Mexico City’s main square, Zócalo, was once an important city for the Aztec people. Today, it is one of the largest plazas in the world and is the site of Latin America’s largest cathedral and seat of Mexico’s government — the Palacio Nacional.
Not only is the square typically packed with both tourists and locals on any given day, but night seems to bring out some rather seedy elements of the city. Visitors to this famous square should practice basic travel safety tips when visiting this impressive part of the city.
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.
Disneyland, California, USA
Long before Orlando became synonymous with Disney, Mickey and all of his other animated friends called Disneyland, California, their home. Often described as “the happiest place on Earth,” Disneyland is known worldwide. And while any fan of Disney movies (or theme parks in general) can attest to the park’s special allure, there are some downsides.
The price of admission has steadily gone up each year, while the lines seem to get longer. Lines for certain rides can reach more than an hour! That said, millions continue to visit the parks for a truly unforgettable experience.
The Highline Park, New York City, USA
For many New Yorkers, Central Park provides all of the green space they could ever desire. But in recent years, there has been a push to bring some much-needed greenery to this concrete jungle.
The Highline Park is located on an old rail track in the city’s West Side. Featuring gardens of wildflowers and even art installations, the park also offers some of the best views of the city. Don’t be shocked to see crowds of other tourists or even locals trying to get the best pictures.
Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France
While many people immediately recognize the Eiffel Tower of Paris, the city is also famous for another important structure - Notre Dame. Considered one of the most important cathedrals in the world and a symbol of gothic architecture, its sheer size and beauty have attracted millions of tourists.
Unfortunately, due to the devastating 2019 fire that destroyed most of the cathedral, this Parisian icon is closed to the public for the time being. Visitors to the area can still take photos of the remains of the cathedral from a distance, however.