One of the things I do in preparation for a trip is to contact the local Visitor’s Bureau.
Most Cities, Counties and States have a Convention and Visitor’s Bureau or Department of Tourism which is established in order to bring tourist dollars into the area. These organizations provide information to assist you in planning your vacation. Most now have websites but many will still send you a free visitors packet upon request which will usually include local maps, coupon books and event calendars.
Important Parent Note - Something which I began seeing recently is special visitor guides for the so-called LGBT community*. Some visitor websites will solicit information from you such as whether you are travelling for business or pleasure, single or with a family, do you prefer golf or museums. Those types of criteria are important so they can send you appropriate materials. Many now ask if you would also like to receive information on LGBT locations and events. Here’s where the real problem is, however. Some do not bother to ask but will send you that information anyway. Cities such as San Francisco and Sacramento. Now, you may not want to know about such places and events in order to visit them, but you may want to avoid them. And knowing about them will help you do that. So, if you plan on visiting a big city, or even a smaller one, order the visitor guide and preview it before sharing it with your children.
Here, to assist you, is a list of every state’s tourism office. Keep in mind that cities, counties and specific regions sometimes have their own offices as well, but they are too numerous to list here. My advice to you is to look at a map and make a list of all the cities you are considering visiting and go from there. Additionally, these listings are the “official” sites, usually run by the state government or a convention and visitors bureau. There are many private sites which offer free travel guides and other materials. I’ve personally found the state agencies to be the most useful.
Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas California Colorado Connecticut Delaware Florida Georgia Hawaii Idaho Illinois Indiana Iowa Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Maine Maryland Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota Mississippi Missouri Montana Nebraska Nevada New Hampshire New Jersey New Mexico New York North Carolina North Dakota Ohio Oklahoma Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Carolina South Dakota Tennessee Texas Utah Vermont Virginia Washington West Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming
If you are already on the road and don’t have time to order travel information ahead of time, you can still utilize Waymarking.com’s Visitor Information Centers category.
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