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See the world with different wheels; change your mode of transport to mix-it-up when traveling locally

The Brewcycle in Portland. Attribution: Sir EDW

The Brewcycle in Portland. Attribution: Sir EDW

One of the easiest and cheapest ways to see your hometown or state with the fresh eyes of a traveler is by changing your mode of transportation. Switching from four-wheels to two, or from two to six, or whatever other combinations I could endlessly concoct, can really change the way you see the places that you see every day.

The view from the water: a whole new way to see your hometown.

The view from the water: a whole new way to see your hometown.

Five months ago I moved to a part of Portland that is perfectly located for commuting on foot and by bike and just being able to ditch my car every weekend has transformed the way I see the city. From discovering little parks that I’d normally whiz by, to enjoying the breeze and beautiful views riding next to the river, rather than driving over it, I feel like I’ve discovered a new city.

Many major towns have a "historic" trolley, or trolley-look-alike-bus. Two great options for touring.

Many major towns have a “historic” trolley, or trolley-look-alike-bus. Two great options for touring.

Car, bike, roller blades, RV, kayak, horse, bus, metro, dune buggy, electric car, scooter, unicycle—try one or try them all and see old places in a new way. Here are a few suggestions for checking out a familiar place or a new one, by changing up your mode of transport:

  • Car: If you don’t own one, why not rent one and visit that place that’s always too far to pedal.
  • Electric Car or Hybrid: Why not? Many big cities already have car exchange programs going.
  • On foot: A great chance to really slow down and experience a place.
  • Rollerblades: Don’t worry they’re in style again, really… and they’re surprisingly speedy.
  • Bicycle: Go green for a day and support this growing movement.
  • Pedicab: Go green for a day and support a pedicab driver by letting him pedal YOU around.
  • Dune buggy: You have to live in the right type of place for this, but it sure would mix things up.
  • ATV: Speed, agility, what more could you ask for?
  • Unicycle: Believe it or not, this is an increasingly popular way to get around, but maybe just for a day.
  • Horse: Visiting a small town, beach town, you might be able to arrange a tour on horseback.
  • Trolley: Is there a historic trolley in your city? Have you been on it?
  • Kayak: Rental prices are reasonable and if you’ve got water in town you can kayak it.
  • Golf cart: My neighbors do this. So fun! Stay off the busy streets and enjoy.
  • Scooter: Fun, affordable, kinda good exercise, and faster than walking.
  • Train: Yes people still take the train. Go on a long trip or for a scenic tour.
  • Tandem Bike: Sit back and enjoy the ride!  Just kidding, I’m pedaling back here, really.
  • RV: If you can afford this extravagant transport to tour your own ‘hood, I say go for it.
  • Surrey: British word for a pedal-powered golf cart, great for a birthday.
  • Go Kart: Yes, you can probably rent one. Lean back, pedal hard, and coast when you can.
  • Limo: This is a great way to do a wine tasting or brewery tour.
  • Bus/Metro: Don’t normally use public transport? Then you’ll definitely see a whole new side of your city.
  • Beerbike/Brewcycle: Think- 6 or more sets of pedals and seats, all connected, destined for bars.
Proof that everyone looks cool with rollerblades. Couldn't resist sharing this one.  Attribution: april-sikorski

Proof that everyone looks cool with roller blades. Couldn’t resist sharing this one.                 Attribution-april-sikorski

Did I miss any?

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