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10 US tourist traps that locals secretly love

Published by Business Insider on Fri, 22 Mar 2019

Every state in the US has a few spots that are known for attracting massive crowds of tourists.But there are some tourist-filled locations and celebrations that even locals can appreciate.The Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington DC and Grand Central Terminal in New York City are appreciated by locals and tourists alike.Each state has its fair share of tourist traps that locals avoid at all costs. Although visitors might be able to endure the crowds and high prices to get a glimpse of a famous attraction they've always heard about, locals know it may not really be worth the hypeor at least that there are better things to see in the area instead.Read More: The worst tourist trap in every stateStill, there are always going to be some popular tourist spots that are so genuinely awesome that even locals make it a point to stop by (although they may know the best times to do so).Here are some tourist traps in the US that even some locals love.Tourists and Arizona locals can appreciate the beauty of The Grand Canyon.Known as one of the greatest national parks in the US, the Grand Canyon is full of so many incredible rock formations and hiking trails that even those who live nearby can appreciate.Listed on TripAdvisor's top things to do in Arizona, The Grand Canyon is still a favorite for those who reside in Arizonatourists can even book a private tour with a local guide.Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington, is a place for locals and tourists to pick up exciting wares.There's no shortage of things to do in Seattle, Washington, but a spot that even locals flock to is Pike Place Market, one of the most popular public markets in the US.This vibrant spot in Seattle is full of history, charm, and plenty of places to shopeven locals head to this famed market to check out the wares."It's not just a tourist destination," wrote a Washington local on TripAdvisor. "It functions as a market, gift shop, meeting place and many other things for locals, and folks from the region as a whole."Plus, those who live in the area probably know just know where to find the best prices and may avoid visiting the market "tourist season."Locals and tourists alike enjoy the wares at Smorgasburg in Brooklyn, New York.Smorgasburg, the largest weekly open-air food market in the US, takes place in two locations Brooklyn, New York, during certain seasons. With over 100 local vendors, Smorgasburg has food options for just about anyone who visits, whether they're a born-and-raised New Yorker or a tourist who's in town for a weekend.Although it's oftentimes listed as a must-visit spot for those visiting New York, even seasoned locals can be found enjoying the wares at this huge market.See the rest of the story at Business Insider
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