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Top TRIPS by Culture Trip for Embracing Your Own Backyard

Book these access-all-areas micro-adventures to see a different side of your home state.
Culture Trip Travel Team
13 Mar 2022
Travel often conjures up distant destinations in the far-flung lands. But a true explorer knows that adventure starts in your own backyard. After all, the 50 states that make up America artfully knit together grand canyons, serene lakes, wildflower-stitched valleys and musically tuned cities that sway to the beat of rhythm and blues. Want to see the world without venturing too far from home? These insider-led TRIPS by Culture Trip reveal a United States that even locals don’t know.
1 . Feed Your Mind, Body and Soul in Lake Tahoe

The glassine waters of Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada peaks converge to create a contemplative backdrop for this four-day wellness-minded trip. If you’re a stressed-out Silicon Valley type, you’ll be amazed at the distance you’ll feel after a short drive north and days filled with woodland hikes and lakeside boat trips, followed by wholesome evenings spent stargazing and s’more-toasting by the fire. Guided yin yoga and meditation sessions are accessible to all, as are the craft-beer gatherings in the hotel hot tub.

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2 . Off-Road Adventures in Utah and Colorado

The Wild West era of gun-slinging saloons and high-noon shootouts may (mercifully) be a thing of the past, but the landscapes endure in the national parks of Utah and mountains of Colorado. Grab your stetson and join a posse of like-minded adventurers on this small-group tour that takes in red-rock deserts and the Rocky Mountains over eight adrenaline-fueled days. You’ll tick off a trio of big hitters – hiking through the Moab area, biking in Arches National Park and rafting on the Colorado River – but hush-hush hidden extras, such as cocktails at a seen-on-screen hotel, come thick and fast.

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3 . Reset and Recharge in the Hudson Valley

New Yorkers, we see you – that city lifestyle can be exhilarating and exhausting, all at the same time. But luckily, this digital-detox break in the Hudson Valley has your back, with four days of stand-up paddleboarding, silent meditation and self-discovery in the Catskills. It’s all about balancing yin with yang on this meditative mini-break, with time to sketch out your creative side in an artist-led workshop, matched with celebratory spirit-lifting meals.

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4 . All That Jazz: a Music and Food-Filled Tour of New Orleans

Never been to New Orleans? Shame on you, music lover, for this is a city that puts out a clarion call to fans of jazz, rhythm and blues. On this toe-tapping tour, you’ll get to explore the Big Easy with a small group, gaining backstage access to Preservation Hall for a live-music performance and joining an insider-led exploration of the fun-loving French Quarter. A steamboat cruise down the Mississippi and a kayak along the Manchac will leave you with a new-found love of Louisiana.

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5 . California Dreamin’: From Yosemite to Napa and Sonoma Valley

The wilds and winelands in Northern California come into renewed focus on this seven-day Golden State tour. Led by a Local Insider, you’ll start in San Francisco before hitting up Yosemite and hiking around the sequoias and Sierra Nevadas. Detouring via lakes and meadows, you’ll head up to Napa and Sonoma for wine tasting and lunch at Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bakery. The final days tip down to the Pacific coast, via the Russian River and Goat Rock Beach, before tracing back to civilization via the Lands End Trail.

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