by Cortney Fries
From Cajun cooking to electric bike tours, there’s sensational scenery to explore, tasty foods to try and oodles of inspiration for your 2020 #GoWithGo list.
1. Taste Carolina Winston-Salem Food Tour
Sample your way through five fantastic downtown restaurants, where locally-sourced ingredients are used to create contemporary Southern and regional specialties. Chat up chefs and owners, and hear about the history, music and architecture of Winston-Salem. The Saturday afternoon stroll is the ideal way to try a variety of food and drink establishments and learn about Winston-Salem’s thriving business and art communities.
Save! AAA Members receive $5.50 off tour price (valid from January-April, 2020). Use promo code AAA.
2. Charleston Tea Plantation
Enjoy complimentary cups of tea and learn about tea production at North America’s only working tea plantation. Located in lovely Wadmalaw Island, not far from Charleston, the plantation provides free educational factory tours. A trolley tour, offered for a fee, takes you past acres of tea bushes and to the greenhouse. For the ultimate experience, book an Exclusive Tour with Bill Hall, world-renowned tea taster and tea maker extraordinaire.
Save! AAA Members receive $2 discount on the adult Trolley Tour price of $14.
3. Red Rock Canyon Electric Bike Tour
Las Vegas-native Allison Messmore shares the beauty of the Mojave Desert with visitors on Red E Bike Tours through Red Rock Canyon. Electric bikes are a great way to enjoy the scenery as they take the hard work out of climbing over 1,000 feet up hills. You’ll pedal past and have the opportunity to photograph ancient petroglyphs, Joshua trees and rock formations. Tours are available year round, but bundle up in the winter. It can get chilly in the desert!
Save! AAA Members receive 10 percent discount when using promo code AAACarolina10.
4. Chicago Architecture River Cruise
This tour is offered by Shoreline Sightseeing. A guide shares details about the birth of the skyscraper and the buildings that make Chicago so iconic. Cruise past over 40 Chicago landmarks, including the Tribune Tower and the Wrigley Building, with many photo opportunities of the Chicago skyline. Some boats offer full bars. Sunset cruises are recommended. It’s best to purchase tickets in advance.
5. Private New York Walking Tour with a Personal Photographer
See the sights in New York City with your own personal photographer who’ll take professional quality photos. PhotoTrek Tours will capture the experience of exploring your custom itinerary in 75 photos. Stand among the bright lights of Times Square or showcase the Manhattan skyline as your backdrop from the Brooklyn Bridge. Your NYC-native photographer also provides a subway tutorial and other tips.
Save! AAA Members receive a 10 percent discount! Book using promo code AAA10.
6. New Orleans Cooking Class
Located in a renovated 1800s molasses warehouse in New Orleans’ French Quarter, the New Orleans School of Cooking is the place to learn how to cook Louisiana specialties from area chefs. Increase your knowledge of Cajun and Creole while tasting hearty gumbo, spicy jambalaya and sweet pralines. Go home with recipes to try and insights about the history and influences on the dishes.
7. Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour with West Rim Picnic
Fly over the West Rim of the Grand Canyon and drink in views of Lake Mead, the Hoover Dam and the Colorado River. Serenity Helicopters whisks you above the canyon wall and below the rim into a private landing spot for a Champagne picnic under umbrellas. It’s a sensational VIP experience in a helicopter with 180-degree views. Choose the sunset tour to view spectacular colors as the sun dips into the horizon.
Save! AAA Members receive $75 off per guest! Use promo code AAACAROLINAS when booking.
8. Zipline Tour on Oahu’s North Shore by CLIMB Works Keana Farms
Experience the thrill of gliding across eight long, side-by-side ziplines while enjoying panoramic views of Oahu’s beautiful beaches, green mountains and lush Keana Farms. Three-hour guided tours start with an ATV ride to the top of the mountain through farm and jungle. Not only will you zip line among all this natural beauty, but you’ll also tackle rappels, sky bridges and scenic boardwalks. The fresh air and stunning panoramic views are exhilarating. Little treats, like macadamia nuts and bananas, and facts about the surrounding areas are also fun to indulge in.
9. Santa Barbara Wine Tour with Picnic Lunch
Santa Barbara Classic Wine Tours offers vino excursions in comfortable Mercedes Benz Sprinter or Metris vans with an artisan picnic lunch included. Husband and wife, Kevin and Sherene Donoghue, started this business based on their extensive knowledge and passion for wine and love of hosting others in Santa Barbara’s wine country. Their small group tours are about five to six hours long and include door-to-door service without the worry of coordinating a driver or itinerary. Talk viniculture and stroll through the vineyards of three or four estate wineries.
Save! AAA Members receive $10 off per person. Book using discount code AAA10.
10. Newport Harbor Narrated Sightseeing Cruise
Gansett Cruises’ Newport Harbor narrated sightseeing cruises are a serene way to learn about the legends and history of scenic Newport Harbor, Jamestown and Narragansett Bay. Feast your eyes on iconic landmarks like the Newport Bridge and Castle Hill while you sip a Rhode Island refreshment, such as Del’s frozen lemonade or a “coffee cabinet” milkshake. Tour guides are knowledgeable and entertaining.
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