Food tours offer more than just a taste of local cuisine; they provide a deeper understanding of a city’s culture, history, and traditions. Whether you’re a foodie or simply looking to explore a new destination through your taste buds, these top food tours in the U.S. promise an unforgettable adventure. We’re about to spill the beans – and the sauce – on the absolute best way to get a taste of the best in the U.S.
A Slice of Cuba in Miami
Topping the list is a taste of Cuba in the heart of Miami – the Little Havana Food and Walking Tour by Miami Culinary Tours. With an impressive 4,494 five-star reviews, this tour takes you on a 2.5-hour journey through the vibrant streets of Little Havana, where you’ll discover family-owned Cuban eateries dishing out mouth-watering treats. Indulge in flavorful empanadas, creamy flan ice cream, crispy croquetas, and irresistible guava pastelitos.
Taste of Italy in San Diego
In the runner-up spot, the Taste of Little Italy in San Diego, curated by Food Tour Corporation, is a 3.5-hour feast for the senses with over 222 five-star reviews. Other tours on the list include Seattle’s Chef-Guided Food Tour of Pike Place Market, New Orleans Food Walking Tour of the French Quarter, Feast of Saint Augustine Walking Tour in St. Augustine, Florida, Pike Place Market Food Tour, Best Bites on The Las Vegas Strip: A Traveler’s Guide to Sin City, and Chicago in a Day: Food, History, and Architecture Walking Tour.
Canada is one of the top destinations in the world to experience the magical northern lights. As one of the most northern hemispheric countries on the globe, Canada houses several regions with visibility of the lights 240 times a year on average. Here is everything you need to know to go and watch spectacular views of the lights in Canada.
When to See
Technically, the northern lights stay active all year round but aren’t always visible. The best time of the year to see them in Canada is from September to March. Within this period, you’ll get maximum darkness at night for the clearest views. As for the specific time of day, auroral activity generally peaks between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. But certainly, you can see the Canadian lights outside of these precise hours, as long as it’s dark outside.
Where to See
The ‘auroral zone’ is the best region to see the lights. That’s pretty much any place at 66o33′ north of the North Pole, known as the Arctic Circle. This circle cuts through the northernmost areas of Canada. But as the region is very sparse and difficult to reach, most Canadian northern lights tourism takes place a bit farther south. Northwest Territories like Yukon, Whitehorse, and spots like Yellowknife, Manitoba, and Churchill are popular among northern lights watchers. Manitoba is also a popular spot for beluga whale and polar bear tourism.
To maximize your chances of experiencing the northern lights, you’ll need to stay as many days as possible in Canada. Because the more days you spend, the better your odds of getting favorable weather and clear skies. Also, it’s not prudent to choose the day of the new moon or early crescent phases, as bright moonlight can diminish the view of the northern lights. Finally, to get accurate northern lights predictions, take a look at the aurora forecasts by the Space Weather Prediction Center of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration.
Northern Lights Tours
Tours ease the logistics of a trip to Canada, covering transportation and accommodations. Ranging from just a few hours to multiple days, it’s not hard to find one according to your needs. Northern Lights & Arctic Exploration by Nat Hab is a seven-night trip to Churchill, including a stay in the company’s Aurora Pods to enjoy 360o night views of the sky. The Northern Lights Hunting in Yellowknife tour by Adventures.com is for just four hours. The Basic Aurora Borealis Package of Northern Tales offers two to foour night escapes to the wilderness outside Whitehorse.