Japanese Gardens in Balboa Park

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about The Local Tourist

The Local Tourist began way back in 2002 as a guide to the River North neighborhood of Chicago. The site grew, extending to the entire Chicagoland area, quickly becoming a recognized resource for the Windy City. In recent years, TLT has expanded its reach to explore 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.


On the way out of Tonopah, Nevada, we saw a warning sign: “Next Gas Station - 94 miles.” That in no uncertain terms me

The Local Tourist founder and publisher, Theresa L. Goodrich, enjoying some bubbly on the Verde Canyon Railroad

The Local Tourist is the 19th top travel blog in the world for 2018, according to Everything-Everywhere.com. The site, run by world-renowned photographer and travel writer Gary Arndt, ranked more than 250 websites.

Jim and Theresa in Eureka Springs, Arkansas

364 days ago at 8:37 a.m. my husband and I pulled onto Big Timber Road.

The day’s agenda had one item: Mesa Verde National Park. Once again, we had no idea where we were sleeping that night, although we did know it would be someplace with plumbing.

We left Burr Trail Road, land of switchbacks and slot canyons and really nice pit toilets, and headed north through C

Explore unique San Diego things to do, as well as popular tourist attractions.

Remember that woman who was so freaked out because she didn’t know where they were going to camp in

This is the second in a two-part piece about Hendricks County, Indiana. Check out all of these great things to do near Indianapolis.

If you’re driving through southern Utah, don’t blink. If you do, you’ll most likely miss something spectacular.

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.

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.

Ultimate Guide to Navy Pier in Chicago

There are so many things to do at Navy Pier. There's a reason it's one of Chicago's most popular attractions. Find out everything you need to know with this ultimate resource for Navy Pier.

Known as the "People's Palace," the Chicago Cultural Center is an active center for the arts

The Chicago Cultural Center is a downtown landmark and one of Chicago's brightest gems. Known as The People's Palace, it was the nation's first free municipal cultural venue, and today its programming in the arts makes it one of the most popular attractions in the city.