You know the feeling when you anticipate something so much that you tend to idolize the picture and when it actually happens, it turns that your expectations surpassed the real thing by miles? Yes, it's called a disappointment, and it happens way more often than it should when traveling to the most famous vacation destinations and places to visit. These days most people don't wear rose-colored glasses, they opt for an Instagram filter instead. Which is why traveling has become so disheartening—where are those idyllic beaches that you saw online? It was better when we could only read about those exotic places to travel and imagine them; now, ruined by Instagram, your travel ideas will never match up to reality.

So come, join us—pull back the veil and see the Truth of travel impressions for yourself. Bored Panda has collected this list of travel expectation VS reality. Which false advertising photo has the best let-down photo? You can also check out these famous places to go zoomed out to show their surroundings.

More info: (h/t: traveltriangle)

#1

Visiting The Great Wall Of China

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Zhu Difeng Report

FatéméAhmadi
Community Member
4 years ago

I prefer to see the photos and enjoy...

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#2

Taking Photos With Leaning Tower Of Pisa In Italy

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Martin Parr Report

DariaB
Community Member
4 years ago

Ahahaah!!! Looks like a Stephen Chow style kung-fu lesson.

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#3

Admiring Mona Lisa In Louvre Museum, Paris, France

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ElnetoCibrian
Community Member
4 years ago

I was there, totally true There was people waiting only for the selfie, nobody was even looking Lisa :(

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#4

Having A Picnic Near The Eiffel Tower In Paris, France

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LRD Report

DariaB
Community Member
4 years ago

Soooooo romantic.....

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#5

Learning A New Hobby On A Ski Trip

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More Kids Than Suitcases Report

PandaBear
Community Member
4 years ago

Why isn't this one up the top!? This is the best one yet

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#6

Sunbathing In The Famous Beach Of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

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LucaGiordano
Community Member
4 years ago

that is not quite fair :-) that is during a concert on that beach :-)

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#7

Taking A Peaceful Gondola Ride In Venice, Italy

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Lumi Toma Report

AlepandaPandusco
Community Member
4 years ago

I've never seen such a traffic jam in the canal!

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#8

Relaxing On The Gorgeous Beaches Of Maldives

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Alexander Brown Report

NataliaBerowska
Community Member
4 years ago

Actually the difference between this images is simple. One was taking in expensive hotel where probably someone cleans the beach and other was taking on the public beach where inhabitants don't give a sh*t about it.

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#9

Walking Around Santorini Island, Greece

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paowmagazine Report

LuisMilian
Community Member
4 years ago

this one was my next vacation pick....back to research mode.

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#10

Checking Out The Breathtaking Glory Of The Taj Mahal, India

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Marvin Bartels Report

GerardHollestelle
Community Member
4 years ago

Go there at six in the morning and the first picture is reality

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#11

Enjoying Your Private Moments On The Beaches Of Thailand

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Gunter Flegar Report

NotchimineMette
Community Member
4 years ago

This place was way more crowded when I was there. And the petrol fumes were stifling... I was sooo upset.

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#12

Admiring The Trevi Fountain In Rome, Italy

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SandirLeonardo
Community Member
4 years ago

True!

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#13

Watching The Stonehenge During Sunset, United Kingdom

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Crisher Entertainment Report

Debbie
Community Member
4 years ago

Please note: I am from the UK and only on the longest day of the year ( summer solstice) do people gather to watch the sun rising. ( This image is quite misleading as it gives the impression it's always like this! ).

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#14

Visiting Pyramids Of Giza In Cairo, Egypt

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Edward Ewert Report

Ada-LeeQuirk
Community Member
4 years ago

Best to arrive either very, very early n the day, or later in the afternoon or evening. And bring a lot of bottled water, it's hot as blazes and waiting in one can be very overwhelming. Plus I wouldn't advise going up in the pyramid if you have any claustrophbia. It's hot, dark, and has no air flow.

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#15

Climbing Mount Everest, Nepal

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Barry Bishop Report

ArekCzuchraj
Community Member
4 years ago

Hillary Steps always crowded , beside there is 4-6 weeks weather window and from it only 2 weeks for summit attack , as well sinc 90's commercial tour operators took over this rock , from first climb in 53 numbers of 'climbers' went ballistic , you have money , you go everest ... Fukcud up a bit

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#16

Hanging Out At The Spanish Steps In Italy With Your Sweetheart

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PeterJot Report

YanayTsabary
Community Member
4 years ago

Who is this model?? I swear to god I see her everywhere it's starting to get creepy

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#17

Admiring Little Mermaid In Copenhagen, Denmark

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JesperBové
Community Member
4 years ago

No matter what, the first one is photoshopped, she is not sitting with open water in the background but in the harbour of CPH. And yes she is tiny, hence the name, Little Mermaid.

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#18

Enjoying St. Peter's Square Before Entering The Beautiful Basilica In Vatican City

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Erik Gamache Report

Kostas
Community Member
4 years ago

this line moves very fast. it's just for the metal detector and dress code control

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#19

Walking In Sheep Meadow, In New York's Central Park, United States

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Ekabhishek Report

Debbie
Community Member
4 years ago

Come on people!!! This was just taken on a very hot day. Not really fair!!!!!

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#20

Visiting The Acropolis Of Athens, Greece

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imgur.com Report

VaggelisKaradimas
Community Member
4 years ago

Well, the photo "after" shows Propylaia of Acropolis and not Parthenon. The temple is at the back of the photographer.

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#21

Visiting Hall Of Mirrors In The Palace Of Versailles, France

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Wikimedia Commons Report

LenkaSmejkalová
Community Member
4 years ago

I was there and hall wasn't full like that, just few groups of people

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#22

Admiring The Glorious Niagara Falls, Which Marks The Border Between Canada And USA

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KP Tripathi Report

DianaLai
Community Member
4 years ago

That looks like Canada Day celebration. Does not look like

AndreaMurphy
Community Member
4 years ago

The Niagra Falls one is not true. I live 30 mins away. It is not that busy. Usualy very calm.

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EliazaraCampbell
Community Member
4 years ago

lol what a lie!! That was when Nik Wallenda walked over the Falls on a tightrope!!! It is NEVER that busy lol

CassandraMisale
Community Member
4 years ago

Exactly, this was the Nik Wallenda tightrope walk. I live 10 minutes away. It's never overcrowded. You can really enjoy the beauty without being pushed or shoved.

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ValerieRyder
Community Member
4 years ago

I've gone to Niagara Falls all my life, and it is busy on occasion, but not like this. Only during special events, like New Years and Canada Day. The busiest part is the line up for the maid of the mist. Other than that, it's very easy to walk around and take in the beautiful view.

LeFlax
Community Member
4 years ago

this looks totally photoshoped!

Martin
Community Member
4 years ago

I can see Superman flying into the falls to rescue that kid !

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AmandaMitschele
Community Member
4 years ago

I have been there more times than I can count and it's NEVER been that crowded

Person2638
Community Member
3 years ago

When I went there, it was crowded, but not as crowded.

Michel Guntern
Community Member
4 years ago

You're having a laugh.

Michel Guntern
Community Member
4 years ago

Reality strikes. 1p_niagra-...627b74.jpg 1p_niagra-5782c11627b74.jpg

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MelodyHalliday
Community Member
4 years ago

That was taken when Nik Wallenda walked the tightrope across the falls. It's a busy enough place, but not that crowded!

JimiCampbell
Community Member
4 years ago

That was when Wallendas walked the tight rope. Normally not like this

CuriousCat
Community Member
4 years ago

this was taken when the due was on the tight rope. Its always quiet at the falls.. lots of spots to view and relax!

ChrisSmith
Community Member
4 years ago

The "Reality" picture is during Nik Wallenda's walk across the falls.

CandiceJolander
Community Member
4 years ago

That must be Canada Day or something. It really is gorgeous there, Canada side ;)

DebraMacFarlane
Community Member
4 years ago

I grew up in St. Catharines and have been here hundreds of times and this would be a rare crowd.

LeisaHennessy
Community Member
4 years ago

The croud was when that guy was walking across the falls so false representation ..

DanielaCarrascoRuizGonzález
Community Member
4 years ago

lie!

Alexandra Bender
Community Member
1 year ago

Dude no lol. Been three times, summer twice and fall once, never any crowds.

SPRY
Community Member
1 year ago

is that a painting? or just bad quality? the trees and tents look almost fake.

Sir John McPoopington XVII Jr (Help Man)
Community Member
3 years ago

I call bullshit on this one. I went peak season in 2015 and it was perfectly fine.

Annabell Curci-Wallis
Community Member
3 years ago

On regular days it is never that full.... not even close

Kagonya Ogola
Community Member
3 years ago

I was there before it's not like that

Kagonya Ogola
Community Member
3 years ago

I was there before and it isn't like that

Gina Marbury
Community Member
3 years ago

Looks like this was some sort of event, even at the fireworks it wasn't this crowded

AmandaAnger-Augustine
Community Member
4 years ago

This was when Nick Walenda was walking across the falls the only time it is ever really that full is when there is a major summer holiday or some stunt

TammyCoull
Community Member
4 years ago

Photoshopped!! I live here and there is no way it was this busy....even when Nik Walked across the falls.

KeithTruesdell
Community Member
4 years ago

Actually this is/was when Nik Wallenda walked across niagara falls on a tight rope. It made international news and was broadcast live on several stations .... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtbzvn0umEo ...normally its not even close to that and those lights and ropes aren't even there anymore

DavidA.Rodriguez
Community Member
4 years ago

This is BS. I've been there twice. Once in late winter early spring round noon, and in the summer. There wasn't a quarter of the people shown. This must be a special event.

AgnesAuxiliatrix
Community Member
4 years ago

Tja, not true when I was there. There was a moderate amount of people there for me

ashlingwolf
Community Member
4 years ago

This one is fake. Sorry, but the photos weren't even taken around the same time in day- night, causing the lighting to be very different. Plus, like DianaLai said, this is a lot more crowded than a normal day at the falls.

Martin
Community Member
4 years ago

Another totally fake picture; the crowd is lit by daylight even though its night

KarenChaddock
Community Member
4 years ago

I've been here on several occasions and have never seen it as busy as this, ever.

BevBooth
Community Member
4 years ago

Nothing like that when we went, some crowds but able to get amazing views - and it was peak season!

ValleyGirl
Community Member
4 years ago

Wrong! I've been there and the crowds were very manageable. Is say this is as bad as it gets. Our view was the first photo. We were there in early October.

JayMonthon
Community Member
4 years ago

I was there twice. This never happened to me, it could be some celebration day.

MikkieBaker
Community Member
4 years ago

yeah i have to agree i went to niagara in May last year, beautiful weather and it more resembled the first picture than the last.. if i hadnt been with the people I had been with we could have had a nice quiet picnic

ShirleyHelm
Community Member
4 years ago

I have visited twice and it was never like this!

ZuhaQureshi
Community Member
4 years ago

Yeah, this is probably one of the firework shows: either way its always amazing seeing the falls.

BrookeGieni
Community Member
4 years ago

That's irrelevant. It's always so quiet at the falls

TerriGold
Community Member
4 years ago

This is not a realistic photo. Not a realistic photo with those crowds.

JaniceVance
Community Member
4 years ago

I have been lucky enough to visit Niagra twice and it was not like this! obv taken on Canada Day or some other big celebration

LindaAllison
Community Member
4 years ago

How long did the photographer hang around waiting for just the right "crowed" photo?

VojtaDe
Community Member
4 years ago

This is quite exaggerated. It's not like this everyday, that's for sure.

PatrickPrue
Community Member
4 years ago

Thats a street there so it never has that kinda of people traffic on it save for something like a Canada Day celebration

ChrisSmith
Community Member
4 years ago

This was taken the night of Nik Wallenda's walk across the Falls.

gladys
Community Member
4 years ago

Bullshit.. and i was there in the summer...

WilliamMartinez
Community Member
4 years ago

That's during summer people

Erza
Community Member
4 years ago

Obvious photo shop

AllisonCheung
Community Member
4 years ago

Used to went there a lot, it's definitely not true.

MaryVeronica
Community Member
4 years ago

Not accurate. I've been there many, many times. We laughed at this picture!

DinaCrafts
Community Member
4 years ago

Does not like that on a normal day only for special events... So go there and enjoy it when there is no special events.... You won't get disappointed .... Well worth going... I live not to far from here and I keep going back as often as I can!!!!

CherylKaufman
Community Member
4 years ago

I visit twice and a year and it's never looked like that.

EwaZiembińska
Community Member
4 years ago

Not true :D

AlexandriaMendes
Community Member
4 years ago

That's very misleading. I was there and there were barely any people.

AlexandriaMendes
Community Member
4 years ago

That's misleading. I was there and there were barely any other people.

MariolaKajzer
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4 years ago

noooo way MG_4114-2.jpg MG_4114-2.jpg

RudolfMenon
Community Member
4 years ago

not so bad...

ClaudiaLandry
Community Member
4 years ago

Whoa, wait a minute. I don't know what is going on in the second picture but that's not what it looks like normally. Been there twice and the view was great, not much of a crowd.

CourtneyMcCoy
Community Member
4 years ago

I have been like 3 times and yes it is crowded but not like this ...

FaraWheld
Community Member
4 years ago

It wasn't like this at all when we went. There were no massive lights glaring, there were a handful of tourists... but this is ridiculous. Not a fair depiction.

DinaGA
Community Member
4 years ago

I've been there a few times (in winter) and it wasn't like this at all

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#23

Exploring Arashiyama Bamboo Forest In Japan

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ClaudiaLandry
Community Member
4 years ago

It really isn't that bad actually. Quite a pleasant walk and not that much people, especially in the morning.

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#24

Camping In The Himalayas

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Michael Kodas Report

MaríaPazGreeneF
Community Member
4 years ago

Both are really pretty though <3

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#25

Walking By The Howrah Bridge In Kolkata, India

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soumikdatta09 Report

AlexandraParvu
Community Member
4 years ago

the garbage is still there, in the first photo

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#26

Exploring Antelope Canyon Arizona, USA

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Cebb Photographies Report

SarahBirtwisleNewson
Community Member
4 years ago

We went out of season and we were the only ones in there

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#27

Having Family Fun Time At The Water Park

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AP Report

DavidGallagher
Community Member
4 years ago

The family appears to be in a hotel, and swimming pools in hotels are often empty enough. As for public pools in China...I'm sorry but no amount of heat would ever make me want to dive in there. How is that remotely enjoyable? I'd have a panic attack.

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#28

Admiring Wat Rong Khun Temple In Thailand

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Ying Tong Low Report

ClarPanganiban
Community Member
4 years ago

We've been here on a touristy season and there's not this much people. Maybe it just depends on the time and season? These two photos are not even the same angles! lol. So one-sided.

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#29

Enjoying James Bond Island In Thailand

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Joan Gamell Report

ninjoun
Community Member
4 years ago

if second pic gets saturated it will be quite good.

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#30

Getting Goosebums In Front Of The Ancient Temple Of Abu Simbel In Egypt

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Walter Weinberg Report

LauraGary-Domingue
Community Member
4 years ago

I don't know if I'd want to get the "goosebums." Is that like the chicken pox?

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#31

Walking Across The Capilano Suspension Bridge In Vancouver, Canada

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Michelle Lee Report

DariusB.
Community Member
4 years ago

good enough for me

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#32

Visiting The Forbidden City In Beijing, China

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DariusB.
Community Member
4 years ago

not so forbidden then :P

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#33

Swimming With Dolphins

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Arty
Community Member
4 years ago

you don't swim with dolphins! You touch some poor animal prisoner in a few square meters. Please don't do that!

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#34

Visiting The Sydney Opera House, Australia

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Neal Mcfarlane Report

PandaBear
Community Member
4 years ago

I must say…It isn't always this crowded.

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#35

Tasting Thailand’s Exotic Food In Bangkok, Thailand

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HellonEarth2006 Report

DanielBonadiman
Community Member
4 years ago

These two photos are from different places, one photo is from a floating market outside of Bangkok way less crowded than the one close to the city.

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#36

Anytime You're Admiring The Blooming Sakura Trees

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DanielBonadiman
Community Member
4 years ago

These two photos are from different places, one in in Kyoto and the other probably Ueno park in Tokyo. This comparison makes no sense.

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#37

Exploring The Amazing Architectural Details Of Gaudi's Casa Mila In Barcelona, Spain

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Mike Report

JuliaKalcheva
Community Member
4 years ago

Casa Mila was covered for restoration in 2014, that's old news! Last October was amasing and fully uncovered!

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#38

Admiring The Breathtaking Machu Picchu Scenery, Peru

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Ricardo Shuck Report

WendyMargarita
Community Member
4 years ago

GO EARLY! I was there before the influx of tour buses came in! And it was sooooo worth it!

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#39

Exploring The Pristine Temples Of Angkor Wat, Cambodia

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Jessica
Community Member
4 years ago

I went alone, before the sunrise. Magical.

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#40

Enjoying A Hike In Yosemite National Park, United States

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Mike Oria Report

LillianBlackburn
Community Member
4 years ago

Having spent considerable time at Yosemite I can say the second photo is of a very touristy 'scenic view', but there are plenty of places to be all alone, if you are willing to get out into the woods.

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