The easiest way to know a little bit more about the city is to get a city guide or map. This will give you all the information you need about restaurants, night life, places of interest and modes of transportation.
If you are in a smaller city then you can walk around and explore it. Don’t be afraid to try the local delicacies and indulge in the local coffee shop in order to get a taste of the culture. If you are in a larger city driving around will help you to get easy access. Else you could hire a cycle and explore. If you are in the mood to explore then you could use public transport. This is an easy way to get in touch with the locals; they will also inform you about what you need to see and do in the city. Most large cities have bus tours and guides to help you enjoy the history and culture of the place.
Look for monuments, churches and museums in the city. These places will give you a bird’s eye view of the history of the city. If you are on a planned vacation then you must research the place before hand so that you do not miss out on any of the tourist attractions.
Purchase a keep sake of the city that you visit. Make a collection of all the cities that you visit. My personal favorite is a map from all the cities while my mother prefers to keep photographs. The choice is yours. Happy Exploring!