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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sergeymk Report

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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LRD Report

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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miguelangelpulidoj Report

LucaGiordano
Community Member
5 years ago

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

ValentinaDura
Community Member
5 years ago

or during the pope mass, maybe XD

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AntoineGagnon
Community Member
5 years ago

This is during the pope visit... Of course it will be packed!

DariaB
Community Member
5 years ago

Nobody's IN the water?!

PandaBear
Community Member
5 years ago

Where'd the beach go?

VickieCherry
Community Member
5 years ago

I've been in peak season and wasn't even close. Those are giant tvs and this is the World Cup. Lol. Not quite fair indeed

LisaTorrisi-Ruiz
Community Member
5 years ago

I was in Rio and it was NOT like this. There was room for everyone and there were no stands in the middle of the beach, so I have to ask what was going on at this time? Was there a concert or the world cup?

IsabeleRangel
Community Member
5 years ago

The pope.

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IlariaBoldorini
Community Member
5 years ago

this is during the WYD with pope Francisco!

LéoAlmeida
Community Member
5 years ago

bad imagem to show as example... it´s during a concert...

Michel Guntern
Community Member
4 years ago

I had a New Year's Eve like that and it was awesome.

WalériaVeloso
Community Member
5 years ago

This is was when we have Pope's visit... Although during the summer, beaches use to be a little crowded, it's not like this!

MiguelRausch
Community Member
5 years ago

Not just a concert, it's a Rolling Stones concert, with a million people attendance!

RozEdelberg
Community Member
5 years ago

Not when I was there !!!!

JOTA
Community Member
5 years ago

Not true!

GlaucoAugustoSouza
Community Member
5 years ago

this pic is a fake. when the beach in rio is crowded, you don't actually see people but the parasol tops, all colourful.

WayneBeesley
Community Member
5 years ago

this post isn't fair its never like this.....but all the other posts are horribly accurate

NormanGoh
Community Member
5 years ago

it is world cup in 2014 and Brazil is hosting.

BettyCosta
Community Member
5 years ago

If you don't go on weekends, it's just like the first pic most of the year. Awesome city. Awesome beaches, food, music, people, everything!

MarciaDuffy
Community Member
5 years ago

I've been to Rio many times and it only looks like this during protests, concerts or New Year's Eve!

MartaCampelo
Community Member
5 years ago

This picture was taken when the pope was in Rio. Not fair in dos! :)

ManuCarvalho
Community Member
5 years ago

This is during Word Cup, so actually flipping was not bad at all...

JenifferMedina
Community Member
5 years ago

I was there and it was as quiet as the first pic..is not fair wih this one.

JenifferMedina
Community Member
5 years ago

I was there and it was as quiet as the first pic.

TunTunNyee
Community Member
5 years ago

Obviously there's a concert who ever tried to compare and contrast this is a retard

AkshayKanwar
Community Member
5 years ago

Thisis BS was there a few months back and it was beautiful! This makes me discount the full document

AndreaMarton
Community Member
5 years ago

This is not real. I was there every day in a 2 weeks holiday and it was never crowded. Not even that crowded, like in the first picture... So don't be lie please.

MiriamVanWees
Community Member
5 years ago

been here a thousand times. this is a ridiculous exaggeration. the first picture is closer to the truth

JoãoPedroGato
Community Member
5 years ago

This was taken during the pope's visit. Think it is usually like this?

SébastienHaramendy
Community Member
5 years ago

Not fair : the second picture is from the 2013 JMJ when the Pope was visiting... I know pretty well Rio and you can easily sunbath... Maybe a little more complicated the weekends... bu that's it !

BeatrizMirela
Community Member
5 years ago

Isso é no carnaval, querido. This is in carnival parade, dear

KevinMunday
Community Member
5 years ago

Most of these images are incorrect as they depict places seen at certain times of day plus the over crowded ones tend to be during festivities

Aman
Community Member
3 months ago

Nice View

AndreFarias500
Community Member
1 year ago

Not fair, this is probably on Carnival or some enormous event!!!

Alexandra Bender
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

Not true. I lived on Ipanema for a year blocks away from the beach and went 3 times a day. It was always like the first photo. This has got to be some major event.

Denis Robson de Carvalho
Community Member
2 years ago

It isn't a concert, but the visit of Pope Francis!

Donna Young
Community Member
4 years ago

Whoops.......missed that

Hannah Hollowell
Community Member
4 years ago

Is there even any beach there:(

Juliana Aguiar
Community Member
4 years ago

That's not true,nobody is swimming,so it was for sure a concert duh

Mel Moore
Community Member
4 years ago

Yeah so true LuciaGiordano. I was there Done days before new year's eve and it was sooooo quiet then it was like this on nye

Bobbie Jo Olmo
Community Member
5 years ago

Why isn't anyone in the water

GinoArduini
Community Member
5 years ago

well, that's only on show day, guys

VictorMikaelTampos
Community Member
5 years ago

this is during the World Youth Day in 2013 and those are pilgrims. LOL

JuanPodhainy
Community Member
5 years ago

Esa foto es del día que tocaron los stones, había un millón de personas

InekeEngel
Community Member
5 years ago

Not sure if this photo is not photo shopped.

DanikaBell
Community Member
5 years ago

its gotta be an event, even the street is crowded with people.

AdamLucy
Community Member
5 years ago

I've been to that beach and it was still pretty much like the first picture, so yes the second was a little exaggerated.

ManchesterUnited
Community Member
5 years ago

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

TammyChapman
Community Member
5 years ago

Why is the ocean a different color??

AlexNg
Community Member
5 years ago

People pack Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro as Pope Francis celebrates the final Mass of his visit to Brazil. (Christophe Simon / AFP/Getty Images)

BrunoMello
Community Member
5 years ago

If I'm not mistaken it was a Rolling Stones free concert to break the world's Guinness Record. Not fair at all

SarahSmith
Community Member
5 years ago

lol not even the same beach one is copacabana during youth festival

KTTrondsen
Community Member
5 years ago

A bit misleading considering there is a concert going on....

GangadharanKrishnan
Community Member
5 years ago

Hey! The farthest end is relatively vacant

BeatrijsAnckaert
Community Member
5 years ago

antsnest....!?!?!

CharlotteHukvari
Community Member
5 years ago

That's after someone yells "SHARK!".

AviIyer
Community Member
5 years ago

anybody notice the very end of the beach when you flip it? its empty!

NardongPutik
Community Member
5 years ago

Beach infested with humans.

BettyCosta
Community Member
5 years ago

If you don't go on weekends, its just as the first pic

KarishmaChand
Community Member
5 years ago

Oh Puhlease! This was obviously during a concert, it is still beautiful :)

ArturReinard
Community Member
5 years ago

Bullshit - this is famous picture taken from World Youth Day.

GabrielaDanaOros
Community Member
5 years ago

summer and winter season

EmileeWhitmarsh
Community Member
5 years ago

Like seals warming their blubber.

DeborahRamirez
Community Member
5 years ago

This is all sarcasm, come on people! gee

KathyLeicht
Community Member
5 years ago

Your flip is not reality. We've been down there quite a few times and it's a lovely beach. Your pic had to be taken during an event. Tsk, tsk.

BethanyHill
Community Member
5 years ago

either a concert or carnival, surely

GlynisLailann
Community Member
5 years ago

Jeez, I thought Durban Beach was bad on New Years Day.

AmandaHarlow
Community Member
5 years ago

Maybe all pickpockets ?

AmandaHarlow
Community Member
5 years ago

Are they all pickpockets? We were there 20 mins and lost our wallet. . .

LindaAllison
Community Member
5 years ago

The music, swelling like the waves, only 20 drowned that day...

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#7

Taking A Peaceful Gondola Ride In Venice, Italy

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Lumi Toma Report

JaninMatuschak
Community Member
5 years ago

Plus this costs you a whole fortune (as everything in Venice does)!

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#8

Relaxing On The Gorgeous Beaches Of Maldives

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Alexander Brown Report

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.

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#9

Walking Around Santorini Island, Greece

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paowmagazine Report

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

HeidiTalumaa
Community Member
5 years ago

Still beautiful

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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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Rilind H Report

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

AngieWalker
Community Member
5 years ago

I agree with Debbie. I've been there and apart from the fact you can't enter so close to the monument the last few years -in the photo above it's an exception- and the museum is small, the whole area is basically empty even at the peak of it. There were even sheep starring at us from the neighboring fence!

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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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Barry Bishop Report

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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PeterJot Report

WendyMargarita
Community Member
5 years ago

This ones ok. I was there. It was a fun ambiance.

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#17

Admiring Little Mermaid In Copenhagen, Denmark

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wallpaperswiki.com Report

LucieLeroy
Community Member
5 years ago

I went there in february and yep... was like that..

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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
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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Ekabhishek Report

ZerinaBermudez
Community Member
5 years ago

yeah, I've been to Central Park a couple times and it wasn't nearly that packed..

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#20

Visiting The Acropolis Of Athens, Greece

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imgur.com Report

AngieWalker
Community Member
5 years ago

That's basically a really bad photo of the building NEXT to the Parthenon called "Erechtheum"...

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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
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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KP Tripathi Report

DinaGA
Community Member
5 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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Daniel Peckham Report

DariaB
Community Member
5 years ago

This is actually better than expected.

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#24

Camping In The Himalayas

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Michael Kodas Report

MaríaPazGreeneF
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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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soumikdatta09 Report

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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Cebb Photographies Report

NicholasYu
Community Member
5 years ago

I went there four times trying to get a perfect shot. Never gonna happen unless someone sneaks you in. Tour groups enter 24/7 from BOTH ends, ensuring foot traffic.

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#27

Having Family Fun Time At The Water Park

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AP Report

JaninMatuschak
Community Member
5 years ago

That's a water park somewhere in China...it's really that full. And while most water parks are crowded in the summe it's nowhere nearly that bad. xD

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#28

Admiring Wat Rong Khun Temple In Thailand

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Ying Tong Low Report

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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Joan Gamell Report

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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Walter Weinberg Report

ShellyMazur
Community Member
5 years ago

What are goosebums?

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#31

Walking Across The Capilano Suspension Bridge In Vancouver, Canada

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Michelle Lee Report

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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Neal Mcfarlane Report

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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HellonEarth2006 Report

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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Satoko Kawasaki Report

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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Mike Report

SandirLeonardo
Community Member
5 years ago

I was in Barcelona in November and Casa Mila was not covered...

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#38

Admiring The Breathtaking Machu Picchu Scenery, Peru

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Ricardo Shuck Report

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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Trey Ratcliff Report

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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Mike Oria Report

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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