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Tourist attractions and travel experiences

Save money on tours, experiences, activities, shows, sporting events and more.

Take the guesswork out of planning your vacation with a relaxing day cruise, adrenaline-fueled adventure or leisurely walking tour to check top tourist attractions off your list. We gathered deals from SeaWorld, Big Bus, Viator, CheapTours, StubHub, Ticketmaster, Viator and dozens of other providers to help you book travel experiences, activities and tours on the cheap.

Top deals on tourist attractions and travel experiences

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Save up to $40 on SeaWorld San Antonio tickets when you buy online

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How to choose a travel experience or tourist attraction

Figuring out how to get there and where to stay is only part of visiting a new destination. Going to tourist attractions, booking guided day tours and partaking in new-to-you activities can help make the most of your vacation time. Here’s how to go about deciding what to do:

Evaluate your interests

If the thought of history tours or art museums feels ho-hum, there’s no need to suffer through a travel experience that will feel boring. Instead, think about what you’re naturally drawn to.

Into sports? See if there’s a big game or stadium where you can watch local teams compete.

Love cooking? Take a cooking class to learn new recipes and techniques.

Brainstorm what you enjoy doing in your free time, the social media accounts you follow, the TV shows you like to watch, and look for travel experiences that are inspired by those themes. Often, there are experiences you can book that are themed for a TV show, movie or other cultural interest. Overall, curating your daily itinerary to match up with your actual interests — instead of what you feel like you’re supposed to do — will make for a much more fulfilling trip.

Consider the distance

Before booking a travel experience, we recommend using Google maps to see exactly how far you’ll have to travel to its starting point. For example, if you’re visiting LA, a boat tour that departs from Newport Beach might seem appealing when you’re sitting at home. But Newport Beach is actually an hour’s drive from Hollywood, which may not be the best use of your time if you don’t want to be stuck on the road.

That said, there may be some instances where it makes sense to go the distance. Like if you’re staying in Florence, Italy and want to book a day trip to the Cinque Terre, five picturesque fishing villages on the coast of Italy. Even though you’ll need to drive a couple of hours to get there, the novelty of the experience is likely worth it.

Weigh the cost

If you’re on a tight budget, you’ll want to think carefully about the actual value of a travel experience before spending money on tickets. Many cities have free museums, which could be better for budget-conscious travelers or big families compared to museums that charge an entry fee. Compare the cost of visiting Seaworld vs. the zoo, or booking a guided walking tour vs. a self-guided audio tour.

We recommend splurging on unique experiences that you wouldn’t be able to have at home. For instance, in Yellowstone National Park, your money may be better spent on a whitewater rafting adventure than a guided tour of the park, since you navigate your own way between Old Faithful and various trailheads.

See what’s included

Some tours and activities include a meal in the price, while others may stop at a café but require you to pay for your own food. Be sure to understand exactly what’s included and if you’ll be expected to pay extra for anything out of pocket during the experience.

  • It’s usually appropriate to tip the guide at the end of your tour, so we recommend having cash on hand to show your appreciation.

Deals on sightseeing, activities and events

Expedia.com Expedia.com

Up to 75% off travel deals

Huge savings on travel deals, including hotels, vacation rentals, vacation packages, flights, car rentals and sightseeing tickets.

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Big Bus Tours Big Bus Tours

Big bus tours london - 50% off classic tickets

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Orbitz Orbitz

Up to 20% off sightseeing and day tours in Beijing

Visit the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, top food markets and restaurants and more during your stay in China.

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London Pass London Pass

Enjoy access to 80+ London attractions including the Tower of London. Huge Savings vs. gate prices

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How to get deals on tourist attractions, tours and travel experiences

Our team has booked dozens of tours in cities around the globe, from Boston to Munich. Here’s how we score low prices on tours, time and time again:

  • Try a hop-on, hop-off tour. If your budget is tight but your sightseeing list is long, look into Big Bus or City Sightseeing. These iconic tours let you get off the bus at any time, catching it again when you’re ready to keep going. Some packages include entry to museums, landmarks and other tourist attractions.
  • Filter the price from low to high. Sites like Viator can help you find tours and tickets to popular attracts that are within your budget. Simply filter your search according to how much you want to spend.
  • Remember: Groupon. This longtime coupon site offers amazing prices on wine and brewery tours, art classes, rooftop dining packages, skydiving and visits to hot tourist spots.
  • Try Airbnb Experiences. If you’re looking for a unique experience in the company of a local, look to Airbnb for incredible tours at less than $50 a person. In LA, you can book sunrise yoga on the beach for $22 a person or a one-on-one tour to the top of the Hollywood sign from $12 a person.
  • Check out Free Tours by Foot. Some of the best tours I’ve ever taken led by these pay-what-you-like guides. Sign up in advance, show up for the tour, then tip the guide whatever you feel the experience was worth. It’s a win-win for everybody — cheap tours for you, and money straight to the guide.
Traveling during COVID-19
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When traveling, follow safety measures that include wearing a mask in public, social distancing and washing your hands. If you are diagnosed with, have symptoms of or are waiting for COVID-19 test results — or are otherwise at risk of illness — do not attend gatherings or travel for 14 days.

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