This article originally appeared on the Springs "You're Home Blog."
Exploring a new city is exciting, but it can also be intimidating. In the past you either had to enlist a knowledgeable acquaintance or fend for yourself. With today's technology like smartphones and GPS navigation, your tour guide can be as close as your pocket or purse.
We've searched out some of the best apps and programs to help you find your way around your new home town. Before long, you'll be the expert giving tips to other newbies!
LocalEats (iPhone, Android)
Dining out has become an important part of many people's lifestyles, whether it's for convenience or social occasions. Yelp is the granddaddy of restaurant guides, but LocalEats is part of the new generation. Instead of relying solely on user reviews, their staff selects restaurants based on an aggregate of recommendations from experts like travel writers, food bloggers and restaurant reviewers. National chains are not included so that you can discover the places that are unique to your city or neighborhood.
Citysearch (iPhone, Android)
Once the question of dinner is out of the way, you're ready to turn your attention to issues such as where you can pick up accessories for your new Springs Apartments home. Citysearch is a guide to nearby shopping and services. Entries include reviews from users of the app and others on the Internet along with recommendations from expert "scouts" who are selected based on professional qualifications.
This site is a virtual discussion group including you and 1.5 million other users. Forums are organized by state and city so you can browse topics for your area or pose your own question to other members. Some forums are accessible only to registered members, so you may want to open an account and create your personal profile.
Families will appreciate this valuable website that includes information about community schools. Each school's entry includes its location and profile along with parent reviews. The GreatSchools rating lets you compare a school with others around the state based on test scores. You'll also find resources like worksheets and videos to help you make the most of your child's education.
Build some eco-friendly karma by touring the city via public transportation. HopStop finds directions to different locations whether you travel by bus, rail, walking or biking. You can also get an estimate of travel time and fare if you go by taxi. Other features include transit schedules, nearby stations and a comprehensive city guide of restaurants and shops, services and local attractions.
We'd love to hear what resources were particularly helpful when you moved into your Springs Apartments home. Tell us about it in the comments!