Queen Elizabeth once went for a walk near her Balmoral estate with one of her protection officers and met some American tourists who didn’t recognise her. They asked her if she’d ever met the Queen and she said “No”, then pointed to her officer and said “he has”. They didn’t connect the dots.
There is a diamond mine open to the public in Arkansas, it is the only diamond mine open to the public. So far 31000 gems have been found since it became a state park in 1972, the visitors keep what they found.
Any U.S citizen travelling in Austria who find themselves in distress can enter any McDonald’s in the country and the staff will assist them in making contact with the U.S. Embassy for consular services.
BTS, a seven-member South Korean boy band, brings in more than $3.6 billion to South Korea’s economy each year, and were the reason one in every 13 foreign tourists visited the country in 2018.
In Bude, UK there is an elongated tunnel providing rain shelter for customers to the local superstore (Sainsbury’s). As a running joke, it has received numerous 5 star reviews and it’s the #3 top thing to do in Bude, leading to some underwhelmed tourists.
Locals in Cornwall created an imaginary beach to deal with overcrowded beaches. Fake signposts were put up all over the county leading to the ‘Best Beach In Cornwall,” however the signs actually diverted tourists in the opposite direction from any of the coasts.
Japanese embassy in Paris has a 24 hour helpline, for their citizens who didn’t find Paris as expected. The French psychiatric journal Nervure cites the disappointment many visitors feel is caused by the over-romanticised expectations of Paris as a city of love, fashion, and glamorous people.
The Texas Dept. of Transporttion (TxDOT) buys and sows about 30,000 pounds of wildflower seed (including Bluebonnet) each year. The peak wildflower blooming season draws tourists from all across the nation to see the colorful blooms each spring.