Travel Advice - Get There Early or
Later in The Day
One of the tried and true rules of visiting tourist attractions is to
arrive early in the morning or later in the afternoon but never between
the dreaded ten A.M. to two P.M. block of time. The sizable crowds that
arrive at attractions during the late morning - early afternoon period
can make touring tense and hectic.
Most tourists get off to a late start in the morning, after having a
leisurely breakfast and lazing around the hotel.
- Usually, a crowd of these "late starters" arrives at the most
popular tourist attractions in mid-morning, resulting in large crowds
and long lines.
- If you arrive at the same time as the tourist horde, you will spend
your morning waiting in line and wading through crowds.
- Of course, that is just the training exercise for the “very
crowded lunch adventure”.
- Finally, the crowd will finish eating at approximately the same
time and, mysteriously wind up arriving at the same attraction you
have chosen to explore.
So, how do you avoid the crowds?
- We know this won’t be popular but we recommend getting out of bed
early (at least earlier than the ten to two bunch), having a light
breakfast, and arriving at your chosen attraction close to the opening
- Arriving early will allow you to visit at your leisure, avoid
the crowds, and have a chance to examine your destination in a more
Consider lunch as a time to slow down. Find a good restaurant,
have a pleasant meal, and recharge the batteries for the next stop.
- In essence, pick out a promising restaurant, sit outdoors if the
weather permits, and take a leisurely meal. America is one of the few
places in the world where fast meals are a way of life. In most other
countries, meals are for eating, conversing, and renewing your energy
for the day. Get into the swing of things! If there is no restaurant
available that looks promising, do a little shopping, buy take-out items
focused on regional specialties and have a picnic.
Try to time your lunch so that you do not return to the tourist
attractions before two or three in the afternoon.
- Generally, you will find that the crowds have thinned and you will
have more time and space to consider the aspects of the site that
- The tour busses are usually turning for home by this time and the
surrounding area will be relatively uncrowded.
- Take some time to tour the community and find a quiet neighborhood
restaurant for a snack or dinner before heading for your hotel.
Outside of the high tourist season, you may not find large crowds
hindering your travel. Off-season, however, often finds
attractions closed on certain days of the week and/or opening later in
the day and closing earlier than during summer.
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