A place is experienced so filter the setting through the senses and opinions of the protagonist. When possible, have characters use setting props to bring the place to life.
Stick to telling, distinguishing and/or plot relevant details.
Telling details: broad stroke easily recognizable features of a type of location.
Distinguishing: tells the difference between this location and any other location of the same type.
Plot relevant: show the reader the shotgun behind the bar before the protagonist uses it to fend off a robber.
For writers who wish to present a rich story-world:
— Aim to visit around 30 different locations in total.
— Don’t visit the same exact location more than 3x.