Tripology, a USA TODAY Travel affiliate, released a list of the five top activity types requested by travelers on their vacations. We took a closer look at each one and came up with our favorite destinations for each category.
Self-guided tour (24%)
London’s Walking Tour
As one of Europe’s largest cities, the best way to see everything London has to offer is by walking. With hundreds of historical spots and landmarks to check out, you can stop as you please and pick different routes by neighborhood.
France’s Bike Trails
Enjoy France’s versatility via bicycle with week-long bicycling trips that include trails through the coastal areas, vineyards, and countryside.
Culinary tour/food and wine (22%)
Australia’s Wine Regions
Australia is the world’s fourth largest wine exporter, with vineyards throughout the country, from Hunter Valley in Sydney to Mornington Peninsula in Melbourne.
Scotland’s Malt Whiskey Trail
For any whiskey lover, Scotland’s malt whiskey trail is a must, with free tours and tastings along the way.
New England’s Seafood Festivals
Many Massachusetts, North Shore joints are open year round, but come in summertime for the abundance of seafood festivals and some of the best lobster in the world.
Sports and recreation (19%)
Chile is one of the ultimate hubs for recreational travel, offering hiking, wildlife, white water rafting, and even a wine country.
U.S. National Parks
Boasting one of the original seven natural wonders of the world, the National Park Service oversees amazing hiking trails, reefs, lakes, wetlands (to name a few) throughout the U.S.
Group tour (19%)
Costa Rica’s Rain Forests
A adventure-lover’s mecca, Costa Rica is an ideal place for a group tour that will cover the best of this amazing country. Both inexpensive and beautiful, group activities typically range from zip-lining through the rain forest to touring the capital, San Jose.
Morocco’s Sahara Desert
There’s no better way to get to know someone than via camel in the middle of the world’s largest desert. Many companies offer, group tours here varying in duration.
Scuba diving (15%)
Honduras’ Meso American Barrier Reef
Already one of our seven reasons to add Honduras to your bucket list, the Meso American reef is a scuba diver’s dream, offering everything from beginner training and certification to deep-sea dives at the world’s second largest reef.
The U.S. Virgin Islands
With shipwrecks and night diving, St. John, St. Thomas, and St. Croix are the perfect spot for all levels of divers.
You tell us: What are your favorite activities when you go on vacation?
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