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Suppose there are several small souvenirs I would like to buy while travelling. I might call them trinkets or knick-knacks; generally, they are things that I want but are of little overall importance.

If instead I want to describe unimportant places I would like to stop while travelling, what would I call them? As examples, perhaps I want to stop at a local bookstore, a grocery store, and a certain pier. Like my souvenirs, these places aren't important (they certainly aren't landmarks), but I still would like to see them.

As an example sentence:

I have several _____ to visit before I finish my vacation here.

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    Colloquially you could get away with calling them pit stops (brief rests, especially on a journey. If you used this I'd say "make" instead of "visit") though there's likely a more fitting term. – John Clifford Mar 14 '16 at 8:28
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    A wordier term would be points/places of interest but that doesn't denote that they're inconsequential. – John Clifford Mar 14 '16 at 8:29
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    @JohnClifford True, although pit stops suggests that they're necessary (I need food and a bathroom, for example) instead of places of (my) interest. Places of interest is good but sounds like they're interesting to the general public, which isn't necessarily true. – thirtythreeforty Mar 14 '16 at 8:30
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    Here in Scotland if we were running small errands we'd say we're away (to get) some messages. :) – John Clifford Mar 14 '16 at 8:34
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    I have several corners to visit... maybe? Or is it too ambiguous? – Jacinto Mar 14 '16 at 13:26
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To describe the diverse and not so important visits you make in the example I'd use:

I have several stops to make before I finish my vacation here.

Stop
1.1 A break or halt during a journey:
'allow an hour or so for driving and as long as you like for stops'

Reference:
http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/stop

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How about:

I have several odds and ends to tie up before I leave

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I think "must-see" would fit your context well.

(noun, Informal) something, as a remarkable sight or entertainment, that should be seen or attended

[Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary via The Free Dictionary]

a place or film considered to be essential to visit or see

[Collins Dictionary]

Usage:

I have several must-sees to visit before I finish my vacation here.

Note that a must-see place is only highly recommended but not absolutely mandatory to visit.

Update:

The word "novelty attraction" can also be used in this context.

A novelty attraction is usually not a landmark but a place of interest due to its offbeat/intriguing/peculiar nature.

I have several novelty attractions to visit before I finish my vacation here.

From Wikipedia,

Novelty attractions are oddities such as the "biggest ball of twine" in Cawker City, Kansas, the Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota, or Carhenge in Alliance, Nebraska, where old cars serve in the place of stones in a replica of Stonehenge. Novelty attractions are not limited to the American Midwest, but are part of Midwestern culture

  • Hi, BuscuitBoy, the OP is talking about places that aren't important (they certainly aren't landmarks), – user140086 Mar 14 '16 at 9:06
  • I think of a must-see as something on the beaten path, something that "everyone" goes to see. The O.P. seems to be talking about hidden gems, or a place to buy a bottle of water. That said, concerning the pier and the bookstore, we could say something like: I have a few personal must-sees before I finish my vacation here. – J.R. Mar 14 '16 at 9:08
  • @Rathony - Yes. A must-see place need not necessarily be a landmark in my view. For example, if you are visiting the city of Agra in India, Taj Mahal is a landmark. Similarly, The palace of Mariam-uz-Zamani is a recognized tourist attraction and a "must-see" but it is less popular than the Taj Mahal itself. So it is recommended for tourists but is not mandated. – BiscuitBoy Mar 14 '16 at 9:19
  • I understand your point. But the OP is talking about grocery and book stores (using a word like an errand) which can't be a tourist attraction. It's up to you. – user140086 Mar 14 '16 at 9:21
  • @Rathony It might be a really, really good bookstore. – John Clifford Mar 14 '16 at 9:41

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