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
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5 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
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5 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
5 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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DariaB
Community Member
5 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
5 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
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5 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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AlepandaPandusco
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5 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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NataliaBerowska
Community Member
5 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.

Michel Guntern
Community Member
4 years ago

Band on, Natalia.

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AndrewHarpur
Community Member
5 years ago

Not true...been five time and it's always been spotless

El
Community Member
5 years ago

Agree, I've been there two times and both it was like paradise

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ShellyMazur
Community Member
5 years ago

That's fucking heart breaking. :(

WayneBeesley
Community Member
5 years ago

this is the world over - you get sold a bullshit vision but what you find is humans are ass holes and shit up their own environent - i have campaigned and fought against litter all my life but its a battle we are losing - land on mars? solve world poverty? find peace in the middle east? yeah right we cant even keep our own streets clean because of lazy vermin throwing their fast food crap everywhere......

AlimMohamed
Community Member
5 years ago

I live here and this is only true in a very few local islands, not the resorts you guys will vacation in

MuhammadFazeen
Community Member
5 years ago

You can see scenes like this on some islands but not in tourist resorts.

Michel Guntern
Community Member
4 years ago

Tourist Brochure vs Greenpeace Leaflet

GeraGuinandSchulz
Community Member
5 years ago

That's not quite true... I've been to the Maldives and it was real paradise! Not a bit of trash anywhere and white soft sand for miles!...

FatmaPındıkoglu
Community Member
5 years ago

This is not true, Furanafushi island is exactly like the first picture :)

FatmaPındıkoglu
Community Member
5 years ago

This is not true

Sarah-JaneHeath
Community Member
5 years ago

This isn't true - I've been to the Maldives a few times and it's always like Picture No 1 - absolutely ideallic and breathtaking.

CarissaChua
Community Member
5 years ago

That's because you went to the ones where hotels have taken good care of. Try going to public ones that are more frequented by locals instead of tourists.

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SarahHarvey
Community Member
5 years ago

The original photo was of a resort. The second photo was on a local island or an uninhabited island. Of course a resort won't have trash!!! Source: I lived in Maldives

DendenSolis
Community Member
5 years ago

This is not true. I worked there for 2 years and it is really a paradise.

NaaiIbrahim
Community Member
5 years ago

I live in the maldives. The first picture shows a resort beach and i have no idea where the 2nd picture is from. A resort beack would never look like that. Its cleaned twice a day. This entire article is a bit misleading

SiddharthChury
Community Member
5 years ago

This is so not true. I have myself visited 3 islands in the Maldives with really clean, pristine beaches.

AndrewHarpur
Community Member
5 years ago

This is not true

MarinellaMarinova
Community Member
5 years ago

Is this a joke? I've never seen any trash on island in Maldives. I could upload some pictures.

JoyceTurgo
Community Member
5 years ago

Been to some islands in Maldives, you will be able to see trashes on those islands without high-end resorts. JUst like Maafushi, the island is beautiful but I hope that the local will do something to keep the cleanliness in their island. Only islands with expensive resorts maintain cleanliness all over the place.

Donna Young
Community Member
4 years ago

Nope, but it's on my bucket list

Hannah Hollowell
Community Member
4 years ago

This one is so sad and depressing!!!

JimmyDamsgaard
Community Member
5 years ago

Near Male (the capital) is trash island. It's just a garbage dump really. The resorts are clean, because clearly they wouldn't make money otherwise. Now what I found most sad about living there - most people there, don't actually know how to swim...

GinoArduini
Community Member
5 years ago

never been, shame... shame people are so stupid to get paradise like a dumpsite

SusanStuart
Community Member
5 years ago

I went to the Maldives and there was no rubbish on the beaches.

JohnDoe
Community Member
5 years ago

This is actually sad

sebaschan
Community Member
5 years ago

no, no-one should be punished by death. I can be quite vocal about such topics involving death. for example, lets say execution. isn't that just legalised murder? killing someone with intention is murder, and that is what executions are. and don't get me started on abortion, that's also murder. killing an unborn child is wrong. I've got a lot of friends who agree with me. anyway I need to shut up or I'll rant on for days.... even Sebastian Michaelis will agree, and he's a manga demon, known for stealing tamashii...

SparoCraftOliviawl
Community Member
5 years ago

Sad what we do to this world

TammyChapman
Community Member
5 years ago

I'm glad to know that the first picture is one of the places I've always wanted to go. It's sad though that there is so much garbage that's washed ashore all over the world.

IlhamFuadi
Community Member
5 years ago

Its not fair comparing two different photos, better one is view at maldives resort, than comparing with maldives island (maybe male island). During my visited at the resort, there is very clean beach n cozy.

TaraTrainor
Community Member
5 years ago

wow....way to ruin paradise you stupid POS people...all of this makes me realize I am better off at home

ReshmaArora
Community Member
5 years ago

Exaggeration. Come on. I've been there. It's so close to the first pic

StuartMorgan
Community Member
5 years ago

This one isn't true, certainly not on the resort islands. One the local islands you do get some rubbish but tourists will never see that. It's only rubbish that is washed up its not the locals dumping it, you won't find people more aware of the environment than they are in the Maldives.

BeatrijsAnckaert
Community Member
5 years ago

auwch!!!!

SallyVogel
Community Member
5 years ago

This is waste from ships, from rivers where people dump their trash into them and they flow to the sea. It is a huge problem worldwide. Horrible. Humans are nature's worst mistake.

DonaDiani
Community Member
5 years ago

This is total bullocks, the Maldives are so sanitised, they have people working around the clock to clear rubbish from tourist islands

JoMcRae
Community Member
5 years ago

This rubbish has not been dropped there by people on the beach - it has been washed up from rubbish that has come from anywhere. There is a revolving pile of rubbish somewhere in the Atlantic, birds are starving because they eat our plastic.

RozEdelberg
Community Member
5 years ago

People are pigs and have no regard for these places. UGH !!!

LouWow
Community Member
5 years ago

Typical. That's humans for you.

TaniaDuran
Community Member
5 years ago

Triste :(

BernardStokes
Community Member
5 years ago

not my experience not my experience

TaniaDrobchenko
Community Member
5 years ago

True, the inhabited islands are like this, but the resort island are very clean, the problem is - they are a nation of tiny islands, they burn all the waste that can be burned, and ship to their capital tiny island all the other waste, then ship it to sri lanka. I wish there was some kind of cameras monitoring the shores for this waste, and the island citizens get fines for trashing

RicardoVaz
Community Member
5 years ago

Been there this year, it is true and a shame the trash everywhere. The locals throw everything overboard...

RobertBertrand-Righi
Community Member
5 years ago

the clean one is probably PRIVATE to the hotel

DavidLawson
Community Member
5 years ago

It's very dependent on the beach/island you're on.

GabrielaDanaOros
Community Member
5 years ago

private hotels beach and everybody's else beach

Murpy
Community Member
5 years ago

One's a resort, one's not. That simple in showing how much people actually care in preserving our world.

CristinaMartin
Community Member
5 years ago

Also not everywhere on the planet do countries have a proper waste system. What a snob way of thinking and not to say immature bea.

BettiBakos
Community Member
5 years ago

Sorry but the resort islands do look gorgeous....the second picture was taken on a local resindents' beach.

mydailyramen
Community Member
5 years ago

I am not going to Maldives anytime soon.

ReginaHazelrigg
Community Member
5 years ago

This really is devastating!!!

ManuelaPrandi
Community Member
5 years ago

is this real all that garbage???? I mean you go to Maldives and you find that????

RachaelKing
Community Member
5 years ago

This makes me feel so sad that people can thoughtlessly leave rubbish behind,,doesn't take much to take your junk away with you.

TenchyJefferson
Community Member
5 years ago

Which island is this? Because i went to COCO ISLAND last year and it was spotless , they have people rake the sand and pick up anything in the morning and at sunset. It was just like the picture.

RuminMann
Community Member
5 years ago

not true.. i was in maldives and its the first pic that is the true representation

PavelDaiana
Community Member
5 years ago

I was in Maldive and The first pictura is the real one

AinaClaur
Community Member
5 years ago

aww :(

AinaClaur
Community Member
5 years ago

awwww :(

AmbraBongiovanni
Community Member
5 years ago

This was after the tsunami

ElginaThomsen
Community Member
5 years ago

This is so true! I have been to very remote gorgeous island with white sand beaches full of human debris! So sad and disappointing!

ManchesterUnited
Community Member
5 years ago

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKAOfhyRMoA xD

AdeelAzhar
Community Member
5 years ago

This is not fair...wherever this pic was taken the fault lies on the hotel owning the island... I stayed at Iru Fushi and it was serene at the first picture

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#9

Walking Around Santorini Island, Greece

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LuisMilian
Community Member
5 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
5 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
5 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
5 years ago

True!

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#13

Watching The Stonehenge During Sunset, United Kingdom

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Crisher Entertainment Report

AmyFaith
Community Member
5 years ago

THIS IS SUMMER SOLSTICE. Normally you aren't allowed this close to the stones, so this picture is misleading.

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#14

Visiting Pyramids Of Giza In Cairo, Egypt

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Edward Ewert Report

Ada-LeeQuirk
Community Member
5 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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ArekCzuchraj
Community Member
5 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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YanayTsabary
Community Member
5 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
5 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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Kostas
Community Member
5 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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DanielGagliano
Community Member
5 years ago

its not even the same day wtf lol one is winter and one is summer what a joke how many of these are lies like this

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#20

Visiting The Acropolis Of Athens, Greece

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VaggelisKaradimas
Community Member
5 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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LenkaSmejkalová
Community Member
5 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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DianaLai
Community Member
5 years ago

That looks like Canada Day celebration. Does not look like

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#23

Exploring Arashiyama Bamboo Forest In Japan

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Daniel Peckham Report

ClaudiaLandry
Community Member
5 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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MaríaPazGreeneF
Community Member
5 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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AlexandraParvu
Community Member
5 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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SarahBirtwisleNewson
Community Member
5 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
5 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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ClarPanganiban
Community Member
5 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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ninjoun
Community Member
5 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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LauraGary-Domingue
Community Member
5 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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DariusB.
Community Member
5 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
5 years ago

not so forbidden then :P

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#33

Swimming With Dolphins

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Arty
Community Member
5 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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PandaBear
Community Member
5 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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DanielBonadiman
Community Member
5 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
5 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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JuliaKalcheva
Community Member
5 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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WendyMargarita
Community Member
5 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
5 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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LillianBlackburn
Community Member
5 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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