Tasting local foods is a vital part of traveling, which is why there are so many food and drink trails popping up around the country. These self-guided culinary trails showcase the best of the best, where you can sample local delicacies at restaurants, bars and markets. From decadent donuts in Ohio to margaritas in New Mexico, here are the best food and drink trails in the United States.

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Donut Trail, Ohio Donut Trail, Ohio
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Donut Trail, Ohio

Donut Trail, Ohio

Who doesn’t love a good donut? We sure do, which is why the Donut Trail in Ohio is calling our name. This region in southwest Ohio is said to have the largest number of donut shops per capita in the Midwest. Satisfy your sweet tooth with one of these delicious goodies, which range from custard-filled to chocolate-covered and sprinkle-topped. The interactive route winds through Ohio’s favorite donut spots pastry shops and bakeries, like Milton’s Donuts that is beloved for its Fruity Pebble donuts and Kelly’s Bakery with their maple-bacon flavor.

For more information, visit the official website.

Buffalo Wing Trail, New York

Showcasing its best-known culinary creation, Buffalo, New York boasts a Buffalo Wing Trail that will get your taste buds excited. Gracing almost every pub menu across the United States, Buffalo-style wings was created in the city’s Anchor Bar in 1964. Decades later, you’ll find an array of enticing variations on the wing by using their top-secret recipes. Stop at each of the 12 pubs along the trail and discover why this flavorful wing is so delicious. Don’t forget the generous portions of blue cheese and wet naps.

For more information, visit the official website.

Kentucky Bourbon Trail, Kentucky

Bourbon is a big deal in Kentucky, so it only makes sense that it’s home to a variety of bourbon trails. Producing 90 percent of the world’s supply, this is where you want to go to take part in the rich tradition and proud history of “America’s Official Native Spirit”. Catering to both curious visitors and connoisseurs, the Kentucky Bourbon Trail spans five cities, including Lexington and Frankfurt, and highlights nine distilleries such as Buffalo Trace Distillery, Wild Turkey Distillery and Woodford Reserve Distillery.

For more information, visit the official website

Santa Fe Margarita Trail, New Mexico Santa Fe Margarita Trail, New Mexico
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Santa Fe Margarita Trail, New Mexico

Santa Fe Margarita Trail, New Mexico

Santa Fe is not only a beautiful city, but it’s also said to be the first city in the United States to import tequila from Mexico. Taking this classic cocktail to the next level, the city has launched a fun-filled Santa Fe Margarita Trail that offers you plenty of reasons to celebrate. The self-guided tour includes 31 local restaurants that each pair their margaritas with an array of different foods. Head to Coyote Rooftop Cantina for the “Salty Senorita”, The Shed for authentic Mexican cuisine or Cowgirl BBQ for an extensive margarita menu.

For more information, visit the official website.

Tri-Valley Ice Cream Trail, California

California might be famous for its stunning coastline and wine production, but the Tri-Valley Ice Cream Trail is designed for you to sample one of its other culinary delights – ice cream. Within the Tri-Valley, ice cream is the star with a trail that scoops out the best of 14 ice cream and gelato shops dotted around this Northern California region. Pick from Italian ice and gelato, made-to-order ice cream sandwiches and frozen treats made with organic and locally-sourced ingredients.

For more information, visit the official website

Crab and Oyster Trail, Maryland Abner's Crabhouse
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Abner's Crabhouse

Crab and Oyster Trail, Maryland

A combination of tidewater vistas and colonial-era towns, Maryland is rich in history and offers superb seafood selections, which is why the Crab and Oyster Trail was created. Celebrating the best of Chesapeake Bay, these restaurants serve steamed hard-shell blue crabs, soft shell crabs and/or Maryland oysters. The trail spans the eastern shore with its traditions of watermen bringing in freshly caught crabs to central Maryland and its reputation as an oyster lover’s heaven, then to southern and western Maryland where you’ll find delicious crab offerings.

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Tennessee Whiskey Trail, Tennessee

Made up of 30 distilleries across Tennessee, the Tennessee Whiskey Trail allows you to not only sample the famed spirits but experience the history and tradition of Tennessee Whiskey and learn about the innovation the distillers are bringing to the table. You’ll be able to visit historic landmarks and experience true Southern hospitality around the state, from the Great Smoky Mountains to the honky-tonks of Middle Tennessee and blues-filled streets of Memphis and tick off long-time establishments like Jack Daniel’s and Prichard Distillery to small boutique-style producers.

For more information, visit the official website

Denver Beer Trail, Colorado

Dive deep into Denver’s beer scene on the Denver Beer Trail, where you can sip on craft beer, listen to live music and experience a slice of the local culture. There are 70 breweries within the city limits to choose from, and this trail highlights 35 of the best with long-time favorites and up-and-coming spots. Head to Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery for tank-to-table brews, Oskar Blues Grill and Brew for beer and southern fare and Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery for new styles and ingredients.

For more information, visit the official website

Tenderloin Trail, Indiana Tenderloin Trail, Indiana
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Tenderloin Trail, Indiana

Tenderloin Trail, Indiana

With a catchy slogan like “Tenderloin Tuesday”, we’re sure you’ll love this foodie trail in Indiana. Celebrating Indiana’s most iconic food, the trail is designed for you to chow down on the tenderloin sandwich at restaurants throughout Hamilton County. If you’re not familiar with the tenderloin sandwich, its an often over-sized cut of deep fried pork that can be placed between two slices of bread. You’re sure to find your favorite Hoosier specialty along the trail of almost 50 restaurants.

For more information, visit the official website

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