Tourism, why?

Why do we goto places like Arizona for vacation. There really isn’t anything there. To be honest most of the United States isn’t worth very much visually or culturally. I know somebody can make a great argument for Arizona or really most other states in the US, but bear with me.  Seriously, Costa Rica, St. Marten? A palm tree and hammock can be found anywhere.

The US was recognized in 1776. The idiot Columbus got here in around 1492. In 1625 we had a population of 1,980 people. What amazing things had happened in the rest of the world centuries before? Well, over 100 year before the successful population of the US by Europeans, the Incan’s built Machu Picchu. Incan’s sucessfully implemented brain surgery, founded astrology, and many other things. The Spanish had guns. Good work. My point is, what is there to see after 300 hundred years of work? More so, why do we want to see things that have been here for 50 years rather than things that define our culture. There are places in the world where you can see an invention that made modern life possible. You can visit the birth place of language, and some of the greatest monuments to the human will, but we goto Chicago for deep dish pizza.

My point is, people of the United States, we waste our time traveling to places that add no real value to life. We travel for cheese steaks, hamburgers, political rallies, and concerts, but we don’t travel nearly enough for great works of art, fallen civilizations, ancient cultural displays, and spectacular geographical vignettes. Yeah there is some value in modern cultural events, but seriously, I’d goto Machu Picchu or Lake O’Hara in Canada 1000 times before I’d go see a Presidential Inauguration. Plus, which would be more money? Which would change your life.

Yoho National Park - Lake O'Hara

I realize some people live for these things in the United States, but I guess all that this is about is: for me, what really gets me going, are things that you can’t put a price on. Things that have stood the test of time. Things that you sit at, look at, and wonder how the hell did this happen? How would the world be different if this civilization lived on? Why the hell is our world dominated by weapons, and not by knowledge.

Yeah the United States has some tourist worthy stuff. The big cities like New York, Chicago, and SF are worth going to. Places like the Grand Canyon and Denali are breathtaking, but for every one of those we have here in the United States you can name twelve that are more remote, more special, and probably just as breath-taking as the above.

Technology is great and all, but it’s not much to see when you live your life surrounded by it every second.