United States - Culinary Travel Overview
There’s lots to see and taste in America and each of our 50 states has something special in store for the culinary traveler. Below is a sampling of some of our most popular destinations to provide a little inspiration for your culinary adventures.
Bagels and burgers, esteemed ethnic eateries and Michelin starred restaurants are just part of the Big Apple’s foodie scene. City residents are elbow-to-elbow with high-profile chefs at the famous Union Square Greenmarket and artisanal producers, food trucks and pop-ups add delicious excitement. A kimchi hot dog anyone? The flavor of this city is in its neighborhoods and culinary walking tours provide an ample taste of history in the old enclaves of the Lower East Side and its Essex Street Market. Chinatown and Brooklyn, which is undergoing a culinary renaissance.
Is not just one of the top culinary destinations in the U.S. it sits atop the worldwide list. This city possesses a culinary legacy like no other. Days can begin with coffee and beignets at the iconic Café du Mond, lunch can be a tasting tour of the French Quarter and end with dinner at one on the city’s legendary restaurants or one of its exciting new ones, which take a fresh look at Cajun and Creole cuisine. Culinary travelers can learn how to make Louisiana’s signature dishes like seafood gumbo and shrimp remoulade from well known chefs; visit the Crescent City Farmer’s Market and explore New Orleans historic and exciting cocktail culture. A visit to the city's Southern Food & Beverage Museum is a culinary travel must. New Orleans is also home to the National World War II Museum the exhibits and the storys portrayed are inspirational and for history buffs that are foodies, the museum features John Besh's American Sector Restaurant.
Sonoma Valley Vineyards
This coastal seaport city is vivacious, hip and delicious. Conde Nast Traveler has just named it to its list of Best American Cities for Foodies. Its vistas are breathtaking, Puget Sound, craggy Mt. Rainer, and one of the Northwest’s – if not the country’s - most spectacular skylines. Culinary adventures and edible experiences abound, and must-dos include tasting tours of Pike’s Place Market, with its 100+years of history, it is the heart of Seattle’s vibrant food scene, and the city’s oldest neighborhood Pioneer Square. Famous chef & restaurateur Tom Douglas has opened an exciting new cooking school, The Hot Stove Society and a coffee crawl offers the opportunity to learn the history and mystery of this city’s obsession with java. Seattle is also home to some of the best craft breweries and micro beers in the world and remember, the State of Washington is the second largest producer of wines in North America, and its wineries are internationally acclaimed. So go and stay awhile.
Northern California and Wine Country
San Francisco vies for top honors among America’s foodie cities and justly so. A dynamic restaurant scene is shaped by world class chefs working with the bounty of local farms and the freshest seafood. The range is amazing and encompasses myriad ethnic options from Dim Sum in Chinatown to burrito joints in the Mission district. Ferry Plaza is the ultimate in Farmer’s Market and begging to be explored.
The wine country has its own special cuisine and a trip pairing San Francisco with Sonoma County, the birthplace of California wine, provides the opportunity for cook & dine learning experiences and to sample artisanal cheeses and prize-winning olive oils. Winery visits and tastings can include vineyard picnics with majestic vistas and learning tours of organic farms provide the opportunity for authentic farm-to-fork lunches.
Charleston, South Carolina
Charm, southern hospitality and low county cuisine are all part of the draw to this historic coastal city. Charleston treasures and honors its foodways but is open to the influx of savvy new chefs and how they experiment with the local seafood like shad and shrimp and the regional vegetables, collards, green beans and sweet potatoes. The result is a vibrant food culture. Oyster roasts and Frogmore stew are not to be missed.
New England has much to offer the culinary traveler. Boston has come into its own with exciting new restaurants, a food truck frenzy and loads of innovative seafood selections. Its "bite-seeing" tour of the Old North End comes with a nice dash of American history. To Boston’s south, Cape Cod is idyllic, with quaint towns, cranberry bogs, and miles of national seashore. Where better to slurp oysters than in Wellfleet? Little Providence RI, has garnered national recognition for its restaurant scene and boat-to-table dining. Johnson & Wales Culinary Museum is a must-see. To the north, the craggy coast of Maine is known for its lobsters and authentic picture-postcard clamshacks. Its capital Portland rates kudos for its artiasn food and craft breweries while the Vermont is celebrated for its cheese trails and organic farms.