USA’s Best Foodie Vacations
A fun (and filling) way to get to know a new city, food tours are quickly becoming a favorite activity among travelers, ushering in a new and exciting trend of “foodie vacations.” Destinations with such culinary prowess that the dishes alone attract visitors and locals alike. To help you find mouth-watering bites across America, we’re showcasing 10 of the best foodie vacations in the country—plus the most-booked individual food tour in each city. Come hungry for local experiences that satisfy not only your stomach, but also your desire for more authentic travel.
Rankings for the best foodie vacations in the USA were dictated by a proprietary TripAdvisor algorithm which considers booking volume, traveler reviews, and traveler ratings based on all food tours and food-related experiences on our site.
Check out these delicious foodie vacations, and book one of these most popular food tours while you’re at it!
|City||Most Booked Food Experience|
|1.||New Orleans||New Orleans Food Walking Tour of the French Quarter|
|2.||New York City||Best of Brooklyn Half-Day Food and Culture Tour|
|3.||Miami||Little Havana Food and Walking Tour in Miami|
|4.||Savannah||Savannah Culinary and Cultural Walking Tour|
|5.||San Francisco||Little Italy and North Beach Walking Tour|
|6.||Charleston||Downtown Charleston Culinary Tour|
|7.||Chicago||Famous Tastes of Chicago Food Tour|
|8.||Seattle||Food and Cultural Walking Tour of Pike Place Market|
|9.||Nashville||Nashville Food and Sightseeing Tour|
|10.||Las Vegas||Las Vegas Strip Afternoon Food Tour|
10 Best Food Cities
Here are TripAdvisor’s best cities for a foodie vacation. Book a top food tour in one of these cities and taste some of the country’s most iconic cuisine.
1. New Orleans
Most Booked Food Tour: New Orleans Food Walking Tour of the French Quarter
Walk through New Orleans and you’ll catch whiffs of the culinary scene long before you see it. Follow your nose to New Orleans classics like gumbo, jambalaya, and beignets, or stroll through the French Quarter on a food walking tour to learn the surprising history behind top eats like po’ boys and muffulettas. A mix of high-end restaurants that put luxury twists on Big Easy dishes and unexpectedly amazing hole-in-the-wall eateries leave you satisfied after every meal, making New Orleans one of the best foodie vacations you can take.
2. New York City
Most Booked Food Tour: Best of Brooklyn Half-Day Food and Culture Tour
Grab a bite in New York City and you might find yourself munching mustard-slathered pretzels, dining at a Michelin-starred restaurant, or waiting in line for the city’s newest food trend (hello, unicorn rolled ice cream). New York City’s rich cultural diversity adds to the mix: find Italian delis near Mexican taquerias near Polish bagel shops near Turkish schwarma trucks. Take a New York City food tour to cut through the clutter on your way to New York City’s best eats, like on this popular Brooklyn Food and Culture Tour, or make it a mission to figure out where to find the best grub for yourself. Warm-weather visitors also find over a dozen farmers markets scattered around every borough, perfect for picking up fresh ingredients or sampling specialty foods.
Most Booked Food Tour: Little Havana Food and Walking Tour in Miami
Miami is currently one of the hottest food cities in the USA, offering visitors a mix of Southern favorites and Cuban classics—meaning you can eat chicken and waffles for breakfast and Cuban-style frita burgers for lunch. Add some fun only-in-Miami specialties like guava ice cream, key lime smoothies, and seasonal plates of stone crabs, and it’s no wonder Miami is serving up one of the best foodie vacations in the country. Sink your teeth into Miami’s food scene on the highly rated Little Havana Food and Walking Tour or check out the city’s farmers markets, most of which are open year-round thanks to the warm climate.
Most Booked Food Tour: Savannah Culinary and Cultural Walking Tour
Just like its grits, Savannah’s culinary roots are rich. Fill your mind and your stomach on this Savannah Culinary and Cultural Walking Tour that takes you to top eateries and historic sites like the City Market, and sample the city’s most popular dishes like she-crab soup, fried green tomatoes, and surprisingly tasty honey. Savannah’s location right on the ocean makes it a great destination for seafood as well as Southern staples.
5. San Francisco
Most Booked Food Tour: Little Italy and North Beach Walking Tour
Home of the farm-to-table movement and the artisanal king of everything, San Francisco is an original foodie destination. Find your locally sourced burritos in the Mission, line up for organic dim sum in Chinatown, or take this North Beach Food and Walking Tour to try some of the city’s old-school Italian fare. Set aside a few hours to nibble your way through the city’s massive farmers markets and food halls, too, stopping to pick up an artisanal coffee and gluten-free pastry between bites of in-season produce and casual gourmet fare.
Most Booked Food Tour: Downtown Charleston Culinary Tour
Down home cooking goes high-class in Charleston’s dining scene. Though some Holy City restaurants have earned national acclaim for their bright flavors and cultural import, you can still find oyster shacks, biscuit bakeries, and fried chicken plates that remain as unpretentious as ever. A weekly farmers market located right in the middle of downtown showcases Lowcountry produce like heirloom tomatoes and giant greens almost year-round—a real treat for cooks—while tours like the Downtown Charleston Culinary Tour take the guesswork out of finding the city’s best eats.
Most Booked Food Tour: Famous Tastes of Chicago Food Tour
Go beyond deep-dish pizza and hot dogs when visiting Chicago, whose lineup of Michelin-rated restaurants and innovative eateries are redefining the Windy City’s reputation as one of the best foodie vacations. See why Chicago is top USA food city when you join the throngs waiting for massive old-fashioned doughnuts or freshly smoked fish, or skip the lines without sacrificing flavor on the Famous Tastes of Chicago Food Tour, the most-booked Chicago food tour among travelers.
Most Booked Food Tour: Food and Cultural Walking Tour of Pike Place Market
Innovative, fresh, and studded with seafood, Seattle’s food scene satisfies. Though it has all of the trendy and healthful dining expected of West Coast cities (sauerkraut tacos, anyone?), the tried-and-true Pike Place Market still sets the bar for simple food done well. This Pike Place Market tour shows you why Seattle is a top foodie destination as you sample seasonal produce, local coffee, artisan cheeses, and more.
Most Booked Food Tour: Nashville Food and Sightseeing Tour
In Nashville, hot chicken is legendary and whiskey is served straight. Plus, melt-in-your mouth barbecue, flaky biscuits served all day, and cocktails that hit hard enough to make the Billboard Top 20 all qualify Nashville as one of the top foodie vacations in the country. Be sure to try Music City’s great cuisine on the Nashville Food and Sightseeing Tour, or follow other TripAdvisor recommendations to find the best food around town.
10. Las Vegas
Most Booked Food Tour: Las Vegas Strip Afternoon Food Tour
Though Las Vegas dining might conjure images of greasy diner fare and all-you-can-eat buffets, the city is host to an ever-growing number of restaurant gems—you just have to find them. Let a guide lead you to the best food on the Strip on this Las Vegas Food Tour featuring up to a dozen dishes from global cuisines. From fancy Asian fusion joints to upscale diners that make that 4am breakfast run a little more appealing after a long night on the town, Las Vegas is a surprise hit as one of the best foodie vacations.
America’s 10 Most-Booked Food Tours
The Big Easy dominates the list of the country’s most popular food experiences, with a French Quarter food tour taking the top spot in the country. A local cooking class, and a food tour that incorporates New Orleans history also ranked in the top 10.
New Orleans, Louisiana
Exploring New Orleans food with a guide means you get a behind-the-scenes look into local kitchens, with plenty of tips on where to eat, drink, and visit while discovering New Orleans—bring an appetite for everything from beignets to brisket.
Brooklyn, New York
On this half-day Brooklyn food and culture tour, you get to see and taste your way through all of Brooklyn’s character-filled neighborhoods, without having to worry about navigating the subway or finding the right restaurants.
New Orleans, Louisiana
Meet a lively local chef and learn the fundamentals of preparing classic Creole dishes such as gumbo, jambalaya, and pralines. Then dig into delicious samples complemented by local beer or a sweet ice tea.
Exploring Little Havana with a guide means you’ll learn the stories behind each thing you try, stopping to meet local artists, watch deft cigar rollers, and take in the bustling scene at Domino Park.
New Orleans, Louisiana
Visit six local-approved restaurants that specialize in classics such as po’boys, gumbo, and beignets at establishments that live up to their hype, and pick up bits of New Orleans’ history and trivia along the way.
San Francisco, California
With an insider guide, you’ll experience a slice of the top things to do in North Beach, such as tasting coffee and witnessing bread being freshly made.
As you walk, listen to commentary from your food-loving guide and fill up on 16 different food and drink tastings, from pastries to produce and coffee to crab cakes.
New York City
Follow your guide to hidden gems that you probably wouldn’t find on you own for tastes of everything from knishes to Dutch stroopwafels.
With your guide, pop into seven restaurants and food stores that specialize in authentic Southern classics, and sample food while picking up bits of Savannah history along the way.
Experience the vibrant culture and diverse cuisine of the bustling South Beach neighborhood of Miami on this guided, 3-hour, small-group food tour.
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Methodology: The best foodie vacations are ranked using a proprietary algorithm which considers booking volume, traveler reviews, and traveler ratings. The most-booked food tours in the USA are ranked based on the number of bookings by travelers for that food experience.