You’re used to all the vloggers, instagram posts, and articles telling you about all the places you should visit, but what about the places you can’t go to anymore? Here’s some of the most popular tourists attractions that don’t even exist anymore. If they ever did.
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19. Pioneer Cabin Tree
Once upon a time, people use to be able to walk underneath the Pioneer Cabin Tree, which used to be found at the Calaveras Big Trees State Park in California. No one knew its exact age, but it was estimated to be over 1,000 years old. It had a circumference of 33 feet or 10 meters and was nicknamed “the Tunnel Tree.” For years, it was apparent that the tree was weakening. In 2017, a powerful rain storm took down the tree, causing it to shatter when it fell to the ground.
18. The Sutro Baths
The old saltwater swimming pool complex known as the Sutro Baths were built back in 1896. Exactly 70 years later, it burned down. If you look over the coast of San Francisco near the famous Seal Rocks and Cliff House, you can still make out the ruins of the public establishment. Former mayor and millionaire Francisco Adolph Sutro had the pool built with 7 seawater pools and included natural history halls and displays of fine art.
17. Wedding Cake Rock
Look at this photo. It certainly looks like a slice of a white sheet cake, doesn’t? Therefore the name “Wedding Cake Rock” seems more or less appropriate. Despite the cheery name, however, Australia’s famous sandstone rock formation had to be closed due to concerns of danger to visitors. About 10,000 people used to visit Wedding Cake Rock, or White Rock, every year before they installed a fence and made regulations much more strict ever since 2015.
This park in Belgium was built in 1950 and was meant to be a playground for the children. About 30 years later, it would begin to feature amusement park rides. Dadipark was originally meant to entertain the children of people on their pilgrimage to the local basilica and then would be open to tourists after its renovation. The rides were said to have gotten more and more dangerous. By 2002, the park closed to be madeover with safer rides, but it has since remained closed.
15. Chacaltaya Glacier
It proves a treacherous journey to be able to reach the top of the Chacaltaya mountain in Bolivia. Still, outdoor adventurers still took it upon themselves to reach the only ski resort in the country and used to be the highest lift-served ski area in South America. It never got too popular, but if you never visited before, you can’t anymore since the glacier started to retreat and then eventually just melted. Rising temperatures recorded in the 90s seemed to be the start of the glacier’s disappearance.
14. The Old Man Of The Mountain
You could call it the Great Stone Face, The Profile, or the more common Old Man of the Mountain. No matter what your preferred nomenclature was, what stays the same is how it doesn’t exist anymore. You see that piece of rock jutting out the side of that mountain? It used to be way more prominent. Its shape was once featured on the New Hampshire quarter since it was so iconic to the state. It would collapse in 2003.