Two months ago I wrote about how I enjoy living like a local when I travel. Instead of following the same schedule, eating the same foods at the same chain restaurants, and sticking to only the tried and true tourist spots, I try to adapt as much as possible to my new environment. Actually, that is one of the nice things about RV travel: to be in unfamiliar places and try to figure out what makes a place tick.
Several readers commented that they enjoy showing visitors around their home town. Reader Mona, said, "when my pen pal of 40 years from England came to visit and I saw my local area through their eyes - the history, the attractions, the rolling river hills and trails. I gained a new appreciation for my "homeland." Mona's experience is not at all unusual. Quite often someone will tell me they have never visited some of the sights that tourists pay good money to see.
Reader Linda added, "In my career as a postmaster in a small town, I would have "tourists" come in and ask me advice for what there was to do in the local area that was interesting, historic, scenic or fun. It was flattering that they trusted my advice. But, also, it made you appreciate the beauty and interesting things where you live."
So, this discussion created the perfect premise for a good post: tell us what you would show someone who was visiting the area where you live. Where would you be sure to them? What is on your must-see list? What makes where you live special? This is your chance to blow you town's horn.
Small town or big city, famous sites or places off the beaten path....take us on a tour of your home.
To help get you started, I'd be sure to take Phoenix area visitors to:
1) Taliesin West. Frank Lloyd Wright's winter home for 20 years
2) South Mountain. The hiking and views of the city are spectacular
3) Scottsdale 5th Ave and Waterfront shopping area. Beautiful
4) Lunch at the Hyatt Gainey Resort. For my money, the prettiest of all the resorts in the area.
5) Desert Botanical Gardens. Would give you a new appreciation for the beauty of desert planting.
.....and, if enough time, Sedona and the Red Rocks. A sight that everyone should see at least once in a lifetime.
Rest assured that I will keep all the ideas and use them when Betty and I visit your hometown sometime on one of our RV trips. We have just started planning our 2 month trip next summer. Now is the perfect time to get us to take a side trip to you!