Chicago architecture river cruise ranks as one of the world’s top travel experiences

When it comes to the world's best travel experiences, an architecture cruise on the Chicago River is near the top of the list.

The kudos come from TripAdvisor's recently rolled out Travelers' Choice awards for the top experiences bookable on the world's largest travel site. That's a pool of more than 200,000 tours, attractions and experiences – a number that has more than doubled in the past year.

Winners were determined using an algorithm based on 12 months' worth of online reviews and ratings for these "things to do" that can be booked on TripAdvisor. The awards recognize 375 FOMO-inducing experiences around the globe, sorted into categories such as food and wine excursions, hop-on/hop-off bus tours and day cruises.