About The Local Tourist

Theresa L. Goodrich

The Local Tourist explores unique destinations, focusing on culture, background, beauty, and sheer awesomeness. Subjects that get nearly equal levels of obsession include, but are not limited to, anything outdoors, anything that can be eaten, art, history, architecture, and anything with an ABV above 3%. There’s no subtlety and no drama, but there is definitely a whole lotta kitsch and unmitigated, unabashed enthusiasm.

The Music Man Square in Mason City, Iowa
As I pulled into Mason City, Iowa, a trio of lyrics rotated in my head. Gary, Indiana, Gary, Indiana, Gary, Indiana Seventy-six trombones led the big parade And, my personal favorite... Trouble with...


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Spend a day at Fair Oaks Farms, an agritourism destination in Indiana that has been explaining the process of raising pigs, dairy cows, and crops through "adventures” since 2004.

How to Choose Road Trip Destinations

Choosing road trip destinations can be difficult, but there are tips that make the experience easier. Check out these easy ways to find places to visit on your next road trip.

Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument provides a sobering look at one of the defining moments in U.S. history. In 1876, the 7th Regiment of the U.S. Cavalry, led by Lt. Gen. George Armstrong Custer, were resoundingly defeated by Native American warriors and became known as Custer's last stand.

Tucked away in North Central Nebraska is a surprising discovery: a 70-foot waterfall! See why you should visit the surprising splendor of Smith Falls State Park.

Meet The Local Tourists: Tonya Prater of Travel Inspired Living

Tonya Prater's site, Travel Inspired Living, is a bonanza of budget travel tips and unique destinations. Check out why she loves her home of Mansfield, Ohio, when she's not out and about exploring.

Sawyer, Michigan, is one of eight towns along the southeastern shore of Lake Michigan in an area called Harbor Country. Find out why you should visit. (Hint: beer.)

February may be the shortest month of the year, but you can still pack plenty into a few weeks.

Harbert, Michigan, is Harbor Country’s mini slice of Scandinavia. It’s been a secret to many, and if you close your eyes, you might miss the Harbert sign.

Iowa surprises me every time I visit. It shouldn't. I've been to the state often enough to know better.