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 experiences. In all honesty, we love to see the well known sights, 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. Airbnb Experiences are activities and tours 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.
12 of the Best Airbnb Experiences in the United States
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Glimpse into New York Crime History
Get a glimpse into New York City crime history through the eyes of a retired New York Police Department detective. Enjoy some of Little Italy’s best local bites as you listen to the stories of his career. If you’re curious about NYC Mafia history, this tour is for you.
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Hike Runyon Canyon with a Rescue Pup
Hiking Runyon Canyon 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).
Glassblowing in Chicago with a local artist
Chicago is a beautiful city for 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.
Make Ramen Noodles 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.
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 tour 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.
Devour Austin Tacos
You can’t visit Austin and not try the tacos. The trick about finding the best tacos in Austin is that you have to know where to look. This Austin taco tour will have you buzzing around the city with a local chef and stuffing your face at the Austin taco hot spots.
See the best street art in Atlanta
Street art has gained in popularity, so it’s only fitting that tours to see street art are now a thing. A local Atlanta travel writer takes guests on a tour around “The Beltline” and helps them find the hidden art gems of the city. There’s plenty of time for you to take photos, but the host is happy to take photos of you if you want to be the star of the photo.
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 tour doesn’t even try. Tour guides tell fact based, chilling tales as you wander the streets of the French Quarter.
Peek inside Seattle’s Coffee Scene
Seattle is the undisputed champion of coffee in the United States. Take time to learn about why the coffee culture here continues to grow and push boundaries. Peek inside the Seattle coffee scene with this tour that showcases the process of a great cup from start to finish.
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.
Do a fly over in Phoenix
Get a bird’s eye view of the Phoenix area when you take a flight lesson in an open cockpit biplane. Your flight instructor is a FAA Certificated Flight Instructor with over 2000 hours of experience flying antique airplanes. This experience is unlike any other.
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!
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