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How to be a Tourist in Your Own City

While current events have turned the world of travel on its head, there are still ways to get out there and explore (while maintaining social distancing). It’s times like these when we look to our own cities, towns and regions to keep our wanderlust at bay until we’re once again given the green-light to adventure around the world. Here are five ways that you can be a tourist in your own city.

Start a New Hobby

Master the ins-and-outs of your city with a new and exciting hobby. Not only are activities like walking, biking and jogging good for your body and mind, they also aid you in becoming a neighborhood expert as you learn all of the best routes to get from here to there. And best of all, these activities are totally free! For maximum fun, be sure to switch up your route every now and again by exploring nearby areas that you might not encounter during your normal routine.

Take a Hike

Another low-cost adventure, a visit to the nearest county, state or National Park is sure to satisfy any travel bug. As we all work together to flatten the curve, it’s important to follow any park guidelines and check that they’re still open before you go. Note: As of 03/23 - Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon are currently closed.
While some parks are implementing precautions such as closing off visitor centers and restrooms to the public, many are still open for travelers to enjoy at this time.

Go for a Drive

A scenic drive is the perfect way to get out of the house and still observe self-isolation, plus it’s the perfect opportunity to learn more about your city. Cruise through downtown, make the trek to some nearby country roads or drive down memory lane by visiting a few of your old haunts.

Order Takeout

Perhaps the best, if not the most delicious way to explore local offerings, take your taste buds on a culinary adventure by ordering takeout from nearby restaurants and bars. Have you always wanted to try that Korean BBQ spot down the road? Now’s the perfect time. Itching for a Friday night fish fry? Order one to go. Curbside pickup is the perfect way to support locally owned businesses as we all shelter at home.

Learn about Local History

Chances are that your town or city has a story to tell that you haven’t heard yet. Similar to visiting state and national parks, now is the perfect time to get out there are visit some of your area’s historical landmarks. While you might not be able to go inside at this time, many notable sites are marked with a bronze plaque that depicts the site or building’s significance making urban history lessons a great weekend or afternoon activity.

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