I like to mix it up with some fairly standard tours as well as some very, very offbeat ones when I travel, and I’m finally at a point where I considering putting together some of my own. I plan to test out a walking tour of the strange and hidden monuments of Downtown Tampa over the next couple weeks, which has gotten me thinking - what makes a great (or terrible) tour? Is it the knowledge of the guide, the showmanship, authenticity, or something else entirely that makes the experience memorable?
One of my most memorable was Adam Selzer’s tour of Graceland Cemetery in Chicago, after which we went hunting together for the grave of Captain George Wellington Streeter. (Podcast here: mysteriouschicagostreetergrave : Adam Selzer : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming : Internet Archive)
So what about you all? I look forward to your thoughts and input.