The Best Food and Drink Trails in Every U.S. State

by Christina Garofalo

The Best Food and Drink Trails in Every U.S. State

by Christina Garofalo

From Arizona to Alaska, we've found the best trails in every U.S. State. Here, you'll find everything from cheese trails to tamale trails and even lobster trails. Read on to find the best food and drink trails in every state in America.

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Fried chicken dinner
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Alabama

If you were to sum up Southern food in one word it would be comfort. From fried chicken to mac and cheese to pecan pie, this Comfort Food Trail stretches 426 miles across the state to eight of the best places to indulge. Highlights include the legendary fried chicken at Martin's in Montgomery and finger-licking ribs from Dreamland Bar-B-Que in Tuscaloosa.

If you were to sum up Southern food in one word it would be comfort. From fried chicken to mac and cheese to pecan pie, this Comfort Food Trail stretches 426 miles across the state to eight of the best places to indulge. Highlights include the legendary fried chicken at Martin's in Montgomery and finger-licking ribs from Dreamland Bar-B-Que in Tuscaloosa.

Alaska crab
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Alaska

If you love seafood, this under-the-radar tour from Denali to Homer is the holy grail. The route is populated by no-frills roadside restaurants, known for piping hot seafood chowder and comfort foods, like fish and chips. More specialized stops include the Deadliest Catch pie—topped with 1.5 pounds of Alaskan king crab legs—at Prospectors Pizza, and king crab pho, at Pho Lena. 

If you love seafood, this under-the-radar tour from Denali to Homer is the holy grail. The route is populated by no-frills roadside restaurants, known for piping hot seafood chowder and comfort foods, like fish and chips. More specialized stops include the Deadliest Catch pie—topped with 1.5 pounds of Alaskan king crab legs—at Prospectors Pizza, and king crab pho, at Pho Lena. 

Salsa
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Arizona

The Salsa Trail follows US 70 through Pima, Thatcher, Safford, and Solomon before it splits—heading either north into Morenci and York or south to Willcox. Along the way, stop at 12 family-owned Mexican joints for a complimentary selection of chips and salsa. Though you’ll want to try it on other dishes—from huevos rancheros to chalaca (a fried corn masa cup filled with chili, cheese, and salad).

The Salsa Trail follows US 70 through Pima, Thatcher, Safford, and Solomon before it splits—heading either north into Morenci and York or south to Willcox. Along the way, stop at 12 family-owned Mexican joints for a complimentary selection of chips and salsa. Though you’ll want to try it on other dishes—from huevos rancheros to chalaca (a fried corn masa cup filled with chili, cheese, and salad).

Fayetteville, Arkansas
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Arkansas

Like many small cities in the U.S., craft beer culture has exploded in Fayetteville. The 17 stops along the Fayetteville Ale Trail snake from the college city throughout surrounding Northwest Arkansas. Highlights include the environmentally conscious Saddlebock, on the shores of the scenic White River; and JJ Brewing Company set amid shuffleboard, ping pong, sand volleyball, and a wading pool. 

Like many small cities in the U.S., craft beer culture has exploded in Fayetteville. The 17 stops along the Fayetteville Ale Trail snake from the college city throughout surrounding Northwest Arkansas. Highlights include the environmentally conscious Saddlebock, on the shores of the scenic White River; and JJ Brewing Company set amid shuffleboard, ping pong, sand volleyball, and a wading pool. 

 

Tacos
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California

There are great tacos all over the Golden Sate (after all, it was part of Mexico until 1850). But the city of Concord, east of San Francisco, is the first to make it official: The Taco Trail comprises nearly 40 Mexican restaurants and taquerias, where you’ll find old standbys—al pastor, carnitas, and carne asada—along with decadent variations, like crispy cheese folded into blue corn tortillas.

There are great tacos all over the Golden State (after all, it was part of Mexico until 1850). But the city of Concord, east of San Francisco, is the first to make it official: The Taco Trail comprises nearly 40 Mexican restaurants and taquerias, where you’ll find old standbys—al pastor, carnitas, and carne asada—along with decadent variations, like crispy cheese folded into blue corn tortillas.

Denver, Colorado
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Colorado

Colorado’s beer culture runs deep. More beer is produced in metro Denver than any other urban region in America. The 20 breweries on the Denver Beer Trail offer a taste of how the state continues to innovate: from Fiction Beer Company, where recipes are inspired by works of fiction, to Prost Brewing, dedicated to Bavarian biers, with copper brewing equipment from Germany.

 

Colorado’s beer culture runs deep. More beer is produced in metro Denver than any other urban region in America. The 20 breweries on the Denver Beer Trail offer a taste of how the state continues to innovate: from Fiction Beer Company, where recipes are inspired by works of fiction, to Prost Brewing, dedicated to Bavarian biers, with copper brewing equipment from Germany.

 

Connecticut
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Connecticut

Chocoholics flock to the Connecticut Chocolate Trail, which visits 16 world-renowned chocolatiers, including Bridgewater Chocolate—known for toffees and truffles—and Knipschildt’s hand-crafted, artistic confections. You can also see how artisanal chocolate gets made and make your own chocolate at Fascia’s. Family-run since 1964, they make 100-plus kinds of chocolates, fudge, and peanut brittle. 

Chocoholics flock to the Connecticut Chocolate Trail, which visits 16 world-renowned chocolatiers, including Bridgewater Chocolate—known for toffees and truffles—and Knipschildt’s hand-crafted, artistic confections. You can also see how artisanal chocolate gets made and make your own chocolate at Fascia’s. Family-run since 1964, they make 100-plus kinds of chocolates, fudge, and peanut brittle. 

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Delaware

The Delaware Culinary Trail highlights 24 of the state’s best eateries—small businesses that represent the personality of Delaware and the backbone of its economy. You’ll find historic landmarks like Deer Park Tavern on the U-Del campus, and Charcoal Pit, home of the original quarter-pound burger. Record your stops on a passport to get a free cookbook with recipes from your favorites on the trail.

 

The Delaware Culinary Trail highlights 24 of the state’s best eateries—small businesses that represent the personality of Delaware and the backbone of its economy. You’ll find historic landmarks like Deer Park Tavern on the U-Del campus, and Charcoal Pit, home of the original quarter-pound burger. Record your stops on a passport to get a free cookbook with recipes from your favorites on the trail.

 

San Sebastian Winery, Florida
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Florida

Two hours northeast of Tampa, Florida’s wine country winds through scenic Southern countryside, fringed with live oaks and Spanish moss. While humidity isn’t conducive to legacy varietals, the sunshine state has adapted to make wine from hybrid grapes, native muscadines, and blueberries. This 10-stop tour lets you sample dozens of wines you won’t find anywhere else.

Two hours northeast of Tampa, Florida’s wine country winds through scenic Southern countryside, fringed with live oaks and Spanish moss. While humidity isn’t conducive to legacy varietals, the sunshine state has adapted to make wine from hybrid grapes, native muscadines, and blueberries. This 10-stop tour lets you sample dozens of wines you won’t find anywhere else.

Atlanta suburbs, Georgia
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Georgia

The Georgia BBQ Trail is more than a food trail; it’s a culinary dive into the state’s history. Along the route—which loosely follows interstates 20, 16, 75, and 85—you’ll visit iconic joints and hidden gems that tell a story of economic shifts, race relations, and class dynamics in the South… all the while, filling up on slow-roasted brisket, ribs, and chicken.

The Georgia BBQ Trail is more than a food trail; it’s a culinary dive into the state’s history. Along the route—which loosely follows interstates 20, 16, 75, and 85—you’ll visit iconic joints and hidden gems that tell a story of economic shifts, race relations, and class dynamics in the South… all the while, filling up on slow-roasted brisket, ribs, and chicken.

Kona Orchard, Hawaii
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Hawaii

The Kona Coffee Belt—a 20-mile stretch on the Big Island’s southwest coast—provides the ideal terroir for cultivating some of the world’s best coffee. A drive along scenic roads on the Hualalai and Mauna Loa slope connects some 650 coffee farms. Many offer free tours and coffee tastings, plus cute cafes and shops where you can buy grounds to bring home.

 

The Kona Coffee Belt—a 20-mile stretch on the Big Island’s southwest coast—provides the ideal terroir for cultivating some of the world’s best coffee. A drive along scenic roads on the Hualalai and Mauna Loa slope connects some 650 coffee farms. Many offer free tours and coffee tastings, plus cute cafes and shops where you can buy grounds to bring home.

 

Snake River Valley, Idaho
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Idaho

Idaho’s Snake River Valley strikes the perfect combination of mineral-rich soil, hot days, and cool nights needed to produce high-caliber wine. Yet its wineries remain under the radar and refreshingly unpretentious. This trail stops at urban wineries in Boise and Garden City, before heading out to the more rural Sunnyslope Wine Trail.

 

Idaho’s Snake River Valley strikes the perfect combination of mineral-rich soil, hot days, and cool nights needed to produce high-caliber wine. Yet its wineries remain under the radar and refreshingly unpretentious. This trail stops at urban wineries in Boise and Garden City, before heading out to the more rural Sunnyslope Wine Trail.

 

Illinois
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Illinois

The Blackhawk Chocolate Trail travels through four counties in Northwest Illinois, less than 90 minutes from the Chicago metro area. The guide to all-things chocolate includes candy shops, bakeries, tea rooms, and old-fashioned soda fountains. Don’t miss the gourmet chocolate doughnuts at Folsom’s in Rock Falls.

The Blackhawk Chocolate Trail travels through four counties in Northwest Illinois, less than 90 minutes from the Chicago metro area. The guide to all-things chocolate includes candy shops, bakeries, tea rooms, and old-fashioned soda fountains. Don’t miss the gourmet chocolate doughnuts at Folsom’s in Rock Falls.

Sugar Cream Pie, Indiana
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Indiana

Hoosier Pie, Indiana’s unofficial state dessert, is a 150-year-old recipe born out of hard times: Nicknamed Desperation Pie, it’s made with heavy cream, flour, vanilla, milk, and sugar—which were substituted when fruit wasn’t easy to come by. The Hoosier Pie Trail includes 28 stops across the state where you can taste the iconic dessert, along with classics, like berry, coconut, and apple.

Hoosier Pie, Indiana’s unofficial state dessert, is a 150-year-old recipe born out of hard times: Nicknamed Desperation Pie, it’s made with heavy cream, flour, vanilla, milk, and sugar—which were substituted when fruit wasn’t easy to come by. The Hoosier Pie Trail includes 28 stops across the state where you can taste the iconic dessert, along with classics, like berry, coconut, and apple.

Iowa farm
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Iowa

It’s no surprise that the A to Z Foodie Trail—which highlights an Iowan food for each letter of the alphabet—honors the state’s farming (there are stops for Apples and Zucchini). But it also showcases the lesser-known: “U” is for Ulrich’s Genuine Pella Bologna, coined in a butcher shop started by John Ulrich, a Dutch immigrant, in the late 1800s. Most stops are about an hour from Des Moines.

It’s no surprise that the A to Z Foodie Trail—which highlights an Iowan food for each letter of the alphabet—honors the state’s farming (there are stops for Apples and Zucchini). But it also showcases the lesser-known: “U” is for Ulrich’s Genuine Pella Bologna, coined in a butcher shop started by John Ulrich, a Dutch immigrant, in the late 1800s. Most stops are about an hour from Des Moines.

Beer glasses
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Kansas

The Ultimate Kansas Brewery Tour has compiled a complete list of breweries and distilleries across the state. Kansas City, alone, is home to 20 (18 breweries and two distilleries), many of which serve great food. The trail is divided into six regions—so no matter where in KS you go, there’s a beer trail for you to tap into.

The Ultimate Kansas Brewery Tour has compiled a complete list of breweries and distilleries across the state. Kansas City, alone, is home to 20 (18 breweries and two distilleries), many of which serve great food. The trail is divided into six regions—so no matter where in KS you go, there’s a beer trail for you to tap into.

Louisville, Angels Envy brewery
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Kentucky

Kentucky is considered the birthplace and holy grail of Bourbon. For a crash course on its history, set out on Urban Bourbon Trail, which comprises more than 40 stops in Louisville. All bars and restaurants serve at least 50 types of bourbon and are locally owned (no chains allowed). Bonus: The trail is walkable, so no need to hold back on the samples.

Kentucky is considered the birthplace and holy grail of Bourbon. For a crash course on its history, set out on Urban Bourbon Trail, which comprises more than 40 stops in Louisville. All bars and restaurants serve at least 50 types of bourbon and are locally owned (no chains allowed). Bonus: The trail is walkable, so no need to hold back on the samples.

Cajun food
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Louisiana

The Cajun Bayou Food Trail highlights Louisiana’s unique mashup of French, Creole, Spanish, and Native influences. On the 72-mile stretch from Thibodaux to Port Fourchon—better known as Cajun country—you’ll hit up 18 restaurants and six festivals; roll up your sleeves and dig into staples like crawfish, gumbo, jambalaya, po’ boys, and pecan praline.

The Cajun Bayou Food Trail highlights Louisiana’s unique mashup of French, Creole, Spanish, and Native influences. On the 72-mile stretch from Thibodaux to Port Fourchon—better known as Cajun country—you’ll hit up 18 restaurants and six festivals; roll up your sleeves and dig into staples like crawfish, gumbo, jambalaya, po’ boys, and pecan praline.

Maine Lobster
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Maine

Maine’s sweet, tender lobster is a national treasure, and the 125-mile Lobster Trail offers endless ways to enjoy it: in high-end eateries, or at picnic tables on the dock; steamed and dipped in melted butter and lemon, or stuffed into a pillowy roll. The trip takes 2.5 hours by car and is best in summer or fall. Stop off to explore the forest or old lighthouses before going back for more.

 

Maine’s sweet, tender lobster is a national treasure, and the 125-mile Lobster Trail offers endless ways to enjoy it: in high-end eateries, or at picnic tables on the dock; steamed and dipped in melted butter and lemon, or stuffed into a pillowy roll. The trip takes 2.5 hours by car and is best in summer or fall. Stop off to explore the forest or old lighthouses before going back for more.

 

Annapolis, Maryland
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Maryland

The Crab & Oyster Trail highlights more than 100 seafood restaurants, markets, and festivals along the Chesapeake Bay. On the Eastern and Southern shores, visitors can try their hand at picking their own crabs at old-fashioned crab houses. While charming seaside towns in Central Maryland are all about oysters—served at popular bars, roasts, and festivals.

The Crab & Oyster Trail highlights more than 100 seafood restaurants, markets, and festivals along the Chesapeake Bay. On the Eastern and Southern shores, visitors can try their hand at picking their own crabs at old-fashioned crab houses. While charming seaside towns in Central Maryland are all about oysters—served at popular bars, roasts, and festivals.

Mount Holyoke, Massachusetts
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Massachusetts

While most foodies head to Boston, the Eat Local Food Trail highlights seven outstanding restaurants in Western Mass that work with nearby farms to put fresh, in-season, hyper-local food on their tables. Delaneys Grill in Holyoke, for instance, serves 100% Black Angus beef from well-cared for, locally raised cattle with exquisite marbling and flavor.

While most foodies head to Boston, the Eat Local Food Trail highlights seven outstanding restaurants in Western Mass that work with nearby farms to put fresh, in-season, hyper-local food on their tables. Delaneys Grill in Holyoke, for instance, serves 100% Black Angus beef from well-cared for, locally raised cattle with exquisite marbling and flavor.

Grand Rapids, Michigan
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Michigan

Grand Rapids helms one of the best beer scenes in the country. Check out the Beer City Ale Trail, which comprises 80+ breweries—including half-a-dozen in the walkable downtown, the well-known Founders Brewing Co., and small experimental breweries, where you’ll find great food. Tip: Ask your hotel about brewery tour packages; many offer discounts with your stay.

Grand Rapids helms one of the best beer scenes in the country. Check out the Beer City Ale Trail, which comprises 80+ breweries—including half-a-dozen in the walkable downtown, the well-known Founders Brewing Co., and small experimental breweries, where you’ll find great food. Tip: Ask your hotel about brewery tour packages; many offer discounts with your stay.

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Minnesota

According to PETA, Minneapolis is the fourth-best city in the nation for vegan dining. On the (informal) Great Big Vegan Tour, offerings go beyond the traditional. Sample vegan Neapolitan pizza, Buffalo sandwiches, frozen desserts, and just about anything and everything from the Herbivorous Butcher—dedicated to 100% plant-based meats and cheeses that appear on menus throughout the Twin Cities.

According to PETA, Minneapolis is the fourth-best city in the nation for vegan dining. On the (informal) Great Big Vegan Tour, offerings go beyond the traditional. Sample vegan Neapolitan pizza, Buffalo sandwiches, frozen desserts, and just about anything and everything from the Herbivorous Butcher—dedicated to 100% plant-based meats and cheeses that appear on menus throughout the Twin Cities.

Hot Tamale
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Mississippi

The Hot Tamale trail offers a delicious, lesser-known side of Mississippi’s food culture. The pocket-sized, spiced alternative to the Mexican dish was likely introduced to the region by Mexican laborers toting tamales in coffee cans en route to work on cotton fields in the early 20th century. Locals then put their own spin on the dish, now found at some 40 stops across the Delta.

 

The Hot Tamale trail offers a delicious, lesser-known side of Mississippi’s food culture. The pocket-sized, spiced alternative to the Mexican dish was likely introduced to the region by Mexican laborers toting tamales in coffee cans en route to work on cotton fields in the early 20th century. Locals then put their own spin on the dish, now found at some 40 stops across the Delta.

 

Missouri
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Missouri

Across 20 scenic miles along the Missouri River, the seven family-owned wineries that make up the Hermann Wine Trail offer tastings of several varietals year-round. Stops include Adam Puchta Winery, established in 1855 and the oldest continuously owned and operated family winery in the United States; and Robller which specializes in making wines from the Norton grape, the official state grape.

Across 20 scenic miles along the Missouri River, the seven family-owned wineries that make up the Hermann Wine Trail offer tastings of several varietals year-round. Stops include Adam Puchta Winery, established in 1855 and the oldest continuously owned and operated family winery in the United States; and Robller which specializes in making wines from the Norton grape, the official state grape.

Montana
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Montana

With 83 total microbreweries in the state, Montana is second in the country for craft breweries per capita. But what’s the use in touring them all if you have to drive? The state’s only walkable brewery trail comprises nine stops across 1.5 miles in downtown Billings. Among them, are a cider house and two distilleries, where you can try Montana-made gin, vodka, rum, and even moonshine.

 

With 83 total microbreweries in the state, Montana is second in the country for craft breweries per capita. But what’s the use in touring them all if you have to drive? The state’s only walkable brewery trail comprises nine stops across 1.5 miles in downtown Billings. Among them, are a cider house and two distilleries, where you can try Montana-made gin, vodka, rum, and even moonshine.

 

Omaha, Nebraska
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Nebraska

Omaha steak is legendary, some may say it’s the steak capital of the world. Decide for yourself on a tour of the city's sizzling steakhouses. It includes the state’s time-honored establishments: Gorat’s, open 70 years and beloved by Warren Buffet; Johnny’s, specializing in slow-roasted prime rib since 1922; and Cascio’s, 4th-generation family-owned where steaks are aged for 21 days. 

Omaha steak is legendary, some may say it’s the steak capital of the world. Decide for yourself on a tour of the city's sizzling steakhouses. It includes the state’s time-honored establishments: Gorat’s, open 70 years and beloved by Warren Buffet; Johnny’s, specializing in slow-roasted prime rib since 1922; and Cascio’s, 4th-generation family-owned where steaks are aged for 21 days. 

Basque Meal, Nevada
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Nevada

In the mid-1800s, Basques (from the border between Spain and France) settled in Northern Nevada. Their descendants still serve food from the old country along the Basque food heritage tour: At Ogi Deli & Bar in Elko, try sandwiches with chorizo, solomo, and Basque peppers; Louis Basque Corner in Reno for sautéed sweetbreads; and J.T.’s in Gardnerville for oxtail soup and the signature Picon punch.

In the mid-1800s, Basques (from the border between Spain and France) settled in Northern Nevada. Their descendants still serve food from the old country along the Basque food heritage tour: At Ogi Deli & Bar in Elko, try sandwiches with chorizo, solomo, and Basque peppers; Louis Basque Corner in Reno for sautéed sweetbreads; and J.T.’s in Gardnerville for oxtail soup and the signature Picon punch.

New Hampshire
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New Hampshire

New Hampshire’s Ice Cream trail is everyone’s childhood (or adulthood) dream come true. The 50 chosen ice creameries must either make their own ice cream, use 100-percent dairy product, or have their own working dairy farm—like converted dairy barn Memories Ice Cream in Kingston, or Sanctuary Dairy Farm, which serves flavors like apple pie and lemon cookie.

New Hampshire’s Ice Cream trail is everyone’s childhood (or adulthood) dream come true. The 50 chosen ice creameries must either make their own ice cream, use 100-percent dairy product, or have their own working dairy farm—like converted dairy barn Memories Ice Cream in Kingston, or Sanctuary Dairy Farm, which serves flavors like apple pie and lemon cookie.

Atlantic City, New Jersey
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New Jersey

Culinary rock star Anthony Bourdain was one of Jersey’s own; naturally there’s a food trail dedicated to the places he loved growing up. It includes 123-year-old Dock’s Oyster House in Atlantic City, which—as Bourdain put it—survived Prohibition, the Great Depression, and two world wars… its seafood is that good. Plus, Hiram's "ripper-style" (deep-fried) hot dogs and the state’s best cheesesteak.

Culinary rock star Anthony Bourdain was one of Jersey’s own; naturally there’s a food trail dedicated to the places he loved growing up. It includes 123-year-old Dock’s Oyster House in Atlantic City, which—as Bourdain put it—survived Prohibition, the Great Depression, and two world wars… its seafood is that good. Plus, Hiram's "ripper-style" (deep-fried) hot dogs and the state’s best cheesesteak.

Green Chile Cheeseburger, New Mexico
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New Mexico

First grown by early Pueblo and Hispano communities, green chiles are an integral staple of New Mexican cuisine. And the green chile cheeseburger is perhaps its most beloved iteration. Download the Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail map and tackle a handful or all 100 of the roadside joints that perfect the dish, including the Owl Café in San Antonio and the original Blake’s Lotaburger in Albuquerque.

First grown by early Pueblo and Hispano communities, green chiles are an integral staple of New Mexican cuisine. And the green chile cheeseburger is perhaps its most beloved iteration. Download the Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail map and tackle a handful or all 100 of the roadside joints that perfect the dish, including the Owl Café in San Antonio and the original Blake’s Lotaburger in Albuquerque.

Buffalo wings, New York
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New York

Anchor Bar in Buffalo, NY, changed American food forever when it first served the Buffalo-style chicken wing in 1964. Now you can pay homage to this inimitable innovation on the Buffalo Wing Trail, which highlights 13 local pubs that have perfected their own variations on the dish since—each with a different secret recipe. But be forewarned: Buffalo is blue-cheese-only zone.

Anchor Bar in Buffalo, NY, changed American food forever when it first served the Buffalo-style chicken wing in 1964. Now you can pay homage to this inimitable innovation on the Buffalo Wing Trail, which highlights 13 local pubs that have perfected their own variations on the dish since—each with a different secret recipe. But be forewarned: Buffalo is blue-cheese-only zone.

Asheville, North Carolina
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North Carolina

Asheville has several ale trails, but the largest walkable cluster is in South Slope, also known as the Brewery District. There are eight stops on the trail—including Catawba Brewing, which has a seven-barrel system, a bottling line, two bars and a courtyard; and the Chemist craft distillery, which honors prohibition-era chemists with a tasting room that resembles a 1920s apothecary.

Asheville has several ale trails, but the largest walkable cluster is in South Slope, also known as the Brewery District. There are eight stops on the trail—including Catawba Brewing, which has a seven-barrel system, a bottling line, two bars and a courtyard; and the Chemist craft distillery, which honors prohibition-era chemists with a tasting room that resembles a 1920s apothecary.

Lefse
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North Dakota

The Heritage Eats Trail memorializes and celebrates the German, Eastern European, and Norwegian dishes that came with the states early immigrant population. Along the way, you’ll taste lefse, a soft Norwegian flatbread made with potato, flour, and cream cooked on a griddle; homemade Ukranian pierogies and borscht; and German baked goods, like fresh pumpkin turnovers called blachenda.

 

The Heritage Eats Trail memorializes and celebrates the German, Eastern European, and Norwegian dishes that came with the states early immigrant population. Along the way, you’ll taste lefse, a soft Norwegian flatbread made with potato, flour, and cream cooked on a griddle; homemade Ukranian pierogies and borscht; and German baked goods, like fresh pumpkin turnovers called blachenda.

 

Doughnut, Ohio
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Ohio

If you’re driving through Ohio, you’d better have a sweet tooth. Butler County’s Donut Trail features 12 mom-and-pop bakeries that turn out every flavor you could dream up—like Milton's Fruity Pebble donuts, or Kelly's Bakery’s maple-bacon. All are baked fresh first thing in the morning, and once the shops sell out, they close. So grab a coffee and start early.

If you’re driving through Ohio, you’d better have a sweet tooth. Butler County’s Donut Trail features 12 mom-and-pop bakeries that turn out every flavor you could dream up—like Milton's Fruity Pebble donuts, or Kelly's Bakery’s maple-bacon. All are baked fresh first thing in the morning, and once the shops sell out, they close. So grab a coffee and start early.

Oklahoma City
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Oklahoma

Much of Oklahoma City’s Ale Trail is now accessible by the city’s new streetcar system so revelers can imbibe without worrying about a ride. Use this street car guide to navigate. Notable stops include Tapwerks, OKC’s oldest pub—which has more than 100 taps and 300 beers in its arsenal—and Elk Valley, a new addition with rooftop views of the downtown skyline.

Much of Oklahoma City’s Ale Trail is now accessible by the city’s new streetcar system so revelers can imbibe without worrying about a ride. Use this street car guide to navigate. Notable stops include Tapwerks, OKC’s oldest pub—which has more than 100 taps and 300 beers in its arsenal—and Elk Valley, a new addition with rooftop views of the downtown skyline.

Golden raspberries, Oregon
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Oregon

The stretch between Port Orford and Bandon is known as Berry Byway for its abundance of strawberry, blueberry, and cranberry farms. Visitors can hand-pick, buy from a farmstand, or sample the fruits at restaurants (like in The Rolling Pin Bake and Brew’s berry biscuits) along the route. End in with cranberry rum at Stillwagon Distillery or cranberry cider at Bandon Brewing Company

The stretch between Port Orford and Bandon is known as Berry Byway for its abundance of strawberry, blueberry, and cranberry farms. Visitors can hand-pick, buy from a farmstand, or sample the fruits at restaurants (like in The Rolling Pin Bake and Brew’s berry biscuits) along the route. End in with cranberry rum at Stillwagon Distillery or cranberry cider at Bandon Brewing Company

Pennsylvania Wine Country
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Pennsylvania

In the rolling hills between Philadelphia and Lancaster lies PA’s wine country, the Brandywine Valley—and the Brandyville Wine Trail offers an easy way to get a taste. The tour includes seven wineries along the Brandywine River. You can stop off at historic landmarks along the way, including the turn-of-the-century Conservatory of Longwood Gardens and the charming town of Kennett Square.

 

In the rolling hills between Philadelphia and Lancaster lies PA’s wine country, the Brandywine Valley—and the Brandyville Wine Trail offers an easy way to get a taste. The tour includes seven wineries along the Brandywine River. You can stop off at historic landmarks along the way, including the turn-of-the-century Conservatory of Longwood Gardens and the charming town of Kennett Square.

 

Oysters
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Rhode Island

Rhode Island’s seaside towns are known for their oysters. In fact, there are some 45 varieties of oysters harvested off the coast of America’s smallest state. Sample them on the Oyster Trail, which includes a tour of an oyster farm, followed by meals at nine restaurants that showcase shellfish plucked from the nearby waters.

Rhode Island’s seaside towns are known for their oysters. In fact, there are some 45 varieties of oysters harvested off the coast of America’s smallest state. Sample them on the Oyster Trail, which includes a tour of an oyster farm, followed by meals at nine restaurants that showcase shellfish plucked from the nearby waters.

Sweet Tea
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South Carolina

Nicknamed the Champagne of the South, sweet tea is a beloved South Carolina tradition—especially on sticky summer afternoons. Summerville, home to the nation’s first tea plantation, is now home to the Sweet Tea Trail. The 26 stops, connected by trolley, include places to sip the refreshing drink and try sweet-tea-infused foods and even spa treatments.

Nicknamed the Champagne of the South, sweet tea is a beloved South Carolina tradition—especially on sticky summer afternoons. Summerville, home to the nation’s first tea plantation, is now home to the Sweet Tea Trail. The 26 stops, connected by trolley, include places to sip the refreshing drink and try sweet-tea-infused foods and even spa treatments.

South Dakota buffalo
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South Dakota

Shaped by Native American and early German and Eastern European influences, South Dakota’s culinary identity can be summed up by tasting eight dishes, surrounding the Black Hills. Expect to try kuchen, a German pastry stuffed with fruit; Indian tacos, wrapped in fry bread; and buffalo served in the form of burgers, soup, and meatloaf (SD has one of the largest wild buffalo herds in the world).

Shaped by Native American and early German and Eastern European influences, South Dakota’s culinary identity can be summed up by tasting eight dishes, surrounding the Black Hills. Expect to try kuchen, a German pastry stuffed with fruit; Indian tacos, wrapped in fry bread; and buffalo served in the form of burgers, soup, and meatloaf (SD has one of the largest wild buffalo herds in the world).

Tennessee barbecue
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Tennessee

Barbecue is serious business in Tennessee, so we defer to this expert Barbecue Trail from Nashville to Memphis, the epicenter of urban barbecue. The 200 miles between the cities are home to folks committed to the labor-intensive work of smoking the whole hog—making for memorable roadside meals. Dine on rib tips with refreshing add-ons, like fried pickled okra, that take meat to the next level.

Barbecue is serious business in Tennessee, so we defer to this expert Barbecue Trail from Nashville to Memphis, the epicenter of urban barbecue. The 200 miles between the cities are home to folks committed to the labor-intensive work of smoking the whole hog—making for memorable roadside meals. Dine on rib tips with refreshing add-ons, like fried pickled okra, that take meat to the next level.

Beto & Son Margarita, Dallas
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Texas

The frozen Margarita machine was invented in Dallas. And the city takes such pride in this creation, it devised a way to celebrate: The Margarita Mile, a 20-stop tour of the best margaritas in the city. Stops include Beto & Son, where your marg is made tableside and finished with liquid nitrogen, and classic iterations at 102-year-old restaurant El Fenix whose founder apparently created Tex-Mex.

The frozen Margarita machine was invented in Dallas. And the city takes such pride in this creation, it devised a way to celebrate: The Margarita Mile, a 20-stop tour of the best margaritas in the city. Stops include Beto & Son, where your marg is made tableside and finished with liquid nitrogen, and classic iterations at 102-year-old restaurant El Fenix whose founder apparently created Tex-Mex.

Bryce Canyon, Utah
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Utah

The good folks of Utah want visitors to not only refuel, but to eat well after a day in their famous parks. So, they came up with the Bryce Canyon Foodie Trail to lead the way. After a day of hiking, the half-pound burger at Antimony Merc hits the spot. And if you love the outdoors, you love the environment: Hell’s Backbone Grill is devoted to sustainable, farm-fresh ingredients.

The good folks of Utah want visitors to not only refuel, but to eat well after a day in their famous parks. So, they came up with the Bryce Canyon Foodie Trail to lead the way. After a day of hiking, the half-pound burger at Antimony Merc hits the spot. And if you love the outdoors, you love the environment: Hell’s Backbone Grill is devoted to sustainable, farm-fresh ingredients.

Vermont dairy farm
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Vermont

The Cheese Trail (also one of our top attractions in the U.S.) is a 280-mile trek from Plymouth Notch to the Canadian border. It hits more than 40 farms and factories, offering some 150 varieties of cheese to taste. The drive is not only delicious but scenic, with passing views of the state’s green mountains, forests, and lakes.

The Cheese Trail (also one of our top attractions in the U.S.) is a 280-mile trek from Plymouth Notch to the Canadian border. It hits more than 40 farms and factories, offering some 150 varieties of cheese to taste. The drive is not only delicious but scenic, with passing views of the state’s green mountains, forests, and lakes.

2 Silos, Farm Brew Live, Virginia
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Virginia

More than 200 craft breweries are open in Virginia. The Beltway Beer Trail is the largest single route for sampling them. The more than 20 stops span Fairfax, Prince William, Manassas, Alexandria, Falls Church, and Arlington, including 2 Silos Brewing Co., set on the eight-acre Farm Brew Live campus with tons of great food and live, local music.

More than 200 craft breweries are open in Virginia. The Beltway Beer Trail is the largest single route for sampling them. The more than 20 stops span Fairfax, Prince William, Manassas, Alexandria, Falls Church, and Arlington, including 2 Silos Brewing Co., set on the eight-acre Farm Brew Live campus with tons of great food and live, local music.

West Virginia
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West Virginia

The pepperoni roll is exactly what it sounds like: a roll filled with pepperoni, then baked. Around 1900, Italian immigrants came to work in the coal mines and invented the portable, shelf-stable snack to keep them satiated on the job. The first bakery to serve it was Country Club in Fairmont, in 1927, and it’s still running today. Stop there, along with 13 other joints on the Pepperoni Roll trail.

The pepperoni roll is exactly what it sounds like: a roll filled with pepperoni, then baked. Around 1900, Italian immigrants came to work in the coal mines and invented the portable, shelf-stable snack to keep them satiated on the job. The first bakery to serve it was Country Club in Fairmont, in 1927, and it’s still running today. Stop there, along with 13 other joints on the Pepperoni Roll trail.

Beer-battered cheese curds, Wisconsin
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Wisconsin

What Napa is to wine-lovers, Wisconsin is to cheese-lovers. Set out on the Great Wisconsin Cheese Trail for a taste of some 60 artisan cheesemakers, responsible for producing more than 600 varieties. Stops include La Valle, The Carr Valley Cheese Store and Cooking School, and Roth Käse’s, which was founded more than a century ago in Switzerland and reestablished in Wisconsin. 

What Napa is to wine-lovers, Wisconsin is to cheese-lovers. Set out on the Great Wisconsin Cheese Trail for a taste of some 60 artisan cheesemakers, responsible for producing more than 600 varieties. Stops include La Valle, The Carr Valley Cheese Store and Cooking School, and Roth Käse’s, which was founded more than a century ago in Switzerland and reestablished in Wisconsin. 

Wyoming
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Wyoming

Wyoming’s long-held Western traditions, prime hunting, and farmland come together in a tour of the state’s top culinary experiences. You can eat buffalo steaks in a 120-year-old general store-turned-restaurant; have a five-course dinner in a log cabin in Grand Teton National Park; or start the day with a hearty breakfast at a 1920s trolley-turned-diner, to name a few.

 

Wyoming’s long-held Western traditions, prime hunting, and farmland come together in a tour of the state’s top culinary experiences. You can eat buffalo steaks in a 120-year-old general store-turned-restaurant; have a five-course dinner in a log cabin in Grand Teton National Park; or start the day with a hearty breakfast at a 1920s trolley-turned-diner, to name a few.

 

Skagit Valley, Washington
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Washington

The cities of Bow and Edison have been a hub for the Skagit Valley’s 93,000 acres of farmland for more than a century. The Bow-Edison Food Trail links food purveyors that serve and sell food from the farms, which include an astounding 90 different crops—including blueberries, raspberries, and green peas—oysters freshly plucked from Samish Bay, as well as eggs, dairy, and meat products.

The cities of Bow and Edison have been a hub for the Skagit Valley’s 93,000 acres of farmland for more than a century. The Bow-Edison Food Trail links food purveyors that serve and sell food from the farms, which include an astounding 90 different crops—including blueberries, raspberries, and green peas—oysters freshly plucked from Samish Bay, as well as eggs, dairy, and meat products.

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