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How to Make Any City Feel Like Your Hometown

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By AAA Travel Editor Katie Broome
May 05, 2020
As part of the U.S. Travel Association’s National Travel and Tourism Week (May 5-11, 2019), AAA Travel is celebrating the reasons why travel matters to hometown pride. By supporting restaurants, shops, parks and attractions close to home, you can help your local economy and build stronger connections within your community.
Here are some of the best ways to make any place feel like your hometown, whether you’re a lifelong resident of your city or a relative newcomer looking to put down some roots.
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Add Local Events to Your Calendar

Events and festivals offer a good opportunity to explore your city and its culture. Check event calendars in newspapers, social media groups or online AAA Travel Guides, where you can browse up-to-date listings for car shows, art festivals, parades and other events happening near you. You can also browse the event calendars for botanical gardens, art museums or history centers for more inspiration.
CenturyLink Field in Seattle Washington
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Cheer On the Home Team

Nothing says hometown pride like attending a sporting event and cheering on the home team (preferably dressed head-to-toe in team swag). AAA members can save on tickets to college and professional sporting events with deals on AAA Tickets. In addition to hosting regular sporting events, many stadiums also offer behind-the-scenes tours that can give you a new perspective on your home team.
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Get Outdoors

Bike trails, nature parks and wildlife preserves can be a breath of fresh air—literally—in your weekly routine. They can also give you a new appreciation for where you live. Consider inviting family, friends or neighbors along on the adventure to help make the healthy habit stick. For ideas about fun things to do outdoors as well as off-the-beaten-path adventures, read recommendations from AAA travel editors and inspectors.
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Learn Your History

Do you know the history of your city? Consider taking an architecture tour, visiting a history museum or touring a famous birthplace or monument and learn what you might have in common with early residents. Use AAA's online search to find AAA recommended attractions in your city, or pick up a AAA TourBook® guide from your local club office.
Interior lobby of Hotel Zed in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
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Recharge with a Staycation

Consider spending a night or two at a local hotel to experience your city like a tourist. Pick a budget-friendly hotel in a district that you’d like to explore, or opt for a luxurious resort that offers on-site spa treatments and fancy dining options. AAA members have access to discounts for hotels that will leave more spending money in your pocket.
Plate of cultivated mushrooms with ramen egg and onion puree at PiDGiN restaurant in Vancouver, British Columbia.
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Try a New Restaurant

Make a list of local restaurants you’ve been wanting to try—and then go try them! Independent restaurants and mom-and-pop establishments need your support to stay in business, so make an effort to sample new cuisines and spread the word about places you like. Browse a list of AAA recommended restaurants by cuisine type or dining style using the online restaurant search.
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