"* Cops and bartenders know their terrain better than the local chamber of commerce — and they work nights. Cordially interview them when you roll into town. Inquire about the best meal deals, zones of peril, inviting accommodations, safe strolling, camping, worthwhile attractions, and colorful hangouts.
* One of your biggest allies on the road is the person who owns or manages the place where you're staying. They're likely not going anywhere anytime soon and should be consulted about valuables storage, shopping referrals and where not to go. As lodgers in an entertainment business where word travels fast, the last thing they want is mistreated guests.
[Be sure they are impressed with how many twitter followers you have.]