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WhirLocal Salem

(112 reviews)

222 Commercial St NE PMB 2303
Salem, Oregon 97301

In the hustle and routine of daily life, it’s easy to overlook the beauty and uniqueness of the cities we live in. Becoming a “tourist” in your own town is not just a way to break the monotony, but also a great opportunity to support local businesses and discover new-to-you places. Here are a few tips for “rediscovering” your city with fresh eyes.

1. Visit Local Museums and Art Galleries

Start your local exploration by visiting local museums and art galleries. Even if you’ve visited them before, exhibits may change over time, and there’s almost always something new to learn about your city’s history, culture, and art. If you want to make an adventure out of it, make your own museum stamp card and stamp off each location you visit until you’ve stamped them all!

2. Take a Walking Tour

Walking tours are a fantastic way to see your neighborhood or city from a new perspective. Whether it’s a guided historical tour, a ghost tour, a restaurant crawl, or a self-guided walk using an app or map from the local tourism office, you’ll likely learn new and interesting facts about the places you pass every day. Moreover, navigating your city on foot (instead of using a car or other transit) offers the chance to see details or architecture you might have missed before.

3. Support Local Businesses

Make it a point to support local businesses as much as possible during your explorations. Consider finding a local coffee shop for your morning coffee, or a mom-and-pop restaurant instead of fast food for lunch. Visit farmer’s markets, buy from local artisans, and shop at small boutiques. Make a list of businesses you’ve noticed when passing by but never gone into. Not only does supporting local businesses help the local economy, it also helps you discover unique products and companies that you might not have known about before.

4. Explore Local Parks

If you’ve never visited some of the parks or natural areas around your city, what time is there like the present? From urban parks to nearby wildlife reserves (and everything in between), exploring your area’s green spaces can be a wonderful way to connect with your city in a new way. Remember to be respectful of nature by not littering or disturbing any wildlife.

5. Participate in Local Events and Festivals

Keep an eye out for local events and festivals happening in your area. Attending events can introduce you to new communities and help you learn more about the culture of your city. From art fairs and musical performances to local workshops and cultural celebrations, participating in these events can deepen your understanding and appreciation of your city.

6. Volunteer with a Local Organization or Nonprofit

Volunteering with a local organization or nonprofit is both a great chance to give back to your community and a unique way to connect with your city on a deeper level. Whether it’s helping out at a local food bank, participating in a park clean-up, or coaching youth sports at the YMCA, volunteering allows you to meet new people, learn about the challenges and opportunities within your city, and make a tangible difference.

Rediscovering your city in a new way is an invitation to fall in love with your home all over again. Start with these tips, and who knows what new-to-you treasures you’ll uncover.

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