Cliché is Okay: World’s Most Touristy Hoods

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Apr 1, 2013 —  Not every neighborhood in the world can be a trendy, hidden gem. But that’s a good thing. Tourists flock to the same places day after day, year after year, because at one point the spot was innovative, fresh, and influential, and now has the landmark status to prove it.

The National Mall in Washington, D.C.’s Capitol Hill is flooded with kids on field trips, patriotic revelers, international visitors, and thousands of others looking for a glimpse into America’s storied past. There are opportunities for great reflection in the shadows of the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, and White House.

Similarly, excursionists in Rome’s Centro neighborhood get swept up in the history of the 2,000-year-old Pantheon, enjoying a front-row view of the architectural masterpiece while sipping espressos in the Piazza della Rotonda. 

In Boston’s Little Italy, located in the historic North End section of town, hundreds of sightseers hit up Paul Revere’s old digs on the city-spanning Freedom Trail before heading to Hanover Street for gnocchi, rigatoni, and chicken parm.

Central London is just as packed – if not more so – than its tourist-trap counterparts in America and Italy. Experience the area by taking a self-guided pub crawl through plazas like Piccadilly Circus or Leicester Square. The beer buzz it provides will make nearby Trafalgar Square, which is always crammed with tourists, infinitely more pleasant. 

These neighborhoods might not be secrets anymore, but as the cliché goes, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

  • Red Light District

    Amsterdam

    Red Light District, Amsterdam.
  • Las Ramblas

    Barcelona

    Las Ramblas, Barcelona.
  • Mitte

    Berlin

    Mitte, Berlin.
  • North End

    Boston

    North End, Boston.
  • The Loop

    Chicago

    The Loop, Chicago.
  • Around the Duomo

    Florence

    Around the Duomo, Florence.
  • Central London

    London

    Central London, London.
  • Hollywood

    Los Angeles

    Hollywood, Los Angeles.
  • Sol (El Centro)

    Madrid

    Sol (El Centro), Madrid.
  • City Center

    Munich

    City Center, Munich.
  • Midtown

    New York

    Midtown, New York.
  • Champs-Élysées - 8eme

    Paris

    Champs-Élysées - 8eme, Paris.
  • Centro

    Rome

    Centro, Rome.
  • Fisherman's Wharf

    San Francisco

    Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco.
  • San Marco

    Venice

    San Marco, Venice.
  • Capitol Hill

    Washington, DC

    Capitol Hill, Washington, DC.
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