Whether you are a longtime resident, just moved to a new town, or are playing tourist for the weekend, finding local places of interest can make your experience in a town more enjoyable. With these apps, not only will you find some great places to eat or shop at, but you will also find places for entertainment, culture, weird attractions and more. Create the ultimate itineraries or expand your social life with our best iPhone apps for local places of interest.
The best iPhone apps for local places of interest
22 May 2017, by Cherry Mae Torrevillas
Planning the perfect weekend escape can be a challenge, but with the Roadtrippers app as your integrated tour guide you’ll always know where all the great spots on the map are. There are millions of places and attractions to discover and you can use the built-in trip planner to keep track of your choices. If you’re trying to convince some friends to join you there’s a sharing tool you can use as well. Friends can even add suggestions to the trip itinerary themselves so that everyone’s happy.
- Integrated tour guide and detailed mapping
- Millions of places and attractions to discover
- Full built-in trip planner
- Easily share your plan with friends
- Friends can add suggestions to your trip itinerary
Hype is the go-to app for finding all of the local hotspots in your area. It has a fun visual interface that helps you find the most unique experiences available in your city. You can follow local influencers for the latest scoop and become an influencer yourself and share your valuable knowledge. There’s even a familiar social media feed that’s constantly updated so that you can interact with a like-minded group of individuals looking to have a good time.
- Fun visual interface
- Find the most unique experiences in a city
- Follow local influencers for the scoop
- Become a local influencer yourself and share your knowledge
- Includes familiar social media feed with constant updates
Great apps like the Trip.com app have many imitators, but there’s rarely a real substitute for the original. This app lets you discover great places to go and things to do in any town. You can set it up to provide you with automatic recommendations based on your interests and you can receive timely suggestions of things to do based on the time and day of the week. It will even modify its suggestions depending on what the weather is doing outside. Once you’ve finished a trip you can create postcards and share your reviews with other users. It’s a great way to share a great experience with others.
- Discover great places to go and things to do in any town
- Get automatic recommendations based on your interests
- Receive timely suggestions based on time of day and the day of the week
- Suggested activities are even modified depending on the weather
- Create postcards and reviews to share with the trip.com community
There are countless apps and sites that show you the generic things to do when visiting major cities, but Spottly actually taps into a network of community members to bring you posts from more than 35, 000 different places worldwide. You can view their travel collections to help plan your next trip and you can save your pictures and videos of your favorite places to share with others as well. The app will even autofill addresses and phone numbers for you by tapping into search technology to save you time. Almost all places visited include full reviews and you can interact with other community members to ask other questions you may have.
- Posts from more than 35, 000 places around the world
- Use community members travel collections to plan your next trip
- Save pictures and videos of your favorite experiences to help others
- Spottly autofill’s addresses and phone numbers of places you save
- Includes full reviews and an interactive community of members
Detour is a unique app that can make your next trip to a major travel destination a lot more fun. This app provides you with immersive audio walks that will guide you through the world’s interesting places using GPS to track your movements exactly. You can also sync and share your social tour with friends. Each tour is narrated by someone with a strong connection to the attraction and the city giving you the true local experience. You can easily pause and resume your tour at any time. If you want the convenience of a tour guide that you actually control this is the app for you.
- Immersive audio walks guide you through the worlds interesting places
- Calibrates your location using GPS to provide accurate information
- A shared and synced social tour with friends
- Each tour is narrated by someone with a strong connection to the attraction
- Pause and resume your tour whenever you like
If you’re the type of person that just isn’t interested in the typical tourist adventure you’ll probably find The Outbound app to be a breath of fresh air. This app is for those that love adventures in the great outdoors far away from the grind of civilization. You can discover new places through interactions with friends and community members and share your own ideas. There are all kinds of great tips and recommendations available. You can eve search by specific activities such as hiking or kayaking. Another great feature is the ability to create and share custom travel itinerary lists and reviews of places you’ve visited. The adventure starts with this app.
- Discover new places through interaction with friends and community members
- Find tips and recommendations from the stories left by friends
- Includes activity specific searching
- Create and share custom travel itinerary lists
- Create your own reviews and leave tips
Spot is an app with a simple name, but don’t let that fool you. It offers more than half a million reviews of cities from around the globe and new reviews are added daily. These reviews cover everything from the local coffee shops to famous landmarks in the area. You can make and share lists of the places you’ve visited with the community and interact with other like-minded individuals. It also lets you follow friends and experts for all the most up to date information on an attraction. This app may be simple to use, but it’s full of great resources.
- Includes half a million reviews of cities around the globe
- New reviews added daily
- Reviews cover everything from local coffee shops to famous landmarks
- Make and share lists of the places you’ve visited
- Follow friends and experts for up to date information
Klook gives you access to true insider pricing on great travel deals. This is a sophisticated and comprehensive app for exploring available travel deals and you can book them from within the app itself. Tickets to major attractions can be purchased within the app as well. Experiences are handpicked and verified by professional in-house curators and suggestions are provided based on your stated travel wishes. Any payments you make or fully secured and safe. If you want to ensure your next trip is a success this app can help you achieve that goal.
- Explore and book deals and experiences from within the app
- Obtain instant tickets for popular attractions
- Experiences are handpicked and verified by in-house curators
- Suggestions are provided based on your stated travel wishes
- Payments are always safe and secure
It’s not always easy keeping in touch with your religious faith when you travel frequently, but the Find a Mass app aims to change all that. This simple app makes it easy to attend a mass when you’re away from home. It has extensive alphabetical listings of churches around you and when their masses are. You can also use the graphical map interface to pinpoint their locations if you prefer. This app supports a 24 hour clock so that you can keep track of local time wherever you are with ease.
- Makes it easy to attend mass when you’re away from home
- Extensive alphabetical listings of churches
- Uses a graphical map interface to pinpoint locations
- Use Google map integration to plot your route
- 24 hour clock support
It’s become trendy these days to try and support local businesses no matter where you live and the Keep it Local app is designed to help you do that. This app makes it easy to find local businesses and services. You can search for businesses from within the app based on name or just the city location. It includes hours, addresses, and phone numbers as well when they’re readily available. As an added bonus you can also find discounts and other incentives to buy local inside. If you want to organize support for a local business there’s a feature that lets you do this by organizing meetings with friends on site and you can even widen your invite by sharing on social media. It’s a fun and interactive way to support local business.
- Makes it easy to find local businesses and services
- Search for businesses by name or city location
- Includes hours, addresses, and phone numbers
- Includes discounts and other incentives for buying local
- Organize meetings with friends at local business and share with social media