As a general rule, when I’m on the road, I avoid cities. I’ve made a few exceptions – St. Louis, New Orleans, Whistler, San Francisco, NYC – but usually I head away from the dots on the map, towards the small towns and blank spaces.
When I do find myself in more urban areas, my favorite mode of travel doesn’t change — I always prefer to get to know places on foot. Historic towns are crawling with guided trolly, bus and carriage tours. So when I find myself in a place like Savannah, Georgia, the first thing I do is head to a visitor center and pick up a couple of the maps put out by the sightseeing tour companies. Then, I start walking the routes.
Not only is this approach free – the Old Town Trolly Tour in Savannah is $26 a person, private carriage tours run $95 – it’s a great way to fulfill rule of the road trip #2: Take a long walk everyday. Besides, the people riding along on the tours never look like they’re having very much fun.
Stay tuned for a post from the Everglades!