The city lies on a cross of historical and current trade routes. Historically, it was part of Likava - which is a village right next to it.
It is similar in character to other cities in the region (like Liptovský Mikuláš or Martin). Major employer in the city is Mondi SCP, a paper-making/processing company. Currently the city also hosts one of the biggest Slovak colleges - "Katolícka univerzita".
Major train route also has a stop at the main train station. Next to it, there's also a bus station, where inter-city and inter-country busses operate. Another way to get in is of course by car, from all 4 world directions.
Private car is the most common way of transport, but the city has a public bus network which operates in around 1/2-1h intervals on the most common routes. The busses also operate to the nearby villages. Taxis operate mainly from the bus station and around city center (at Hotel Kultúra).
Vlkolínec  is one of only few folk villages which survived intact in Central Europe and is nominated in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Vlkolínec is famous for its folk architecture. Two of 45 houses can be visited from the inside as well. There is also a small art gallery, a church and a cemetery.
The village can only be reached by car (private or taxi). The village itself is closed to vehicles, but free parking is available.
On a small hill in the city center, there's a picturesque and quiet plaza of "Andrej Hlinka".
Formerly a guarding point, it was destroyed and decayed into ruins. However, in recent years some of it's parts were restored and there are few historical exibitions currently in place.
Best way to visit the castle is starting at the street "Pod Hradom" in Likavka (infocenter available), and going uphill by foot. The road is relatively short, but refreshing walk through a forrest and/or meadow.
Beneath the castle, there are misc. events occuring at different time of year - for example historical battle reconstructions.
Many attractions are present in or nearby the city.
A bike road to Korytnica is available in place of former "small train" track.
Mountainy routes in the Čutkovo valley and from Hrabovo are also available.
The main shopping area is the area between streets Dončova and Podhora.
In addition, there are multiple big shopping centers in the city on the Bystrická road.
Multiple restaurants and coffees are present in the city center. Most commonly regional food and Pizza are served. Also the Čutkovo and Hrabovo valleys provide multiple restaurant options.
Nearby the city, popular options include
Multiple pubs are open in the city center.
Multiple hotels and hostels are available, including