June 14, 2022

Travelers Rejoice: Tripadvisor Reveals the Most Highly Recommended Experiences in the World for 2022

As the summer travel season heats up to be the busiest since pre-pandemic years, and appetites for jet-set adventures soar, Tripadvisor® announces the next in its coveted Travelers' Choice® Award series: The Best of the Best Things to Do. Revealing all the must-do activities in travel hotspots around the world, this accolade also includes hidden gems in off the beaten path locations: from Oahu's chilled-out North Shore to Reykjavik's foodie enclaves, and much more. As part of this next iteration of Travelers' Choice Awards, Tripadvisor outlines subcategories corresponding with the wants and needs of every traveler.

With high demand for travel, vacationers want to make up for lost time, desperately seeking those trips of a lifetime. The Travelers' Choice Awards are the ultimate resource of tried-and-true experiences, curated by travelers within Tripadvisor's community, ready to bring holiday itineraries to the next level.

An Elevated Way to Travel

Travelers across all ages indicated (60%) in a 2021 Tripadvisor survey that emerging from the pandemic they intend to book a local experience to get to know more about the destinations they plan to visit on their next trip, with interest rising further for millennial travelers*.

To this end, Tripadvisor's second annual "Things to Do" Awards celebrate travelers' favorite experiences and the attractions they love to visit around the world. As priorities evolve for many travelers since the pandemic, vacations are much more than just booking a flight, selecting a hotel room and sitting poolside within a resort. It's the experiences travelers have on a trip that leave lasting impressions, frequently retold stories and unforgettable memories.

Outdoor activities dominated the 2021 awards, and they made another strong showing this year, as beach and nature spots in Florida and Hawaii are home to the most U.S. winners. But city tours are increasingly popular this year as well, as travelers have begun gaining confidence to return to big tourist destinations.

Among all the different types of activities, the No. 1 Top Experience in the world for 2022 is an Amsterdam Open Boat Canal Cruise. This is a scenic cruise along Amsterdam's stunning canals that passes iconic spots like the Anne Frank House, the Jordaan, the Houseboat Museum, Leiden Square, Rijksmuseum, De Duif and much more. With nearly 10,000 reviews, this tour has travelers raving about its guides, as well as the accompanying wine and cheese.

In the U.S., it's Hawaii's Tour of North Shore (70%) and Sightseeing (30%), hosted by North Shore Beach Bus, at No. 1. Skip the hassle of renting a car and see the highlights of Oahu's North Shore with this awesome tour. Along the way, a guide shares details about the island that you would likely miss if traveling on your own. Plus, enjoy time to swim, shop, paddleboard, kayak or do a waterfall hike while getting to know the island.

The Top 10 Experiences in the World for 2022

  1. Amsterdam Open Boat Canal Cruise - Live Guide - from Anne Frank House - Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  2. Red Dunes Quad Bike, Sandsurf, Camels & BBQ at Al Khayma Camp from Dubai - Dubai, UAE
  3. Tour of North Shore (70%) and Sightseeing (30%) - Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
  4. Natural Pool & Indian Cave Jeep Safari - Aruba
  5. Clear Kayak Tour of Shell Key Preserve and Tampa Bay Area - Tierra Verde, Florida, U.S.
  6. Classic Inca Trail Trek 4D/3N to Machu Picchu - Cusco, Peru
  7. Reykjavik Food Walk - Local Foodie Adventure in Iceland - Reykjavik, Iceland
  8. High-Speed Thames River RIB Cruise in London - London, U.K.
  9. Rafting - Sprouts - Rio Jacaré Pepira by Wild Canoe Territory - Brotas, Brazil
  10. City & Beatles Tour - BLUE ROUTE - Liverpool, U.K.

The Top 10 Experiences in the U.S. for 2022

  1. Tour of North Shore (70%) and Sightseeing (30%) - Honolulu, Hawaii
  2. Clear Kayak Tour of Shell Key Preserve and Tampa Bay Area - Tierra Verde, Florida
  3. Little Havana Food and Walking Tour in Miami - Miami, Florida
  4. Half-Day Mojave Desert ATV Tour from Las Vegas - Las Vegas, Nevada
  5. Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, 7 Magic Mountains Small Group Day Tour from Las Vegas - Las Vegas, Nevada
  6. 3 Hour Guided TomCar ATV Tour in Sonoran Desert - New River, Arizona
  7. Pearl Harbor City Tour - Honolulu, Hawaii
  8. 5 Island Maui County -Private- Discovery Flight, for up to 3 people: See it All! - Maui, Hawaii
  9. Little Toot Dolphin Adventure at Clearwater Beach - Clearwater, Florida
  10. Party Bike Private Party Up To 15 People in Old Town Scottsdale - Scottsdale, Arizona

Food Experiences: Tours and experiences that are known for their great taste (literally).

No. 1 in the world: Reykjavik Food Walk - Local Foodie Adventure in Iceland - Reykjavik, Iceland
No. 1 in the U.S.: Undiscovered Charleston: Half Day Food, Wine & History Tour with Cooking Class - Charleston, South Carolina

  1. Reykjavik Food Walk - Local Foodie Adventure in Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland
  2. The Chocolatarium Chocolate Tour Experience in Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  3. Undiscovered Charleston: Half Day Food, Wine & History Tour with Cooking Class, Charleston, South Carolina
  4. Private Homemade Meal with a Private Chef in Rome, Rome, Italy
  5. Treasures of Lisboa Food Tours, Lisbon, Portugal
  6. Khmer Cooking Class at a Local's Home in Krong Siem Reap, Siem Reap, Cambodia
  7. Local Walking Food Tour, Playa del Carmen, Mexico
  8. NYC Greenwich Village Italian Food Tour, New York City, New York
  9. NYC Lower East Side Walking and Food Tour, New York City, New York
  10. Evening Pintxo-Tapas Tour with Discover San Sebastian, San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain

Nature & Outdoor Activities: Fresh air, new heights, wildlife sightings—the greatest outdoor adventures start here.

No. 1 in the world: Clear Kayak Tour of Shell Key Preserve and Tampa Bay Area - Tierra Verde, Florida (also No. 1 in the U.S.)

  1. Clear Kayak Tour of Shell Key Preserve and Tampa Bay Area, Tierra Verde, Florida
  2. Majestic Circle Island Eco Tour from Waikiki, Honolulu, Hawaii
  3. Ziplining Forest Adventure - The Original Canopy Tour Rotorua, Rotorua, New Zealand
  4. 7-Line Zipline Experience in Sevierville, Sevierville, Tennessee
  5. The Longest Northern Lights Tour in Abisko with Dinner, Abisko, Sweden
  6. Small Group Big Island Twilight Volcano and Stargazing Tour, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
  7. Outdoor Ziplining and UTV Adventure from Los Cabos, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
  8. Skydive Tandem - Sao Paulo - Brazil, Sao Paulo, Brazil
  9. Boat trip to the grottos at Ponta da Piedade, Lagos, Lagos, Portugal
  10. Manuel Antonio Park Tour and its Amazing Wildlife and Beaches, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Sailing & Day Cruises: Get out on the open water with traveler-loved expeditions.

No. 1 in the world: Amsterdam Open Boat Canal Cruise - Live Guide - from Anne Frank House - Amsterdam, The Netherlands
No. 1 in the U.S.: Little Toot Dolphin Adventure at Clearwater Beach - Clearwater, Florida

  1. Amsterdam Open Boat Canal Cruise - Live Guide - from Anne Frank House, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  2. Little Toot Dolphin Adventure at Clearwater Beach, Clearwater, Florida
  3. 2 Hour Lisbon Sunset and Wine Sailing Tour, Lisbon, Portugal
  4. Papillon 3 Private Catamaran Cruise 47 ft in Los Cabos all inclusive, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
  5. Morning Mimosa or Afternoon Narrated Sightseeing Cruise from Newport, RI, Newport, Rhode Island
  6. Private 2.5-3 Hour Sailboat Harbor Cruise, Charleston, South Carolina
  7. Private Sailboat + Captain for a Day Experience, Bacalar, Mexico
  8. Akaroa Dolphins 〜 Harbour Nature Cruise, Akaroa, New Zealand
  9. Catamaran excursions in the Asinara island National park, Sardinia, Italy
  10. Premium Milford Sound Small Group Tour, Cruise & Picnic Lunch from Queenstown, Milford Sound, New Zealand

Cultural & Historical Tours: Discover a new city on foot, bike, even Vespa(!) with the best guides in the game.

No. 1 in the world: Renaissance & Medici Tales - Explore Florence with the best storytellers - Florence, Italy
No. 1 in the U.S.: Pearl Harbor City Tour - Honolulu, Hawaii

  1. Renaissance & Medici Tales - Explore Florence with the best storytellers, Florence, Italy
  2. Chichen Itza, Cenote and Valladolid All-Inclusive Tour, Cancun, Mexico
  3. Pearl Harbor City Tour, Honolulu, Hawaii
  4. History & Hauntings of Salem Guided Walking Tour, Salem, Massachusetts
  5. Dubai: Old and Modern City Tour with Blue Mosque Visit, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  6. Vespa Sidecar Tour in Rome with Cappuccino, Rome, Italy
  7. Walking Tour of Bath with Blue Badge Tourist Guide, Bath, United Kingdom
  8. Colosseum Underground and Ancient Rome Semi-Private Tour MAX 6 PEOPLE GUARANTEED, Rome, Italy
  9. Dubai to Abu Dhabi Grand Mosque & Qasr Al Watan Palace by OceanAir™️, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  10. Belfast's Political Mural Taxi Tour, Belfast, United Kingdom

Snorkeling & Water Sports: From snorkeling and scuba diving to kayaking and surfing, these are the best things to do under—and over—the sea.

No. 1 in the world: Rafting - Sprouts - Rio Jacaré Pepira by Wild Canoe Territory - Brotas, Brazil
No. 1 in the U.S.: Manatee Snorkeling Tours - Crystal River, Florida

  1. Rafting - Sprouts - Rio Jacare Pepira by Wild Canoe Territory, Brotas, Brazil
  2. High-Speed Thames River RIB Cruise in London ,London, United Kingdom
  3. Adventure Dubrovnik - Sea Kayaking and Snorkeling Tour, Dubrovnik, Croatia
  4. Manatee Snorkeling Tours, Crystal River, Florida
  5. Top-Rated Snorkeling Silfra Tour Self-Drive, Reykjavik, Iceland
  6. Guided Outer Reef Snorkelling Tour | Our boat only takes 12 customers in total, Port Douglas, Australia
  7. Exciting Upper Pigeon Smoky Mountains Rafting Trip, Hartford, Tennessee
  8. Double Dip Snorkel Trip, Kralendijk, Bonaire
  9. Jet Ski Tour of Dubai: Burj Al Arab, Dubai Marina, Atlantis, Palm & Burj Khalifa, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  10. Jet Snorkel-Snorkeling with Turtles!, Puerto Rico, Caribbean

Wine, Beer, and Spirits Experiences: Sip your way through these top-rated tours and tastings.

No. 1 in the world: St. Augustine's Wine, Cocktail and Food Experience - St. Augustine, Florida (also No. 1 in the U.S.)

  1. St. Augustine's Wine, Cocktail and Food Experience, St. Augustine, Florida
  2. Mezcal distillery guided tour, Puerto Escondido, Mexico
  3. London Pub Crawl, London, United Kingdom
  4. Guadalupe Valley Wine Route Tour in Baja California, Ensenada, Mexico
  5. Santorini Half-Day Sunset Wine Tasting, Fira, Greece
  6. Douro Valley 3 Wine Experiences with Traditional Lunch and Optional Boat Cruise, Porto, Portugal
  7. Pub Crawl Krawl Through Krakow, Lesser Poland Province, Poland
  8. St. Maarten Brewery & Beer Tours, St Martin / St Maarten, Caribbean
  9. Yarra Valley Wine & Food Day Tour from Melbourne with lunch at Yering Station, Melbourne, Australia
  10. Wine Sampler Tour, Queenstown, New Zealand

Bucket List Experiences: Unique things to do that'll make your trip—and give you the best stories for later, too.

No. 1 in the world: Premium Red Dunes, Camel Safari & BBQ at Al Khayma Camp™️, Dubai - Dubai, UAE

  1. Premium Red Dunes, Camel Safari & BBQ at Al Khayma Camp™️, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  2. Classic Inca Trail Trek 4D/3N to Machu Picchu (Group Service), Cusco, Peru
  3. Hot Air Balloons Ride in Luxor Egypt, Luxor, Egypt
  4. Cappadocia Balloon Ride and Champagne Breakfast, Goreme, Turkey
  5. Blackstone Beach, Cliff Jump & Hidden Treasures, Aruba, Caribbean
  6. Ziplining Forest Adventure - The Original Canopy Tour Rotorua, Rotorua, New Zealand
  7. Arenales Caves and River Adventure in Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  8. Skydive Tandem - Sao Paulo - Brazil, Sao Paulo, Brazil
  9. Northern Lights Adventure with Greenlander, 8 people max, Tromso, Norway
  10. Swim with the Manatees Includes In-Water Guide/Photographer, Crystal River, Florida

Pop Culture Tours: Go behind the scenes of your favorite movies, shows, and artists with fan-favorite experiences.

No. 1 in the world: Full-Day Iconic Sights of LA, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Beaches and More - Los Angeles, California (also No. 1 in the U.S.)

  1. Full-Day Iconic Sights of LA, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Beaches and More, Los Angeles, California
  2. West End Musicals Silent Disco Tour, London, United Kingdom
  3. Game of Thrones Walking Tour + Iron Throne Photo, Dubrovnik, Croatia
  4. Tour for Muggles, London, United Kingdom
  5. Private 3-Hour Guided Beatles Classic Tour of Liverpool, Liverpool, United Kingdom
  6. Field of Dreams Movie Site Guided Home Tour in Dyersville, Dyersville, Iowa
  7. Rock Cab Tours Presents: The Music Legends Private Taxi Tour of London, London, United Kingdom
  8. Windmill Lane Recording Studios - Visitor Experience, Dublin, Ireland
  9. The Dark Days: Pablo Escobar and The New Medellin Tour, Medellin, Colombia
  10. Lord of the Rings Scenic Half Day Tour, Queenstown, New Zealand

Top Attractions: Loved by travelers, they're the iconic landmarks you simply have to see to believe.

No. 1 in the world: Basílica de la Sagrada Familia - Barcelona, Spain
No. 1 in the U.S.: Empire State Building - New York City, New York

  1. Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain
  2. Colosseum, Rome, Italy
  3. Empire State Building, New York City, New York
  4. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  5. Gallerie Degli Uffizi, Florence, Italy
  6. Plaza de Espana, Seville, Spain
  7. Iguazu Falls, Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
  8. The Roman Baths, Bath, United Kingdom
  9. Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs, Colorado
  10. Trevi Fountain, Rome, Italy

Amusement Parks: The best places to scream, splash, and get your adrenaline fix, according to travelers who love a good thrill.

No. 1 in the world: Siam Park - Adeje, Spain
No. 1 in the U.S.: Dollywood - Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

  1. Siam Park, Adeje, Spain
  2. Puy du Fou, Les Epesses, France
  3. Beto Carrero World, Penha, Brazil
  4. Puy du Fou Espana, Toledo, Spain
  5. The Milky Way Adventure Park, Clovelly, United Kingdom
  6. Hot Park, Rio Quente, Brazil
  7. Waterbom Bali, Kuta, Indonesia
  8. Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
  9. Universal's Islands of Adventure, Orlando, Florida
  10. Parque Terra Magica Florybal, Canela, Brazil


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