Welcome to The Local Tourist

The Local Tourist provides inspiration for your next adventure, focusing on road trips, culture, history, the great outdoors, and destinations large and small.

What is a Local Tourist?

The Local Tourist has a simple goal:
to help you experience the fascination of a tourist while feeling the comfort of the local, no matter where you are.

How to be a Local Tourist

Complete Road Trip Guide for grown-ups



Are road trips in your travel plans? Lucky you! Planning a road trip is exciting. The freedom. The anticipation. The lure of adventure. It’s all part of the experience.

What shouldn’t be part of the experience? Stress! The Complete Road Trip Guide (for grown-ups) will make planning your perfect road trip adventure easy, whether you’re going away for a weekend or taking a much longer getaway.


Mother Nature’s a magnificent artist with limitless creativity.
Step into her gallery and get some fresh air.


Please allow me to introduce myself

Hi. My name’s Theresa and I’m The Local Tourist. Have we met? Well, then, please allow me to introduce myself.

Theresa L. Goodrich, founder and publisher of The Local Tourist


Dig deep into a destination: arts, history, food & drink, people, and more.


Smiling woman riding a bike

This is a happy place

Our philosophy is all about making the world a better place through meaningful and fun experiences.

Learn more about TLT

As seen in…

Travel & Adventure Show
Explore Elgin Area
Visit Hendricks County
Bravo Magazine, November 2019
Visit McHenry County