At some point in everyone’s life, there will come a time when you visit a new town or city for the first time. Whether it’s for work or leisure, when you end up in a new destination for a couple of days, don’t be alarmed if you aren’t prepared to sight see or aren’t sure what there is to do around town. We know a few tips that will help you get through visiting a new city for the first time, especially if you aren’t knowledgeable about the destination.

Make your first stop at the Visitor’s Center, which is usually in the downtown area.

This is one of the best places you can go to get all the best information about where to go in the city. If you’re able to get there during operating hours, be sure to talk to someone who works there. They will provide you with a map of the area and the best places to eat, things to so and what to do within walking distance.

Talk to as many locals/store owners and possible. 

When you’re around town, talk to some locals! Ask them their favorite spots around town. This will give you even better insight to the city and the locals always know the best spots around. They can also help you with directions, shopping areas and just about any other question you may have.

Book your overnight stay within walking distance of where you will be. 

If you’re able to choose your hotel accommodation, it’s always a good idea to choose a location where you are within walking distance of the best restaurants and entertainment. The less driving you have to do, the better! Also, if you’re out walking around you can stop and observe the area a little better.

Don’t worry about sticking to an itinerary.

If you’re going to a city you’ve never been, might as well toss that itinerary out the window. You’re going to find out so much more about the city and it’s highly likely that your already existing plans will change. It’s best to keep a flexible schedule if you can.

Check the weather before leaving and pack accordingly.

Most importantly, check the weather a few days before traveling to this new city! You may run into an unexpected cold front and don’t want to be walking around in freezing weather without the proper attire.

Do you have any tips when visiting a new city? Let us know in the comments below.