How to Get the Most from a City Vacation

Never mind the typical vacations to beach resorts and amusement parks -- whether you've got a weekend or a week to spend, there are good times and great memories to be had in any major city.

You will need

  • Internet access
  • Affordable hotel
  • Access to public transportation
  • Official visitor sites
  • Local residents
  • Tickets to events and attractions (optional)

Step 1 Find a good home base Find a good home base by searching online for affordable hotels that are not necessarily in the trendiest neighborhoods, but give you easy access to them via public transportation.

Step 2 Ask a local Get away from overpriced and underwhelming tourist traps by asking a friendly local resident where they like to go for good food and entertainment.

Step 3 Find events Browse online or request information from official visitor sites to find out what events are taking place during your visit.

Step 4 Seek out new things Seek out new places and cultures you don’t have in your hometown. Visit a museum, try an ethnic restaurant, enjoy the performing arts, go to a major league ball game, or take your picture by a historic marker.

Step 5 Talk with the locals Walking around the city and talking with the local residents can be the best way to learn all you can about the city’s culture.