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17 Experience Gifts That'll Make You Never Want A Regular Gift Again

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12/09/2016 02:33pm ET | Updated November 8, 2017

If you’re feeling uninspired by gift offerings this holiday season, why not give away experiences instead of stuff? We’ve found 17 absolutely incredible experiences across the country that your friends and family will love.

From space camp in Huntsville, Alabama, to hot air balloon rides over the Rocky Mountains, these experiences are utterly unforgettable. Check out each gift idea by state below.

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New Jersey
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Race a Ferrari at Raceway Park in Englishtown, NJ or at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, NJ. $388 for three laps at Cloud 9 Living
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Georgia
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Take a helicopter tour for two over Stone Mountain and downtown Atlanta, Georgia. $477 at Cloud 9 Living
3
California
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Book passage on the Wine Train in Napa Valley, California. One of their journeys includes murder mystery dinner theater. $192+ per person at Wine Train
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Texas
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Take a zipline canopy tour in Spicewood, Texas over Texas Hill Country. $81 per person at Cloud 9 Living
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Colorado
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Take a hot air balloon ride over the Rocky Mountains. Guests can meet in Breckenridge, Colorado to be transported an hour south to the launch site. $284+ at Cloud 9 Living
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Tennessee
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Illinois
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Take an architectural kayak tour down the Chicago River. You'll see buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and Mies van der Rohe. $76+ at Cloud 9 Living
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Rhode Island
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Louisiana
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Take a food tour of New Orleans' French Quarter. This tour stops at up to six local restaurants and shops for tastings. $56 per person at Cloud 9 Living
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Massachusetts
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Take a tour of Boston by land and by sea on a duck boat -- a WWII-style amphibious vehicle. $39.50 per adult at Boston Duck Tours
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Virginia
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Take a tour of Shenandoah Caverns in Quicksburg, Virginia -- less than two hours from Washington, D.C. Tours are one mile long. $22 per adult at Shenandoah Caverns
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New York
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Have a close up encounter with an African penguin at Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead, NY. $50 per person at Long Island Aquarium
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Florida
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Ride along in a NASCAR stock car as a professional speeds around the Daytona International Speedway track. $144+ at Cloud 9 Living
14
Alabama
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Head to space camp at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Adult Space Academy costs $549/person. Kids Space Camp costs $899+
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Oregon
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Explore Columbia Gorge and sample local wines on this Columbia Gorge & Vineyard Tour in Portland, Oregon. $140 per person at Cloud 9 Living
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Pennsylvania
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Take a Prohibition Cocktail Tour through Philadelphia, stopping at three establishments to sample Prohibition-era cocktails. $63+ at Cloud 9 Living
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Arizona
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Get a bird's-eye view of the Grand Canyon on this aerial tour. $397+ at Cloud 9 Living

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