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Tuesday, January 18, 2022

The Tourist Attractions You Might Not Visit in 2022

by Lilit Marcus | CNN

While many of the world’s most popular tourist destinations are expected to reopen to travelers in 2022, there are still some places that will be off-limits.

Some of these iconic places are under construction or upgrades that will make them even better when they reopen, while others are equating tourism to sailing into the sunset.

Don’t worry, though—we have backup plans and alternative options for all of these locations.

United States of america

Smithsonian Air and Space Museum (Washington, DC)

This popular museum in the US capital is in the midst of a massive seven-year renovation where “all 23 exhibits will be completely remodeled with new presentation spaces and attractions.”

Some of this work has been done during tourist arrivals, but the museum will be closed for at least six months in 2022 to enter the next phase of transformation. By the time the work is complete, there will be room for about 1,400 new items.

Alternative plan: The Smithsonian manages several museums throughout Washington, including the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Most of them are also within walking distance.

Haiku Stairs: There is a $1,000 fine for those caught at this Hawaiian site. (Adobe Stock via CNN)

Haiku Stairs (Oahu, Hawaii)

A scenic hiking path on Oahu sometimes called the “Stairway to Heaven,” Haiku Stairs is prone to over-tourism.

Although the stairs were officially closed to the public in the 1980s, that hasn’t stopped many hikers from climbing the stairs and sometimes injuring themselves.

This fall, Honolulu City Council unanimously voted in favor of removing the staircase for good. It is expected to be demolished in 2022.

Alternative plan: Hawaii has plenty of scenic — and less risky — hikes on its islands. If you’re already on Oahu, consider the Ehukai Pillbox Hike instead.

The Tourist Attractions You Might Not Visit in 2022
The Roosevelt had over 1,000 hotel rooms. (Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

Roosevelt Hotel (New York City)

One of Manhattan’s grand dame hotels – this is where Mad Men’s Don Draper lived after his divorce from Betty – welcomed its last guests in 2020, nearly a century after the mark.

Alternative plan: As New York City reopens, check out — or check into — another classic Midtown hotel, like the Plaza (across the street from Central Park) or the Knickerbocker (in Times Square). Roosevelt’s building is still there, so you can go and check out the architecture now.

One Liberty Observation Deck (Philadelphia)

The 57th-floor sightseeing in the city center has quietly closed amid the coronavirus pandemic, citing a lack of tourists in the City of Brotherly Love.

Alternative plan: For Instagram-ready beautiful views of Philadelphia, the nearby City Hall Tower Observation Deck will do the trick.

Europe

The Tourist Attractions You Might Not Visit in 2022
Stalheimskleiva is in the Voss region of Norway. (Adobe Stock via CNN)

Stalhemskliva Trail (Westland, Norway)

One of Scandinavia’s steepest roads, the Stalhemskliva Trail connects two picturesque waterfalls in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Noroydalen Valley.

The road, also known for its hairpin turns, is going to undergo much-needed maintenance work in 2022. There is currently no fixed reopening date.

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Alternative plan: There is no shortage of beautiful outdoor spots in Norway. For a wooden cabin stay try Lofoten or the “Nordic beach island” of the far north island Flanvar.

The Tourist Attractions You Might Not Visit in 2022
Tickets for Marble Arch Mound are free. (Dave Rushen/SOPA Images/LightRocket/Getty Images)

Marble Arch Mound (London)

There is much to see and do in London, but locals were excited to welcome a new attraction in July 2021. Although the attraction was billed as a lush outdoor retreat with public art and views of Hyde Park, the end result was ridiculed on social media. As in “the unfinished pile of rubble”.

Despite some obstacles along the way, Marble Arch Mound reopened in August and will be permanently closed in January 2022.

alternative plan: Greenwich in south London is home to the Royal Observatory. In addition to seeing the Prime Meridian and the Cutty Sark shipwreck, the walk from Greenwich Park to the observatory offers beautiful city views.

Asia and Pacific

Fraser Island (Queensland, Australia)

Okay, that’s a hoax – Fraser Island is nowhere to be found, but it is back in its aboriginal name, K’Gari. The name means “heaven” in the local Buchulla language.

Alternative plan: This picturesque island is still living as usual today. Queensland – and the rest of Australia – is slowly reopening to overseas tourism in 2022, so start planning your trip now. In other words, Plan B is Plan A.

The Tourist Attractions You Might Not Visit in 2022
Yayoi Kusama is known for its polka-dotted pumpkin sculptures, such as the one on Naoshima. (Kat Davis/Alamy)

Yellow Pumpkin (Naoshima Island, Japan)

Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama is famous for his giant polka-dotted pumpkin sculptures. One of the most famous is a bright-yellow “Art Island” located in the Seto Inland Sea at the dock of Naoshima.

In August, a strong thunderstorm swept Pumpkin into the sea. The Benesse Art Site, which manages museums on the island, managed to recover the pieces, but it is unclear whether the pumpkins will be on display again.

Alternative plan: Many of Kusama’s beloved “Infinity Room” installations are in museums and galleries around the world, including the Tate Modern in London and the Broad Museum in Los Angeles. There is also a small museum dedicated to his work in Tokyo.

The Tourist Attractions You Might Not Visit in 2022
It takes seven minutes to ride the Peak Tram from bottom to top. (Vernon Yuen/NurPhoto/Getty Images)

Peak Tram (Hong Kong)

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