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    Default The problem with being a popular tourist attraction.

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    Default Re: The problem with being a popular tourist attraction.

    Ayup. I always wanted to see this:




    ...but never wanted to have to put up with this:

    Hope for the best, but plan for the worst.

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    Default Re: The problem with being a popular tourist attraction.

    in my early 20’s I loved riding past columns of cars like that. But here’s the thing, you could go to adjacent parks to Yosemite for spectacular views and 1/5 the traffic.

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    Default Re: The problem with being a popular tourist attraction.

    Or, I could go to Newfoundland and Labrador for similar spectacular views and put up with none of the traffic! <grin>
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    Jim... you are a popular tourist attraction? I had no idea!!! <G>

    Yeah... no one goes to the Tetons any more. Way too crowded...
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    Quote Originally Posted by mmd View Post
    Ayup. I always wanted to see this:

    Saw it once last year, from this angle...

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    No traffic, but I did have to deal with the airlines.

    Here's another approach...

    https://www.google.com/maps/place/El...4d-119.6376733
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    Growing up and living at a tourist resort community, you learn to love and loathe the tourists with equal parts. Love the money and jobs they bring, but loathe the fact that they gum up the works something awful and you can never do the things the tourists come here for. September is great, most of them have gone home and it is still warm enough to enjoy going out.
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    Default Re: The problem with being a popular tourist attraction.

    That place is so popular, no one goes there anymore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mmd View Post
    Ayup. I always wanted to see this:




    ...but never wanted to have to put up with this:

    try in winter, used to be much quieter

    summer? Fuhgefaboutit

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    Kind of goes with the 'territory'. Get enough people and you've soon got a crowd.
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    I was in Acadia National Park today and made an attempt to go to Jordon Pond. It was impossible to even get into the parking areas let alone find a place to park. On September 22. The park was packed with people today.

    I agree with the feelings expressed above about tourists. Many of them seem to think that being on vacation gives them a pass on common sense and obeying the law. For example this afternoon two cars full of tourists pulled into my driveway, stopped and people started getting out of the cars. It was clear they intended to park there. They seemed quite surprised when I told them to get off my land. This happens several times every week despite the fact that I live on a private road with NUMEROUS signs to that effect.

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    Don't get me started .....
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    In the years when I worked for myself I always took my "weekends" mid week- nobody fishing my favourite stretches of river, no lines of slow moving traffic heading to or from camp sites and resorts. Where I live now is currently the most popular tourist destination in the state, being promoted as a great holiday getaway- in part because of the fact that we haven't had a single case of covid within a hundred kilometres. Tourists come here because it's covid free, but most of the locals wish they'd stay away to keep it that way. The other day I was delivering mail to businesses in the middle of town- the part of my day known as "The Walk" when one member of a group of tourists on the other side of the street yelled out that he would like to take my picture. I said knock yourself out mate. He ran across the street, dropped to one knee and took the photo with the camera pointing straight up into my face! Really weird! City people worry me JayInOz

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    Quote Originally Posted by Todd D View Post
    I was in Acadia National Park today and made an attempt to go to Jordon Pond. It was impossible to even get into the parking areas let alone find a place to park. On September 22. The park was packed with people today.

    I agree with the feelings expressed above about tourists. Many of them seem to think that being on vacation gives them a pass on common sense and obeying the law. For example this afternoon two cars full of tourists pulled into my driveway, stopped and people started getting out of the cars. It was clear they intended to park there. They seemed quite surprised when I told them to get off my land. This happens several times every week despite the fact that I live on a private road with NUMEROUS signs to that effect.

    I have had that happen. When I was renting a house in Ocean City NJ. Half a house really, I had the top half of an older duplex. We had off street parking behind the building, you had to go up the alley and drive behind the duplex to get to the parking spots. I got so fed up with trying to find another place to park when I got home from work because there was a car parked there, I started parking behind them, boxing them in. I did not even live close to the beach!
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    Any day of the summer.

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    Try driving around Cades Cove in the Smokies in about a month. If one of those folks sees a bear, you are really in for a long wait.


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    Around here this is what people expect to see when they think "beach"

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    Here is what you get:

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    Default Re: The problem with being a popular tourist attraction.

    A romantic boat tour on the Amsterdam channels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RFNK View Post
    Don't get me started .....
    Hell yeah. The problems around Port Stephens with idiots from places like Armidale coming down for a stickybeak........ :-)

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    There is that ....

    Actually, the bigger problem for us are the near local fwits who trash the bush in their idiot utes, leave their crap all over the shore and light fires in the bush over the road and upwind from us, even in summer.
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    I just hope that our border with Victoria is opened again for the Xmas break.
    Our favourite spectator sport is watching the Vics at the boat ramp..
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    SA boaties aren't looking all that bright this week though, sadly.

    But yes, our boatramp at Lemon Tree also provides a lot of entertainment on busy holiday weekends, especially when the NE is strong.
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    Poznań is becoming an increasingly popular tourist destination. To be honest, I'd rather see it not happening. The problems that tourists bring are felt by many, the profits are reaped by the few.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RFNK View Post
    SA boaties aren't looking all that bright this week though, sadly.
    Point well taken..
    Nor last week either thanks to the same individual. Unfortunately he won't be able to stuff up any more..
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    This year they aren’t leaving. Remote work, remote classes. Still seeing too many out of state tags.
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    The best attractions are the ones that require some walking. 99% of tourists might as well be chained to their car or bus by a 100 meter chain.

    When we lived in Ilha Grande we used to go to Lopes Mendes, rated one of the most beautiful beaches in Brazil. It required a 1.5 km hike with a good climb at the start. The beach is 4 km long. Even on a crowded day you would have about 2000 people at the end where the trail leads and less than 10 people at the other end.

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    Hope they don't "discover" Pluski

    Quote Originally Posted by WszystekPoTrochu View Post
    Poznań is becoming an increasingly popular tourist destination. To be honest, I'd rather see it not happening. The problems that tourists bring are felt by many, the profits are reaped by the few.

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    Over tourism . A very good article on it.
    https://www.nomadicmatt.com/travel-b...ism-solutions/
    If you look at Nomadic Matts website you will also find information about how the corona virus is affecting travel and giving the overtouristed places a chance to breathe, so to speak.


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    As a kid, I lived 5years in the city of Niagara Falls. Ugh.
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    Living near Phillip Island (little penguins, koala's, surf, whales in season, and several other half assed tourist traps that several ten's of thousands of Chinese and European tourists were marched through sausage machine fashion…….but not in 2020). As far as the local tourists are concerned a whiff of fine weather and a public holiday and there's a 15k car queue to get on to the island………. but not in 2020……………
    And though there are no complaints about overcrowding at present, half the shops in all the towns are empty, and most others barely making costs, even the pubs are shut in 2020…….

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redrcrvrp1 View Post
    Over tourism . A very good article on it.
    https://www.nomadicmatt.com/travel-b...ism-solutions/
    If you look at Nomadic Matts website you will also find information about how the corona virus is affecting travel and giving the overtouristed places a chance to breathe, so to speak.

    That is definitely NOT happening this year in Acadia National Park. The park is jammed with tourists this summer.

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    As Georg says, in many places you only have to walk 100 metres off the beaten track or road. Even in Venice, walking 100m from the main drag leads you to a quiet spot, and 100m further takes you to canalside bars where you start admiring the local classic boats and the locals then invite you to join them for the weekend classic boat regatta.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Bow View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Bow View Post
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    All of the places I visit as a tourist have a variety of seasons. I can find a season that reflects my imagination.
    Life is complex.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Too Little Time View Post
    All of the places I visit as a tourist have a variety of seasons. I can find a season that reflects my imagination.
    carnaval? Carnival? Carnivale? Mardi Gras? I guess one week a year is all you get?

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