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YOLO: Live Like A Local This Summer

With warmer days upon us, we know you’re anxious to get out of the house and explore. That’s why we have rounded up ten of the ‘hottest’ local experiences from across the country. These one-of-a-kind American experiences range from hanging in Oregon’s tree houses and biking through California’s wine country to winding your way down the “Grand Canyon of the East” on a raft and catching lobsters in Maine. Pack your bags  and buckle up for an adventure! 

Photo by Yelper Cassandra H.

1: Catch Lobsters off the coast of Maine with Lucky Catch Cruises

“If you are in Portland, do yourself a favor and take this tour! The scenery that the boat drives past is picture worthy, and the lobster part of it is fun and interactive. The staff let you bait traps, drop them in the ocean, pull them up, and band lobster claws. I was completely enthralled the entire time.” – Mallory W.


Photo by Yelper Jamie P.

2: Stay in a treehouse at Out’n’ About Treehouse Treesort in Oregon

“Our tiny treehouse was quite snug. The grounds are enormous and incredibly lovely. There are horses and ponies for riding; there is a rock-lined swimming hole; horseshoes; volleyball; ziplines. This is a wonderful campground, except the camping is up in the trees.” – Cyd R.


Photo by Yelper Elizabeth B.

3: Take a tour around the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Missouri

This place is full of rich culture and history. The walls are lined with newspapers from the Negro League days, and jerseys with matching hats and signed baseballs. This museums offers a new view of what African Americans went through to make it to the big league.” – Kendall B.


Photo by Yelper Jenny H.

4: Tour the California wine country on a bike with Napa Valley Bike Tours and Rentals

“Experience Napa in a more non traditional way, like on a bike. Included in the package is a tour guide, bike rental, and bike tour that will take you to wine tasting” – Jing F.


Photo by Yelper Brea A.

5: Take an airboat tour with alligators and other scary creatures through Florida’s Everglades

“This was the best airboat tour ever! We started off the tour and already saw gators within the first couple of minutes. We had the experience of a lifetime!” – Gary E.


Photo by Yelper Rebecca B.

6: Bike America’s friendliest long-distance rail-trail – the GAP Trail – from Pittsburgh to Washington DC.

“The Meyersdale, PA Train Station is a great stop along the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) bike trail, which begins in Cumberland, Maryland and ends in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It is a great place to park your vehicle, take a break while cycling, visit the shop, or view the historical displays.” – Rebecca B.


Photo by Becky H.

7: Stay in a teepee at Dreamcatcher Tipi Hotel in Montana

“A room with a view that is near Yellowstone and unique – you’ve found your spot. Gorgeous glamping in a teepee – luxury bedding, wonderful bath products, quiet, elk-herds-on-mountain-view, roomy, complimentary wine by a campfire with s’mores, friendly hosts, gift shop in a tent, and just flat out fun.” – Tonya H.


Photo by Zubair F.

8: Take an adventure to the “Grand Canyon of the East” and go white water rafting in West Virginia

“Spent the weekend camping and white water rafting. Be adventurous and sit in the front of the boat, it made the experience awesome! – Melanie O.


Photo by George T.

9: Try your hand at being a cowboy in Texas at the Dixie Dude Ranch

“I stayed in the Apache room, which is decked out in wood and western get up. The grounds are wonderful. Serene, rolling hills surround the ranch, and the horses mosey along after riding hours. Mexican artwork fills the gaps in the yard, and there is even a little fishing pond to walk to.” – Rachel M.


Photo by Mari M.

10: Soar above 700,000 acres of the beautiful sights of Alaska with Taquan Air

It was so cool. The views of Misty Fjords Monument were gorgeous. We did a water landing and were able to get out and walk around on the outside of the plane in the middle of the Fjords for some pics.” – Alison M.