Driving around on your own while attempting to tour a strange city is a good way to ruin a great travel experience. Dealing with traffic, finding places to park, juggling maps or trying to listen to your GPS—while arguing with your travel mates about which museum to visit first—can all contribute to frazzled nerves.
This is why I generally book some sort of tour before I even try to see a city on my own. Once I have a good introduction, I know where I want to spend more time and feel much more comfortable exploring on my own.
Here are some of the best ways to see a city—without feeling like you’re trapped behind the window of a bus.
A great way to be introduced to a city is with a a hop-on/hop-off touring option. One of the most beautiful cities in the world is Vancouver, and one of the best ways to see it is with the Vancouver Trolley Company. Just check their website for the nearest stop, purchase a ticket onboard, then ride around to whatever destination piques your interest, or stay on for the whole two-hour, narrated tour. Lovely Stanley Park, fascinating Gastown and the intriguing Granville Market—all are available on the trolley.
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