Welcome to Paradise!

The first time I visited San Diego I was greeted with those words. With the balmy temps, the swaying palm trees, the ever-present sunshine and the miles and miles of beaches it's easy to agree. I quickly learned, however, that San Diego is more than just great climate and location, location, location; it's a well-rounded city offering culture, history, delicious dining, a thriving craft beer scene, and things to do for every persuasion. Its residents are passionate about their home and visitors never want to leave.

It's a perfect place to be a Local Tourist.

What started as a hobby in 2002, a tiny one-neighborhood website, has blossomed into a full-blown full-time regional resource. We've grown from River North to Chicagoland. We're expanding to Milwaukee. And now we're stretching all the way to Southern California.

Our mission is two-fold: we want to help locals explore their city like tourists, with excitement and amazement at everything your city has to offer. We also want to help tourists feel as comfortable as locals, by sharing insider tips and information that makes navigating an unfamiliar place seem more familiar. Along the way we hope to support the local businesses and people that make that city unique.

Explore our San Diego site to find things to do, dining and nightlife, events, and more. We're adding more content every day, including guides and itineraries, and we're accepting applications for our TLTeam of locals who want to share their love of their city.

We're excited to grow our Local Tourist family, and we hope you'll join us so that you, too, can "Experience the fascination of a tourist; Feel the comfort of the local!"

Stay tuned as we expand to even more cities! Do you want The Local Tourist in your town? Let us know!