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Subject:Tourist trap meme
Time:02:20 am
Because I should be asleep...

Tourist Traps
Bold indicates a visit.

1. Times Square, New York City, NY: 35 million visitors every year

2. National Mall & Memorial Parks, Washington, D.C.: About 25 million

3. Disney World's Magic Kingdom, Lake Buena Vista, Fla.: 16.6 million

4. Trafalgar Square, London, England: 15 million
For me it's not really a tourist trap-- it's just a place I walk through when I'm going to the theater.

5. Disneyland Park, Anaheim, Calif.: 14.7 million
December 1977... I haven't been back since.

6. Niagara Falls, Ontario and New York: 14 million

7. Fisherman's Wharf/Golden Gate National Recreation Area, San Francisco, Calif.: 13 million

8. Tokyo Disneyland/DisneySea, Tokyo, Japan: 12.9 million

9. Notre Dame de Paris, Paris, France: 12 million

10. Disneyland Paris, Marne-La-Vallee, France: 10.6 million

11. The Great Wall of China, Badaling area, China: About 10 million

12. The Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Tennessee/North Carolina: 9.2 million

13. Universal Studios Japan, Osaka, Japan: 8.5 million

14. Basilique du Sacré-Coeur de Montmartre, Paris, France: 8 million
I think.

15. Musée du Louvre, Paris, France: 7.5 million
I'm cheating-- I've been at the Louvre, but not inside.

16. Everland (amusement park), Kyonggi-Do, South Korea: 7.5 million

17. The Forbidden City/Tiananmen Square, Beijing, China: At least 7 million

18. Eiffel Tower, Paris, France: 6.7 million

19. Universal Studios/Islands of Adventure at Universal Orlando, Fla: 6 million

20. SeaWorld Florida, Orlando, Fla: 5,740,000

21. Pleasure Beach (amusement park), Blackpool, England: 5.7 million

22. Lotte World (amusement park), Seoul, South Korea: 5.5 million

23. Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise, Japan: 5.4 million

24. Hong Kong Disneyland, China: 5.2 million

25. Centre Pompidou, Paris, France: 5.1

26. Tate Modern, London, England: 4.9 million

27. British Museum, London, England: 4.8 million

28. Universal Studios Los Angeles, Calif.: 4.7 million

29. National Gallery, London, England: 4.6 million

30. Metropolitan Museum, New York, NY: 4.5 million

31. Grand Canyon, Ariz.: 4.4 million
I've flown over it in a private plane.

32. Tivoli Gardens (amusement park), Copenhagen, Denmark: 4.4 million

33. Ocean Park (amusement park), Hong Kong, China: 4.38 million

34. Busch Gardens (amusement park), Tampa Bay, Fla.: 4.36 million

35. SeaWorld California, San Diego, Calif.: 4.26 million

36. Statue of Liberty, New York, NY: 4.24 million

37. The Vatican and its museums, Rome, Italy: 4.2 million

38. Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia: More than 4 million

39. The Coliseum, Rome, Italy: 4 million

40. American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY: 4 million

41. Grauman's Chinese Theater, Hollywood, Calif.: 4 million

42. Empire State Building, New York, NY: 4 million

43. Natural History Museum, London, England: 3.7 million

44. The London Eye, London, England: 3.5 million
Three or four times.

45. Palace of Versailles, France: 3.45 million

46. Yosemite National Park, Calif.: 3.44 million

47. Pyramids of Giza, Egypt: 3 million

48. Pompeii, Italy: 2.5 million

49. Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia: 2.5 million
This is the one place I'll get that most of my friends won't.  It was November 18, 1976 plus or minus one day, and the city was still called Leningrad.  The whole thing was an utterly fascinating trip, though I wish I'd been old enough to grok a bit more of what was going on around me.

50. Taj Mahal, Agra, India: 2.4 million
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Time:2007-07-13 11:55 am (UTC)
I've been to 27 of 50.
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Time:2007-07-13 03:26 pm (UTC)
I, too, was at the Hermitage that year (in late spring, however), and since I was only nine at the time, my feelings are quite similar to yours.

One of my most interesting memories of the "USSR" concerns Lenin's Tomb. During our visit to it, a twenty-something American in the tour group in front of ours kept placing his hands into the pockets of his jackets -- habit or nerves, it seemed. He was warned several times by the military guarding the body to stop what he was doing. (I seem to recall that they were worried someone would try to blow up the wax-like figure.) But he couldn't stop. Next thing I knew, they'd come over, punched him in the gut, and dragged him out of line -- right in front of me. Made quite an impression, I assure you. I've always wondered what happened to that dude....
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Time:2007-07-13 04:17 pm (UTC)
I've been to fourteen of these -- seventeen if you count "looking at from the outside" (the Colliseum, Tivoli Gardens, and the National Gallery in London).
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Time:2007-07-13 04:30 pm (UTC)
"46. Yosemite National Park, Calif.: 3.44 million"

You haven't been to Yosemite? It's a photographer's paradise! I love visiting Yosemite in the fall after the tourists have left. It's beautiful in fall color. Sure, the waterfalls are usually just a trickle but there is so much other splendor in the park besides the waterfalls.
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Time:2007-07-14 01:32 am (UTC)
I've been to 14 of them for sure, including the Hermitage (1983). There's a couple I can't remember for sure - most of my traveling happened before I was 14 years old. And of course Disneyland last Thanksgiving with the sweetie! He started talking about going next fall right about the time we got in the car to come back from the trip last fall.
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Time:2007-07-14 05:19 pm (UTC)
I've been to 17 out of the 50 places on your list. Although looking at the list, with how many times I've been to London, I should have had more! Too much time seeing rock bands and not enough seeing museums....
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Time:2007-07-24 02:55 am (UTC)
That's be 26 for me.

I generally am not a museum person, so many of these I'll never get to.
I'm also no longer into amusement parks for the most part, so all the foreign Disneylands will just have to go one without me.

I've been to the Hermitage more times than it would be possible to count :)

Of the ones I haven't been to, I only intend to visit five or six.
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