If you want to find tourists snapping pictures, you probably know where to go -- Times Square in New York City, the Embarcadero in San Francisco, Chicago's Magnificent Mile and the National Mall in Washington, D.C. abound with posing families, amateur photographers and selfie sticks. But what locals think is picture worthy in these cities is often substantially different.
Data artist Eric Fischer has turned that discrepancy into a beautiful series of maps. He used geotagging data from Flickr to map out the areas in major cities around the world in which locals take photos, and the areas where tourists take photos. In the maps below, photos taken by tourists are shown as red dots, while photos taken by locals are shown as blue dots. The yellow dots are cases where Fischer couldn't determine whether the photographer was a tourist or a local.
For example, here is what Fischer's map of New York City looks like. Times Square, Central Park, the World Trade Center, and the Statue of Liberty are all obviously tourist hotspots. In contrast, locals tend to snap their photos along more ordinary city streets, or scenic areas along the rivers.
Here are the same maps for Chicago, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., highlighting the familiar tourist spots like the Magnificent Mile and Navy Pier in Chicago, Alcatraz in San Francisco, and the Tidal Basin and the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.
Some of Fischer's most interesting maps are the cities and sites that are major global tourist destinations. Here's what Venice looks like:
Here is Epcot and Orlando. You can see clusters of red marking various parks and attractions:
Here is the Las Vegas strip:
Honolulu, where tourist cluster on the beach and locals snap photos downtown:
New Orleans, with its photogenic French quarter:
Cairo and the Great Pyramid of Giza:
Fischer also includes maps of major global cities. If you know these cities well, you may be able to pick out their major tourist attractions. Here is Beijing:
And finally, Tokyo:
You can see more of Fischer's maps here.
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