If you’ve ever wanted to visit the Eiffel Tower, Colosseum, or Statue of Liberty, you should know that you’re likely to come across hordes of slow-moving tourists taking selfies at any popular tourist attraction.
This week the Louvre Museum in Paris was even forced to close for a day due to its overcrowding problem. (Some union representations at the museum have said tourists have stifled the Mona Lisa renovations, crammed them into tight and impassable spaces.)
Without being a foolthe proof, there are some effective strategies for avoiding tourists while visiting popular travel hot spots; Just be sure to book your tickets in advance and use the city-pass option at your destination.
Book in the off-season or off-season
If you plan ahead, the easiest way to avoid the tourist crowds is to visit during the low season, which will vary depending on your destination..
In Europe, the high season is summer and the low season is generally from November to March. (“Intermediate seasonâOccurs during the transition months from high season to low season and vice versa). During this time, australia high season is between December and February, when weather conditions are best, and low season is from May to August.
If you are going on a trip to visit the Statue of Liberty, USA today recommend visiting in fall or winter when lines should be shorter. Visit the Eiffel Tower? You should expect to wait times as long as two hours in the summer and less than 30 minutes on weekdays in the off-season and off-season, SmarterTravel writing.
That said, it is important to understand if visiting during the low season is in fact value there to avoid the crowds; maybe the dead winter in New York seems miserable, or the attractions have limited hours or are completely closed. (You should research all the attractions you want to visit online well in advance.)
A good compromise might be to book during shoulder season, as recommended by the The guy at the points, when time may not be a problem; during the off-season and off-season you can usually expect to pay less for things like plane ticket and hotel accommodation too.
Buy tickets for attractions in advance and go early
Before even booking a flight, you might want to take a look at the availability of popular attractions; as the New York Times Written, tourist attractions like the Statue of Liberty, which require a ticket to visit, can be booked months in advance.
For this reason, you’ll want to purchase a ticket as early as possible, which can usually be done online for major attractions. By booking in advance, you won’t have to worry about standing in line to buy a ticket.
âMany popular sites, like the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, sell advance tickets online that guarantee admission at a certain time (often with a nominal booking fee that is worth it), âwrites Rick Steves on his website. âGiven how precious your vacation time is, it makes sense to get reservations for all the must-see sites that offer them – it’s worth giving up some spontaneity.â
You may find that some cities offer city-wide passes to visit a number of attractions, as well as. Buying a Madrid map, for example, will allow you to access a number of attractions in the city, and allows you to skip all lines. (Some cities may offer combination tickets for museums which also work the same way.) You should research all ticketing options by searching online for the tourist office at your destination, for example.
If you have the option to select a time when purchasing a ticket, you should try to book the option earlier. The earlier you arrive, the less likely you are to meet others tourists. If it’s a place like Times Square or Piccadilly Circus, this advice is also fine. You are likely to encounter fewer tourists in the early morning than in the afternoon; visiting places at late hours can also prove to be crowded. Some museums, like the Tate Modern in London, are open late week ends.
Also make sure you book through legitimate websites (not tourist bait scams); NYT recommends finding official attraction websites on popular travel platforms such as Planet alone.
Book a guide
If you want a guided tour, your host will probably know the best time to visit to avoid the crowds. They can also have an âinâ with the attraction and allow your group to skip the lines.
âAt the Vatican Museums, taking a guided tour allows you to find your way around (this also works in other places, such as Versailles or the Colosseum)â, Steves writes on its website. âIn Milan, you can sign up at the last minute for a bus tour that includes an easy stop at Leonardo’s Last Supper, normally booked more than a month in advance.â
If this option calls, you can use platforms like TripAdvisor to find reviews from local tour guides.
What if none of the aboveThe tactic works for you, consider visiting less popular attractions! I recently did a ‘weird attraction’ tour through Tokyo, which actually wasn’t that weird. because it was a tour through less familiar parts of town. You could learn more about a city by thinking outside the box attractions and have a real time to breathe, away from tourists posing for selfies.
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