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What's the main difference between a "tour" and a "sightseeing?"

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Rebecca

A tour is a journey through a place, like a museum, park, or city, while sightseeing is the action of going out and exploring a place. The meaning of these things is really quite similar, but tours are usually more organized and arranged by a company, while sightseeing is more free and less organized. Ex: I went on a tour of downtown New York. Ex: My friend and I will be travelling to Paris. We are excited to do some sightseeing there.

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