Far from the madding crowd
May 24, 2014 10:49 AM Subscribe
I pretty much only have time off when everybody else has time off, but I don't enjoy spending my time off with everybody else! What are your general tricks and specific suggestions for enjoying tourist destinations without crowds? I'm especially interested in California (I live in the SF Bay Area), but general ideas and other places are fine too.
posted by wintersweet to Travel & Transportation (10 answers total) 18 users marked this as a favorite
Here are some examples:
- The Asian Art Museum in SF is usually deserted when it's rainy (this was counter-intuitive to me!)
- Yosemite (and the Grand Canyon) = awesome in the winter, with few visitors and happy wildlife
- Some places are awesome but overshadowed by the big names. Fort Bragg and the northern coast are usually easy to book great (cheap) rooms in and not busy even when Santa Cruz is a wall of people. Mount Lassen is a frigging volcanic wonderland of a national park, but even in August, it's not busy. I have never seen the Computer History Museum in Mountain View when it was really crowded, even during special events (but I haven't been there in a few years).
This question was brought to mind by the fact that I have visitors for a lot of the summer, starting this Memorial Day weekend and continuing into July. We tried going to the Academy of Sciences during the summer once, and also near Thanksgiving once, and what a disaster!
So, to recap:
- Cool places in popular destinations that are generally sparsely attended?
- Popular places that are not crowded under specific circumstances?
- General guidelines on avoiding Other People
SF Bay Area = great, California = good, anywhere = interesting! Parks, museums, events, restaurants, beaches, whatever.