Visiting the Statue of Liberty while in New York City is basically a right of passage. If a person goes on a family vacation to the Big Apple and does not board the ferry boat and get one of those pointy, green, foam Liberty hats, did the visit to NYC ever really happen?
The “Underwater Amazon”
Up until recently, the coral reefs off of the Indonesian coast of Raja Ampat, known as the “Underwater Amazon” were regarded as some of the most spectacular reefs the world had to offer. But that all changed in the most devastating way in 2017.
In March of that year, a British cruise ship accidentally crashed into the Underwater Amazon when it veered off of its usual route. The crash caused 1,600 square meters of the reef to be damaged. Experts say that it could take 100 years for the reef to rebuild, so it could be a while before anyone can take a tour of this breathtaking reef in all its pre-impact glory.
The Azure Window
For anyone who might not have seen the Malta’s Azure Window gracing the digital pages of paradise destination travel blog, or on seemingly-endless Instagram feeds of so-called “influencers,” they might recognise this beautiful rock formation from its brief featuring on HBO’s Game of Thrones. And it’s a good thing that the captivating limestone arch was captured on film before it disappeared forever.
After withstanding hundreds of storms throughout the years, it took one storm in March 2017 for one of the world’s most beautiful tourist attractions to come crashing down. But while Mother Nature herself was responsible for taking away this incredible landmark, some of the other bygone tourist attractions on this list met a much more shocking demise.
Kaimu Beach in Hawaii may be more popularly known as one of the island state’s world-renowned black sand beaches. The surprising and almost otherworldly sight of a beach covered in black sand instead of the usual glowing beige attracted thousands of tourists until 1990. Then, it all went up in flames. Literally.
In the early 1990s, while tourism was erupting, so was something else, specifically the legendary Kilauea Volcano. Lava from the eruption left Kaimu Beach and nearby town Kalapana buried under 50 feet of lava. Locals have been able to rebuild the town, but unfortunately the beach did not survive the devastation.
Vance Creek Bridge
It seems like “doing it for the ‘gram,” a phrase coined after Millennials began performing some death-defying stunts so that they could post outrageous Instagram pictures, has taken on new heights. And we mean that literally when it comes to the Vance Creek Bridge, the second tallest railway bridge in the U.S.
The bridge, originally built by a logging company and later abandoned, attracted tons of people looking for an adrenaline rush. But in 2014, the owners of the property shut the whole thing down out of fear that someone might get hurt trying to cross the bridge. Seems like some tourists were taking it a bridge too far.
New York Hippodrome
It’s not precisely that visiting the location of the old New York Hippodrome in Manhattan is impossible these days, but it might look just a little different than expected. That is because the once sprawling theater and cultural centre is now something very different.
The Hippodrome Theatre was once the biggest theatre in the world, boasting that it could hold 5,000 people. In its prime, the massive building hosted circuses, movies, and even performances by Harry Houdini before it finally closed its doors in 1939. Now visitors can still see the Hippodrome, but it has been transformed into an office building. Now that’s a bummer.
On this list of bygone tourist attractions are an incredible set of golden arches. And no, we’re not talking about a fast food restaurant. We are talking about one of the most beautiful sights in the world. Legzira Beach was known for its arched rock formations that made it a popular tourist attraction in Morocco, especially for viewing sunsets. But recently that all changed.
The Jeffrey Pine
If a tree falls on a mountain and no one is around to hear it, does it make a noise? For one very famous tree, the moment it fell, the world could practically hear the cries of all of its tree-loving fans. That tree was the Jeffrey Pine on top of Yosemite’s Sentinel Dome, one of the most photographed trees in the entire world.
The Jeffrey Pine became famous as being something out of a dystopian storybook when it was first photographed by Ansel Adams. Thousands of tourists have since photographed the now-bygone tourist attraction, and despite its other worldly look, it stood proud until it fell in 2003.