This app gives you guided city walking tours by real locals (some famous!) #Travel#travel#vacations Posted May 9 2018 Catherine Clark bijouxandbits Me walking around France wishing someone was giving me a walking tour! Related Post The BIG list of spring break trip packing essentials It's the end of winter and we're all dragging our asses trying to get through to spring break (or summer or fall or whenever you... Read more If you're a traveler looking for a non-tourist's view of your city of choice, the walking tours in the Detour app are perfect. The audio tours are available for tons of cities and are narrated by REAL locals who actually know the area and all the non-touristy places you'd never know about otherwise. For instance, my home city of Chicago has an architectural tour by Chicago Architecture Foundation's Jen Masengarb, a Grant Park tour with radio host Richard Steele, a South Side Bronzeville tour with jazz performer Maggie Brown, and an Old Town tour with Chicago Tribune reporter Rick Kogan. All locals, all totally knowledgeable about Chicago from a native's perspective. They have over 180 tours for loads of cities including NYC, San Francisco, DC, Charleston, Savannah, New Orleans, Boston, LA, Portland, OR, London, Paris, Marrakech, Berlin, Rome, Tokyo, Seoul, and more. You can even tour the Brooklyn Bridge with Ken Burns(!). It's not just where to go, either. Tours are chock full of neat little details, history, and trivia that you'd never know otherwise. Related Post 7 travel tips to save money that will finally get you adventuring Like many of us, I love to travel and don't do it nearly as often as I'd like. For most of us with a regular... Read more The bigger reason I wanted to call out the Detour app is that the walking tours are currently totally free until the end of May due to a recent acquisition by Bose. Apparently they're planning to use the service for some kind of augmented reality app. Pretty cool. Even when they presumably go back to being paid tours, they're not too expensive, around $5. It's pretty worth it for a hand-held tour by a local with insider details. You can snag the Detour app in your app store or find it here. Do you use audio tour apps? Which ones are your favorites? Related Post Guilt, comfort zones, and buffer days: Dealing with vacation anxiety (yes, it's a thing!) I'm going on vacation! I booked a real, non-weekend-only trip where I'll fly outside of the United States for the first time in 16 years. I'm so excited and grateful.… Read More Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Catherine Clark Catherine Clark loiters at her local library, makes art, watches movies en masse, plays video and tabletop games, poorly cooks healthy things, cuddles with her feline fur babies, and blogs at BijouxandBits.com. @enidjcoleslaw @bijouxandbits @bijouxandbits PREVIOUS Merlin's pants! This incredible Harry Potter decor wins the House Cup NEXT Let's talk about talking about your "sex number" Show/Hide comments [ 2 ] Oh, interesting! Time to download the DC one! Reply I just loved this and shared it with all my tour loving friends! I love walking tours! Thanks for that! Reply Join the conversation Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy.