The COVID-19 coronavirus pressed the Pause Button for the vast majority of Americans 19 days ago. And the nation’s favorite tourist destinations are mostly Ghost Towns.
While the lights have not gone dark in NYC’s Times Square, the streets are empty.
From Coast to Coast things have changed…
Below is a look at what America’s most popular tourist destinations look like with stay-at-home orders 41 states and travel restrictions across the world.
The Las Vegas Strip: Las Vegas, Nevada
The Las Vegas Strip is usually a lively destination that parties all night long. More than 42-M visitors travel there every year, and 20% of tourists come from international destinations. Now with casinos and the resort hotels shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic is is more than quiet, it is a eery.
The French Quarter: New Orleans, Louisiana
Usually drumming with high energy and live music, the French Quarter also looks like a ghost town.
Last month more than 1-M people gathered in the Big Easy to celebrate Mardi Gras.
New Orleans has been especially hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, and may become one of the next epicenters.
Times Square: New York City
Every year, 50-M people visit NYC’s Times Square and about 340,000 pedestrians pass through the square on any given day.
While the flashing lights and giant digital boulevards are still illuminating the tourist zone, the area is empty of costumed characters, musicians and crowds.
NYC is in lockdown mode since the coronavirus outbreak.
Vail Ski Resort: Vail, Colorado
Usually, Vail Village this time of year is filled with Spring skiers, as Coloradans and powder-loving tourists get in a few more weekends of skiing.
But, this year because of a rapid Coronavirus spread in Colorado’s High Country, the lifts have come to a halt and the resorts have shut down early.
“Never would I have believed that a global pandemic would force the temporary closure of our world-class ski resorts,” Colorado Governor Jared Polis, who has been skiing since age 4, said in a news release announcing his executive order in mid-March.
Space Needle: Seattle, Washington
Space Needle is temporarily shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the observation tower still has its live webcam running giving virtual visitors a panoramic bird’s-eye view of Seattle, a bustling high tech city that is very quiet now.
National Mall: Washington, DC
The nation’s capital is usually crowded with tourists this time of year who want to get a glimpse of the Cherry Blossoms blooming.
The National Park Service in it bulletin has urged people to stay home this year and enacted traffic restrictions to reduce crowds.
The 2020 National Cherry Blossom Festival was canceled, museums are shuttered and ticket sales to the Washington Monument Online are suspended, according to Washington, DC tourism officials.
Lombard Street: San Francisco, California
An empty Lombard Street looks like a garden snake in this aerial photo. 8ht hairpin turns are made in just 1 block.
Notably, the San Francisco Bay Area issued the 1st stay-at-home orders in the United States.
While it is difficult to see what some of the nation’s most traveled to destinations look like during this COVID-19 pandemic, it is good to see that people are practicing proper social distancing.
Here is a look at Paris locked down, haunting.
Have a healthy weekend, stay home!