Everyone who’s ever taken a trip to Italy has seen the Colosseum. Anyone who’s been to Mexico has seen the ruins at Chichen Itza and Tulum. These are the tourist mainstays, the darlings of the guidebook.
If you feel like eschewing expectations and traveling off the beaten path, you’ve got to check out these 9 amazing places you won’t see on a guided tour:
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Also known as Mini Kyoto, this small town is relatively tourist-free, yet it is an excellent example of historical Japanese culture as it is one of the few areas spared from bombing during WWII. Much of the town is limited to buildings no taller than two stories, except for the local Ninja house, which is six.
If that isn’t enough to convince you, perhaps the underground pathways to the local castle and the ability to have the country’s third most beautiful garden almost all to yourself will make your trip to Kanazawa worthwhile.
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Fortune Teller Alley, Hong Kong
When visiting the vast Temple Street night market of Hong Kong, consider a detour down a side street. One of these streets will lead you to a long alley lined on both sides by numerous tiny tents belonging to every kind of fortuneteller you can imagine. Palm reading, face reading, Tarot Cards and real crystal balls can all be found here, making this location a must see when in the area. My guess is they’ll have been expecting you.
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Forresters Beach, New South Wales, Australia
A great spot to build a fire on the beach without a hoard of tourists gathering ‘round to share your marshmallows. Forresters Beach is located in a mainly residential area frequented by local surfers but seldom visited by tourists. Those willing to make the hour long trek from Sydney will be rewarded with breathtaking cliff top views of the ocean backed by Wyrrabalong National Park, the only remaining conserved area of coastal rainforest on the central east coast.