What's wrong with tourists?
As someone who travels a lot (30K in the car, 25K by air in an average year, though on business rather than recreation) I'm wondering what's wrong with tourists? When I'm visiting a city for 48 hours and get one dinner to myself, I like to look for iconic experiences. It's nice to be able to stroll around something like Pike Place Market or the Riverwalk and know that you are getting a taste of the local culture -- even if the really good stuff is hidden away. (Though I am always grateful when Zagat provides a decent hint!)
I don't know if it's really the case, but I feel like a place geared to tourists is going to be more expensive, more crowded and somehow less "real." But maybe that's not true.
And when I drive 45 minutes to get to Mr. Bill's Terrace Inn for steamed crabs, I guess I'm the tourist.
(Amy Davis/Sun photographer)