Looking for some inspiration for your next domestic vacation? Here are some of the most exciting food factory tours in the U.S.:
1. Cape Cod Potato Chips in Hyannis, Mass., 70 miles outside of Boston
Have a self-guided look into the production of these kettle-cooked potato chips and their hand-stirred kettle process. After the free tour, pick up some goodies from the store and head to the Nauset Beach and lighthouse.
2. Ben & Jerry’s in Waterbury, Vt., 25 miles from Essex Junction
Learn how America’s favorite dessert is made. This $3-per-person tour is 30 minutes long and a scoop of the flavor of the day ice cream will be waiting for you at the end.
3. World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta
Take a self-guided tour of one of the most famous companies in the world for $16 per person. Guests can pose for a picture with the Coca-Cola Polar Bear, and listen to stories about the affects of the company’s influence around the world. See how the bottling process works, all the way through the delivery, where guests can retrieve their commemorative eight-ounce bottles of Coca-Cola Classic in the “Taste It!” section at the exit.
4. Jelly Belly in Fairfield, Calif., 50 miles outside of San Francisco
This 40-minute walking tour through the working includes access to a sample bar at the end and the opportunity to purchase deeply discounted Belly Flops (jelly beans rejected for being imperfectly shaped). Guests will discover why it takes more than a week to make a single bean.
5. Dole Plantation in Wahiawa, Hawaii, 30 miles outside of Waikiki
The plantation is home to the Pineapple Express, a two-mile train ride that takes passengers on a 20-minute narrated tour offering insight into the agricultural environment of Hawaii. The plantation also features the world’s largest maze, according to The Guinness Book of World Records.