(This series is meant to inform readers about the different sub-categories of tourism and give you examples of places that you can experience that specific type of tourism.)
Traditional tourism is the typical vacation type of tourism that many people do by default. It usually involves going to a place that a large amount of people visit for the same reasons. They want to lay out on a sunny beach, take pictures of a world-famous site, or enjoy a weekend at a large theme park. There is also a tendency to hop on a bus and take tours of the place that they are visiting, especially if they have traveled internationally.
Traditional Tourism Destinations
- Walt Disney World (Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA)
Disney World is the Mecca of the traditional tourist. With its 4 main parks (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom), water parks, multiple dining and lodging options, and overall family-friendly atmosphere, Disney World sees an incredible amount of tourist traffic from all over the world. If you have kids, or you are still a kid at heart, Disney World should be at the top of your list to go have some fun. Don’t forget to get a picture with Mickey Mouse!
- Niagara Falls (Border of Ontario, Canada and New York, USA)
Niagara Falls is a fantastic location for people that want to experience traditional tourism in a very “cold & wet” manner. There are 3 waterfalls that make up the collection known as Niagara Falls. There is Horseshoe Falls (the largest of the three), which is located on the Canadian side. On the American side, there is the American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls. There are many ways to get a great view of the falls. The most popular is to take a ride on the Maid of the Mist, a boat that docks on the American side and takes tourists to get an up close view of the falls. There are also hotels and casinos near the falls to provide tourists with accommodations and other things to do during their visit. You will be left in awe after seeing these majestic waterfalls in real life!
- Cancun (Cancun, Benito Juarez, Quintana Roo, Mexico)
A prime spot for cruise ships to dock and spring-breakers to get away, Cancun is great spot for the traditional tourist to lay out on a gorgeous white sand beach and relax. Many different cruise ships make port in this Caribbean destination and allow large amounts of tourists to catch some rays and waves. During the spring, college students flock to Cancun to let loose after midterms and get away from “real life”. Don’t forget the sunscreen when you visit this gorgeous destination!
- NYC (New York City, New York, USA)
One of the most popular cities in the world for tourists to visit, New York City has something for nearly everyone’s needs. It is extremely hard to not have something to do when you visit this fast-paced, bustling metropolis. The agenda of most traditional tourists is to go visit Times Square (one of the busiest areas in the city), grab a slice of New York-style pizza, and maybe go catch a show on Broadway. Some will even take a boat ride out to see The Statue of Liberty. There are many places to see in NYC, so waste no time in planning your trip to visit The Big Apple!
- London (London, England, UK)
London has been a top destination for traditional tourists for a long time. Traditional tourists make their way to London to get photos of Big Ben, Parliament, and many other famous landmarks. It is very important to many traditional tourists that they get an authentic meal of fish & chips from a traditional English pub. Most will also hop on a double-decker bus and take a tour of the city. Don’t forget to take the ever popular pictures with the Royal Guards of England and the famous red phone boxes of London when you take your trip!
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