With American life largely on pause during the coronavirus pandemic, the country’s favorite tourist destinations have emptied out. While the flashy lights haven’t gone dark in New York’s Times Square, the streets are barren. Seattle’s famed Space Needle is temporarily closed to visitors, but its live webcam is streaming panoramic views of a quiet city.
From coast to coast, here’s a glimpse at what some of America’s most popular tourist destinations look like as the country follows stay-at-home orders and is mindful of travel restrictions.
The Las Vegas Strip (Las Vegas, Nevada)
From coast to coast, here’s a glimpse at what some of America’s most popular tourist destinations look like as the country follows stay-at-home orders and is mindful of travel restrictions. The Las Vegas Strip (Las Vegas, Nevada) With the cha-ching of slot machines and the neon lights illuminating Las Vegas Boulevard, the Las Vegas Strip is usually a lively destination that parties all night long. More than 42 million visitors descend on Sin City every year, and 20 percent of tourists come from international destinations. With casinos and iconic hotels shut down amid the coronavirus pandemic, though, here’s a eerily quiet glimpse of what The Strip looks like.Source: ERIK KABIK/MEDIAPUNCH/IPX
The French Quarter (New Orleans, Louisiana)
Usually thrumming with energy and live music, the French Quarter looks like a ghost town. Just a month ago, more than 1 million people gathered in the Big Easy to celebrate Mardi Gras. New Orleans has been especially hard hit amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and may become one of the next epicenters.Source: GETTY IMAGES
Times Square (New York City)
Every year, 50 million people visit New York City’s Times Square and about 340,000 pedestrians crossing through the area on any given day. While the flashing lights and giant digital boulevards are still illuminating the tourist zone, the area is empty of costumed charachters, musicians and crowds. The city is in a lockdown amid the coronavirus outbreak.Source: GETTY IMAGES
Vail Ski Resort (Vail, Colorado)
Usually, the clip-clop of ski boots set the soundtrack of Vail Village this time of year, as Coloradans and powder-loving tourists squeeze in a few more weekends of skiing. But, because of a rapid Coronavirus spread in Colorado’s high country, the gondolas have grinded to a halt and the resorts have shut down early. ““Never would I have believed that a global pandemic would force the temporary closure of our world-class ski resorts,” Colorado Governor Jared Polis, who has been skiing since age 4, said in a news release announcing the executive order in mid-March.Source: ASSOCIATED PRESS
Space Needle (Seattle, Washington)
While the Space Needle is temporarily shut down amid the coronavirus pandemic, the observation tower still has its live webcam running giving virtual visitors a panoramic bird’s-eye view of Seattle, which, not surprisingly is awfully quiet right now.Source: ASSOCIATED PRESS
National Mall (Washington, D.C.)
Usually, the nation’s capital fills with tourists this time of year who want to get a glimpse of the cherry blossom blooms. The National Park Service urged people to stay home this year and enacted traffic restrictions to reduce crowds. The 2020 National Cherry Blossom Festival was canceled, museums are temporarily shuttered and online ticket sales to the Washington Monument Online are suspended, according to Washington, D.C. tourism officials.Source: GETTY IMAGES
Lombard Street (San Francisco, California)
A beloved tourist attraction, an empty Lombard Street looks like a garden snake in this aerial photo. Eight hairpin turns are crammed into a single block. The San Francisco Bay Area issued the first stay-at-home orders in the United States. While it’s jarring to see what some of the nation’s most bustling destinations look like during the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s good to see that people are practicing proper social distancing.Source: GETTY IMAGES
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