It seems like every year a new hotspot pops up and all of the sudden everyone is going. Hotspots like Machu Picchu, Iceland and Thailand get swarmed with tourists, and you never really know what you’re getting yourself into.
So how do you beat the rush before peak destinations hit peak timing? Throw darts at a map, do your research, or better yet listen to what these Redditors had to say about the touristy spots that are worth seeing … despite the crowds.
1. The Vasa Museum in Stockholm
For those that don’t know it houses a 17th century ship that sank in 1628 and was recovered and preserved. Pictures don’t do it justice, it’s massive and legitimately the coolest thing I’ve ever seen in my life. – BPSteve
2. Pompeï in Italy
Absolutely amazing, in my opinion. As a matter of fact it’s one of the things I loved most in Italy. It’s a shame it isn’t closer to Rome though.
It gave me such a strong sense of how life must’ve been back then, walking the same streets, looking at the same buildings. – PatheticPathologist
3. The Alps in Europe
I went there once and I still dream about those mountain peaks. There’s no way to describe how awe inspiring they are. The way there formed with diagonal strata layers makes them so visceral and raw, it looks like the earth ruptured, scarred over, and nature still found a way to thrive. – Samura1_I3
4. The Redwoods and Sequoias in California
I remember visiting Muir Woods for the first time in the early, foggy morning and it was almost like stepping back into another time. Also, Pictured Rocks in the UP of Michigan is absolutely beautiful. – whatsername_duh
5. Machu Picchu in Peru
Hike the Inca Trail to get to it instead of taking the train and bus. It makes the experience even more rewarding. – stengebt
6. The city of Edinburgh in Scotland
There’s just something about it, it’s spectacular, and has everything you could want around it. So far it is undoubtedly my favorite city. – mmm_butters
7. South Island of New Zealand
Milford and Doubtful sounds on the South Island of New Zealand. Shit New Zealand as a whole. I grew up next to Yellowstone so my standards for beautiful country are reasonably cultivated. Jesus it’s beautiful there. – Ankeneering
8. Prague in Czech Republic
I went to Prague over Christmas and it was one of the most beautiful and amazing trips I have ever been on. The xmas market was exactly everything I wanted it to be.
9. The Grand Canyon in Arizona
Nothing prepares you for just how immensely big the grand canyon is. You see it on TV and think, yeah it’s big and then your arrive at the South rim and just go … I need to upgrade my interpretation of big. – Finniemc
10. Sintra in Portugal
Summer playground of Lisbon’s wealthy when Portugal was still an economic powerhouse. All sorts of palaces, manors and estates ranging from opulent and exotic to esoteric and bizarre.
It’s like walking into a fairytale. Plus it’s situated in the hills near the coast which give it a really interesting microclimate with lots of moss, ferns and fog. – expanding_man
11. La Sagrada Familia in Spain
…In Barcelona is probably the most beautiful building I have ever been in. – sticky_chicken
12. The Taj Mahal in India
People complain that it is crowded and touristy, but almost every urban part of India is crowded, and the fact that you need a ticket for entry actually makes it less crowded than a lot of other areas. The architecture totally lives up to the hype, and the history behind it is amazing. – IAmNotScottBakula