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.

Jim and Theresa bicycling on the Great River State Trail in Wisconsin
When Jim and I planned our Northwest U.S. road trip, we knew our bikes were coming with us. Thanks to Schwinn, we'd begun riding again and we absolutely loved it. We felt like kids. I mean, just look...

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Recently on TLT

In the northeast corner of Wyoming in a county called Crook is one of the most recognizable landmarks in the United States.


Did you know Iowa City is a UNESCO City of Literature in Iowa? Discover why it received this designation, and other reasons to visit the home of University of Iowa.


Vendor at Christkindlmarket in downtown Chicago

If you're looking for a festive place to celebrate the holidays, check out the best Christmas towns in the US. From coast-to-coast, travel writers share their favorite place to spend Christmas.


Road to Great Sand Dunes National Park

A seasoned road trip enthusiast shares her essential free road trip apps. From before you go to while you're on the road, these free apps will help your road trip go a lot smoother so you can have more fun.


I'm ashamed to admit that for nearly two decades, any time I'd head to Milwaukee I'd drive right by Kenosha, Wisconsin. Once or twice I stopped at Mars Cheese Castle. I flew past the Brat Stop.


Morning Coffee and Journal at Deer Lake, Washington

I'm not freaking out. Nope. Not at all. I've got this, I say. I scribble it on my whiteboard in all caps. I'VE GOT THIS. I breathe deep. Pace. Pour a rum and diet.


Explore Southwest Michigan wineries and breweries and see why the region should be on any foodie, wine-lover, and beer-fan’s itinerary.


Schwinn bicycles on island in Fox River, Elgin

Traveling with your bicycle on a road trip gives you freedom and the opportunity to experience the places around you with all of your senses. And you don't have to be 20 to do it.


The Local Tourist Guides

We've been sharing things to do in Chicago for 16 years, so we know a thing or two about the Windy City.

Things to do in Chicago

There are so many things to do in Chicago, it's hard to know where to start. Click here for ideas on places to go in the Windy City.

The Local Tourist's Guide to Millennium Park

Millennium Park is an impressive Chicago park that is a destination for both locals and tourists. It's the most popular attraction in the city, and with its great architecture, peaceful gardens, and year-round calendar of events it's easy to see why.

Carillon at Chicago Botanic Garden

The Chicago Botanic Garden is an oasis in the northern Chicago suburb of Glencoe. The 385-acre attraction features over 2.5 million plants that represent nearly 10,000 varieties.