewater rafting excursion. Offered at two daily times, you can choose a morning or afternoon trip, depending on your schedule. After basic instruction from your tour leader, suit up in a provided life vest and helmet and get ready to paddle. Together with your group, spend 1-2 hours along class III rapids, such as Raft Ripper, Zoom Flume, and Pinball.
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 2–3 hours
 Ages 6-99, max of 15 per group
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5.0 of 5 bubbles891 reviews
Enjoy a thrilling day out on the Pigeon River with this private guided whitewater rafting tour. Meet in Hartford for a safety briefing, the head to the river to tackle 5 miles (8 kilometers) of class III to class IV rapids, with scenic views of the Cherokee National Forest and Great Smoky Mountains along the way. No experience necessary.
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 Duration: 2h
 Ages 8-100, max of 12 per group
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5.0 of 5 bubbles829 reviews
Enjoy unparalleled access to the Sonoran Desert’s rugged terrain and dramatic landscapes: this half-day Jeep tour makes it easy to explore the region. Pick a departure time that works best for you and hit the trail with your private guide. Go off-road to get the most up-close perspective on the scenery, including the Tonto National Forest.
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 2–3 hours
 Ages 4-75, max of 12 per group
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5.0 of 5 bubbles1,822 reviews
Roam over the sandstone domes and slickrock ledges of Hell's Revenge near Moab on this off-road adventure by utility terrain vehicle. Hop aboard your Kawasaki Teryx 4, opting to drive or join as a passenger. Then, navigate the dramatic terrain, full of steep climbs and descents. You’re treated to views of the La Sal Mountains, the Colorado River and the sandstone cliffs of Echo Canyon.
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 Duration: 3h
 Ages 3-99, max of 9 per group
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5.0 of 5 bubbles4,195 reviews
Visit the Grand Canyon, and see several other sights along the way, on this full-day tour from Las Vegas. Travel by a modern luxury bus with air conditioning and restroom on board. On the way, enjoy a hot breakfast, stop for photos at the Hoover Dam and drive by an ancient Joshua Tree Forest. With VIP bus access, spend more time at Grand Canyon West, where you will enjoy a lunch overlooking the rim and can add an optional Skywalk.
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 Duration: 10h 30m
 Ages 2-99, max of 15 per group
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5.0 of 5 bubbles614 reviews
Unlike many tour companies in town that allow up to 20 people in each group, my Charleston tour is guaranteed to have no more than 12. The most unique aspect of my tour is the high level of historical professionalism that I deliver to my guests. Earning a Ph.D. in history meant spending thousands of hours reading and researching primary sources in the South Carolina archives. I use the knowledge that I have obtained from that hard work and pass it off to you on the tour. Because I limit the number of guests to 12 and offer a tour that is 45 minutes longer than most in town, you will receive a degree of exclusivity and historical depth that is far greater than what is offered by the larger tour companies in Charleston.
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 Duration: 2h 45m
 Ages 7-90, max of 10 per group
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5.0 of 5 bubbles2,703 reviews
The Big Island of Hawaii has a diverse ecosystem unlike anywhere else on the planet, and on this day-long nature tour, experience the beauty of its black-sand beaches, thundering waterfalls, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. If you’re lucky, find Hawaiian green sea turtles basking on the coast. Since the tour only requires a moderate amount of walking, it's an educational adventure for travelers of all ages, with snacks and refreshments included.
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 Duration: 11h
 Ages 4-99, max of 14 per group
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5.0 of 5 bubbles2,757 reviews
See the dark side of Philly during this adult night tour developed by a local university professor. Not for the faint of heart, this tour uncovers Philadelphia’s R-rated sites and stories, from vampires, pirate ghost ships, and haunted attractions to torture, executions, and the red light district. You'll also visit historical attractions and see the sights illuminated at night. This tour is not suitable for children.
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 Duration: 2h
 Ages 0-99, max of 15 per group
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