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10 Tips To Be A Tourist In Your Hometown

10 Tips to be a tourist

You have no excuse not to have a new adventure! Take full advantage of what is close by and have new experiences no matter where you are. Whether you feel the need to take a staycation this year or just want to get out of the everyday rut of normal life, take time to be a tourist in your hometown!

  • The obvious first thing you should do is visit your tourism office. The locals there know EVERYTHING about the area. If people vacation in your town for any reason, go figure out what that is! Grab a map, some brochures and plan your “visit”.


  • Find a photo scavenger hunt for your town and enjoy exploring.
  • See if there is some kind of walking tour. It could be haunted, historical, food, etc. Our hometown of Harrisonburg started doing downtown food tours, so you never know what might pop up!

Japanese Food

  • Try a new restaurant for dinner. Maybe go all out and try a new cuisine. Some of the most interesting foods are probably some you’ve never tried!
  • Is your area known for making anything awesome? Wine? Beer? Chocolate? Cheese? Go for a tasting!

Berber Monkey

  • Visit the local zoo. Who doesn’t love seeing the animals?
  • Museums! Go learn something new about whatever makes your area so special.


  • Do you have a local historical society? See what they have to offer.
  • Historical Roadside Signs”. Google that with the name of your state and see if you can get a map of the signs and learn about the history while taking a short road trip.
The Homestead
The Homestead, Hot Springs, Virginia
Photo: Luxury Hotel Experts
  • Go all out and stay in a local hotel or resort with amenities. Even in smaller cities you can find a nice place to stay. In Harrisonburg, we stayed at By The Side of The Road after our wedding before flying out. And some of the nicest resorts are a destination in their own right and are in smaller areas. One could be close to you!

You don’t have to go far to have new experiences. Find adventure in your own back yard! When we lived in Virginia we would go to festivals like the Highland County Maple Festival to get out of town for a bit, or we would visit one of the many wineries in the state, and I have even spent a day with my girlfriends at a local lavender farm that felt miles away from home. Enjoy your surroundings, don’t take them for granted, and fall in love with your hometown!

10 Tips To Be A Tourist In Your Hometown


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11 thoughts on “10 Tips To Be A Tourist In Your Hometown

  1. Well I live in London, so that’s an easy one. But to be honest, I’m quite a fan of staycation. I’m the first to say something you travel the world to pursuit something that can be next door! I love to explore what’s around me, the village next door, my own neighbourhood or even 1h drive. 🙂

    1. London is an easy one to explore even if you’ve lived there your entire life! I would suggest getting a London Pass and doing all you can in the time it gives. See how much you can see and do. That would be so much fun!

      I found that it doesn’t take getting too far from London to get out of the city and see something new. Good luck!!

  2. Wonderful tips Jess! We rarely explore our own hometown as a tourist, and usually miss out on some pretty incredible attractions as a result. I’ve always tried to remember that people fly from all around the world just to come and spend time in my hometown, so why I never take the time to expore it is ridiculous!

    1. Thanks Meg!
      It’s so hard when you grew up with it and almost seems like it takes more effort!

  3. I love these tips! Of course, everyone loves to travel and explore new cities but sometimes it’s just refreshing to explore your own city. You would hate to miss out on the adventures in your backyard. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. Hi Kate! That is so true. You don’t want to move and then realize that there were a bunch of things you wanted to experience in your previous home. Take advantage of now 🙂

  4. I’ve always been keen on exploring where I live, I couldn’t imagine not! I live in one of the world’s most visited places so I’d be a fool not to. It’s good to read a post like this encouraging people to look around close to home, I hope it inspires people to visit locally. #travelathome (If you’ve ever written about France then I’d love you to pop over and join in my linky which is on now too, you see the link below)

  5. Thanks for the brilliant advice which is right on the nose and thanks for linking to TravelAtHome. All too often it is so easy to ignore what is close by in favour of something that little bit more exotic. It really is worth exploring your local area though, some of my very best days have been a short drive from home. Your home looks amazing.

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