Takeaways from TripAdvisor’s Best of the Best Things To Do Awards

Travel advice platform TripAdvisor has released the latest in its series of Travelers’ Choice awards, recognizing the best of the best things to do in the world.

The awards recognize the best experiences to have in the United States and abroad in 2022, whether it’s having a dolphin adventure in Clearwater, Florida, or taking a Beatles tour in Liverpool. TripAdvisor ranked the top 10 experiences overall as well as the top experiences in 11 subcategories, including food, nature, and pop culture, among others.


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Here are some of the notable takeaways from this year’s awards.

High demand for nature and big city tours

Beach experiences, nature excursions and big city tours are among the most popular things to do in 2022. For example, a sightseeing tour of Oahu, Hawaii’s North Shore is the best experience in the States USA right now, followed by a kayaking tour of Shell Key Preserve and the Tampa Bay area on Florida’s Gulf Coast.

Top five national experiences include a food and walking tour of Little Havana in Miami and two unique experiences in Las Vegas – an ATV tour of the Mojave Desert and a small-group tour of the Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam and the 7 magic mountains.

Arizona, Florida and Hawaii are hot

Similar to Las Vegas, Arizona, Florida and Hawaii are heating up when it comes to popular travel experiences. Award-winning excursions in 2022 also include a Pearl Harbor city tour in Honolulu and a private discovery flight over Maui as well as the Little Toot Dolphin adventure in Clearwater Beach, a guided TomCar ATV tour through the desert from Sonora Arizona and a private party bike experience for up to 15 people in Old Town Scottsdale.

Florida is also home to the premier snorkeling and water sports experience on a Crystal River Manatee Snorkeling Tour, as well as the premier wine, beer, and spirits activity in the Wine Experience. , cocktail and St. Augustine food.

Gourmets have their favorites

Lewis Barbecue in Charleston, SC
Lewis Barbecue in Charleston, SC (Photo via Lauren Bowman)

The Reykjavik Food Walk – Local Foodie Adventure in Iceland is the seventh most popular thing to do in the world and the premier foodie experience abroad.

Meanwhile, hungry travelers to the United States are drawn to the Undiscovered Charleston: Half-Day Food, Wine, and History Tour with a Cooking Class Experience in Charleston, SC .

Bucket List Travelers Soar

A premium red dune safari, camel safari and BBQ at Al Khayma Camp in Dubai is the top experience on the 2022 to-do list, according to TripAdvisor.

However, a handful of the more unique things to do require venturing to higher elevations. A hot air balloon ride over Luxor, Egypt ranks third, followed by a hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia and a champagne breakfast in Turkey. Additionally, the top eight also offers a zipline adventure in Rotorua, New Zealand, and a tandem skydive in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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