When visiting a new city it’s easy to start with visiting the tourist hot spots. It’s quite natural, and many people make a bee line for these well known sites. In all honesty, we love to see the top attractions, but we also make time to head off the beaten path. While most of us don’t have friends to give us a proper city tour in every destination, the good news is Airbnb Experiences has given us the opportunity to travel like we do.
These Airbnb tours and activities are created by locals. They go beyond typical tours and classes by immersing guests in each host’s unique world. It’s an opportunity for anyone to share their expertise and tourists can try something new. Here are the best Airbnb experiences to try on your next vacation.
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13 Unique Experiences to Book with Airbnb Right Now
1. Puerto Rican Cooking and Cocktails
I might be a little biased, but I think a Puerto Rican cooking and cocktails class in New York City sounds amazing! You will love learning from a classically trained NYC bartender and foodie who loves her Puerto Rican culture. Try your had at making authentic Puerto Rican dishes, paired with an Island inspired cocktail. Salsa Music plays while delicious smells fill the air, what’s not to love?
2. Hiking Runyon Canyon with a Rescue Pup
Hiking Runyon Canyon with a rescue dog is experience that is sure to be the highlight of your Los Angeles vacation. When you add and incredible rescue pup into the Runyon Canyon mix, the smile won’t leave your face. Help raise money for a great nonprofit while also stretching a pup’s legs. (100% of the proceeds will go to The Furgotten, a 501c3 dedicated to saving dogs from high kill shelters and finding them new loving homes).
3. Glassblowing in Chicago with a local artist
It’s always fun to tour Chicago exploring on your own, but why not get to know the locals with this visit to a local glass studio. This visit includes a studio tour and one-on-one instruction while creating your own one of a kind glass piece.
4. Ramen making class in San Francisco
San Francisco has a distinctly Asian flare from their food to their culture. Take time to learn how to make a favorite dish, ramen. You’ll spend time with a classically trained Japanese ramen chef learning to make noodles from scratch and enjoying the fruits of your labor with a wonderful dinner.
5. Experience Cuban Culture in Miami
If Cuba is a bit outside of your travel comfort zone, then Miami is the next best place to experience Cuban culture. Take a walking tour of Little Havana in Miami and taste some incredible Cuban coffee and learn about the tradition of rolling Cuban cigars.
This day trip brings the food, culture, and music of Cuba together for visitors. Be sure to get some local restaurant recommendations from your tour guide for later.
6. Take an Austin street art tour
You can’t visit Austin and not see its amazing street art. This tour allows you to discover parts of East Austin that never made it into a guidebook and its ever-changing street art scene.
Whether you’re looking for great Instagram worthy murals in Austin, enjoy art history, or want the inside scoop on local living in Austin, this street art tour is for you. By the end of the walk, you will know more about Austin’s public art than most local residents, and you’ll never look at murals, street art, or graffiti the same way again.
7. Sign Language with Music in Atlanta
This is one of the coolest Airbnb experiences I’ve found. Matthew is your deaf teacher/ host as you embark on the journey of how to interpret some of your favorite songs with American Sign Language!
A few years ago he started DEAFinitely Dope to try to play an active role in merging mainstream culture and deaf awareness through sign language and music. Sign language with music for beginners is an amazing idea!
8. Take a Haunted Tour of New Orleans
There is something inherently spooky about the city of New Orleans. There is simply no way to separate the history and the hauntings, so this New Orleans ghost tour doesn’t even try. Tour guides tell fact based, chilling tales as you wander the streets of the French Quarter.
9. Explore a glacier and geothermal pools in Denver
This all day tour is led by Tyler, the founder of Adventure Colorado tours and a Colorado native. Your day begins with a stop at St. Mary’s glacier for one of the host’s favorite hikes in Colorado. The views of the glacier and surrounding area will take your breath away. After a stop for lunch, you will head to natural geothermal cave pools for a nice relaxing soak.
All of the equipment is provided, so come properly dressed and ready to explore Colorado’s amazing beauty in the span of a day.
10. Attend a Nashville Recording Session
No visit to Nashville is complete without taking time to enjoy the local music scene. The city is the heart and soul of country music. When you’re wandering the streets you could see anyone from current celebrities to budding superstars. Music constantly bombards you as you stroll down the city streets. For seriously once in a lifetime opportunity schedule time to sit in on a live studio session.
11. Explore the Arizona desert
Get an unclose view of the Phoenix desert when you take a sunset desert Jeep tour. Arizona sunsets are some of the best in the world and this off road adventure is one you won’t forget! Hit the trails of the Tonto National Forest, and learn about the Sonoran flora and fauna, as well as local history.
12. Take a surfing lesson in Hawaii
If riding the waves is one of your life long dreams, don’t miss this opportunity for a lesson from a life long surfer and experienced surf instructor. Learn the basics on shore and then head out to the water. Located on the North Shore of O’ahu, there’s no better place to try and hang ten!
13. Mobsters, mayhem and murder in Boston
This Boston crime tour takes you on a scenic route through the heart of Boston, and off the beaten path to places most tourists never see. Tour guides Jimmy or Omar will tell you not only about general Boston history, but the darker side of the city. This includes stories about Whitey Bulger, the Boston Strangler, the Mafia and more!
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