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Be a Tourist in Your Own City!

This tip was shared by member morganashley in our Savvy Travel Tips group.

I have a friend visiting me from the East Coast next month and, while she's not really into the whole Fisherman's Wharf/ Pier 39 SF experience, she's also never been to California ever. While scratching my brain to come up with appropriately touristy activities that would be fun for a visitor and resident alike (and not cost us a fortune), I started hunting online for free entertainment deals and coupons . . . for my own city. First I scoped some great insurance company discounts and free maps. Score!

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Then I caved and purchased the San Francisco/San Mateo book from for $22.75. My friend may be only in town for a weekend but I'm betting on some savings all year-round. Sure, it's awkward whipping out a coupon regardless, but who's to know you aren't visiting?! This may be an affordable way to experience those local things you'd usually pass up as too expensive (or would pay full price for) at a bargained rate, and let you go out of your comfort zone on your next free weekend. Many of the deals last for a while so looks like I'm set for all my visitors in 2010! (Most major US metropolitan areas/travel destinations offer these, and if you save at least $25, you've paid for its value already!)

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lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
I always viewed the Entertainment Book as more for people who actually live in the city. No visitor could possibly use all of those restaurant coupons on one trip! (Not to mention the fact that there are very un-touristy coupons in there, like the pages and pages for movie discounts and oil changes.) And I don't see what's awkward about using a coupon, but maybe that's just me. :shrug: On a side note, I, too, love exploring my city. There are a few things I'm saving to experience with specific visitors, but D.C. has a ton to offer, so I feel like I'll never run out of things to do.
bsglrok132 bsglrok132 7 years
I moved to Orlando 6 months ago, and it's extremely easy to get caught up in the tourist-y things here! We got Universal Studios annual passes right away and we've tried plenty of cool restaurants.
jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 7 years
I love going around my city. Savannah is a beautiful place and there are so many sights that I can see over and over again!
lauren lauren 7 years
Great tips and always fun to tour your own town!
Love-and-Sex Love-and-Sex 7 years
I've been doing this lately since I've had LOTS of visitors! Very fun.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I wish I lived in a cool city. My hometown of Madison, WI is a pretty fun place to visit and there's a ton of stuff to do there. Oshkosh, not so much.
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