When most of us think of the Southwest, we don’t typically think of large bodies of water. And still, set in this usually dry desert landscape is the country’s largest reservoir of water, Lake Mead. The lake’s stunning blue waters attract tourists from all over, hoping to escape the region’s arid climate.
Unfortunately, water levels in Lake Mead have continued to drop. It reached the point where even shipwrecks and human remains are being uncovered! You might want to think twice about diving in after learning about what’s really sitting at the bottom of this lake.
Bourbon Street, New Orleans, Louisiana
There are some places in the world that need no introduction, and one of them is the famed (or shall we say notorious?) Bourbon Street in New Orleans. This strip of bars, restaurants, and music venues is known as the premier destination for entertainment… and revelry.
In fact, for many visitors, Bourbon Street has become almost too much of a party town. With increasing crime rates and dwindling local music establishments, many recommend staying away. While we’re sure it was once quite the place to be, recent reviews have made us think otherwise.
The Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C.
While some tourists seek thrills or escapism from their everyday lives, some travel to gain a better understanding of the world around them. Washington D.C. has no shortage of impressive monuments, but one of the most popular has to be the Lincoln Memorial.
Featuring a huge statue of our 16th president, Abraham Lincoln, the attraction draws more than eight million visitors annually. Like many of the attractions in the area, the Lincoln Memorial is free and open to the public, so visitors to this historical landmark should expect large crowds, particularly during summer.
Victoria Peak, Hong Kong, China
Though many may consider Hong Kong to be filled with only buildings and other concrete landscapes, the important Asian metropolis is hiding a lush and green secret — Victoria Peak. Considered the highest point on the island, visitors can take in the city’s impressive skyline while also seeing some greenery.
Not surprisingly, the lines to enter or even ride the Peak Tram are extremely long. That said, visitors to this magical part of the city have raved about the panoramic views and much-needed green space the peak provides.
Pier 39, San Francisco, California, USA
Between the Golden Gate Bridge and other impressive sites, San Francisco is on many travelers’ bucket lists. A favorite of many, Pier 39 attracts millions of tourists and even locals with its many shopping and dining options. In addition to providing entertainment, the pier has another important role — it’s home to hundreds of California sea lions.
And while they typically behave better than most tourists, their presence can be quite the raucous affair! They also mean that any adjacent hangout locations are packed with crowds of other tourists, especially on a clear day, as seen in the above picture.