May 3rd, 2007


That travel meme

A travel meme via persona and amandajane5:

Bold where you've been; italicize where you'd like to go.

  1. Times Square, New York City, NY: 35 million visitors every year
  2. National Mall & Memorial Parks, Washington, D.C. (Washington Monument, Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials, the war memorials): About 25 million
  3. Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, Lake Buena Vista, Fla.: 16.6 million
  4. Trafalgar Square, London, England: 15 million
  5. Disneyland Park, Anaheim, Calif.: 14.7 million
  6. Niagara Falls, Ontario and New York: 14 million
  7. Fisherman’s Wharf/Golden Gate National Recreation Area, San Francisco, Calif.: 13 million
  8. Tokyo Disneyland/DisneySea, Tokyo, Japan: 12.9 million
  9. Notre Dame de Paris, Paris, France: 12 million
  10. Disneyland Paris, Marne-La-Vallee, France: 10.6 million
  11. The Great Wall of China, Badaling area, China: About 10 million
  12. The Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Tennessee/North Carolina: 9.2 million
  13. Universal Studios Japan, Osaka, Japan: 8.5 million
  14. Basilique du Sacré-Coeur de Montmartre, Paris, France: 8 million
  15. Musée du Louvre, Paris, France: 7.5 million
  16. Everland (amusement park), Kyonggi-Do, South Korea: 7.5 million
  17. The Forbidden City/Tiananmen Square, Beijing, China: At least 7 million
  18. Eiffel Tower, Paris, France: 6.7 million
  19. Universal Studios/Islands of Adventure at Universal Orlando, Fla: 6 million
  20. SeaWorld Florida, Orlando, Fla: 5,740,000
  21. Pleasure Beach (amusement park), Blackpool, England: 5.7 million
  22. Lotte World (amusement park), Seoul, South Korea: 5.5 million
  23. Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise, Japan: 5.4 million
  24. Hong Kong Disneyland, China: 5.2 million
  25. Centre Pompidou, Paris, France: 5.1 million
  26. Tate Modern, London, England: 4.9 million
  27. British Museum, London, England: 4.8 million
  28. Universal Studios Los Angeles, Calif.: 4.7 million
  29. National Gallery, London, England: 4.6 million
  30. Metropolitan Museum, New York, NY: 4.5 million
  31. Grand Canyon, Ariz.: 4.4 million
  32. Tivoli Gardens (amusement park), Copenhagen, Denmark: 4.4 million
  33. Ocean Park (amusement park), Hong Kong, China: 4.38 million
  34. Busch Gardens (amusement park), Tampa Bay, Fla.: 4.36 million
  35. SeaWorld California, San Diego, Calif.: 4.26 million
  36. Statue of Liberty, New York, NY: 4.24 million
  37. The Vatican and its museums, Rome, Italy: 4.2 million
  38. Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia: More than 4 million
  39. The Coliseum, Rome, Italy: 4 million
  40. American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY: 4 million
  41. Grauman’s Chinese Theater, Hollywood, Calif.: 4 million
  42. Empire State Building, New York, NY: 4 million
  43. Natural History Museum, London, England: 3.7 million
  44. The London Eye, London, England: 3.5 million
  45. Palace of Versailles, France: 3.45 million
  46. Yosemite National Park, Calif.: 3.44 million
  47. Pyramids of Giza, Egypt: 3 million
  48. Pompeii, Italy: 2.5 million
  49. Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia: 2.5 million
  50. Taj Mahal, Agra, India: 2.4 million

Eighteen out of 50. I don't know where this list came from, but I can tell you for sure it's not particularly accurate. The most popular museum in the world is the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, which attracts some 9 million visitors a year, and yet it appear nowhere on this list. Unless they've lumped it and the other Smithsonian museums in with the other attractions on the National Mall.

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Ten random things: May 3

Ten people whose handprints are set in concrete in front of Grauman's Chinese Theater:

  1. Joan Fontaine
  2. Marilyn Monroe
  3. Jean Harlow
  4. Bob Hope
  5. Charles Nelson
  6. Irene Dunne
  7. Jane Wyman
  8. Ezio Pinza
  9. The Marx Brothers
  10. Jack Nicholson

Who, you may ask, is Charles Nelson? He won a "Talent Quest" in 1949, shared his handprint ceremony with Richard Widmark, and went on to a life of complete obscurity, so far as I could tell from a Google search. The Taylor Hicks of his day, perhaps.

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Travel meme, take two

I've come up with some tourist destinations that I think probably should have been included on that list that makes up the travel meme that's going around:

  1. Epcot
  2. Disney-MGM Studios
  3. Disney's Animal Kingdom

    For some reason, the original list included only the Magic Kingdom. But the three parks listed above had estimated attendances of 10.5 million, 9.1 million, and 8.9 million in 2006, so they should have been on the list too. Of course, the more sensible thing to do would be to just list Walt Disney World as a whole, as they did with the various monuments and (apparently) museums on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
  4. The Las Vegas Strip

    Las Vegas attracts 65 million visitors a year. I don't know how many of those visitors spent any time on the strip, but I'll bet a huge number of them did.
  5. Grant Park, Chicago

    If we're counting visitors to the Smithsonian museums as visitors to the National Mall, then we certainly must count visitors to the Art Institute of Chicago, the Field Museum, the Adler Planetarium, the Shedd Aquarium, and Soldier Field among the visitors to Grant Park. Add to those the people who go to the park for Taste of Chicago, the Independence Day fireworks, the Jazz and Blues Festivals, and Lollapalooza, and I'm sure you've got enough people to knock the Taj Mahal off the list.
  6. Lincoln Park, Chicago

    The Lincoln Park Zoo attracts in excess of 4 million visitors a year. There's also a golf course, a couple of museums, a theater, and the usual assortment of recreational facilities you normally find in parks, only a lot more of them because the place is so damn big.
  7. Balboa Park, San Diego

    Balboa Park is home to several museums, not to mention the San Diego Zoo, which by itself attracts 3.2 million visitors a year.
  8. Central Park, New York

    Annual attendance at Central Park is estimated at 25 million. That may or may not include the 4.5 million people who (according to the meme) visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which is located on park grounds, or the 18 people who, according to the Census Bureau, live in the park.

And there are probably a dozen more urban parks here in the U.S. that I could mention as well, to say nothing of those overseas. Does anyone know where this list came from? I have many wonders about how it was compiled.