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

Midwest Road Trip Adventures Second Edition

Explore the Heartland of America

One scenic drive at a time.

Ready to hit the road? Don’t miss this action-packed anthology highlighting the best road trips in the Midwest. Explore storied highways and byways, including Route 66, the Great River Road, Ohio River Scenic Byway, Lincoln Highway, and many more.

From canyons in Kansas to authentic fish boils in Wisconsin to North America’s largest powwow in Nebraska, you’ll be astounded by how many cool things there are to see in these twelve states.

Chicago skyline and Navy Pier from Lake Michigan

CHICAGO

The Local Tourist began as a Chicago guide in 2002. Explore the Windy City and fall in love.

EXPLORE CHICAGO

THE GREAT OUTDOORS

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

GO OUTSIDE

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

CULTURAL TRAVEL

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

EXPLORE

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