So you’ve taken it upon yourself to ask someone on a date. Meeting for coffee? Obvious. Dinner? Just as obvious, and also excruciatingly longer should things go poorly. A drink at your go-to dive bar where the bartender will invariably ask about (or possibly be!) your ex? Why do you keep doing this to yourself?
You can do better. Instead of falling back on the obvious go-tos, reach for these more memorable opportunities, whether you’re trying to impress a first date or try something new with someone who has already decided to keep seeing you.
Take a trip to the weirdest roadside attraction you can find
This country is teeming with weird shit along the side of the road; and now you can even get an app that will show you every spot to check out. The excursion can run as long or as short as you like, with the added bonus of ample photo opps so you can start carving out real estate on that Instagram feed.
Embrace irony and act like a tourist without leaving town
We often take the most popular stuff in the places we live for granted, while simultaneously complaining that there’s nothing to do in said places. Take a boat ride to Alcatraz in SF, climb aboard a double-decker bus in Manhattan, or hop on the Chicago River architecture tour. Smaller towns have cool stuff, too -- like guided bike rides, ghost tours, bizarre museums and historic home tours. Bonus points if you actually pretend to be tourists and use accents/ fake identities.