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Find a Coach / Bus trip that explores USA. There are 219 adventures to choose from, that range in length from 3 days up to 32 days. The most popular month for these tours is September, which has the most tour departures. For more inspiration, discover our  USA vacation deals  and the best coach/bus tour companies .

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Best of the American West Tour

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Best of the American West

Excellent tour! Our guide, Ken Black, was the best tour guide ever. He took us to the best places, made excellent hike recommendations depending on our interests and capabilities, made sure we were safe and had fun at all times!
  • 10% deposit on some dates Some departure dates offer you the chance to book this tour with a lower deposit.

Dollywood and Nashville Escorted Tour Tour

Dollywood and Nashville Escorted Tour

Road Trippin’ American West Tour

Road Trippin’ American West

Wild West, Cowboys and Buffalos (End Denver, 9 Days) Tour

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Wild West, Cowboys and Buffalos (End Denver, 9 Days)

Comfortable Coach, tour director Erica was fantastic, driver, Kevin was professional and very accommodating. We traveled 1790 miles, great group of people to travel will. Thanks. Gary
  • €100 deposit on some dates Some departure dates offer you the chance to book this tour with a lower deposit.

Northern California (8 Days) Tour

Northern California (8 Days)

The Northern California trip was fantastic. Impressed by the thoughtful trip planning and pacing. Our tour director, Jason, was one of the best we’ve ever had. Would DEFINITELY recommend this trip to others!

American Parks Trail (Classic, End Denver, 9 Days) Tour

American Parks Trail (Classic, End Denver, 9 Days)

The Tour Director and driver were first class, keeping us both very amused, and very safe. Some of the downsides were due to the weather, at times, which nothing could be done about, so we got on with it. Some of the main downs were due to my naivety, in thinking some facilities (like cash paying taxis from SLC airport; I persuaded a friendly Uber driver to accept cash!) were what I was used to, and that I wouldn't have to re-enter security when changing planes from LHR to SLC, at PHX, even though I was on a connecting, booked, flight, and my baggage had already been labelled for both airports appropriately, at LHR. Altogether, a very good, and memorable holiday, where I visited some parts of the Parks that I visited before, but saw many more, and different sights in them.

Highlights of the Canyonlands Tour

Highlights of the Canyonlands

The tour guide was awesome. The stuff we saw was worth every cent. Do this tour!

Wonders of the American West (Classic, 10 Days) Tour

Wonders of the American West (Classic, 10 Days)

Appreciated the tour director and driver . Schedule was good as well as accommodations. I especially liked that we were able to attend dinner and program by native Navajos and that we got to talk with them. It would have been great to have even more time that night. Would also like to have had more time at one stop where the Navajos were set up to sell items they had made. Overall it was a great tour.

Fall Colours of New England (10 Days) Tour

Fall Colours of New England (10 Days)

We had a wonderful experience and satisfied of the overall outcome.

Eastern Discovery (10 Days) Tour

Eastern Discovery (10 Days)

It was a great experience

Best of the West (12 Days) Tour

Best of the West (12 Days)

The tour was good, the destination highlights were amazing! The hotels were good, but sometimes outside towns so there was nothing to do and not much choice for food- a bit disappointing. Breakfast not included. The guide was good, driver amazing! There was a lot of extras to choose from, so spent more than originally anticipated this will cost, especially with tips!

USA Road Trip — Yosemite, Canyons & Camping Tour

USA Road Trip — Yosemite, Canyons & Camping

Fascinating West, Ending in San Francisco Tour

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Fascinating West, Ending in San Francisco

New York and Washington Tour

New York and Washington

Exploring the Pacific Northwest Tour

Exploring the Pacific Northwest

Ken, our guide was knowledgeable, efficient, courteous and fun. The tour would have been better with a full day in Seattle spending 2 nights there. You could skip Leavenworth, Yakima and the nature center in Bend.

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When you come to the Black Hills and Badlands you can see the sights on your own and not know what you have missed, or you can go with GeoFunTrek Tours and not miss a thing!  We are the LOCAL EXPERTS who offer exceptional tours for those want more than the usual voyage.  Enriching and enlightening experiences are our strength and our guests receive tours that only we can provide.

At geofun trek tours you always get the a-team - because that is who we are, we have earned a 5-star rating on tripadvisor , read our exceptional reviews. click on the " about us " tab for more information..

In these uncertain times your safety and comfort are our primary concern.  When you choose to travel, GeoFunTrek Tours offers Private Tours for you and your family.  Call us for more information.

Call: (605) 430-1531

GeoFunTrek Tours is different. For those looking for a high quality guided tour of the Black Hills, Badlands and beyond - GeoFunTrek Tours is the answer!

We specialize in day-long adventures in the Black Hills, Badlands region and the surrounding areas.

We will work with you to deliver the finest in traditional itineraries such as Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse and Custer State Park - to unique and novel experiences - such as Sunset and Stargazing Tours of the Badlands, Dinosaur and Fossil Tours, Mining History Tours, Winery and Art Gallery Tours, Walking Tours and other specialty tours.

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  • Arrangements can be made for Custer, SD, Custer State Park, and other localities.
  • All transportation and narration.
  • All listed admissions and parking fees.
  • Complimentary bottled water, juice and light snacks.
We are proud to say that this is a family business, where Cindy, Chris, and I are the only guides; there are no seasonal, part-time, or trainees. You will always be served by the A-team. - John Esposti, Co-Owner / Guide

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Are you looking for an exceptional sightseeing tour experience?  Do you want to have a say in where the tour goes and how long you enjoy each location?  If you answer yes to any of these questions, then you owe it to yourself to contact GeoFunTrek Tours and start planning the tour-of-your-dreams!

We bring the area to life in ways that are fun and memorable. We operate year-round and will work with you to design and deliver the tour of your dreams.  Our tours are unique, intimate and emotionally fulfilling.  You will ride in the comfort and safety of a Sprinter 9-passenger Van or a Honda Pilot SUV.  Check out GeoFunTrek on TripAdvisor and Facebook for customer reviews.

We blend art and science to reveal and illuminate the heart and soul of Mother Earth

Many of the treasures of the Black Hills are not visible on its surface.  Some of these treasures cannot be seen with our eyes. The fullness and richness of the Black Hills experience can take a lifetime to acquire, or you can find the right guide. GeoFunTrek Tours offers you just such a guide.

GeoFunTrek specializes in intimate, thoughtful and unique journeys.  We take your mind, body and soul to places that few get to experience.  You will receive the insights, not just see the sights, that make this area unique.  If you want to understand the Black Hills and Badlands like never before - let GeoFunTrek be your vehicle of choice.

Refresh your spirit and renew your love of the natural world and special places.  Geology, paleontology, history and folklore are artfully blended to satisfy and restore you - heart, mind and soul.

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Enjoy Corpus Christi Tours, LLC

Let's tour.

Join us on one of our extraordinary tours - Sightseeing Historical, Cemetery, Art, Rockport-Fulton, Family Fun Trek, Nature Eco Experience, Seasonal, or Customized Tours!

Experience the diversity of the Corpus Christi art scene by viewing and learning about public art along the tour route, seeing our many colorful murals, and visiting unique galleries and studios with us. Of course, there will be an opportunity to purchase that very special piece of art!

We offer upgrades. Our tours can be customized to meet your special interests and schedules. Several of our packages have optional lunch meals or cocktails and appetizers.

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Sightseeing historical tours.

During the course of this 2-hour tour, you will visit unique points of interest, including the Port of Corpus Christi (one of the largest ports in the USA), the oldest Federal Cemetery in Texas, as well as some of the oldest homes and buildings in our city. Hear about the events that shaped our history – shipwrecks, encounters with Native American Indians, boundary disputes, wars, yellow fever epidemics, and hurricanes.

Our historical tours cost $29.95 per person and include stops for photographs and better views of historical sites. During these stops, you may step off the van to explore or may remain in the van until the next site.  (A minimum of two people is required for this tour.) 

Reservations are required.  Call 361-696-9006 to reserve your seats.

Departure times: 10:30 AM and 1:30 PM* (Monday – Sunday)

*Please call to inquire about alternate departure time availability.

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VAMANOS! (Let's go!)  A TEX-MEX EXPERIENCE

You can now experience what our unique South Texas culture is all about!   

Spanish, Mexican, and South Texas traditions have blended to form our rich Tex-Mex culture.  On this journey together, you may wonder if we have entered Mexico as we visit a Mexican grocery store, bakery, and candy store!  You will be mesmerized by all the colorful displays!  We will sample pan dulce (sweet bread) and aguas frescas (fruit drinks)!  And, of course, you will have an opportunity to shop in a delightful Mexican market!  We will visit a serene Catholic church and learn why Our Lady of Guadalupe is beloved in Mexico and South Texas.  We will have an opportunity to learn more about faith healing from a family of curanderos.  And you know there will be Tejano music, colorful art, and much more as you experience our Tex-Mex world!  VAMANOS!

Our Tex-Mex Experience costs $36 per person and takes two and a half to three hours.  This is definitely a hands-on experience, and we will be getting in and out of the van frequently!  (Note:  Every venue is not necessarily open every day so guide will make appropriate substitutions.)

Departure times:  1:00 PM* (Monday - Saturday)

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HAPPY HOUR EXPERIENCE OF THE MACABRE

On this adult-only experience, we will enjoy "spirits" at three unique bars in downtown Corpus Christi.  True stories of untimely death and murder will join us!  We will visit our city's first morgue , the site of an international haunted hoax , and scene of murder and mayhem !  As an added bonus , we will conclude our Happy Hour Experience of the Macabre by exploring in near darkness a 1929 spirit-filled building ! 

Our Happy Hour Experience of the Macabre is $28 per person, and the experience takes approximately two hours.  Each person joining the experience will be responsible for any food, beverages, or other purchases made during the experience.  Bringing cash for purchase payments will facilitate a smooth transition from one haunted site to to the next!

Departure times:  Variable, but usually between 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM (Monday - Thursday)

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Cemetery Tours

Visit five beautiful and historic cemeteries during this 2-hour tour. Hear the personal stories of some of our earliest citizens, walk among their burial sites, see unique monuments that tell their own story, see the mass burial ground for hundreds of hurricane victims, and much more.

Our Cemetery Tours cost $33/person and includes orange juice. This tour may not be available during our hottest months, typically June through September.

Departure time: 9:00 AM (Monday-Sunday)

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Experience the diversity of the Corpus Christi art scene by viewing public art along the tour route and visiting unique galleries and studios with us. Our art tours will include stops at a minimum of four art galleries or studios. Art pieces will also be available for purchase.

This tour lasts for approximately two hours at a cost of $29.95 per person.

We offer upgrade options that may include lunch or appetizers and a cocktail or sipping champagne during the tour. Please give us a call for more details.

Departure time: 9:30 AM and 2:00 PM (Tuesday - Saturday)

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Ghost Tours

Enjoy Corpus Christi Tours LLC provides a premier ghost hunting experience! We explore inside a 1929 haunted building, and we visit 13 other haunted sites that will give you chills and thrills. Hear the stories and the history behind these haunted locations and what other guests have encountered.

Take lots of photos and try to capture orbs, apparitions, or fascinating energy fields. This tour is a two-hour night adventure that will have you taking a second look at every unexpected shadow! Come prepared to do some exploring. We hop on and off our air-conditioned van as we move from location to location!

This tour costs $28 per person.

Departure time: 6:15 PM to 8:30 PM (depends on sunset) Every Evening

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Rockport-Fulton-Lamar Excursion

Discover the Rockport-Fulton-Lamar areas.....then and now during this four-hour, half-day excursion. Enjoy hearing and seeing the history of these colorful communities on the South Texas Coast which took a direct hit from Hurricane Harvey in 2017 - only 30 minutes away from Corpus Christi. See for yourself how this area has risen and is continuing to rise from difficulties and destruction. See the famous Windswept Oaks, popular bayfront scenes, thriving marinas, and historical sites and ruins. Witness the array of wonderful adventures available - shopping, art, dining, birding, fishing, and boating. You will have the opportunity to enjoy the tranquility of an amazing shrine right on Aransas Bay, tour the Fulton Mansion in the seaport village of Fulton, wander through a beautiful art gallery that has quite the tale to tell, explore the San Antonio Aransas Pass Railroad Depot Museum, and much more on this truly unique experience. 

Our Rockport-Fulton-Lamar Excursion costs $55/person and includes stops for photographs, better views of scenic sites, and shopping. Any entry fees are included, including the Fulton Mansion tour.  A four person minimum is required for this excursion.  If the four person minimum is not reached, the excursion will cost $65/person.  

Add-ons are available on this excursion.  We can plan a delightful lunch or stop for cocktails.  Add-ons may add additional time and there will be an additional cost based on how you would like to customize your excursion.

Departure time: 8:30 AM* (Tuesday-Saturday)

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Family Fun Trek

Two-hour tour with a twist! Family-oriented tour that combines sightseeing, a wee bit of history, a dab of art, a speck of spooky ghost stories, and a whole lot of fun! We spend more time out of the van than in, but we cover a whole lot of ground! We use a spy scope to see native wildlife and locations of Japanese kamikaze attacks, and we even explore a haunted movie theater built in 1929!

Our Family Fun Trek cost: Children 4 and under are free, ages 5-14 are $21, and ages 15 and up are $29.95.

Departure times: 10:30 AM and 1:30 PM* (Monday - Sunday)

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Nature Eco Experience

Experience the unique ecology of the coastal plains during this 3-hour tour. This experience has been designed for those who want a bit of exercise and a closer encounter with our ever-changing climate which may be cool and dry, hot and humid, still or windy! You may choose three venues to explore from our list of suggestions. Do you want to see beautiful orchids, butterflies, and parrots? Maybe a short hike next to the Oso Bay and a view of a newly discovered Native American burial ground would be something you would enjoy. Would you prefer a half-mile loop hike through mesquite trees and cacti to see the Oso Bay wetlands? Or, maybe you are looking forward to getting your feet sandy on one of our Gulf of Mexico beaches! It's your experience, you choose!

Our Nature Eco Experience costs  $150 for two.  Each additional person costs $25/person.  Entry into the Botanical Gardens is not included in this pricing.

Departure time: 9:00 A.M.* (Monday-Sunday)

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Cultural and Seasonal Tours

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Christmas Lights Tours

The best way to enjoy the splendor of Christmas Lights is with your family and friends on this two-hour Seasonal Tour. You will visit the very best light displays in Corpus Christi.

There will be several opportunities to get out of the van and take pictures. Our Christmas Lights Tour costs $295 for up to 12 people on your private tour.

Departure time: 6:00 PM nightly between December 11, 2020 and December 23, 2020

Customized Tours Our tours may be customized to meet your special interests - just ask!

Tour departures.

Unless otherwise arranged or noted, all tours depart from the parking lot adjacent to the Art Center of Corpus Christi at 100 N. Shoreline Boulevard, Corpus Christi, Texas. This parking lot is located on the north side of the Art Center and is also adjacent to the seawall.

We offer discounts to active military personnel.

Gift Certificates

Additionally, we also have gift certificates available for our tours. For more information, please get in touch with us.

Refund Policy

Should you need to cancel your tour with us, our refund policies are as follows:

Seven-Day Cancellation Notice: Full Refund

Four-to Six-Day Cancellation Notice: 50% Refund

Three-Day or Less Cancellation Notice: No Refund

Client Feedback

As a team, we take pride in being able to impart our knowledge about the area to the tourists who choose our services. See what our clients have to say about our services and how they had fun on their tours by reading the comments they have shared with us:

"The tour was amazing. I learned so much, and I couldn't wait to go buy one of the books Susan recommended."

- S. Duran (Portland, Texas)

Wild Drive is a Premier Tour, and requires reservations. It includes admission to the park.

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Experience the awe and wonder of seeing a caribou or moose from the comfort of your own car. Our Wild Drive premier tour allows you to drive in your own vehicle and see roaming herds of Roosevelt elk, bison, and mountain goats in our beautiful Free-Roaming Area . 

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RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED: Online, timed-ticketing only. Tours are limited to 15 registered vehicles. Price: $55 members*/$110 non-members per vehicle (up to 8 people) * Special member price while tram tours are suspended.  All ages: Maximum of 8 people per vehicle. Driver must be 18 or older.

No pets allowed.

Read our Wild Drive Frequently Asked Questions or download our Field Guide to learn about our animals.

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Wild Drive is unique and unforgettable. After purchasing your timed online ticket, you and your household members will drive your vehicle to our park’s welcome area. One of our experienced staff members will lead you in your vehicle and a small caravan of other vehicles into our stunning Free-Roaming Area where you’ll drive through serene meadows, shady wetlands, and dappled forests.

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With our naturalist’s assistance, you’ll look for dozens of native Northwest animals that roam freely in the 435-acre area. You’ll enjoy a live narrated tour with engaging stories about all the species you’re seeing and what makes them special. Look for mountain goats, bison, moose, elk and more!

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With coastlines, forests, deserts and mountains, the United States is an explorer's paradise.

Magical moments are waiting around every corner in The States. From the rugged wilderness and glacial fjords in Alaska to the winding coastal highways in California , the wide array of national parks to the musical streets of New Orleans , this country is simply sprawling. So whether you're hiking, biking, toe-tapping or road-tripping, you can't go wrong exploring the USA the Intrepid way.

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331.9 million

English, Spanish (although the US has no official languages)

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Best time to visit united states.

Being such a large country, the weather in the US is different depending on which area you are in. Summer (June to August) is the peak travel season due to school holidays, but it can be uncomfortably hot in the desert areas and the south.

The shoulder seasons of spring and autumn are generally considered to be the best times to visit, but the weather is still highly variable and these may be the wettest times in some parts of the country (such as the Pacific Northwest ). Winter can be cold in the northern states, but quiet in other areas, which can make it a pleasant time to visit.

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Culture and customs

With immigration playing a major part in the development of America, today the country is made up of many different cultures. It’s no wonder modern America is rich with a variety of cultural traditions, cuisines, religions and festivals. Because of this, a large diversity of holidays are celebrated in America. Annual holidays like  Independence Day  and Thanksgiving are usually celebrated by all regardless of religion or political persuasion, and give people a chance to reconnect with family and friends around the dinner table or grill.

From sports to soul music, popular culture to philosophy, and fine art to folk art, the tastes and desires of Americans vary around the country. A love of sport unifies the nation - it doesn’t matter if you live in a city loft or out in the country, sports like ice hockey, basketball, baseball and football all attract a strong following.

Many Native Americans live on reservations and fight to retain their traditions and preserve their heritage, although when visiting reservations don’t be surprised to see Native Americans wearing modern clothing. With much of the language and many of the customs lost over the years, Native Americans strive to live a life of deep spirituality and in connection with the earth, as their ancestors did for centuries.

Check out our range of  experiences in the United States that amplify BIPOC cultures .

Eating and drinking

Intrepid believes that one of the best ways to experience a country is by eating! Whether you're sampling street food, savouring cheap eats or indulging in a banquet, there are endless options to choose from wherever you are in the world. 

With a variety of international influences, try Creole cuisine in New Orleans, traditional Jewish fare like bagels and pastrami sandwiches in New York, and barbecue in Texas. America’s got everything, from burger joints to taco shacks, organic cafes to refined Michelin-starred restaurants.

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Geography and environment

From the lush everglades of Florida, through the red-hot deserts of Nevada and on to the urban jungles of New York and Philadelphia, the United States has many different environments and ecosystems within its boundaries. Sharing borders with Canada in the north and Mexico in the south, the United States has deserts, glaciers, freshwater lakes, rapid-filled rivers, mountain ranges, sprawling plains, forested national parks , beaches and bays.

The major national parks of America – Yellowstone, Zion, Yosemite, Bryce Canyon, Denali and Joshua Tree offer a glimpse into what much of America looked like before development. Lush vegetation, majestic mountains and sparkling lakes give deer, moose, bears, bison and many other species of wildlife a fertile home to live in. 

When traveling, you’re likely to see modern cities filled with traffic, skyscrapers and high-density housing, as well as sleepy towns, trailer parks and Native American reservations. A complex network of highways connect the major cities, making overland travel a popular choice with visitors and locals alike. The great American road trip is still alive and well.

History and government

As one of the world’s most influential nations, major moments and events in American history ripple throughout the rest of the world. The American people are known for their resilience and irrepressible nature, and it is this spirit that allows them to continue to contribute to the world economically, scientifically and creatively.

In recent history, America has enjoyed the historic highs of the moon landings and the devastating lows of Hurricane Katrina. The world has seen American companies like Apple, Facebook, Microsoft and Starbucks change the face of the world. And people like Steven Spielberg, Lance Armstrong, Maya Angelou and Sidney Poitier create masterpieces, break records and win countless awards.

Top 10 must-see cities in the US

1. new york.

You can be anyone you want to be in NYC. Indulge your artistic side at MoMA, mingle with the Gordon Geckos on Wall Street, cheer like a pro at a Yankees game or kick back at a bar with a Manhattan and a new pair of Jimmy Choos.

2. San Francisco

San Francisco is made of sunshine, seafood and a whole lot of hills. This is the place to embrace your inner (or outer) bohemian. But it's not all 'flowers in your hair' and free thinking, be sure to take a ferry to Alcatraz and scoff down a clam chowder at Fisherman's Wharf.

3. New Orleans

The Caribbean meets France and Africa in New Orleans. Music is everywhere, and so are the friendly faces. The city comes to life after dark so have an afternoon nap, get some comfortable shoes on and get ready to bar hop the night away.

4. Las Vegas

Hello Lady Luck! Days somehow disappear in the hedonistic blitz of color, light, showgirls, casinos and offers too good to refuse. Try to escape the endless buffets to catch a real Las Vegas show; there's everything from death-defying acrobats to Elvis on offer.

The financial and political powerhouse of Chicago has been the home of two of the most influential people in the world - President Obama and Oprah. Famed for its distinctive architecture, booming performing arts scene and sports-mad locals, the 'Windy City' shouldn't be missed.

The air is warmer, the clothes smaller and the colors are somehow brighter in Miami. Jewish, Latin and Caribbean cultures blend to make a heady mix of great food, even better music and a nightlife filled with the spirit of fiesta. Hang out on perfect beaches, spot classic cars and gaze at the beautiful people as they strut their stuff.

7. Los Angeles

Search beyond the stardust of Hollywood and the excessive price tags of Rodeo Drive, to find the true essence of Los Angeles. Home to a melting pot of cultures, uber-cool restaurants, a hip art scene and the eclectic vibe of Venice Beach, LA is so hot right now!

The birthplace of grunge music and iconic super-companies like Microsoft, Boeing and Starbucks, Seattle offers so much more than great coffee. Markets packed with fresh produce, a harbor perfect for boating, vibrant public art and a thriving live music scene combine to make Seattle a must-see city.

History comes alive in the heritage-filled streets of Memphis. Whether it's at Elvis Presley's Graceland, the lively blues clubs and restaurants of Beale Street or the moving Civil Rights Movement Museum, it could be said that the soul of America lives in Memphis.

One of America's oldest cities, Boston is evolving. Working class neighborhoods are being gentrified, the industry is giving way to tech start-ups and modern architectural treasures sit alongside brown-stone buildings. Despite the change, get chatting to locals about the Red Sox and you'll soon find you're definitely in Boston.

It’s no wonder many people choose to do their clothes shopping in the United States. With iconic department stores offering a wide range of labels, and vintage/charity stores stocking American fashion classics like distressed denim jeans and leather cowboy boots, shopping in America is fun. Known for having great sales and even better customer service, it’s well worth leaving room in your backpack for a few extras. Please note that unlike in many other countries, tax isn’t included in the ticketed price.

It's a good idea to check with your local customs officials to ensure that you are able to bring certain items back into your home country. Australia and New Zealand generally have strict quarantine laws.

Festivals and events

Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, marks the end of the Carnival season in New Orleans. Witness a chaotic collision of lively music, colorful costumes, masquerade masks, soul food and joyful 'krewes' at the parades, parties and masquerade balls in late February every year.

Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is an annual festival celebrated on 5 May to mark the day when an army of 4,000 Mexican soldiers defeated the French Empire in the Battle of Puebla in  Mexico .

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Similar destinations

We have a variety of similar destinations, trips, and routes that you could consider! Tie another trip into your holiday, or, see how we can help you get from A to B. We have tours departing from all major cities in the United States. The options below may be of interest:

Tours from Los Angeles to San Francisco  

Tours from New York to New Orleans

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Top USA travel highlights

1. venture to the wilds of alaska.

Alaska  may be part of the USA, but it feels like another world. With stunning mountain ranges, eclectic wildlife, immense glaciers and an interesting history, this off-track destination is well worth the journey north. Whether you want to go hiking in  Denali , snowshoe across Matanuska Glacier, kayak in  Kenai Fjords  or see the northern lights, adventure awaits.

Explore the Last Frontier on our  10 day Best of Alaska tour.

2. See San Francisco through local eyes

With vibrant, multi-cultural neighbourhoods and iconic landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco is a city you could spend weeks exploring. But to really get a feel for the place, you need to explore with a local. Sample the freshest seafood in Fisherman's Wharf, discover the North Beach and Little Italy districts, and dine at some of the locals' favourite spots for dinner.

Roam around Northern California and beyond on our  9 day San Francisco to Seattle trip.

3. Explore phenomenal national parks

From larger-than-life Yosemite to the great gaping chasms of the Grand Canyon , national parks in the States are big, bold and beautiful. Escape the hustle of everyday life and uncover the natural beauty, diverse wildlife and Native American history in the likes of Bryce Canyon, Zion and Yellowstone. Whether you want to hike or cycle, stay in comfy lodges or camp in the wilderness , US national parks offer something for all kinds of adventurers.

4. Track wolves in Yellowstone National Park

The world’s first national park positively brims with more hot springs, mud pots and geysers than you can possibly see in one trip. But one of the most memorable things you can do is rise before dawn to join a  wolf-tracking excursion  with a local guide. As well as learning about one of nature's most intriguing animals, if you're lucky, you may see multiple wolves playing together, eating, or looking after young cubs.

Try your hand at wolf tracking on our  6 day Yellowstone and Grand Teton Adventure  or our  Yellowstone and Grand Teton Family Holiday .

5. Visit the legendary Sun Studio in Memphis

Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins… what legend hasn’t recorded here? Sun Studio in Memphis is one of the pinnacles for music lovers traveling in the States. It’s where rock and roll was born, and where soul music hit the big time via Stax Records. After checking out the studio, head to Beale Street to grab a drink and have a boogie in traditional blues clubs.

Scoot your boots on our  6 day Tennessee Music Trail to New Orleans tour.

6. Take a Navajo jeep tour of Monument Valley

Learn about the cultural heritage and sacredness of Monument Valley from those who know it best. After a jeep adventure with a local Navajo guide, join the locals for an authentic Navajo dinner around a campfire and listen to traditional songs and stories passed down through the generations.

Discover the American West's most iconic landscapes on our  5 day Western USA National Parks Loop tour.

Further reading

United states travel faqs, do i need a covid-19 vaccine to join an intrepid trip.

Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards

From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travelers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (excluding all Polar trips and select adventure cruises).

However, we continue to strongly recommend that all Intrepid travelers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.

Specific proof of testing or vaccination may still be required by your destination or airline. Please ensure you check travel and entry requirements carefully.

Do I need a visa to travel to United States?

It depends on where you’re from. Many countries now operate under the United States Visa Waiver Program, meaning a visa isn’t required for stays of up to 90 days for travel purposes. There are 40 participating countries, including the United Kingdom , Australia , New Zealand, Germany and Spain.

If you're eligible for the Visa Waiver Program, you must obtain a letter of authorization before you travel to the States. This can be obtained by submitting an application through the Electronic System for Travel Authorisation ( ESTA ).

If you’re a national from a non-participating country of the Visa Waiver Program, you must apply for a non-immigrant visa. Please see the Department of State website for more information.

If you have traveled to Iran, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Yemen or the Democratic People's Republic of Korea on or after 1 March 2011, you are ineligible and must apply for a non-immigrant visa instead.

People from a participating country who are also citizens of Cuba, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Iran, Iraq, Syria or Sudan must also apply for a non-immigrant visa.

Last updated: 6 March 2024 

Is tipping customary in the US?

Tipping is very much a part of the culture in the United States. Tips are expected at restaurants, cafes and diners, as well as by taxi drivers, valet attendants, porters and hotel maids.

People working in the service industry generally receive low wages and therefore rely upon tips as a major source of income.

In general, leave 15 to 20% of the bill at places serving food and a few dollars to bartenders and hotel staff who provide a personal service like carrying bags or cleaning your room.

What is the internet access like in the US?

Internet access is excellent in the US, and internet cafes and Wi-Fi hot spots are easily found in most cities and major towns.

Can I use my cell phone while in the US?

Cell phone coverage is excellent in most parts of the US although coverage may be patchy in remote, mountainous areas like national parks and canyons. Ensure global roaming is activated before you arrive.

What are the toilets like in the US?

Western-style flushable toilets are the norm in the US.

What will it cost for a…?

Prices can vary between states, but on average, here's what you can expect to pay for a:

  • Cup of coffee = USD $2-5.00 for a regular cup, up to $8.00 for a specialty coffee
  • Hotdog from street cart = USD $4.00
  • Dinner at a mid-range restaurant = USD $20-40 per person
  • NYC one-way subway ticket = USD $3.00

Can I drink the water in the US?

Drinking water from taps in the US is considered safe unless otherwise marked. For environmental reasons, try to use a refillable water bottle rather than buying bottled water.

Are credit cards accepted widely in the US?

Major credit cards are widely accepted by stores in the US. Smaller cafes and shops may not accept credit cards, so ensure you carry enough cash to cover small purchases.

What is ATM access like in the US?

ATMs are common in the US, so finding one won't be a problem in most towns and cities.

What kind of transport will I use in the United States?

Intrepid believes half the fun of experiencing a new country is getting there, and getting around once there! Where possible, Intrepid uses local transport options and traditional modes of transport - which usually carry less of an environmental impact, support small local operators and are heaps more fun. 

Depending on which trip you're on while in the US, you may find yourself traveling by:

Be amazed by enormous glaciers and stunning, icy landscapes while traveling on a ferry in Alaska.

Use pedal power to see the best of Venice Beach and Santa Monica. Cycling is a great way to see the sights and be active at the same time.

Take in the sights while enjoying a ride on one of San Francisco’s icons – the streetcar.

What sort of accommodation will I stay in while traveling in the United States?

Traveling with Intrepid is a little bit different. We endeavor to provide travelers with an authentic experience to remember, so we try to keep accommodation as unique and traditional as possible. 

When traveling with us in the US you may find yourself staying in a:

Spend a night sleeping in a hogan – a traditional Navajo structure made of logs, mud and stone and built with an open roof to view the sparkling night sky.

Reconnect with nature and enjoy staying in quaint log cabins throughout the country's beautiful national parks. Fall asleep to the rustling of trees and wake up to the sounds of birds.

Do I need to purchase travel insurance before traveling?

Absolutely. All passengers traveling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance

Does my trip to the United States support The Intrepid Foundation?

Yes, all Intrepid trips support the Intrepid Foundation. In fact, we make a donation on behalf of every traveler. Trips to the United States directly support our foundation partners, Cultural Heritage Economic Alliance (CHEA) and the Grand Canyon Conservancy.

Cultural Heritage Economic Alliance (CHEA)

Cultural Heritage Economic Alliance (CHEA) create inclusive, equitable opportunities for small Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) tourism businesses in the USA. Donations help CHEA provide access to industry-specific technical assistance, capacity building, and industry networks for small BIPOC travel and tourism businesses through their Diversity Tourism Academy (DTA). Intrepid will double the impact by dollar-matching all post-trip donations made to The Intrepid Foundation.

Find out more or make a donation

The Grand Canyon Conservancy

The Grand Canyon Conservancy is on a mission to protect the Grand Canyon National Park for future generations. With almost 6 million visitors to the park annually, the Grand Canyon Conservancy runs educational programs and immersive experiences that teach people about the park's cultural and environmental significance. Donations support trail restoration and maintenance, conservation and preservation of native vegetation and wildlife, and educational programs. Intrepid will double the impact by dollar-matching all post-trip donations made to The Intrepid Foundation.

What public holidays are celebrated in the US?

  • 1 Jan: New Year's Day
  • 16 Jan: Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday
  • Last Monday in May: Memorial Day
  • 4 Jul: Independence Day
  • First Monday in Sep: Labor Day
  • 2nd Monday in Oct: Indigenous Peoples' Day
  • 11 Nov: Veterans Day
  • Fourth Thursday in Nov: Thanksgiving Day
  • 25 Dec Christmas Day

Please note: United States public holidays may vary.

How do I stay safe and healthy while traveling?

From Australia?

Go to: Smart Traveller

From Canada?

Go to:  Canada Travel Information

From the UK?

Go to:  UK Foreign Travel Advice

From New Zealand?

Go to:  Safe Travel

From the US?

Go to:  US Department of State

The World Health Organisation also provides useful health information.

Daytona's Fun Coast Tours offers new wrinkle to bus excursions: Stand-up comedy

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DAYTONA BEACH — For more than two decades as a salesman, Steven Gooch had pitched everything from vacuum cleaners to telecom systems.

Now, behind the wheel of a 23-foot commercial tour bus, he’s offering fun.

“I had done sales for 25 years and I was tired of selling things to people that they didn’t want,” said Gooch, 50, the founder, owner, tour guide and bus driver at Fun Coast Tours, a newly opened business that specializes in themed 4-1/2-hour excursions showcasing local breweries, landmarks and history.

Gooch and his wife, Cassie, who teams with him to run the business aspects of the company, moved to Daytona Beach from Gainesville a few years ago. After leaving a telecom sales job there, Gooch had started working as an Uber driver as he contemplated his next move.

It opened the door to a new career.

“When you really start to drive Uber enthusiastically, you start to become a tour guide anyway,” Gooch said. “I found that I got better tips the more I knew about landmarks and the history of the area. I found out that people don’t even mind going a little bit out of their way to see something interesting or to hear a story.”

In July, Gooch and his wife launched Fun Coast Tours, offering Segway tours that included a beach ride, scavenger hunt and “Daytona at Dusk” tour melding history and ghost tales.

Initially, he had planned to expand into brewery bus tours in 2022, but as tourists enthusiastically embraced travel during a record-setting tourism summer in Daytona Beach, the timetable was expedited. By mid-July, he had purchased a 23-foot bus equipped to host a dozen passengers in cushioned seats customized with cup holders.

Where to find a brew: Cheers: Check out these craft breweries in Volusia-Flagler counties

“I found it on Ebay,” Gooch said. “There’s a guy who sells buses out of Michigan.”

Gooch paid $5,600 for the used Ford E-350 with 265,000 miles on it and another $1,400 to a driver hired to deliver it from Michigan to Daytona Beach.  He spent another $600 on repairs that included two new tires, an AC recharge, additional lighting and other touches.

Fun Coast’s Brewery Bus Tour features a revolving itinerary of stops that include Copper Bottom Craft Distillery and Red Pig Brewery, both in Holly Hill; The World’s Most Famous Brewery (formerly the Pallet Pub) on Main Street; Ormond Garage and Beachside Brew Pub, both in Ormond Beach; Dunes Brewing in Port Orange; and McK’s Tavern & Brewery and Daytona Taproom in Daytona Beach.

On the eve of Halloween, the company added a second tour, a trek that showcases distinctive dive bars.

This week, Fun Coast offers a few new stops and another new entertainment wrinkle during a Turkey Trot Bar Crawl that runs from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday from the Streamline Hotel on North Atlantic Avenue.

In addition to stops at the Streamline’s Sky Rooftop Bar, Ocean Deck, Landshark Bar & Grill and Tir Na Nog Irish Pub, the three-hour event also marks the debut of Fun Coast’s Tickle Me Transit concept featuring a stand-up comedian on board.

The $35 ticket includes one free drink at each of the stops, a complimentary swag bag and prize raffle. The Fun Coast bus will run a continuous shuttle route from the hotel to the participating bars throughout the event.  

For reservations or more information on the Turkey Trot, contact the hotel at 386-947-7470. For details on other Fun Coast offerings, visit the company online at funcoasttours.com. 

“I’ve never done comedy on a bus before,” said Doug Canny, a comedian based in Palm Coast who has toured the stand-up circuit for 12 years. “I did stand-up on a flat-bed truck years ago.”

Tour company seeks promising partnerships

For the Streamline, the tour bus partnership is an opportunity to build a sense of community among the hotel and other popular tourist-oriented businesses in the area, said Ashley Zalkin, the hotel’s event sales director.

“We want to do more bar crawls in the future,” Zalkin said. “This is kind of a whole new venture for the Streamline.”

For Gooch, the Streamline connection represents the kind of partnership he hopes to forge with other tourist-related businesses.

Looking ahead, Gooch also is teaming with the West Volusia Tourism Advertising Authority to bring tours to DeLand, Orange City and other West Volusia destinations.

An initial Dec. 11 tour transporting guests from Daytona Beach to visit breweries on the West Volusia CoolCraft Beverage Trail is already sold-out, said Georgia Turner, executive director of the West Volusia Tourism Advertising Authority.

More: West Volusia Tourism Advertising Authority earns top award for 'CoolCraft Beverage Trail'

“We sold it out very quickly,” Turner said. “There’s definitely a future for us to work with them. So many people on the east side (of the county) want to come over to see what west side has to offer.”

Gooch also is looking for local ghost hunters or paranormal experts who might be interested in lending their knowledge to tours related to that topic, he said.

To help promote the tours, Gooch also recently launched a travel-oriented podcast, Downtime in Daytona, to raise awareness of tourism options in Volusia County. In its 13-episode run, guests have ranged from hoteliers to public officials including Daytona Beach City Commissioner Ken Strickland.

Gooch is optimistic about the company’s potential in Daytona Beach.

“Despite the pandemic, tourism did not stop,” Gooch said. “Everyone kept coming. If ever the iron was hot, it’s now.”

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Fun Things To Do in Puerto Plata While Cruising

On the stunning north coast of the Dominican Republic lies Puerto Plata, a destination that entices cruisers with its beautiful beaches and abundant waterfalls. Whether you’re seeking adrenaline-pumping activities or serene relaxation, Puerto Plata has something for everyone. Join us on one of our popular shore excursions that bring Puerto Plata to life during your day in port.

Puerto Plata: A Quick Overview

Puerto Plata , nestled along the northern shores of the Caribbean , is one of the oldest cities in the D ominican Republic .

The city’s history is as colorful as its sunsets, tracing back to its indigenous Taino roots before becoming a pivotal port during the Spanish colonial era, with a more authentic Dominican vibe than the trendier ports like Punta Cana .

During his second voyage, the explorer Christopher Columbus opted to establish a settlement in the Puerto Plata province with the intention of mining valuable metals. He bestowed the name Silver Port upon the region, hence originating the term Puerto Plata. Additionally, he helped create the city of La Isabela , contributing to the development of colonial architecture, charming squares, and cobblestone streets.

Today, the streets of Puerto Plata are filled with the rhythms of salsa and reggaeton, and flavors of Afro-Caribbean cuisine tantalize the taste buds. The fusion of Spanish, African, and indigenous influences is palpable in its art, music, and festivals, celebrating the diversity of this  city’s eclectic heritage.

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  • Puerto Plata has the only cable car in the Caribbean
  • Amber Cove Port earned its name due to the abundance of amber found on the island, with a museum that showcases the world’s oldest amber fossils
  • The city is home to the first colonial fortress in the Caribbean ( Fortaleza San Felipe )
  • Speaking of Fort San Felipe, its most famous prisoner was Juan Pablo Duarte — one of the founding fathers of the Dominican Republic
  • The Caribbean’s largest collection of 19th century Victorian-style houses can be found here

Arriving in Puerto Plata

This tropical city is home to two cruise ports:

Amber Cove Port – built around 2010, this is a dedicated cruise line port with many amenities just off its docks (shops, restaurants, large pool, splash pads, zip lines). Note: you will need transportation to go anywhere outside of the port.

Taina Bay Port – this established cargo port opened up a world-class terminal in 2021 to include passengers. There are a few options in port (shops, restaurants, pool area), but its best feature is its close proximity to downtown Puerto Plata with the Insta-worthy Umbrella and Pink Streets .

Getting Around

The historical heart of Puerto Plata is compact, with many attractions within walking distance. To reach outside attractions like the Damajagua Falls , you will need a taxi — which is very expensive.

Fortunately, many shore excursions include transportation, which is essential for those looking to venture outside of Amber Cove. These excursions are a convenient way to see the sights without the logistical hassles and, with Shore Excursions Group’s guaranteed return-to-ship timing, you can relax and enjoy your adventure.

Puerto Plata is For (Nature) Lovers

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If you love nature and the outdoors, then Puerto Plata is the place for you!

Discover the untouched beauty of Puerto Plata, where lush rainforests, pristine beaches, and majestic waterfalls await. There are several ways to explore its natural wonders, with tours that cater to everyone from thrill seekers to those seeking more family-friendly adventures.

These well-coordinated excursions feature local experts and safety orientations (where needed), and many don’t demand experience or exceptional fitness levels. Here’s your chance to dare to venture into something new!

Things to Do in Puerto Plata

Damajagua river and falls.

Get your heart racing with an eco-adventure to the Damajagua River with its stunning lagoons and waterfalls. This heart-pumping experience is one of the top things to do in Puerto Plata for adventure seekers.

Experience the thrill of adventure as you trek to the legendary Damajagua Waterfalls, a series of 27 cascading pools tucked away in the lush forest. Dive from varying heights of up to 25 feet into crystal-clear waters, swim beneath thundering falls, and slide down natural rock slides, all surrounded by the breathtaking scenery of the Dominican Republic’s countryside.

Affectionately known as “ 27 Charcos ” by locals, this one is best experienced with local experts who can assist you and assure your safety. Equipped with essential gear and briefed on safety protocols, your ascent towards the first waterfall begins, an exciting 30-minute journey uphill. Expert guides stationed at each natural waterfall stop ensure a seamless experience, whether you opt for heart-pounding leaps or prefer to admire the spectacle from safer vantage points. The return descent promises an adrenaline-fueled ride down nature’s own water slides, the force of rushing water carrying you over the rocks.

Conclude your waterfall escapade with a refreshing change into dry clothes and a relaxing return to the start, where local music, rum punch, and fresh fruits await – a fitting finale to the day.

Zip Lining in the Country

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Head to the Puerto Plata countryside and Adventure Park , where you can zip line for almost 8,000 feet. Soar through scenic landscapes and cool off after the final ride by plunging into the swimming pool. It’s an exhilarating way to experience the beauty of Puerto Plata from above.

Meet the experienced team who will give you a comprehensive safety briefing and equip you for the adventure ahead. No prior zip line expertise is needed to embrace the wind and adrenaline as you glide along eight ACCT certified zip lines of robust, double-galvanized aircraft steel cable, absorbing bird’s-eye views as you sail along the treetops.

Notably, unlike other parks, there’s no requirement for active braking with gloves. And to cap off the excitement, don’t miss the chance to conclude your journey with zip line #9, culminating in a refreshing plunge into the inviting swimming pool. This is, hands down, one of the most fun things to do in Puerto Plata!

Horsing Around

Saddle up for a unique exploration of Puerto Plata’s countryside with this exciting yet relaxing horseback ride starting from Adventure Park.

Mount your equine companion and head to the verdant hillsides and winding trails that are awaiting your exploration. Let your horse lead you into the heart of nature and wildlife, listening to the birds fill the air with their songs, and noticing the wildflowers along the path. Skilled guides are with you every step of the way to ensure a safe and memorable experience, letting you connect with the land and its majestic creatures, whether you’re an experienced rider or trying it for the first time.

Your adventure also includes a little sightseeing, including visits to the renowned St. Philip Apostle Cathedral and Fort San Felipe, strolls through the iconic Umbrella Street and Pink Street, and a tasty Dominican feast to round out the day.

Beach Day at Playa Dorada

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For a more laid-back nature experience, savor the gorgeous island weather and do nothing at all on Playa Dorada , the island’s famous stretch of golden sand. Indulge in a delicious lunch at the beach cafe and work on your tan at the complimentary lounge chairs. The turquoise waters and soft sands help usher in a day of blissful relaxation.

But first, take the opportunity to spend a little time on the vibrant streets of Puerto Plata, seeing the landmarks like Fort San Felipe and the scenic Malecon Beach area. Admire the architecture of Parque Independencia and the hallowed halls of the cathedral before savoring a complimentary rum punch on Playa Dorada.

Waterfall Hike

Explore the vibrant tropical rainforest as you trek over a suspension bridge and babbling streams, all while gaining insight into the healing properties of indigenous plants and the rich biodiversity of the area.

Travel to the hike’s starting point in a narrated, air-conditioned vehicle, where you’ll receive a brief safety overview and necessary equipment. As you journey along the trail, take in the beauty of rare birds and plants, crossing streams until you discover a serene woodland pool and waterfall beckoning you for a cooling swim. Then enjoy a relaxing ride back to port with a delightful, complimentary rum punch in hand.

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Not up for hiking to waterfalls or lounging on the beach? No problem!

Ascend Mount Isabel de Torres

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Take a panoramic cable car ride up to the summit of Mount Isabel de Torres , standing tall at 2,555 feet above sea level. From its peak, revel in panoramic views of Puerto Plata while exploring the lush gardens, visit a replica of a typical countryside house, and capture photos of the Christ the Redeemer Statue .

Afterward, descend back down the mountain for breathtaking vistas before journeying to Fort San Felipe, a historic Spanish fortress constructed in 1577 to safeguard Puerto Plata from invaders. Wrap up your adventure with a leisurely stroll through Umbrella Street, a photo stop at Pink Street, gain insights into Victorian architecture at Parque Independencia, and see the cathedral before your return to port.

Explore the City and Country

This immersive journey through urban and rural landscapes offers you a glimpse into both sides of Puerto Plata.

Start at Parque Central, where you will explore the St. Philip Apostle Cathedral before walking along the iconic Pink Street and bustling Umbrella Street. Then step inside a native cigar workshop to learn how stogies are made, and check out a quaint souvenir store brimming with local treasures.

Next, enjoy a scenic drive along the Malecon with its views of the majestic 16th-century Fort San Felipe while making your way to the countryside and Adventure Park. Upon arrival, delight in a serene garden walk and take a dip in the saltwater pool before indulging in delicious Dominican cuisine.

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From thrilling leaps into waterfalls and zip lining, to horseback rides and serene beach days, Puerto Plata offers a sanctuary for adventure seekers and nature enthusiasts alike.

Our Puerto Plata shore excursions offer diverse experiences that show off the beauty of this incredible destination. Call us today and get ready to immerse yourself in the adventure, culture, and relaxation that await.

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Tours That Are Surprisingly Great for Teens and Their Families

These guided tours hit the sweet spot when it comes to traveling with teens..

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Spending time together is a defining feature of a family vacation. However, if you’re the parent of a teen, you probably know that hanging out with parents is not always atop their   wish list. When my now young adult children were teens, they vacillated between wanting me to read them bedtime stories one minute to minding my own business the next. The push-pull towards independence is a delicate dance; acknowledging this as you plan your vacation can benefit the entire family. 

While there’s no magic wand when it comes to traveling with teens, guided group vacations can hit the sweet spot, and some teen-friendly tours stand out among the choices. With other teens likely to be on the trip, there’s built-in peer companionship. Tour leaders not only handle tedious details,  they’re  the ones who tell teens what time to be ready each morning and when to have supper, potentially alleviating at least some of the conflict that can arise when parents tell autonomy-craving teens what to do. 

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While teens are as diverse as any age group, action-packed adventures and scenery worthy of posting on social media are often at a premium, something the following trips all provide. Read on for seven hassle-free itineraries that should excite even tough-to-please teens. These teen-friendly tours have all the ingredients for a great family trip.

Intrepid’s Morocco Family Holiday

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Riding camels over sweeping sand dunes and camping under the Sahara’s starry skies may sound like scenes lifted from an action movie but it’s a reality on the Intrepid tour   Morocco Family Holiday . This small group trip dives into the sights and sounds of this beautiful North African country. There’s variety woven into each day, from exploring cities like Marrakech, Fes, and Casablanca to soaking in stunning natural features, from the Atlas Mountains to the Sahara Desert. 

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It’s a sensory immersion as you sip fresh mint tea, eat lunch in a mudbrick Kasbah, and bargain at a bazaar. Participant Eli Gruen, age 17, said “This trip was such a cool way to explore such a fascinating part of the world. From the medinas to the Roman ruins, I experienced so many great moments and had lots of laughs with the others in our group. One highlight for me was playing soccer in the streets of Meknes at dusk with our tour guide’s family!”

  • Average group size:  Maximum of 16 participants
  • Starting price : $1,134
  • Length:  10 days, 9 nights
  • What’s included:  nightly accommodations, daily breakfast, four dinners, two lunches, all scheduled activities, airport transfers, transportation within Morocco
  • What’s not included:  Airfare to Morocco, meals not on the itinerary, add on activities, tips for your guide

Costa Rica Family Experience with G Adventures

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Curated in conjunction with   National Geographic,  Costa Rica Family Experience   with G Adventures   immerses nature-lovers in this country’s lush flora and fauna for an educational experience that can’t be found in a classroom.

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Though children as young as six may participate in this kid friendly guided trip, the many active-as-you-want-to-make-them options makes it a particularly good tour for teens.  Experienced guides, known as CEOs, which stands for chief experience officers, are with you throughout. CEO Grace Guerrero says “This trip is a great balance between adventure, nature, and cultural connections. Teens will have a chance to experience horseback riding through the forest and end up at a spectacular waterfall for a swim, plus zipline across canyons. They will also have the opportunity to volunteer at Monteverde Institute and be part of the reforestation program.”

Get hands-on as you learn to make tortillas for a meal at the home of a local family. And as part of this travel program, you’ll also get plenty of chances to view wildlife, from iguanas to monkeys. There’s lots of free time built in to this itinerary, so teens who crave a moment to kick-back, perhaps at a gorgeous beach, will be satisfied.

  • Average group size:  18-20, with a max of 22
  • Starting price : $2,699 
  • Length:  9 days, 8 nights
  • What’s included:  8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners, nightly accommodations, transportation between destinations, many activities
  • What’s not included:  Airfare to Costa Rica, any meals not listed on the itinerary, a few optional activities

Canadian Rockies with Adventures by Disney

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If you think Adventures by Disney guided tours are all about costumed characters and amusement rides, you’d be mistaken. The selling point is being in the skilled hands of Disney, a company that understands how to have vacation fun like no other. If you’re traveling with an energetic teen, I can speak from personal experience that the  Canadian Rockies  trip won’t disappoint. 

My son Alec and I took this trip when he was 17. Starting in Calgary, we biked, hiked, and paddled our way across majestic mountain landscapes. Standout experiences included stepping over the edge of a glass-bottom platform on the Glacier Skywalk Excursion, visiting the largest body of ice in North America at the Columbia Icefield, canoeing on the emerald-colored waters of Lake Louise, and a float trip down the Bow River. 

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Alec says “I loved everything about this trip, including snow in June! We stayed at historic hotels, like the Fairmont Banff Springs, where the breakfast buffet even had Asian options.” 

  • Average group size:  30-40 guests
  • Starting price : $6,349 per adult, $6,009 per child age 11 and under
  • Length:  7 days, 6 nights
  • What’s included:  6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 4 dinners, upscale nightly accommodations, transportation during the trip, arrival and departure transfers, activities
  • What’s not included:  Airfare, alcoholic beverages, gratuities for your guides

Teenagers in Paris: The City of Lights with Road Scholar

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Skip-gen travel—grandparents traveling alone with their grandchildren—is trending. And educational non-profit Road Scholar helped pioneer this style of family travel years ago when they created Grandparent-Grandkid group adventures.

Teenagers in Paris: The City of Lights with Your Grandchild  is crafted for teens age 14-17. You’ll travel with a small group of grandparents and their teenage grandchildren, hitting bucket-list Parisian destinations such as the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe. Board a motor-coach one morning for the two-hour ride to visit Impressionist painter Claude Monet’s house and garden in Giverny. There are experiential components perfect for teen travel: I’m thinking of examples like a hands-on chocolate making class and a French language lesson with artists in Montmartre. 

Past participant Chloe Knittel, age 17, says “I had such a great time. My group and I had such a strong bond by the end of the trip. My leaders were amazing. This trip was very educational and informative, while also being very fun!”

  • Average group size:  13-24 participants.
  • Starting price:  $3999 per adult and $3099 per child
  • Length:  9 days, 8 nights
  • What’s included:  Accommodations, 17 meals, gratuities, scheduled activities 
  • What’s not included:  Additional meals, trip cancellation insurance, flights

Trafalgar’s   National Parks and Native Trails of the Dakotas

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For a family tour with teens who want to learn more about North America’s Indigenous Peoples, the Trafalgar itinerary  National Parks and Native Trails of the Dakotas  is a standout choice. 

You’ll visit Pine Ridge, Rosebud, and Standing Rock reservations and meet members of these Tribal Nations, who share their personal stories. This unfiltered tour doesn’t sugarcoat the history or reality of contemporary life on the reservation, where poverty, unemployment, and addiction are widespread. Teens will have a window into the traditions of the Tribal Nations through DIY experiences such as learning to make tea from wild herbs.

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For the teens who were on my tour last summer, a morning spent with local teens who frequent the Lakota Youth Development program was a highlight. They performed an original play that amplified the intergenerational trauma they face and spoke frankly about their struggles, hopes, and dreams. 

Stops at national parks including Badlands, Mount Rushmore, and Theodore Roosevelt, make for a well-rounded itinerary. 

  • Average group size:  45
  • Starting price:  $3,072 with a 10% discount for guests under 18.
  • What’s included:  Daily breakfast and many additional meals, including several on reservations, activities, overnight accommodations, motor-coach transportation
  • What’s not included:  Flights, gratuities for your guide and driver

Tauck’s Red Rocks & Painted Canyons Tour

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America’s national parks are a treasure chest. Share the wonders of nature’s handiwork in the western United States with your teens on Tauck Tours ‘ spring and summer  Red Rocks & Painted Canyons tour . 

Starting in Phoenix, you’ll journey to the Grand Canyon, Bryce, and Zion National Parks, where you’ll sample activities from horseback riding to a float trip on the Colorado River. A flightseeing adventure over Lake Powell and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area is fun for adventurous teens. The trip ends in Las Vegas, where bright lights and bling will be abundant. 

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Genifer Katz took the trip with her family and says “Riding mules in Bryce Canyon was so much fun! I loved watching my oldest son laughing up the mountain with his Grandma. Sunrise at the Grand Canyon, steps from our hotel was just an unforgettable experience! We saw two big horn sheep and watched them playing right in front of us as the sun came up—it was truly incredible.”

  • Average guided tour group size:  35
  • Starting price:  $4,990
  • Length:  8 days, 7 nights
  • What’s included:  Gratuities, sightseeing and admissions, most meals, airport and luggage transfer, taxes
  • What’s not included:  Airfare, alcoholic beverages

Norway’s Arctic Circle Region: Myths and Marvels in Helgeland Journey with Up Norway

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Not every teen wants to travel with a group of strangers. If your family group prefers to vacation without a group but with logistical assistance, consider an independent tour with plenty of teen-appeal. Your family will have the assurance of round-the-clock, on-the-ground assistance combined with the flexibility and freedom that are hard to get with group travel.

Inspired by Norwegian folklore, the  Norway’s Arctic Circle Region: Myths and Marvels in Helgeland Journey   will have you cruising along pristine fjords and learning about the indigenous Sami People. Over-scheduled teens will get a taste of life in rural Norway, where slow living takes precedence. 

Torunn Tronsvang, founder of tour operator Up Norway, says “Based on the Helgeland Myth, this journey offers family adventures like fishing, hiking, snorkeling, arctic surfing, kayaking, and climbing. Teens gain insight into sustainable lifestyles, exemplified by experiences like cruising on an electric boat and enjoying farm-to-table meals.”

  • Average group size:  This trip is independent
  • Starting price : $5,021 
  • Length:  12 days, 11 nights
  • What’s included:  Many meals, accommodations, transportation within Norway, all planned activities
  • What’s not included:  Airfare to Norway

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MILTON, N.Y. (WRGB) – A 69-year-old man is facing manslaughter charges in the case of a missing New York man.

Friends of the victim, identified as Thomas Krider, said he was a beloved character in the “Star Trek” and entertainment community.

Ronald Rayher was arrested and arraigned on charges of manslaughter in the second degree and tampering with physical evidence.

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Court documents said Rayher moved and hid personal effects belonging to Krider from the scene after his death.

Police in New York reported Krider missing on April 6.

The 40-year-old victim, also known as T.J. Green, was an employee and tour guide at the “Star Trek” set tour in Ticonderoga.

James Crawley, a friend of the victim, said Krider was also a talented Elvis Presley tribute artist and “he will be remembered for his kind and trusting soul and his warm, friendly demeanor.”

“We are devastated by his loss and will keep him close to our hearts,” Crawley said.

Rayher is being held on a $250,000 bond. He is due back in court on May 21.

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The Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge hosts its 13th annual Birding Festival on April 27, with guided bird and nature walks, bus tours, natural history presentations, live raptors, wildlife exhibits and plenty of family fun activities.

All activities are free, but registration is required for bus tours and guided walks at the various trailheads around the swamp.

All other activities will be at the refuge headquarters at 3100 Desert Road, Suffolk, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

For detailed program and registration information,  see www.fws.gov/event/great-dismal-swamp-birding-festival .

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I visited the 'Game of Thrones' studio 5 years after the series finale. The $37 tour reminded me why I love the show.

  • I recently visited the Game of Thrones Studio Tour in Northern Ireland for $37.
  • It offers an exclusive look at the HBO series , which spent millions of dollars on each episode.
  • Even five years after the series finale, the studio is still a worthwhile experience for fans. 

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It's been five years since the series finale of HBO's "Game of Thrones," but I'm as big a fan as ever.

When a work trip took me to Northern Ireland , I knew I had to detour to the Game of Thrones Studio Tour. By season eight, the HBO drama was spending $15 million per episode , and like any true fan, I wanted a behind-the-scenes look at where some of that money went — and what made the show so visually incredible.

The tour, located in one of the show's original filming locations , Linen Mill Studios, opened in 2022, and standard tickets cost £29.50, or about $37.

I wanted to see just how relevant the studio is today — especially in the lead-up to the new season of the "House of the Dragon" prequel series in June — and if the widespread passion of the fandom is still alive.

It felt like the studio was hidden in plain sight.

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There's no onsite parking at the studio, so getting there felt like being escorted to some secret location. Luckily, the instructions were clear: Meet at The Boulevard, a large shopping district in Banbridge, Northern Ireland.

From there, a complimentary shuttle took me down a long, formal-looking driveway. It's easy to see how the studio remained low-key during its filming heyday — it's almost as if it's hidden in plain sight.

My excitement overflowed as I stepped off the bus to blasting theme music and a massive Game of Thrones Studio Tour sign. About 10 other visitors immediately began posing for photographs.

After the 10-minute shuttle ride, it took me a good five minutes to reach security and start the experience, but the atmosphere was already infectious. Even the staff seemed genuinely excited to greet me.

The impressive theming immediately drew me in.

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After passing a dragon skull and armored "guard," the tour started with a green-screen photo while we waited for some dramatic doors to swing open.

A tour guide quickly explained the studio rules — mostly, no touching the exhibits (which were used during filming) and absolutely no photos of the pre-tour movie.

I won't spoil too much, but the short film gave me goosebumps. At the end, the screen parted, and we entered the studio from "beyond the wall."

The studio clearly takes immersion seriously.

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On the other side of the screen, we were blasted by fog machines before standing toe-to-toe with the Wildlings. Everything was incredibly immersive.

This was one of my favorite rooms. It had elaborate costumes from the show , including coats laden with bones and oysters. I learned that some weighed up to 15 pounds.

I also caught a glimpse of Wun Wun — or, at least, the costume that 7-foot-1 Ian Whyte wore during filming. It supposedly took the actor three to five hours a day to transform into the giant.

It was fun to walk through the different memorable sets.

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The studio is made up of a trail of set rooms, including Mess Hall in Castle Black, the Crypts of Winterfell, King's Landing, and the Great Hall of Winterfell.

Costumed mannequins stood in each room to mimic the real scenes from the show.

I learned a lot about the making of the show throughout the tour.

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In addition to walking through the sets, I got an insight into the show's creation process.

The 30-foot dragon skull of Balerion the Black Dread took six weeks to make before being shipped to Spain for filming. While standing next to the masterpiece, I could hardly believe that something of its scale could be transported across Europe .

Equally staggering, we learned that the crew went through 52,000 bags of fake snow and 163 tons of propane (for pyrotechnic effects) throughout the series.

Hearing about these intense behind-the-scenes efforts brought the series' magic back to life and made the visit worthwhile for me.

Behind-the-scenes exhibits and interactive experiences made the experience even better.

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Other rooms were dedicated to the show's costume design , music creation, and set design. There was even a sword display room that housed famous props like Arya's Needle.

I'd nearly forgotten about the significance of the show's many props before embarking on the tour. But I almost squealed at Jaime Lannister's golden hand.

There were activities throughout the tour, too, including adding your face to the Hall of Faces and creating your own sigil.

I was entranced up until the very end of the experience.

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The tour finished at the Iron Throne, a dragon flitting behind the rubble on a digital back wall.

It was a fitting endpoint seeing as it was the location where Jon killed Daenerys, controversially culling her brewing tyranny and ending the series.

I don't think the "Game of Thrones" buzz is going to die down anytime soon.

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The studio wasn't packed, but Northern Ireland tends to be a little quieter in February and busier during the Easter holiday and summer. Honestly, I was grateful I missed the heavier crowds.

Overall, the "Game of Thrones" fandom seems to be building momentum rather than slowing down — especially with the second season of "House of the Dragon" looming.

I saw plenty of visitors bringing their children, too, so love for the series seems to be getting passed down to the next generation.

Initially, £29.50 seemed steep to me. But comparably, it's cheap for a studio tour — the Harry Potter Studio Tour in London charges a base price of £53.50.

Plus, I thought it offered great value. It packed so much in and the staff's passion is evident, which makes all the difference for visitors.

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Sure, Moscow is the Russian political capital and the nation’s most populous city, but describing it as such couldn’t be any further from the truth. More accurately, Moscow is a city of contrasts.

It exudes history — its Kremlin dates back centuries, nodding to royalty and leadership old and now, while the famed Red Square, the poster child of the city, blends striking color with ancient tradition and religion.

On the other hand, it’s a city of modern pop culture and towering skyscrapers; a place where you’ll come across new-age museums, arts centers, manmade parks, and an efficient transportation system that’s one of the most beautiful in Europe.

It’s a city of longstanding culture — the Bolshoi Theater is an international symbol for excellence in classical dance, while Russia’s National Ballet Company remains renowned worldwide — as well as upbeat nightlife, with some of the world’s most celebrated rooftop bars and nightclubs.

While it’s a city filled with opposites, there remains no shortage of things to do in Moscow for all types of travelers — from those who want cultural immersion to those looking for an epic night out, you’ll be spoiled for choice. And if you’re not sure where to start, here’s a list of suggestions!

The Moscow Kremlin

If there’s any particular district begging to be the first place you visit on your trip, it’s the Kremlin.

Built in the 16th century by Ivan the Terrible, the UNESCO-listed area has since become the heart of Russia’s capital city, where you’ll find several churches, palaces, and other noteworthy buildings.

We’ll dive into each of its main attractions in a second, but regardless of what you visit, try to make it to the Kremlin in time for sunset — because seeing its golden domes glinting in the late-afternoon light makes for one spectacular tourist photo!

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As your eyes dart down the towering red-brick Kremlin wall, the first thing you’ll notice is its large towers of all different styles and sizes.

With a whopping 20 separate minarets towering above the historic area, each with its own name, colors, features and history, a guided tour to learn each of their fascinating stories is a must.

To give you a little taste, the Konstantin-Yeleninskaya Tower once housed a torture chamber. Saviour’s Tower at the main entrance boasts a famous chiming clock, the Secret Tower houses a secret escape tunnel, and the Trinity Tower is the tallest of them all.

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2 – Visit the enormous Grand Kremlin Palace | the Kremlin

Grand Kremlin Palace, Moscow

A remarkable attraction in terms of both beauty and history, the Grand Kremlin Palace is an ornate rococo-style building that was commissioned during the reign of Nicholas I, and today acts as the official residence of none other than the Russian president, Vladimir Putin.

Perched atop Borovitsky Hill, its 125-meter-long facade is unmissable, making for impressive photos.

Take note: guided tours are few and far between, so you’ll have to book a few weeks in advance if you want to check out the decorated inner sanctum.

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3 – People-watch in Cathedral Square | the Kremlin

Cathedral Square, Moscow

One of the most popular areas in all of Moscow (sometimes called Sobornaya Square), with multiple massive churches at its heart, Cathedral Square is flanked by several historic buildings and is never shy of a tourist crowd.

The three main churches — each spectacular works of architecture in their own right — are the Cathedral of the Assumption (the oldest and the biggest of all Kremlin churches), the 16th-century Cathedral of the Archangel Michael (known for its beautiful Corinthian gables and turrets), and the golden-domed Cathedral of the Annunciation (which connects to the Grand Kremlin Palace’s main building).

Throw in the 60-meter-high Ivan the Great Bell Tower, the lesser-known Church of the Twelve Apostles , the Church of the Deposition of the Virgin’s Robe (underrated yet famous for its marvelous stained-glass windows), and the medieval residence-turned-museum that is The Patriarch’s Palace, and you can see why this square is regularly number one on any visitor’s list of things to do in Moscow.

4 – See a show at the State Kremlin Palace | the Kremlin

State Kremlin Palace, Moscow

Just like the Grand Kremlin Palace , this theater and prestigious concert hall — with its grandiose facade and multiple sculptures — is another ornate building that’s worth admiring.

A popular place to hold conferences, the State Kremlin Palace was originally built as part of a larger complex for Communist Party meetings, but today hosts some of the biggest events in Moscow — we’re talkin’ sold-old ballet performances, world-famous concerts, opera shows, and festivals.

Check the website to see what’s on the calendar for your visit!

5 – See centuries worth of national treasures at the Armoury Chamber | the Kremlin

Armoury Chamber, Moscow

For anyone with an interest in historical weaponry and armor, this museum — which dates back to the early 1500s when it was created as the royal armory — is a must-see.

The Armoury Chamber (as well as the Diamond Fund Exhibition) is home to some of the most valuable objects that were originally owned by Russian monarchs — from jeweled heirlooms and intricate boxes to ornately decorated pistols and swords — many of which are centuries old.

Within the armoury chamber, you’ll also find the Russian historical regalia, a collection of artifacts that belonged to Russian tsars and emperors between the 13th and 20th centuries, highlighted by the Ivory Throne and the Monomakh’s Cap.

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6 – Step inside the Palace of the Facets | the Kremlin

Palace of the Facets, Moscow

The Palace of the Facets is one of the most underrated buildings in all of Moscow, largely because it’s not as widely promoted or photographed even though its exterior adorns some postcards.

From the outside, it blends in with the crowd. But step inside and you’ll discover a world of beauty and wonder — its frescoes, golden columns and enormous rooms are a sight to behold

The Palace of the Facets is not only a piece of art (literally, with painted walls), dating back over 500 years, but also acted as the dining hall for the Tsars.

7 – Feel small next to the Tsar Bell | the Kremlin

Tsar Bell, Moscow

Making Philadelphia’s famous Liberty Bell look diminutive in size, this monument , which never actually functioned as a bell due to its immense size (at 205 tons and standing 20.1 feet high!), has found fame in recent years for being the heaviest attraction inside The Kremlin.

With the bronze landmark’s claim to fame of being the biggest bell in the world, it presents as a great, quick photo op when roaming through the Kremlin.

8 – Check out the Senate Palace | the Kremlin

Senate Palace, Moscow

Another architectural masterpiece that’s tucked away within the Kremlin, this palace is famous for being one of Moscow’s most beautiful buildings — its yellow façade curves around to face inward and truly engulf anyone who stands near it.

Built back in the late 1700s, today it houses the Russian presidential administration and, unfortunately for us, is off limits to the general public.

Still, admiring it from outside, with the nearby Tsar Cannon, is certainly good enough.

9 – Grab a photo in front of the Tsar Cannon | the Kremlin

Tsar Cannon, Moscow

One of Moscow’s most iconic symbols, Tsar Cannon (or Royal Cannon) is a cannon that was manufactured in 1586 and resides — yep, you guessed it — within The Kremlin.

Following the theme of the enormous Tsar Bell, it weighs a whopping 39 tons — making it one of the world’s largest cannons even though it has never been shot.

And while its size may be impressive on its own, what makes this cannon so special is that it’s adorned with intricate carvings, ornaments, inscriptions, and a figure of a horse-riding Tsar Feodor the Bellringer.

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10 – Join a tour of the Terem Palace | the Kremlin

Terem Palace, Moscow

A stunning, fairytale-like palace that’s steeped in history and detail, the five-story Terem Palace is one of the most underrated attractions within The Kremlin. However, as part of the official residence of the Russian President, much of it is off-limits to snap-happy tourists.

That said, there’s still plenty to be seen in the accessible areas by joining a group tour: a beautiful white-stone carved staircase; curved, decorated, and painted ceilings; and an enchanting low-vaulted Antechamber with lancet windows.

The Red Square

As we move away from the Kremlin, our next stop is the most photographed, picturesque public area in the country.

Flanked by gorgeous, colorful towers and buildings, the Red Square is the most famous square in all of Russia — and one that’s steeped in history, patriotism, and communist symbolism.

Home to some of Moscow’s greatest landmarks including St Basil’s Cathedral (featuring its iconic onion domes), Lenin Mausoleum, GUM department store (an architectural masterpiece that is the most famous shopping mall in Russia), The State History Museum, and more, it’s not just a sight to see in Moscow but also one that has been seen by hundreds of millions from around the world.

11 – Make your way inside St. Basil’s Cathedral | Red Square

St. Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow

Built back in the early 1500s, this quirky-looking, 65-meter-tall Orthodox church is so unique and detailed that it’s earned its place as one of 16 UNESCO cultural sites in Russia — and, thanks to many Hollywood productions like Bond: Skyfall (2012), has only continued to increase in fame.

Its exterior boasts multi-colored domes crowned with golden onion top spires. Meanwhile, inside, you’ll find nine small, separate chapels, and plenty of decorated walls and windows — all best viewed as part of a walking tour of Red Square.

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12 – Visit the State Historical Museum | Red Square

State Historical Museum, Moscow

One of seven museums that can be found around the expansive Red Square, the State Historical Museum is one of Moscow’s most revered.

Housed in a neoclassical building (the same as GUM), it features more than 4 million items relating to Russian history — making it so vast and incredible that you’ll need at least two hours inside to see just a fraction.

While you’re in the area, be sure to check out the Marshal Georgy Zhukov Monument, a towering horse-riding statue of arguably the most famous and heroic Soviet military commander of WWII, which can be found in front of the museum.

13 – Shop till you drop at GUM | Red Square

GUM department store, Moscow

The official state department store of Russia, having opened in 1893 and become one of Moscow’s most iconic attractions for shopaholics over the years, is known for its gorgeous architecture that looks more like a palace than anything else.

Entering through its massive golden doors, you’ll be surprised to find an extensive shopping center with more than 100 luxury and world-renowned brands of clothing and accessories for men, women, and youngsters.

Even if you don’t plan on buying anything, stop into the Gastronom №1 for a bite to eat or take a stroll through its corridors to appreciate the building’s history and beauty.

14 – Visit Lenin’s Mausoleum | Red Square

Lenin's Mausoleum, Moscow

Another iconic Red Square attraction is Lenin’s Mausoleum, a small yet foreboding building that houses the embalmed corpse of Communist leader Vladimir Lenin (who led Russia through the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917).

Opened in 1930 after his death and standing at more than 12 meters tall, it presents as both a unique and macabre site — and, considering the life-like nature of the body, certainly isn’t for the faint of heart.

Note: Entrance is free of charge, but expect to be searched by security before being allowed in.

15 – Ride the Moscow Metro, enjoying the beautiful stations along the way

Moscow Metro, Russia

As we leave the Red Square, the next cab off the rank is Moscow’s unbelievable artistic Metro network (rivaled only in beauty by that of Stockholm). Constructed between the 1930s and 1950s, its stations were built by hand with a wide range of artistic themes — from socialist realist to Slavic pagan.

Tips: The best way to experience them is as part of a Moscow Metro tour, which can be booked online. However, if you prefer exploring solo, then make sure to visit the Mayakovskaya Metro Station which is known for its seemingly endless archways.

You may also check out Dostoyevskaya, named after a famous writer with murals depicting his stories. The Ploshchad Revolutsii Metro Station is another option where a handful of Socialist statues provide a wonderful contrast to the red marble arches.

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16 – Spend the afternoon exploring the State Tretyakov Gallery

State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow

Boasting the reputation of being one of the world’s leading art museums, the State Tretyakov Gallery is home to a stunning collection that features well over 100,000 works from Russia and around the globe.

Featuring everything from ancient Russian icons to Soviet-era artifacts and contemporary pieces, the museum also houses a charming green garden perfect for recharging.

Visitors are advised to allocate at least three hours inside to properly appreciate everything on show — or consider booking a private VIP tour to skip the lines and focus on the best sections.

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17 – Get out of town to the Tsaritsyno Museum & Nature Reserve

Tsaritsyno Museum & Nature Reserve, Moscow

Located a short drive from the hustle and bustle of the Red Square, this incredible attraction is both a palatial museum and cultural center, with an enchanting open-air garden to boot — spread across 405 hectares altogether.

Boasting beautiful 18th-century baroque architecture, it was originally built as a country retreat for Catherine the Great. However, it has since been transformed into an outdoor museum with several museums inside — including exhibits dedicated to Russian history and culture.

18 – Tick off the main haunts with a hop-on hop-off bus ride

bus tours in Moscow

Short on time or just can’t be bothered walking around anymore? Then make sure to check out the double-decker Hop-on-Hop-off Bus, a convenient and cheap way of seeing all the main attractions in one go.

With unlimited-ride tickets lasting between 24 and 72 hours, there’s plenty of flexibility to soak in must-see areas like Red Square, the Kremlin, Arbatskaya Square, Theatre Square, and the Red October neighborhood — and with a free audio tour (in English) throughout the ride, you’re sure to learn a thing or two as well.

Busses usually run every 15 minutes, with the full city loop taking roughly an hour — of course, you can disembark and reboard to your heart’s content.

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19 – Learn about military history on Poklonnaya Hill

Poklonnaya Hill, Moscow

For an up-close and personal experience with the past, make sure to check out Poklonnaya Hill — a UNESCO World Heritage Site about 20 minutes out from the city center that’s home to several relics from Russia’s pre-revolutionary era.

It has everything from Great Patriotic War memorials dedicated to fallen soldiers of the Russian military forces, to the Eternal Flame and the Museum of Great Patriotic War. This is an unmissable opportunity for history buffs.

Hot tip: While you’re in the area, be sure to stop into the Victory Museum (the nation’s biggest military history museum) and check out the gold-tipped Church of St. George the Victorious .

20 – Get artsy at the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts

Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow

Home to one of the finest and most significant art collections in Russia, the highly-regarded Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts showcases everything from medieval icons and paintings. With over 500,000 pieces of works by renowned artists like Rembrandt, Renoir, Picasso, Matisse, Karl Bryullov and Rubens, the museum is undeniably one of the best things to do in Moscow for art lovers.

The museum also houses impressive exhibits dedicated to ancient Greece, archaeological collections, decorative arts and a 200,000-item Numismatic library.

21 – Take a charming stroll down Arbat Street

Arbat Street, Moscow

Boasting everything from galleries and craft stores to souvenir shops, cafes, and some of Russia’s finest restaurants and hotels — as well as top-notch street performers (like jugglers and caricaturists) — Arbat Street is one of Moscow’s most famous pedestrian hubs for good reason.

The entire walkway, flanked by colorful buildings, stretches about a kilometer through the historic district, making it the perfect start to any day of inner-city exploring.

22 – Lounge around at the Gorky Central Park of Culture and Leisure

Gorky Central Park of Culture and Leisure, Moscow

One of Moscow’s biggest and most beloved green spaces, Gorky Central Park is a must-visit for anyone looking to soak in some fresh air.

The park boasts 45 hectares of picturesque grassland, forests, Golitsinsky Ponds (home to squirrels and ducks), walking trails, fountains and the Neskuchny Garden. This place is also home to the wooden Olivkovy beach, a hot spot for photographers looking to appreciate the Moskva river.

Plenty of cafes line the well-manicured park, likewise public art projects and picnic spots and an open-air cinema in the summertime!

While a relaxing day in the gardens is never a bad idea, if you’re looking for something a little more interactive, there’s the 18-meter-tall Observation Platform and a handful of museums on site. The Gorky Park Museum , Muzeon Park of Arts , Garage Museum of Contemporary Art and New Tretyakov Gallery are all noteworthy stops within walking distance.

23 – Stare at the ceiling of the Christ the Savior Cathedral

Christ the Savior Cathedral, Moscow

On an easy stroll from the southwest side of the Kremlin, you’ll find a majestic memorial cathedral doused in history: the 5-golden-domed Christ the Savior Cathedral .

With a beautiful color-contrasting exterior that still falls short of the intricately painted inner walls and ceiling, this underrated (due to not being in Red Square with the other main cathedrals) attraction is a must for the bucket list.

24 – Zoom around town in a Soviet van

Soviet van tours in Moscow

If a hop-on-hop-off bus screams of cliche tourism, why not get a little more cultured by skirting around the city’s main haunts in a real, war-era soviet van?

Undeniably one of Russia’s most emblematic vehicles as both a symbol of a Soviet past and a comical cultural nod to its boring exterior (dubbed the “loaf of bread”), the UAZ-452 vans are iconic.

So whether you opt for a pub crawl, landmark sightseeing tour, or day of adventure with wintertime off-roading, be sure to ride shotgun in one of the loaves of bread at some stage!

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25 – See sharks up close at the Moskvarium

Moskvarium, Moscow

The mightiest aquarium in Europe (by size), the Moskvarium is an impressive modern space dedicated to the beauty and diversity of aquatic life.

Located right on the outskirts of Moscow’s city center (about 20 minutes drive from Red Square), this huge complex encompasses over 70 interactive exhibits. These include live shows, and the chance to go swimming with dolphins — that are sure to impress the whole family.

26 – Go underground at the Bunker 42 Cold War Museum

Bunker 42 Cold War Museum, Moscow

In the depths of Moscow’s shadow-strewn streets, hidden 65 meters beneath the tourist crowds are a Cold War-era bunker and former secret communications center.

Bunker 42 was built in 1955 as a nuclear-proof hideaway, but today you can book tours that reveal its secrets and stories — a must for the common history buff.

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27 – Immserve yourself in the soviet culture at the VDNKh theme park and exhibition space

VDNKh, Moscow

Sprawling across the Ostankinsky District, VDNKh is a massive open-air museum and theme park paying homage to Russian industry and Soviet values.

The enormous complex is decked out with several gold-clad statues and palatial pavilions, each uniquely designed to represent different Soviet interests and endeavors, such as geology and the space race.

Hot tip: For a wonderful view of the Moscow skyline, be sure to jump on the Ferris wheel after riding the small roller coasters and merry-go-round.

28 – Take a trip to the Kolomenskoye Palace

Kolomenskoye Palace, Moscow

Overlooking the sparkling Moskva River about 20 kiometers south of central Moscow, the postcard-worthy Kolomenskoye Palace is a former royal estate. It’s now open to the public as an extensive park with carefully-kept gardens, including one of Russia’s oldest white stone churches (the tent-looking UNESCO-listed Ascension Church ).

It has walking trails through peaceful wooded areas and gorgeous views out over the region from its high hilltop location. The park has long been considered one of the hidden gems when it comes to things to do in Moscow.

29 – Enjoy the view from the Ostankino TV Tower

Ostankino TV Tower. Moscow

With the coveted claim to fame of being the tallest free-standing structure in Europe (and 11th tallest in the world) — standing above the Empire State Building, for reference — the 540.1-meter-tall Ostankino Tower is picturesquely located next to Park Dubovaya Roshcha, not too far from VDNH, the Moskvarium, and the widespread Park Ostankind.

So long as you’re not left lighthearted by heights, the 337-meter-high observation deck is the go-to spot for panoramic views.

30 – Blast off at the Museum of Cosmonautics

Museum of Cosmonautics, Moscow

One for the space nerds and future astronauts, the Museum of Cosmonautics is dedicated to the history, present-day relevance, and future possibilities of space exploration. It provides a spectacular insight into the Soviet perspective of the 1960s space race.

Located on a lovely green site in one corner of VDNKh, the museum features an outdoor planetarium, interactive displays for children, as well as inside exhibits that showcase original spacecraft parts.

For the best experience, consider a pre-arranged tour that includes access to both the Museum and VDNKh.

31 – Complete your Moscow culinary experience with a food tour

food tours in Moscow

Foodies, listen up! Moscow has gained a reputation for being one of the finest cities in Europe for foodies, with an excellent range of restaurants and bars.

For those looking for a complete Moscow culinary experience that includes some of the best hidden gems and experiences, food tours are an ideal way to go.

Depending on your tour of choice, expect to sample a few Pelmeni (dumplings), Blini (wafer-thin pancakes), and world-famous Ponchiki doughnuts. Then wash it all down with some locally-distilled vodka or Nalivka (a sweet berry-infused liquor).

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32 – Smell the flowers at the Main Botanical Garden — the largest botanical garden in Europe

Main Botanical Garden of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow

Constructed in 1945, the Main Botanical Garden of the Russian Academy of Sciences is a 340-hectare space of plant collections and lakeside walkways to explore.

It’s one of those places that gets better as you make your way around it on foot (or even rollerblades). There are many well-kept gardens, beautiful ponds filled with turtles and waterfowl, a charming Japanese Garden and some very rare trees.

33 – Wander around the Novodevichy Monastery

Novodevichy Monastery, Moscow

The Novodevichy Convent and surrounding Kremlin-style walls combine to be one of Moscow’s most picturesque sites — a UNESCO-listed complex that was founded in the 1500s and includes an interweaving of churches, cathedrals, bell towers and a cemetery.

After admiring the buildings, check out the monastery which is surrounded by green spaces perfect for a stroll and a snack.

To learn all about its architecture and history, opt for a guided tour as recommended by most travelers.

34 – Ride the coasters at Family Park SKAZKA

Family Park SKAZKA, Moscow

If you’re traveling with youngsters who seem to never be able to burn off their energy then make a beeline for the Krylatskoye District neighborhood, home to the popular SKAZKA adventure park.

Kids can enjoy everything from bumper cars to the petting zoo, while parents might want to pop into one of the cafes or restaurants.

Even if you don’t have kids in tow, the adrenaline-pumping roller coasters invite thrill-seekers of all ages.

35 – Understand the deeper meanings of “Soviet Jew” at the Jewish Museum & Centre of Tolerance

Jewish Museum & Centre of Tolerance, Moscow

Opened in 2012, the Jewish Museum and Centre of Tolerance is a fascinating institution dedicated to exploring and honoring the diverse complex Russian-Jewish history and culture.

Explore every facet of the role of Russian Jewry throughout the centuries — including food, artifacts, religious beliefs and cultural traditions. Visitors can also see an array of exhibits made from testimonial footage, as well as a large collection of works of Jewish artists.

For history buffs, the museum dives into the intriguing role that Jewish soldiers played during World War II.

36 – Cruise down the Moscow River!

boat tours in Moscow

For those looking for a unique perspective on the city, there are stacks of tours (romantic, sightseeing, luxury-themed or party-vibed) that explore Moscow from its riverfront.

Take in some of the most iconic landmarks around the Kremlin and Gorky Park on a boat. Cruises can also take you underneath bridges, entertain you with live music and offer insights into the landmarks that pass by with live audio narration.

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37 – Grab a table at Café Pushkin

Café Pushkin, Moscow

A favorite of many Muscovites, Cafe Pushkin on Tverskoy Boulevard is an intimate spot to enjoy some authentic Russian dishes.

It’s hand-picked by locals for its traditional décor resembling a nobleman’s house and charming atmosphere (thanks largely to the rustic bookshelves). You’ll find that the menu consists mainly of classic European cuisine mixed with a few local favorites. It’s complemented by a wooden bar with a fine collection of vintage wines and regular live music.

38 – Spend the day at the Karibiya Aquapark

Karibiya Aquapark, Moscow

After a hard day exploring the city, why not spend some time out to relax and unwind at one of Moscow’s largest water parks?

Karibiya has a handful of pools (including a heated salt-water spa) and fun but not too wild slides, plus a bowling alley for the kids, a fitness center and bar for the adults. There’s something to keep everyone entertained.

39 – Take a day trip to Sergiev Posad

Sergiev Posad day trips from Moscow

A photographer’s dream with blue-and-gold cupolas contrasted by snow-white walls, the ancient town of Sergiev Posad (just over an hour’s drive from Moscow) is a quaint tourist favorite. It’s famous for being home to one of Russia’s most important and sacred monasteries — the free-to-visit Trinity Lavra St. Sergius monastery complex.

Founded in 1340 AD by Saint Sergius, today it serves as an active monastery where visitors are free to attend daily services. Admire its truly remarkable artworks and historic museum collections.

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40 – Spot starfish (and monkeys?) at the Crocus City Oceanarium

Crocus City Oceanarium, Moscow

One of the latest attractions in Moscow, Crocus City Mall’s iceberg-shaped  Oceanarium is a vast three-floor aquarium. It has more than 5,000 species swimming gracefully under one roof — not to mention the reptiles, birds, and monkeys that also call this place home.

Since the mall also boasts shopping centers, a pair of concert halls and a skating rink, there’s no shortage of activities on offer to whisk away a rainy day.

41 – Button-mash at the Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines

Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines, Moscow

Where are the gamers at?

For anyone curious about the video games and technology of Russia’s yesteryear, there’s no better place to visit than this retro museum (complete with Soviet-era soda).

Filled with an impressive collection of more than 100 vintage arcade machines dating back as far as the late 1970s (like ”Pull the Turnip”), it’s sure to take you on a trip down memory lane.

42 – Take a walk through the Alexander Garden

Alexander Garden, Moscow

While the majority of Moscow’s other top attractions require a ticket or entry fee, there is at least one gem that doesn’t. It happens to be right on your doorstep if you’re staying anywhere near the Kremlin.

Alexander Garden (also known as Alexandrovsky Sad) is an expansive park that stretches the entire western wall of the Kremlin (nearly 1km in length). It’s filled to the brim with colorful flower beds, winding walkways and calming fountains.

Don’t miss the tomb of the Unknown Soldier while you’re there.

43 – Sign up for a dog sledding adventure!

dog sledding in Moscow

Cliche? Sure, maybe a little. Seriously fun? You better believe it!

Winter is coming, and that means it’s time to get out there and experience Russia the way only locals can — by dog sledding.

Typically lasting seven or eight hours, these outdoor adventures (which include hotel pick up and drop off) are a wonderful way to experience nature and immerse yourself in ancient Russian traditions — and hang out with a handful of adorable huskies, of course!

Seriously though, this is one of those things you’re going to want photos (and videos) for when you get back home because, really, words just wouldn’t do it justice.

44 – Walk beneath the Iberian Gate and Chapel

Iberian Gate and Chapel, Moscow

Facing away from the Red Square and linking Manezhnaya Square, the Iberian Gate and Chapel (sometimes called the Resurrection Gate) is overflowing with history. It acts as the spiritual entrance to the Red Square and the home of the wooden chapel that houses icons of the Iberian Virgin.

Many believe it is customary to kiss the Iberian icon before entering the gate and for boys to take off their hats. For an insight into the local culture, join a walking tour and learn more about the gate’s significance to religion and history.

To add to the importance, the gate is also the location of ‘Kilometer Zero’ — the official central point of Moscow.

45 – Play all day at the Dream Island theme park

Dream Island, Moscow

After opening its gates early in 2020, Dream Island earned itself the coveted title of being the largest indoor theme park in Europe (yep, that means it’s even open in the harsh winter).

It’s a delight for kids and adults alike. Throughout the park you’ll find an array of rides themed around classic cartoons like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Pinocchio, the Smurfs, Hotel Transylvania and Hello Kitty. It also has charming and well-arranged streets that transport you to bustling cities like London and Barcelona!

Throw in live performances, plenty of eateries, a cinema and a hotel, and you can see why it’s become all the rage recently.

46 – Race against the clock in an escape room

escape rooms in Moscow

An unmissable and quick activity for any budding Sherlock Holmes out there, escape rooms challenge your mind and require wit, teamwork, and logic. Figure out the puzzles and escape from each room before time runs up.

Moscow’s escape room games usually last around 60 minutes and cover a range of themes (like a USSR Nuclear Bunker or even an outdoor, app-led scavenger game) — perfect for the whole family.

47 – Chill out by the Patriarch’s Ponds

Patriarch's Ponds, Moscow

Surrounded by residential buildings in the fancy downtown Presnensky District, the enormous (9,900 square meters, to be exact) the Patriarshiye Prudy is a beautiful oasis. It’s frequented by dog walkers, picnickers, artists and musicians alike.

In summertime, you’ll find people picnicking on the grassy banks or sunbathing by the ponds. In the winter, it transforms into a magical wonderland of snow and ice, morphing into a popular public skating rink.

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48 – Go behind the scenes at Luzhniki Stadium

Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow

Moscow’s Lujniki Stadium is one of Europe’s biggest soccer complexes, capable of hosting some 80,000 fans with an electric-like atmosphere — as we saw during its phase as the main stadium of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Besides being the current home ground of Russia’s National Football Team, it also hosts concerts by some of the biggest international acts and was also the focal point of the 1980 Olympic Games.

If your trip doesn’t line up with any sellout matches, you can still join a backstage stadium tour that explores the dressing rooms, press conference room and the field.

49 – Head to Suzdal and Vladimir for a day

Suzdal and Vladimir day trips from Moscow

A fantastic option for anyone who wants to get out of the chaos of Moscow for a minute, these two towns are parts of the Golden Ring of ancient Russian cities. They present as perfect day trips, thanks to their rich history, diverse culture and white-drenched architecture.

In Suzdal , the Kremlin fortress is the main event, with the Cathedral of the Nativity (and its 13th-century Golden Doors) captivating visitors year after year. In Vladimir , the awe-inspiring Assumption Cathedral (Dormition Cathedral) teaks center stage, with its five golden domes making for a wonderful photo backdrop

Don’t feel like hiring a car? Take the hassle out of your getaway and book a pre-arranged tour that visits both ancient towns on the same day.

50 – Escape the crowds at the Botanic Gardens of Moscow State University

Botanic Gardens of Moscow State University, Moscow

Wielding the title of Russia’s oldest botanic garden, the Botanic Gardens of Moscow State University (founded in 1706) is a fantastic place to escape the city and learn about Russia’s rich flora.

The beautifully arranged garden boasts more than 6,000 plant species that span various climates across the world, allowing visitors to see everything from roses and tulips to cacti and bamboo trees!

51 – Climb inside a tank at the Kubinka Tank Museum

Kubinka Tank Museum, Moscow

A must-see for any military history buff, the Kubinka Tank Museum showcases dozens of tanks and armored vehicles from across the globe, with a particularly heavy focus on Soviet Union models (to be expected, right?).

The collection includes everything from Polish TKS tankettes to the only remaining Panzer VIII Maus, a captured WWI British Mark V and the Object 172 — as well as plenty of cannons, weapons and missiles.

Serving traditional Russian military meals and national staples, even the cafe-restaurant is military-themed!

52 – Sit front row at the Moscow International House of Music

Moscow International House of Music

A world-renowned performance complex on the picturesque Kosmodamianskaya Embankment, this state-of-the-art venue is best known for hosting Vladimir Spivakov’s Virtuosi of Moscow Chamber Orchestra. It showcases everything from classical concerts to jazz, folk music and more!

The venue’s three magnificent concert halls welcome an array of local and international performers. Check the website to see who’s taking center stage during your visit!

53 – Drift through fresh powder on a snowmobile!

snowmobiling in Moscow

While it’s not always winter (though if you want to make the most of your snowy trip, come between December and March), as soon as that first snowfall hits, it’s time for snowmobile tours. Make for a fantastic way to explore the out-of-the-way locations and magical forests beyond Moscow’s city limits.

Even if you’ve never ridden a ski-doo or snowmobile before, the friendly expert instructors will be with you every step of the way, with safety and enjoyment always priorities.

54 – Crank your head skywards in Moscow City

Moscow International Business Center, Moscow

A stark contrast to the ancient and colorful onion domes in the Red Square, Moscow City’s skyscape (aka the Moscow International Business Center ) is full of towering, modern glass-heavy (even twisting) skyscrapers. Many of which are vying at the top of the list of Europe’s tallest buildings.

At 374 meters tall and with 95 floors — and a wonderful restaurant on its 60th floor — the Moscow Federation Tower is a popular choice for tourists. Meanwhile, the 85th and 86th floor of the OKO Towers play host to a Russian restaurant and skating rink respectively.

Be sure to walk through the modern Bagration Bridge and, for the shopaholics, check out the stores and IMAX theater inside AFIMALL City.

55 – Check out Zaryadye Park

Zaryadye Park, Moscow

Within arm’s reach of the famed Red Square, the peaceful slice of greenery that is Zaryadye Park is a breath of beautiful and natural air amidst the concrete jungle. It’s the first new city park to be opened in Moscow for more than half a century.

At various points around the 10-hectare park, you’ll find a few restaurant pavilions, a media center, a museum and a botanical collection housing over a million plants. It also houses the two-stage Zaryadye Concert Hall where thousands of passersby take a seat on the steps every day.

While you’re there, don’t miss the Chambers of the Romanov Boyars, an unusual museum above the northern side of the park.

56 – Stroll around the cozy Hermitage Garden

Hermitage Garden, Moscow

Small yet incredibly charming and found conveniently smack-bang in the middle of the city, the Hermitage Garden is a perfect spot to relax and unwind after a day of learning about Russia’s vast history.

Surrounded by the Sfera Theatre and The Kolobov Novaya Opera Theatre of Moscow , this lovely, leafy garden can be both a relaxing oasis or the prelude to an entertaining evening out.

57 – Treat yourself to a ballet show at the Bolshoi Theatre

Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow

With a reputation that precedes it, the impressive and world-famous Bolshoi Theatre is a must for any theater lover. Its rich history is making it one of the most iconic theaters in Europe.

While there are several performances to choose from throughout the year — from ballet to opera, classic dramas and even acrobatic shows — you can also get your own private backstage tour.

58 – Get artsy, then party at ArtPlay

ArtPlay, Moscow

This old tea factory turned cultural hub of Moscow’s creative arts is heaven on earth for rotating exhibitions by local artists.

Depending on what piques your interest, you can join in on everything from live music to dance classes, art studio workshops, flea markets and film screenings here. However, after the sun goes down, its alter-ego comes out to play.

So, if you’re feeling peckish, stop into the Domozhilov restaurant nearby for a shashlik. Then wash it down at the English pub with a beer before partying it up at Rodnya, a pumping techno club.

59 – Head to the PANORAMA360 Observation Deck

PANORAMA360 Observation Deck, Moscow

A surefire hit for the social media feed, the observation deck at the top of Moscow’s Federation Tower skyscraper — PANORAMA360 — is a must-see selfie stop for its killer views and … ice cream factory.

From the 89th floor, you can soak in the wonder of Moscow old and new from above. It has floor-to-ceiling windows providing 360-degree vistas, a rotating restaurant and mini-cinema to boot.

60 – Throw down a picnic blanket in Sokolniki Park

Sokolniki Park, Moscow

One of the largest green spaces in Moscow, Sokolniki Park is a very popular gathering place for locals and visitors alike.

Spread across the northeastern Sokolniki District, it’s the perfect distance from the city’s main haunts where the crowds remain small but the accessibility stays high.

With its many activities — from sports to live music to festivals — not much beats this park when it comes to outdoor fun!

61 – Catch a traditional Russian dance show

Russian dance shows in Moscow

To get a true sense of the rich and diverse culture in Moscow, you can’t go past one of its many folk dance shows.

While there are several to choose from, “Kostroma” and “The Golden Ring” are two crowd favorite choices. Each is thoroughly unique with traditional music and costumes sure to make for a once-in-a-lifetime night of entertainment.

Of course, due to high popularity, be sure to book in advance.

62 – Book a table at the White Rabbit restaurant bar

White Rabbit restaurant bar, Moscow

Perched above the historical center of Moscow on the 16th floor of the Smolensky Passage building, this lavish restaurant is a must-visit for any foodie-obsessed traveler. Why? Because it continually ranks as one of the top 50 restaurants in the world.

The drool-worthy menu made by fifth-generation chef Vladimir Mukhin consists of creative, beautiful plated meals. The coveted eaterie also boasts 360-degree panoramic views of the city and a fine collection of wines and cocktails.

63 – Have dinner inside the Vysoko-Petrovskiy Monastery

Vysoko-Petrovskiy Monastery, Moscow

Whether you’re an architecture or history buff, while visiting Moscow, it would be a shame to miss out on the rare chance to eat in an actual monastery.

This one is particularly special as it dates back some 700 years. Not only will you get to dig into an authentic Russian menu, but learn about the history of the building and (depending on your booking package) get a guided tour too.

64 – Pass by the ‘Children Are the Victims of Adult Vices’ sculpture

Children Are the Victims of Adult Vices sculpture, Moscow

This free public art installation in Bolotnaya square was created by Mihail Chemaikin in 2001. A somewhat controversial landmark, it depicts how children are influenced by vices — alcohol, theft, ignorance, violence, addiction, poverty and war, to name a few.

The sculpture’s uniqueness and thought-provoking nature makes it an essential stop on any day of wandering around.

65 – Get wild on a pub crawl!

pub crawls in Moscow

You’re on vacation, so it’s time to let your hair down, mingle with some fellow thirsty travelers and party it up Moscow-style!

High-energy pub crawls are a great way to get acquainted with new friends while seeing Moscow’s unique nightlife scene first-hand. Let the locals lead you to hidden gems, tourist hot spots and quirky dive bars.

If you don’t feel like walking, why not join a Soviet minivan crawl instead (where you can drink Soviet champagne onboard!)?

66 – Roll up for the Nikulin Circus!

Nikulin Circus, Moscow

If you haven’t had the chance to see a live circus before — and especially if you’re traveling with kids — why not head over to the Nikulin Circus on Tsvetnoy Boulevard?

It blends traditional Russian acrobatics with modern-day technology, animals, and the classic circular circus stage. This beloved local entertainment is also considered one of the most enjoyable things to do in Moscow!

67 – Get romantic on a Moskva River dinner cruise

dinner cruises in Moscow

What better way to take in the city’s skyline than from a luxury yacht as you enjoy entertainment, fine dining, and (strong) specialty drinks?

Whether you’re looking for something large that can accommodate groups of friends or something smaller with a bit more VIP style, there are several dinner cruises available to suit any taste and budget.

68 – Explore the wonderful Izmailovo District

Izmailovo District, Moscow

One of the city’s best-kept secrets, Izmailovo ‘s focal point is its Kremlin, a colorful wooden complex. Built in 2007, it has had unique museums and flea markets pop up nearby in the years since.

Throughout the area, you’ll uncover museums dedicated to vodka, break and Russian folk art. The district’s charming open-air flea market has all kinds of crafts and souvenirs are haggled on the daily.

Don’t miss Izmailovo Park , which is an enormous 300-hectare space that plays host to souvenir vendors, forest walking paths and even an ice rink in winter.

With so much to see in the district, savvy travelers typically opt for a guided tour.

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69 – Sip on a cocktail at the award-winning City Space Bar and Lounge

City Space Bar and Lounge, Moscow

Self-dubbed as one of the world’s top 10 bars, with accolades like Luxury Travel Guide’s Bar of the Year 2018, this iconic and luxurious watering hole doesn’t need much of an introduction.

Perched sky-high on the 34th floor of Swissotel Krasnye Holmy, the circular lounge bar slings signature cocktails and dishes up truly stunning views of the city.

Hot tip: While there’s never a poor time to visit, aim to arrive an hour or so before sunset, that’s when the city will truly sparkle below.

70 – Pamper yourself at the Sanduny Baths

Sanduny Baths, Moscow

If you’re looking for something to ease that throbbing headache after a night of pub crawling, why not try the famous Sanduny Baths , a quintessentially Russian experience?

Famed as one of the world’s most beautiful public bathhouses, Sanduny’s steam rooms and pools are said to be some of the best in Moscow. But for something totally unique, you can’t go past the birch twigs massage (read: beating).

71 – Spruce up your social media feed at some Insta-worthy restaurants

insta-worthy restaurants in Moscow

While a good meal is always part of the restaurant experience, getting a good pic for Instagram is half the fun!

Luckily, there are tons of excellent eateries that combine great food with gorgeous aesthetics.

Big Wine Freaks has a fantastic drink selection (naturally), and its dark, classy rooms full of elegant light fixtures and plush furniture bring to mind a spy’s hideout.

Meanwhile, Sempre adopts more of a naturalistic approach, surrounding diners with ferns and greenery.

And at Black Market Moscow , you can choose between indoor and outdoor spaces, each featuring their own unique designs and dining experiences.

Take a bite and snap some pics!

72 – Unleash your inner party animal at the Night clubs

nightlife in Moscow

When the sun goes down, you’ll get to see a whole new side of Moscow: its amazing nightlife!

Head to Propaganda for a bite or a beverage, then dance to some quality club tunes.

Or get a little wild at Chesterfield , where you can pay a flat fee and drink as much as you want – the perfect recipe for fun!

And at Rock’N’ Roll , there’s a new form of excitement every day, from DJ sets to live bands, all playing a lively mix of rock music from across the decades.

With all this excitement, you won’t want to book anything early the next day!

How to get to Moscow?

Unless you’re feeling up to the challenge of a long train journey, you’ll most likely be flying into Moscow.

Luckily, it has three international airports to choose from: Sheremetyevo, Vnukovo, and Domodedovo.

Once you’ve arrived, you’ll be able to easily reach the city via the Aeroexpress train.

Where to stay in Moscow?

Golden Ring Hotel  will make you feel like you’re on top of the world, whether you’re getting pampered at the beauty salon or enjoying a meal in the rooftop restaurants.

Or check in to Radisson Slavyanskaya Hotel & Business Center , which boasts everything from riverside views and a gym to nearby shopping areas and relaxing Turkish baths.

At AZIMUT Hotel Olympic Moscow , the massages, international cuisine, sauna, and swimming pool will keep you happily occupied in between excursions.

And at sister property AZIMUT Hotel Smolenskaya Moscow , you can savor a nice meal or admire the scenery from the lounge, or stroll over to Gorky Park or roam along Stary Arbat Street.

Meanwhile, Oblaka Hotel blends simple charm and a convenient location, with charming red brick exteriors and easy access to historic sites and a metro station.

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Visiting Moscow on a budget?

There’s nothing like seeing a city on foot… especially on a free walking tour !

These excursions aren’t just a way to save money while still learning a lot; they also offer a wonderful opportunity to gain local perspectives, courtesy of your guides.

But despite the name, they do accept tips for a job well done, so bring a bit of money with you!

Where to go next?

If you’re short on time but still want to see the best of Moscow, try some multi-day tours ; they’ll provide all of the coolest sights and experiences in an efficient format.

After that, it’s time to start exploring further afield!

Though it’s a bit of a trek, St. Petersburg is well worth the journey!

With its famously decadent buildings to its lively arts scene, this is the perfect place to soak up some culture; but there are also some more offbeat options, like folk shows, vodka tastings, and even an amusement park!

And from the jaw-dropping designs of the metro stations (yes, you read that correctly) to the glimmer of Faberge eggs, it showcases beauty at every turn.

Ready to go beyond Russia?

Dive into the best places to visit in Europe , a smorgasbord of art and history, nature and architecture, showcasing some of the most beloved cities and countries in the world.

Final thoughts

While Russia’s capital may seem imposing, its dynamic culture, live-wire entertainment scene, and remarkable history make it an unbeatable destination, with unique adventures that will linger in your memory long after you’ve returned home.

You may feel a little overwhelmed by all of the incredible things to do in Moscow… but that’s all the more reason to come back!

If you have any other must-see suggestions, noteworthy day trips or quintessential tours worth booking, feel free to write in the comments!

As always, happy travels!

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