Welcome to AstuteTraveler.com! We provide travelers with a definitive guide for planning their vacations, short visits and business trips in an ever increasing number of cities in North America. We're focused on the "top" places to go in our targeted cities. Our site begins with guides for seven cities: Austin, Boston, Denver, Houston, Indianapolis, Salt Lake City, Vancouver and Chicago. Shortly, we'll add Atlanta, Columbus, Quebec City, Toronto and San Antonio. And, of course, more will follow.
For over 30 years, I've traveled to cities throughout the United States and Canada for business and pleasure. In every case, I looked for the best
places to eat and the special things to do in the city I was visiting. I knew my hometown had a "best of the best" list and I believed there had to be one for other cities as well. Over the years, though, I was surprised at how difficult it was to discover these places. I would spend hours combing travel books and then the Internet. I would find lists, lists and more lists. Among these lists, there typically were no overlaps in what places were considered the "best of" for the city I was visiting. Soon I began to reach out to my hotel concierge and associates who lived in the city I was visiting. Before long, I had a really good idea of where to go and what to see. More and more, friends would call me to help plan their vacations.
It should be no surprise that people have differing opinions regarding the "top places" in their city. Often there are many great choices.
However, we believe there are true stars out there and it's our intent to find them and pass the information along to you.
We present hotels, restaurants, bars and things to do in a consistent format for each city. We always have a "top three"
list for each of our categories with an eye towards upscale performers. In some cities, for some categories, there are so many great places that
we will reluctantly list up to three Honorable Mentions. In either case, you have a manageable number of choices that are vetted for excellence.
Enjoy our city guides and watch us grow.