Living in your city for your whole life often makes you feel like you already know everything worth knowing about it. It may feel like you know it like the back of your hand. But you may be surprised as to how much more you can discover if you see your neighborhood and nearby places from fresh eyes or from a tourist’s perspective. Even the most familiar places are likely to surprise you with delightful new discoveries. One of the best ways to indulge your wanderlust without going far from home is to play tourist in your own city.

Put it in your calendar

Golden Gate Bridge

Plan a staycation and do things that most tourists do. Visit your city’s top attractions. Join walking tours. Explore art galleries and museums. Take a stroll in a park. Enjoy delicious meals at some of the foodie destinations in the area.

Go where you have never been before

 cable car ride

Explore new areas by visiting underrated attractions. Make a checklist of places you have never been to before. Visit the free museums or head to the less touristy parks. Wander around Chinatown and Japantown and treat yourself with traditional cuisines.

Go on tours

San Francisco

Get into the tourist vibe by signing up on tours. This not only allows you to meet new people from different countries. It is also a great opportunity to see the attractions and experience things from foreigners’ perspectives.

Keep it up


Playing tourist does not have to be a one-time deal. You can make it a part of your weekly or monthly routine. You can explore one area at a time. Or it could be as simple as dining in a hole in wall place that serve some of the best meals you can find in the city.

Take the high ground to enjoy the view


Go somewhere that provides you with a good view of the city from up high. Go up a tiled staircase to soak in more of the views below. Hike inside a forest or up the mountain and look for a spot where you can feast your eyes on the beauty of the cityscape.

Check out events and festivals

Chinese lanterns

There are many events and festivals you can enjoy whole year round. You just have to make time for them. There is no dearth of outdoor activities, food festivals, entertainment events, and more that you can enjoy.

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