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  • Harlem - Uptown, New York City

    Harlem - Uptown

    New York City Warnings and Dangers

    For the curious tourists that wonder about the "ghetto" areas in NYC, I would name several: East New York, Brooklyn (bounded by the New Lots Ave and the City Line/ Ozone Park) has changed alot because there was a time it was really bad! I am talking crackheads, serious drug dealing, high murder rates and robberies) But currently, the neighborhood...

  • Places to Avoid, Las Vegas

    Places to Avoid

    Las Vegas Warnings and Dangers

    I was there in February on business and I'm not a fan of Vegas, don't get me wrong its great if that's your thing, but I wanted something more lowkey so I went to Downtown and had a great time. There is a new hipster vibe there now. There is a really cool coffee shop with great wifi, a couple of restaurants and a the best brunch I've had in a long...

  • Bad Neighborhoods, New Orleans

    Bad Neighborhoods

    New Orleans Warnings and Dangers

    Okay it is true that there are bad areas to visit in New Orleans. However, after traveling all over Europe and most states in America, I find New Orleans no different from any of them. The media as usual, plays a large part in the scare tactics but if you just glace over the years and see that people still come here to enjoy themselves and once...

  • Areas to Avoid, San Francisco

    Areas to Avoid

    San Francisco Warnings and Dangers

    When we returned to our car after spending 1/2 hr taking pictures in the park, our windows were smashed and our belongings stolen. This is a bad neighborhood and is run down. There were homeless people all around. Stay away from this area! Trust your instincts!

  • Common Sense Advice / Sketchy..., Chicago

    Common Sense Advice / Sketchy...

    Chicago Warnings and Dangers

    I've lived in Chicago for most of my life and know the city well. Down town area is fairly safe but watch out for groups of teenagers as they have been jumping and mugging people the last few years. Put your IPhone away in transit stops. If someone comes up to you and starts to talk to you at a bus stop etc watch around you for others. Do not go...

  • Unsafe Areas, Los Angeles

    Unsafe Areas

    Los Angeles Warnings and Dangers

    @TravellerfromAus: I have to doubt the veracity of your post. What kind of person goes cruising through skid row? Not a very smart one, I'm afraid. Perhaps you should read "The Six Blind Men and the Elephant" before making sweeping generalizations about LA. Skid Row is about a square mile east of downtown civic center, which is where your pictures...

  • Party Hearty, Key West

    Party Hearty

    Key West Warnings and Dangers

    fellow seniors, be careful in jimmy buffet Margaretville, because if you are too noisy they will ask you to leave. that what happen to me. let me tell you the whole story. you can agree or not, this is what happen to me. I am on here because I do not want this to happen to anyone else. I went on another travel site which say the are advising...

  • Crime / After Dark, Boston

    Crime / After Dark

    Boston Warnings and Dangers

    So, after adding tips about pickpockets to my Paris and Madrid pages, I'm now adding one about my home city! While browsing the racks at Marshalls in the Downtown Crossing area recently, I felt a hand along my hip. I turned to find a hand right inside my bag! I yelled "HEY!" really loudly and the thief sauntered away. In hindsight I suppose it...

  • Crime Related, Orlando

    Crime Related

    Orlando Warnings and Dangers

    A robbery happens in Florida every 3 minutes. To protect your future, invest in a Del-Air security system. Previous Del-Air customers are eligible for 3 months free and insured homeowners will get a discount on premium. Medical pendants are also available for senior citizens or people with medical issues (included in monthly premium). Standard rate...

  • Beggars / Panhandlers / Homeless, Seattle

    Beggars / Panhandlers / Homeless

    Seattle Warnings and Dangers

    We live in Denver and the homeless/vagrant/bum/mentally ill/drug addict population is completely out of control there too. I go to Seattle this week for the first time. I will give you a report which city I think takes the prize.

  • Beware of..., San Diego

    Beware of...

    San Diego Warnings and Dangers

    East Village (Petco Park etc.) is fine, just try to stay out of there after dark. Same with the gaslamp quarter. Do NOT go north of the 5 freeway up to the 8 except for Hillcrest, Mission Valley etc. Although you will probably not venture into these areas, try tobstay out of Chula Vista, Imperial Beach, Barrio Logan, Normal Heights, City Heights,...

  • North Philadelphia, Philadelphia

    North Philadelphia

    Philadelphia Warnings and Dangers

    After reading all the comments about N.philly.....I d like to make a few.I was born AND RAISED IN THE STREETS OF N.P.,a long time ago ceicl b. moore was called columbia ave....i lived between oxford and columbia on 3RD st....The area was tough..... most of the teens hung-out at 2nd and columbia sts. a conor store called HAPPS, most of us we re...

  • Theft, Honolulu


    Honolulu Warnings and Dangers

    Its completely out-of-control. Vagrants from the mainland and unemployed locals make their living feeding off of anything of value in a parked car. Anything electronic to clothing. Heaven forbid they get your keys, they'll take the whole car. They'll part it out, sell your things at flea markets and on Ebay to support their pot and heroin habits....

  • Not So Safe Areas, Atlanta

    Not So Safe Areas

    Atlanta Warnings and Dangers

    Hi everyone, I've been reading through the post but would like to hear a more current point of view like the last two. I am planning on relocating to Atlanta to be close to family. I would like to purchase a home. From what I'm hearing Kirkwood and East Atlanta are gentrifying and have become good places to live. Obviously, you are going to have...

  • Driving, Sedona


    Sedona Warnings and Dangers

    Wow! I should have listened to some of the other posters. My first drive into Sedona, AZ from Ohio, being overwhelmed by the beauty, I missed an unusual drop (speed trap?) in the speed limit. I was immediately pulled over and given a ticket. My town would give an out-of-towner a warning...not here. This was my first ticket ever, in over 30 years of...

  • Areas to Avoid / Crime, Dallas

    Areas to Avoid / Crime

    Dallas Warnings and Dangers

    I've heard visitors, from other cities, comment on how many meth motels we have along the highways. For this reason, it's probably best to stay away from the "cheap" motels you see, no matter how decent they might look during the day. I'm not sure it's as much dangerous as it is unpleasant. This even applies to some of the cheap motels in the...

  • Areas to Avoid / Crime, Houston

    Areas to Avoid / Crime

    Houston Warnings and Dangers

    I and my family are moving to Houston Texas this summer and I would like honestly to know what areas as African American people we should avoid? I am from Indiana and while it is a diverse state and people are pretty open minded, there are some definite areas to avoid for African Americans due to racism and such. I'm certain Texas is the same and...

  • Bad Neighbourhoods, Richmond

    Bad Neighbourhoods

    Richmond Warnings and Dangers

    Don't let crime stats fool you; most violent crimes in Richmond happen in certain neighborhoods, to certain people, engaged in certain activities.... If you visit, you can walk ALMOST anywhere in the city. The exceptions are any area of projects, some sections of Church Hill, any section of south side (Richmond City), and much of North Side. But...

  • Animal Dangers, Yosemite National Park

    Animal Dangers

    Yosemite National Park Warnings and Dangers

    During my hike of the Valley loop trail we came across a black bear. It was about 2pm just off the trail between us and the South Side drive. The bear didn't seem to notice us or at least paid us no mind. Although the bear is brown, it was considered a black bear. So be alert and if/when you encounter a bear, and it is off the trail, just mind you...

  • Driving!, Miami


    Miami Warnings and Dangers

    Miami has a very easy to understand road system. Once you get the hang of it, it should be easy to find your way around. Streets go east west. Avenues go north south. There are four sectors - northeast, northwest, southwest and southeast. The dividing line between north and south is Flagler Street. The east-west dividing line is Miami...

  • Traffic/Driving, San Antonio


    San Antonio Warnings and Dangers

    Avoid San Antonio on Spring Break. Not only was the traffic terrible, the parking is more expensive and the hours for entertainment are the same. I would like to think that businesses would extend hours to accomodate for the time it takes to get there. Very disappointing not to get to see more of this interesting city.

  • The Beach, Fort Lauderdale

    The Beach

    Fort Lauderdale Warnings and Dangers

    dont swim out too deep, otherwise sharky might get you. I did not have any experience of that kind, however I always heard warnings. So I only swam out to where I could stand. It's a temptation to swim out at that beautiful warm water, but just don't do it.

  • Rough Neighborhoods, Tampa

    Rough Neighborhoods

    Tampa Warnings and Dangers

    I've lived in the Tampa Bay area (Temple Terrace, St. Pete, Westchase) for about 4 years. I'm a young professional who moved from Michigan. Temple Terrace was, bar none, the sketchiest area in which I lived. Someone attempted to pop a window of my then boyfriend's car to steal a crappy GPS while parked at our apartment complex. St. Pete was...

  • Crime, Baltimore


    Baltimore Warnings and Dangers

    I won't be taking any trips to Baltimore..like EVER! I live in Winston Salem, NC, and we don't even have to lock our doors. I never worry. What gets me are the comments from some stating that Yes, Baltimore is the second most dangerous large city in the US, but it's really not that bad. LMFAO

  • Walking, Memphis


    Memphis Warnings and Dangers

    I took this trip with two of my college track teammates...three younger girls. We went out every night, walked back to the hotel in the wee hours of the morning, and drove through the run-down part of town to get to Graceland. And had no problems AT ALL. Were nervous for maybe the first five minutes we were there. Just have some sense about it....

  • Traffic/transportation, Nashville


    Nashville Warnings and Dangers

    Tennessee has a "Move-Over Law", the gist of which is: if you see a moving emergency vehicle, you are to move to the far right lane and stay there when possible and safe to do so. This is the case in most states. However, it further states that, if you should see a STATIONARY emergency or recovery vehicle, you should also remove yourself one lane...

  • Boating Hazards, Saint Augustine

    Boating Hazards

    Saint Augustine Warnings and Dangers

    St. Augustine does not have a class A inlet. If one wants to avoid Matanzas with frequent shoaling, it is adviseable to go out the St. John's River and not try to go out St. Augustine. This picture shows the inlet entrance from the ICW when there was an onshore wind. There is surf all across the inlet, which is not a nice situation to be in with a...

  • Crime, Tucson


    Tucson Warnings and Dangers

    As long as you stay in the TUCSON city limits you should be fine. Do not go to South Tucson which is a city of its own. It is a working class area with gangs and lots of car theft reports. To be on the safe side, just stay north of downtown. Its definitely not one of the most dangerous cities around, but like every other large city, there can be...

  • Wildlife, Yellowstone National Park


    Yellowstone National Park Warnings and Dangers

    I love wildlife is lovely but you have to remember they can cause injury and it could be fatal. Naturally during mating seasons and when they have young ones .. they are the most dangerous. So if you see a baby animal ... might want to be very concerned with where the momma is. I like photography but invest in zoom lens and take pics from a far.

  • Flora / Fauna, Monterey

    Flora / Fauna

    Monterey Warnings and Dangers

    Nature is beautiful and fun, but be careful among some of the birds in Monterey. The area around the bay is home to more Seagulls than you can begin to count. They tend to be loud and can be aggressive if provoked (don’t tease them). Don’t be surprised if you find your car has become their latrine. Keep an eye out overhead for shells they may drop...

  • Safety, Albuquerque


    Albuquerque Warnings and Dangers

    Like any large city, Albuquerque has crime, but several of the reviews here are too old. Over the past decade the city has worked hard at making Central Avenue from Nob Hill through Downtown much safer. Adding in the tremendous economic growth and increased prosperity of the city over that time, these areas are more vibrant than ever. Yes, East of...

  • Car Care, Death Valley National Park

    Car Care

    Death Valley National Park Warnings and Dangers

    ... when you're driving through Death Valley there isn't many places to stop off. So when you are driving through make sure that you have enoguh petrol, and your car is up to check. There are a few signs on the way round telling you to turn your air con off to help save your car from working harder than normal and cutting out, blowing your...

  • Areas to Avoid, Minneapolis

    Areas to Avoid

    Minneapolis Warnings and Dangers

    I would say avoid the whole area. Overpriced and Over-hyped, that is the Twin Cities. The downtown MPLS is freaking dirty, trash cans at just about every corner in downtown MPLS but crap is still on the ground along with cigarette butts, chewing gum, and loogies!. A bunch of bums downtown in MPLS. But if you have to come here. I would say any apart...

  • Areas to Avoid / Crime, Long Beach

    Areas to Avoid / Crime

    Long Beach Warnings and Dangers

    I moved to Long Beach for school and had only visited a couple times, so I did not know where to move to, brought my toddler and I was also on a budget, limiting my options and wish I had been given a clearer idea of what I should expect and where I should look for housing. Since moving to Long Beach, this is what I have observed and I hope it...

  • Don't Fall, Grand Canyon

    Don't Fall

    Grand Canyon Warnings and Dangers

    There are no railings at West Rim. Everywhere you can go right to the edge. it is an unbelievable experience but it does not look as a good idea to go there with kids. In this case we would recommend South Rim, where they have railings.

  • Bad neighborhoods, Miami Beach

    Bad neighborhoods

    Miami Beach Warnings and Dangers

    MIami is like any other city. I'm from Boston but I've been living 10 blocks over from Liberty CIty (supposedly one of the most "dangerous parts of FL"). I'm a lil 22yr old white girl working here and its fine. Just don't be flashy, don't walk around the streets holding a map or any other stupid *** like that and you're fine. I hate when people...

  • Driving in Phoenix, Phoenix

    Driving in Phoenix

    Phoenix Warnings and Dangers

    Maps in Phoenix are not very user friendly. I guess the place is growing so fast that map makers can't keep up. It was frustrating to try to follow the map but streets were not marked or just not on the map (even major streets.) Sometimes there were connecting streets that were simply not on the map. Once we went through a parking lot and found the...

  • Mudflats, Anchorage


    Anchorage Warnings and Dangers

    Sometimes you might encounter Moose, I heard a story of some kids throwing rocks at the Moose, then an innocent person came along later and the Moose was annoyed and killed this person. They can be very aggressive and they are very strong. Don't even think you can scare one with shouting or noises they will just ignore you unless you get on their...

  • Cliff Walk, Newport

    Cliff Walk

    Newport Warnings and Dangers

    When we lived in Rhode Island, the Cliff Walk was closed because parts of it were crumbling off into the sea. The 1938 and 1954 hurricanes had destroyed part of the cliffs and there were some unsafe areas so in the 1970-1976 time frame (about when we would have visited) the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers spent about two years supervising basic...

  • Roads, Big Sur


    Big Sur Warnings and Dangers

    My friend and i were driving north on rt 1 Pch by big sur when we discovered a visitor parking area. I put my turn signal on about a 100 yards befor i turned. Next thing you know. A suv passes me on the right. Sidewiped me and ran of the road. Falling and tumbeling down a steep embarkment. I thought for sure he is dead. My friend and i ran to their...

  • Unsafe Areas / Crime, Hollywood

    Unsafe Areas / Crime

    Hollywood Warnings and Dangers

    Firstly, we never ventured into Hollywood - West Hollywood is where all the attractions are, like Graumans Chinese Theatre, all the celebrity sighting hotspots, and the nightlife like Chateau Marmont, The Standard etc. There is really no need to head into Hollywood or any further east. Thats when things get sketchy. We stayed right on Hollywood...

  • Disneyland / California Adventure, Anaheim

    Disneyland / California Adventure

    Anaheim Warnings and Dangers

    The following attractions are closed or scheduled for closure as of this writing. Reasons and expected re-opening date are included. Check the disneyland.com website first for updated attraction closures to avoid any disappointments. DISNEYLAND It's a Small World - Now till late November 2008 for refurbishment Mark Twain Riverboat - 1/28 through...

  • People / The Homeless, Santa Monica

    People / The Homeless

    Santa Monica Warnings and Dangers

    *I* am one of those homeless people being talked about. If there be warnings of danger, it is as much to US as the blessed non-homeless. 1) Every human needs to sleep. If you are homeless, alone with no family, can't get a shelter bed, and live on the westside, WHERE is it (relatively) SAFE to sleep with little to no police harassment? 2) Human...

  • Lava rock, Kailua-Kona

    Lava rock

    Kailua-Kona Warnings and Dangers

    Yes, you want a souvenir of your vacation but do not remove any lava rocks. As superstition goes; removal of the rocks angers the volcano goddess Pele and brings bad luck to the person. So just go buy a souvenir from ABC... "Take only pictures; leave only footprints." "Take only gifts you are given (like flower lei’s); and leave only with Aloha."

  • Religious Restrictions, Salt Lake City

    Religious Restrictions

    Salt Lake City Warnings and Dangers

    The official name of the Mormon Church (or LDS) is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints It was founded by Joseph Smith in the state of New York on April 6, 1830. It is known by outsiders for the following things: 1) The Osmond family... and now Mitt Romney 2) Restriction on alcoholic beverages.. 3) Inhospitable toward people of...


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  • goodfish's Profile Photo
    Oct 2, 2014 at 5:48 AM

    Regarding the review by Briantravelman regarding photography:

    This review isn't exactly accurate. Please reference this statement from the USFS:

    Specifically this paragraph:
    "The proposal does not change the rules for visitors or recreational photographers. Generally, professional and amateur photographers will not need a permit unless they use models, actors or props; work in areas where the public is generally not allowed; or cause additional administrative costs."

    Similar restrictions have already been in place for some time, and this is not an unreasonable expansion of those considering the amount of damage and disruption that professional film/photography crews can - and have - caused in fragile environments.

    The issue is that some of the language in proposed directive was seen as nebulous, and some inaccurate conclusions were made by the press. Work is underway by the FS to clear up any confusion. So don't panic: take those vacations photos! Hope this helps!

    • leics's Profile Photo
      Oct 3, 2014 at 10:01 AM

      Thank you, Kimberly. I think it is vitally important that travel guide tips are as factually accurate as possible and I know VT takes that view as well.

    • goodfish's Profile Photo
      Oct 3, 2014 at 1:27 PM

      Thanks, Ladies. We don't want a bunch of nervous tourists afraid to post their beautiful shots here on VT now, would we?

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There is information flotating around that photography at the National Parks in the US is no longer allowed.  That information is incorrect. 

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