How to Explore a New City in a Day

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For whatever reason, you’ve been given only one day to explore a city. Maybe you have a ridiculously long layover somewhere and have decided to leave the airport. Or maybe you have one day left in a trip and you decided to take a quick train ride to this place. Whatever the case, it’s actually very possible to explore a city in one day, and here’s how.

Manage Your Expectations

Don’t go into this experience thinking that you’re going to be an expert of this place by the time you’re done. In fact, don’t go into it with any expectations at all. Just be open to having an experience, and allow yourself to enjoy the ride.

Hop-On Hop-Off

Now that you’ve adopted the right mindset, it’s time to make a few plans. You won’t be able to see everything, but you can certainly see a few of the major hotspots in the city. One great way to see a lot of the main spots is by using the Hop-On Hop-Off bus service. It’s essentially a tour bus that gives you full freedom to explore each landmark at your will.

Be a Local

In addition to checking out the main hotspots, we highly recommend that you spend some time not being a tourist. We can’t stress this point enough. Do something that any regular local would do, from riding the train to hitting a bar to just hanging out at a park. This is a great way to just get lost in the city and embrace the city culture into your heart.