By: Carolyn Fitchard
Now that travel’s picking up again, there’s no shortage of cool things you can do to fully take in the sounds and sights of a new city. And if you’re already using Booking.com for your flight and hotel bookings, you can add walking tours, speedboat excursions, and other attractions to your list of things to do all in one place. Reserving everything in one place saves you the hassle of keeping track of multiple confirmations, as you can download the Booking.com app and access all your travel plans in seconds. Best yet, most of these excursions offer free cancellation in case you end up nixing a sightseeing tour to enjoy an afternoon at the pool (hey, it happens).
Fun fact: You can walk the length of Manhattan, one of NYC’s five boroughs that stretches about 13 miles, in as little as eight hours. But if you prefer to explore any of the neighborhoods at length, here are a few tours to check out.
Hamilton Walking Tour | $62.94
Tickets to the Hamilton musical may be hard to come by, but you can still see where key events unfolded with this walking tour. Bonus points if you sing the soundtrack throughout.
See the city all lit up at night as you cruise down the Hudson River during this 90-minute sailboat ride set to music.
Private Dessert Tour | $65
Travel around Hell’s Kitchen and the Theatre District as you sample up to six sweets, including doughnuts, pies, cookies, and chocolate brigadeiros—a Brazilian specialty.
Las Vegas is no slouch when it comes to entertainment, whether you want to take a turn at the slots or enjoy a live show. But here are a few things to do that are off the beaten path; some will even have you up in the air.
LINQ Promenade Zip Line Experience | $29.98
Reach speeds of up to 56 km/h as you zip line over the LINQ Promenade and land at The High Roller Observation Wheel for a birds-eye view of the city.
Get out of the city a bit and explore Mother Nature at her grandest with a guided tour of Grand Canyon National Park and its multiple walking trails.
Travel to the Mojave Desert to see the awe-inspiring Seven Magic Mountains—a towering, bright fluorescent art installation piece by Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone.
The City by the Bay is home to stunning views and a thriving cultural scene. Check out these fun things to do next time you’re in town.
Hidden Stairway Hiking Tour | $28.96
Explore San Francisco’s hidden stairways, including 16th Avenue’s famed mosaic-tiled steps, and enjoy the view from the top.
Biking across the Golden State Bridge is only half the fun of this guided tour. You’ll end up in the waterside city of Sausalito, where you can explore shops and cafes.
San Francisco Zoo | $25
Get in touch with your wilder side as you stroll along Cat Kingdom, Outback Trail, Lemur Forest, and more. You’ll also have the chance to ride a 20th-century steam train and carousel.
Put down the deep dish (seriously, it’s gross) and find out what makes Chicago truly unique with these tours of the city’s attractions and lesser-known neighborhoods.
City Architecture Tour | $40
Cruise down the Chicago River and into Lake Michigan as you take in skyline views and learn about iconic landmarks and some of the world's first skyscrapers.
Offbeat Food Tour | $70
This is not your average food tour. This 3-hour walking tour takes you through Andersonville, one of Chicago’s diverse and LGBTQ-friendly neighborhoods, to sample a melting pot of Swedish and Vietnamese flavors.
Loop Scavenger Hunt | $13.08
You only need a smartphone to receive clues and challenges that will take you past well-known landmarks like the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower, sniff) and Cloud Gate.
This coastal city is only a short distance away from the Everglades, Key West, and Biscayne National Park, but there’s still plenty to explore within its confines.
South Beach Food and Art Deco Tour | $59.99
Sample dishes from 5-star restaurants while checking out distinctive Art Deco landmarks, including the Versace mansion, Congress Hotel, and the Breakwater.
You’ll be dancing the night away while sipping mojitos, all compliments of a beginner salsa and bachata dance lesson at The Mojito Room.
Little Havana Food and Culture Tour | $62.67
If Cuban sandwiches and ropa vieja are more your thing, you don’t want to miss this half-day, small-group tour of Little Havana. You’ll also learn about cultural traditions while viewing vibrant murals and street art.