Americans just don’t vacation like they used to. Cross country road trips, picturesque mountain resorts, and far off seaside towns have been replaced by “staycations,” transcontinental cruises, and brief weekend jaunts to the city. The glory days of Griswold-ian journeys, Borscht belt summers, and month long excursions across the midwest are now behind us, and in their wake many of America’s once mighty vacation destinations, such as the five spots below, have begun to fade off into obscurity.
Silver Springs, Florida. – Before Disney World swooped in and stole all the spotlight, Silver Springs was North Florida’s preeminent tourist destination. Silver Springs’ Nature Theme Park featured all sorts of wildlife, gondola rides, carousels, and the park’s legendary “glass bottom boats.” Unfortunately all this wasn’t enough to keep the park afloat and it closed as an attraction late last year.
Lake Placid, New York – While Lake Placid is probably best known nowadays as the setting for the “Miracle on Ice” during the 1980 Winter Olympics, this upstate New York town was a year round East Coast destination. Featuring skiing during the winter and fishing during the summer, Lake Placid was a cosy town with a lot to offer. At least it was back in the sixties.
Pismo Beach, California – Located roughly two-hundred miles from Los Angeles, Pismo Beach was all about the party. In the twenties it was a mecca for revelers that were trying to skirt prohibition. In the fifties, sixties, and seventies, this lively atmosphere attracted vacationers to California’s Clam Capital. The festivities had to fizzle out eventually though, and today Pismo Beach is just another sleepy seaside town.
The Poconos Mountains, Pennsylvania – During its mid-century peak, the appeal of the Poconos was all about location. Positioned just a couple hours from both Philadelphia and New York, urbanites flocked to the secluded Poconos to take in the great outdoors by day and lounge around in ritzy resorts at night. Overtime though, the draw of this remote region has faded away, although with a recently opened casino and a renewed interest amongst young people in the great outdoors, we might just see the Poconos rise again.
Reno, Nevada – Ok, to be fair, Reno is hardly unknown these days, but it’s clearly been eclipsed by their neighbor to the south, Las Vegas. Once the divorce and gambling capital of America, today the “biggest little city,” is probably best known for being the setting of Reno 911!