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Old 02-04-2012, 12:12 PM
Location: Victoria TX
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When I drive cross-country and go through a town, I will quite often turn off the highway and drive a few blocks down a side street, and make a little 5-minute circle tour through the residential areas. Generally, I never eat in or near big cities, but I look for breakfast or lunch in old-timey Main Street cafes. Lots of towns don't even have such a thing anymore, you ask an elderly local if there is a restaurant, and they'll send you out to junk food strip, they think Sonic is the best thing that has ever happened to their town.
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Old 02-04-2012, 12:24 PM
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I really like your idea of walking and taking local public transportation - that's what I do. You can learn a lot about a community just by hopping on a few different busses and just watching the neighborhoods change. Taking a bike along would be great, but not every city has busses which have bike racks - wish more did!

I also always stop by the local public library. You can tell a lot about a community from the condition and useage of the library. I also go to smaller local history museums. You'll invariably find someone willing to talk with you at a history museum, and they'll tell you about the unique, special, obscure places you should visit in their community. They may even offer to take you to some of those places!
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Old 02-04-2012, 02:00 PM
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I like going places with lots of stuff that's fairly close together with a vibrant city center or neighborhood area where I can walk or take public transit everywhere. I hate vacations where you're in a city and have to drive. Traffic, parking, directions, etc. Blah.
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