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Old 05-14-2019, 09:05 PM
 
Location: NYC
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Yeah, but these places aren't NYC. In Springdale, Utah, which is right outside Zion National Park......

I lived in Utah when the Bit & Spur Saloon first opened & ate there a few times then. Did an early day visit to Zion last month & nice to see that it is still there &, according to my driver, a bit of a "scene" now. Unfortunately we weren't able to revisit this trip, maybe next visit.

As for this thread it was good to get to Zion predawn because when we left after lunch the footpaths & shuttles were mobbed & Angels Landing actually made the network news that night because of the crowding there.
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Old 05-15-2019, 07:15 PM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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Yeah, but these places aren't NYC. In Springdale, Utah, which is right outside Zion National Park, it's hard to get a good hotel for under $200. And this is a town of less than 600 people!
They must know the market will pay.
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Old 05-16-2019, 03:34 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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Bring them over! Nothing wrong with tourists at all. I work in downtown Seattle. They are always in a good mood and they spend money. What's not to love?
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Old 05-16-2019, 03:46 PM
 
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They must know the market will pay.
Unfortunately, it apparently does. I think what goes on is there is limited hotel capacity in the towns around the national parks in Utah. Tour operators bring busloads of people from Denver, Salt Lake City, or Las Vegas and they buy blocks of hotel rooms. The vendors are smart enough to raise their rates about 10% every year because they know the tour companies will pay the extra amount. As a result, the rooms cost more even in the off months like May or October than a room would cost in Paris, Salzburg, or Munich.

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Bring them over! Nothing wrong with tourists at all. I work in downtown Seattle. They are always in a good mood and they spend money. What's not to love?
Its perspective. If you are a merchant, restaurant owner, or hotel owner its probably great to think in terms of a never-ending supply of tourists willing to pay about any price you charge for a picture next to some exotic monument or landmark. If you live in the area and are a local you find yourself pushed out of places you visited all your life. Its not so fun.
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Old 05-18-2019, 08:45 PM
 
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Yeah, but these places aren't NYC. In Springdale, Utah, which is right outside Zion National Park, it's hard to get a good hotel for under $200. And this is a town of less than 600 people!

Or you do as we did. Stay near Bryce Canyon where you can find a hotel close to $50/ night in April and May and then head down to Zion. Yes, it is inconvenient but you are not spending $200 per night.
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Old 05-18-2019, 10:34 PM
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Location: Cody, WY
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Local people don't use hotels: they drive home to their own beds. Everyone else is a tourist whether they live a hundred miles away or a thousand.
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Old 06-29-2019, 04:56 PM
 
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I enjoy living in a tourist area (I'm a transplant, myself). Some people complain, but the economy would suck without tourism. Plus, I enjoy seeing and meeting people from all over the world. The only time I don't enjoy it is during the Sturgis Rally. It is so nerve-wracking to drive around with that many motorcycles. I end up going to work and then hiding out in my house for the first ten days of August. It sucks not being able to go and enjoy the outdoor activities I love during that time.
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Old 06-29-2019, 05:14 PM
 
Location: North Dakota
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I love in the least visited state in the country so not a whole lot of tourists in my town.
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Old 06-30-2019, 04:50 AM
 
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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I chat with them in the parking lot at Walmart when I see their plates.

People don't scare me.
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Old 06-30-2019, 05:54 AM
 
Location: NC
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I was raised in a tourist area as a kid. It was great. But the difference was the tourists were not in our immediate neighborhoods where we played and slept. They were all in hotels near the big attractions.
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