Travel Tech CEOs’ Favorite Hometown Attractions

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Having lived in the Bay Area most of my life, there are times when visitors come and want to visit attractions that I would never consider going to. Fisherman’s Wharf is great for tourists; but as a local, I avoid that area because I can’t stand the crowds. If my visiting family and friends are in town, they can go to Fisherman’s Wharf on their own.

When speaking with other Travel Tech Founders, I found that we all pride myself in guiding visitors to the coolest, off the beaten path spots in the city. Of course, with discovery apps like TripAdvisor, Sidewalk, and TripScout - it’s harder and harder to do. Below are some of the gems that haven’t blown up on travel sites that we think are still worth visiting.

Geetika Agrawal,VAWAA New York, USA

I live in New York right now so I'd say don't miss all the waterfront bars in the summer and free concerts in Prospect Park.  

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Beau Berman, Tripcents Denver, Colorado

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via Instagram @deathandcompany

Come to Denver and visit either Death & Co. or El 5 for the best view in the city.

Edward Hu, ARRVL Shanghai, China & San Francisco, USA

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Since I was born Shanghainese and raised  San Franciscan, I want to cover both of these amazing cities. In Shanghai, you can’t miss the speakeasy called Speak Low for its world class cocktails. Ask about the 3rd floor - see if you can level up for an even more exclusive seating. In San Francisco, you can't leave without eating at Hog Island Oyster Farm - the setting is phenomenal (right next to the water and bay bridge). The oysters come from about 40 minutes north from a place called Tamales Bay.

Bibi Jellema, Airguides Victoria, Australia

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Explore Grampians National Park in Victoria, Australia

Benjamin Wallsten, Flyright Los Angeles, USA

Visit Sawtelle Rd. for authentic Japanese ramen (restaurant name: Tsujita) followed by Thai shaved ice.

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Jeffrey Walsh, Nomo Fomo, Philadelphia, USA

If you visit Philadelphia, you should visit Monk's bar.  It is great for food and has a lot of rare belgium beers to drink alongside

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Traveling like a Travel Tech founder isn’t as hard as you might think. While we all vacation differently, everything we do is accessible to the everyday traveler. The ARRVL blog will be covering more of these tips and advice in the future so subscribe to stay in the know.