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With the summer travel season fast approaching, many people are busy planning their next adventures. Foodies place high importance on a local area’s cuisine and culture. While many travelers head to venerable locations such as San Francisco or New Orleans to indulge their taste buds, there are plenty of other amazing locations to choose based on food and drink alone. Here are four awesome vacation destinations that will meet the expectations of even the most discerning diners.

Nashville, Tennessee

Although most people associate the Nashville dining scene with fried foods and BBQ, that reputation could not be further from the truth. While traditional Southern cuisine such as burnt ends, fried chicken, and mac and cheese still play a prominent part in the city’s culture, Nashville also offers a bevy of ethnic choices. The Music City is also an ideal place to sample some of the country’s best Cajun food.

Gulf Shores, Alabama

Gulf Shores is famously home to some of the most delicious seafood restaurants on the gulf coast. The venerable Orange Beach is a foodie’s paradise, offering up a wide array of daily fresh catches including massive gulf shrimp, crab, and oysters. Visitors can choose to enjoy the fresh seafood in an upscale setting or while sitting out on the beach. Regardless of your preference, you will be sure to enjoy your delicious meal.

New York City, New York

Foodies cannot go wrong in the Big Apple. Although this city is certainly not a sleeper when it comes to amazing food choices, taking the time to go off the beaten path will yield the most unique dining experiences. No city in the world has as much variety in its dining landscape. The staples of any diet in this city include thin-crust pizza, pillowy bagels, and authentic Jewish delis. With a high concentration of James Beard award-winning restaurants, you will want to make sure to save some money to partake in some of the nation’s most prestigious dining.

Charleston, South Carolina

Low-country cuisine is the name of the game in this Southern gem. In this charming city, you can find everything from contemporary Southern cuisine to down-home cooking. Choose from specialties such as shrimp and grits, fried green tomatoes, okra, boiled peanuts, and much more. Because of its coastal location, Charleston shines when it comes to fresh seafood selections.

The only thing left to do is make your restaurant reservations and enjoy your next culinary adventure. Bon Appetit!!

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Janet Tran

The author Janet Tran

Janet is a freelance writer who's extremely passionate about dogs, Disneyland, travel and delicious food!

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