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.