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How to Be a Tourist In Your Own City

Assuming you don’t live out in the absolute middle of nowhere, you don’t have to go far to go on vacation! Read on for some ideas of how to see your city from a new angle and be a tourist in your own city.

STAY DOWNTOWN

Book a stay downtown at a hotel or AirBnb, and enjoy exploring your own backyard. Now that you’re close to all the action, start planning a weekend packed with activities!

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BOOK SOME TICKETS

Find out what’s happening that weekend and get some tickets! Whether it be for the theater, a concert, ball game, a trip to your local museum or a comedy show- get out there!

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ENJOY AN EVENING OF FINE DINING

Take your staycation up a notch with a reservation at one of the best restaurants in town. Dining out can be expensive, but you’re paying a premium because the chef’s know how to prepare foods in ways you don’t, they have access to premium ingredients, and they take the time to slow roast that pork for multiple days.

This also goes for a craft cocktail! It is woooorth it to spend money on a good drink. I can bet you that you aren’t going to want to drop a couple hundred bucks on quality obscure cocktail ingredients that you then are going to barely utilize at home- in fact some of the ingredients may even be hard to come by in your local liquor store.

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GO TO THE PARK

Ok- this activity isn’t as lame as it sounds. Think about Central Park and how touristy it is. There is so much going on there! If you live in a major metropolitan area with a similar type of outdoor gathering area- go! You’ll have food vendors, buskers, and you can do loooots of people watching. Grab a picnic blanket and basket and plop yourself down for an afternoon of relaxing in the sun.

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HAVE A FRIEND SHOW YOU AROUND

The way you explore a city and the places you go within it may be vastly different than that of your friends! Have one of them show you their top spots. You might be in for a surprise!

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HOP ON, HOP OFF

One of the most touristy things you can do anywhere are those “hop on, hop off” tour buses. But don’t hop off: sit and stay for a while, and watch the city pass you by.

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