Posts made in July, 2019


Outside of California’s capital Sacramento there is an incredible field of white and yellow flowers, daffodils, called McLaughlin’s Daffodil Hill. This popular tourist photo opportunity will be closing indefinitely. Why? Because of its extreme popularity created by buzz on social media.

The original plot of land was purchased in 1887 and has been passed down through the Ryan family since then. The Ryans, who still manage the property, posted the closure on social media on July 15th.

The post informs us that the “crush of visitors” was too much for the facilities currently available such as on-site parking and the local roads. The Ryans have safety and liability concerns continuing under current, rural infrastructure which couldn’t handle all the people wanting to photograph themselves among the daffodils for their social media accounts.

Daffodil Hill is among a growing group of tourist locations all over the globe having to close because of increasing social media, specifically Instagram, popularity and infrastructure or preservation concerns. Daffodil Hill isn’t even the only location under such duress in California.

Antelope Valley’s super bloom of poppies was so popular in 2019 visitors were doing crazy things like landing a helicopter into the field to access the area for their photo opp.

Maya Bay, in 2018, had to close because of over-popularity. This Thai island was made famous by the film “The Beach”.

Uluru or Ayers Rock in Australia will be closed off this October to climbers according to officials.

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Ever heard of the SLS hotel on the Las Vegas Strip? What about the Sahara? Turns out they are the same place. The now-SLS Hotel is thinking of changing its name back to the Sahara. The legendary hotel that hosted a NASCAR café, the Beatles, the Rat Pack and the Jerry Lewis Telethon.

Sahara is such an iconic name that the property owner immediately considered returning to it when he bought the property. The current owner Alex Meruelo bought the property from the Stockbridge Capital Group in 2018.
The Sahara featured a Moroccan style “onion-dome” that covered it’s porte-cochere. And was a favorite hangout of celebrity musicians Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra.

The classic, 14-story Vegas hotel sits on the border between the city and the tourist corridor. It is one of the only classic strip hotels that survived demolition in favor of new resorts. The Sands, Stardust, Riviera, Landmark and Desert Inn were all demolished in such a fashion—but not the Sahara.

At one time the three-tower hotel was the tallest on the strip. The Sahara name was retired in 2011.
The return to the Sahara name is just part of a hefty $150 million renovation of the entire SLS complex and could take almost three years to complete.

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