Tourists flocked to these legendary places for a while. Maybe because of the unique architecture, beautiful scenery, or exotic attractions, visitors could not get enough of these places. But nowadays, Google is the only way you can experience them – they’re nothing but a remote memory.
Today, we look at 5 legendary places that don’t exist anymore. They may have been famous at one time, but visitors and tourists had to say goodbye for whatever reason. The attractions are diverse, but one crucial thing they all have in common – they are all deeply missed.
Pink and White Terraces, New Zealand
If you had been born a few hundred years ago, you might have seen the natural marvel of the Pink and White New Zealand terraces. These stunning terrace pools formed as geothermal sources erupted, which resulted in the slow accumulation of pink and white silica that was naturally found in the water.
Sadly, the Pink and white terraces were destroyed in 1886 when the field was erupted and swallowed by a nearby volcano, Mount Tarawera. However, some scholars have suggested that some of the terraces still remain on the lake floor underwater.
Original Penn Station, New York
The very first Penn Station was an engineering marvel – it was a necessary part of New York City. Built-in the style of Beaux-Arts, the station opened in 1910 and expanded throughout the 1940s, with more than 100 million passengers a year.
But Penn Station relocated underground in 1963 to allow Madison Square Garden to take its original place. Of course, this decision has not gone far, and some New Yorkers are upset about it today.
River Country, Disney World
Disney World is a wondrous place until you try to visit River Country. The land-themed water park in Disney World was the first of its kind when it founded in 1976. However, it closed ultimately from…more Disney competition?
In 1986, Disney World opened Typhoon Lagoon, a second water park. River Country did not cope with its greater scale, more parking and more attractions. And then they opened up a 3rd water park, and for River Country, things got worse. In 2001, it was closed for good.
Stardust Casino, Las Vegas
If you needed a classic Las Vegas experience, you went to the Stardust casino. This famous location on the strip was a favourite of Frank Sinatra and was host to Siegfried and Roy’s magical show. About its historic status, the current upcoming Vegas did not compete.
When more new casinos and venues continued to appear on the strip, people started forgetting Stardust. It was demolished in 2007 to create a new casino… which was then demolished in the 2020s to create a new hotel.
Duckbill Rock, Oregon
What you saw was from Cape Kiwanda’s duckbill rock – a sandstone rock of seven feet shaped like a duck. Not the most fascinating destination, but nevertheless a favorite place of tourists.
In 2016, the training overturned. Experts believed it had stumbled on its own, but video evidence was found later that shows people smashing it. Apparently, it was an act of vengeance, as a buddy had just broken a leg on it.