Front Range Brew Tours totes barley aficionados on illuminating and informal voyages to notable craft breweries. Expeditions take off from 17th and Wynkoop Streets in Denver before ambling in a party bus, limo, or van toward Fort Collins, with stops at local beer-making labs along the way. Examine the foam-bearded brew masters working their magic in hoppy hot spots such as New Belgium Brewing Company, Odell Brewing Co., and Oskar Blues Brewery. Each stop outfits 10 to 25 tour takers with a sample flight or a half pint of sudsy sippables, ideal for wetting whistles and esophagi in equal measure. Brewery tours begin promptly, ensuring minimal wait times. Afterward, newly minted ale experts will return to the initial Denver meeting point with knowledge and newly formed best friendships in tow. The number of stops can vary according to traffic and weather conditions, as well as customers' desire to spend more time at individual stops. Tours depart at 10 a.m. Thursday–Saturday, excluding holidays and Ragnarök.
"If you want to aggressively snack your way through a neighborhood as you walk it," says Fodor's, "consider hanging with cookbook author Tom Medin or one of his local guides." Medin is one of the founders of Local Tastes of the City Tour/SF Food Tours, and he personally leads many of the company's walking tours, which seek out the soul of the city in its bakeries, restaurants, and cafes. The hunt for hidden gems might lead to Chinatown's oldest bakery and a fortune cookie-making demonstration, or through an authentic Western saloon. The North Beach tour, which has been recommended by Lonely Planet, presents a behind-the-scenes look at coffee-roasting by way of the favored hangouts of the Beat Generation. Even when a tour skirts the city's iconic landmarks via painted bus, each stop is replete with tastings and demos, which is why the guides recommend that visitors avoid eating before a tour or swallowing their backpacks for safekeeping.
240 East Cordova Street used to be the address where Vancouver?s police officers, morticians, judges, and dead converged. The building, which was built in 1932, served as the city?s coroner?s court and morgue until the 1980s and the city analyst?s lab until 1995. Countless toxicology tests and several high-profile investigations have taken place between the building?s walls, including the Castellani Milkshake Murder and Errol Flynn?s autopsy. Fittingly, given the building?s significance to Vancouver's criminal-justice history, it is now home to the Vancouver Police Museum.
To date, the museum staff has curated a selection of approximately 20,000 historical artifacts, including confiscated weapons, counterfeit currency, photographs, paperwork, and vintage police vehicles. Currently, 40 per cent of the collection is on display in the museum?s several exhibits, one of which allows visitors to explore a coroner?s forensic lab. The museum also offers educational programs such as walking tours and a two-hour forensic-science program. During this program, guests scour a faux crime scene for clues and try to prevent the brash, young rookie cop from running off into the night to find the perpetrator.
Mr. Toad specializes in small, personalized tours that offer a better overview of the bay area than the Full House intro. Instead of the modern vehicles frequently sighted touring urban landscapes, Toad tours take place in pre-1930s vehicles that run on propane, the power behind grills and floating cities. The nimble rides can easily navigate the hilly cityscape along the route. The Hop Around the City tour is a beautiful jaunt around town, highlighting cinematic and historical landmarks like Little Italy, the Embarcadero's piers, Mrs. Doubtfire's house, Chinatown, and the Golden Gate Bridge, to name a few. Tours depart from Fisherman's Wharf at the corner of Mason and Jefferson—see the sidebar for tour schedules. Call ahead to book your tour and arrive twenty minutes early to avoid missing the send-off, subsequently ruining everything forever.
Customized Tours leads groups on guided expeditions of Seattle's most breathtaking spots. Outdoor adventurers can try the Mount Rainier National Park tour or the winery and waterfall tour, which travels across Lake Washington on the 7,700-foot Evergreen Point floating bridge to the world-renowned Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery. City tours explore a variety of coffee shops and tourist attractions across the Queen Anne, Fremont, and Chinatown neighborhoods.
One of the more unique tours is the Boeing Factory tour, which gives visitors a behind-the-scenes look at airplane assembly. It also gives them a chance to design their own airplanes using touch-screen computers, or, for traditionalists, old geometry homework.
St. Augustine City Walks began with a signature pub tour, and has since branched out to include exploratory walking tours. Steeped in cultural heritage and historical preservation, the tours delve deep into Saint Augustine?s past and present, exploring topics such as the city?s savory cuisine, local chocolatiers, and historical pubs and taverns. Lanterns cast shadows on streets as guides lead groups on City Walks? History, Mystery, Mayhem & Murder tour, while lighter tours include a Bachelorette Crawl and a walk through the Plaza da la Constituci?n.