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United States of America Warnings and Dangers

  • Walking

    New York City Warnings and Dangers

    If you are going to walk uptown from the Manhattan end of the Brooklyn Bridge, especially at night, please be absolutely certain that you know your directions. While New York streets and avenues are relatively squarely aligned and sensibly named and numbered, such is not the case in lower Manhattan. During the centennial celebration for the...

  • Adult Advertising

    Las Vegas Warnings and Dangers

    Watch out for the porn panderers. These people stand just about everywhere they can get away with on the Strip and aggressively try to shove advertisements for adult entertainment in your face. Imagine someone taking a rolled up newspaper and smacking it on their hand next to your ear - this is essentially what they will do to grab your attention...

  • Crime

    New Orleans Warnings and Dangers

    For New Years 2013 I was staying on North Rampart street mid section of the French Quarter with my 70 year old mother and 9 year old daughter. We stayed 4 days and roamed the French quarter at various times of the day and evening. We did not encounter anything alarming or upsetting in the entire time we were there. I have travelled to over 30...

  • Areas to Avoid

    San Francisco Warnings and Dangers

    Currently staying at Nikko Hotel for work. Took a walk on Ellis Street just a block away and it is the closest thing to The Walking Dead you can witness in real life. The smell of urine and feces is everywhere. People comatose from drug use. People talking to themselves and ranting. Large groups of people loitering and cat calling, commenting on...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Car Rentals

    Los Angeles Warnings and Dangers

    This car rental location has a fantastic and enthusiastic team. (near Holiday Inn at the La Quinta Inn) They offer excellent customer service and are consistently courteous and thoughtful. Global All states Car Rental gave me a best price for mercedes E350. I have had nothing but very good experiences with this company, They have all kinds of...

  • Parking & Driving

    Boston Warnings and Dangers

    People on foot in Boston are some of the friendliest around. When you find yourself down some weird side street, ask directions. But when they get behind the wheel they are A**holes honking! We took this personally at first, but later when we walked around the city, we noticed honking was just a popular past time. But most importantly, get a map...

  • Weather

    Orlando Warnings and Dangers

    Florida can have some pretty bad rain at times so it's best to be prepared. Having an umbrella handy can help but the heavy Florida downpours can still soak you pretty good. We have rain ponchos that fold up neatly and fit in Liz's bag. The ponchos also came in handy for riding the Kali Rapids in Animal Kingdom....you definitely get soaked on that...

  • Beggars / Panhandlers / Homeless

    Seattle Warnings and Dangers

    Seattle has been a problem with aggressive panhandling for decades. The news media portrays how downtrodden the Seattle homeless are. We are made to feel sorry for them, lend a helping hand, and engage in activism. Granted many people hit hard times in their lives, and most never asked for poverty. The issue is the Seattle homeless attitude towards...

  • 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,...

  • Hiking

    Sedona Warnings and Dangers

    I found this so interesting and amazing at the same time. Yet, something we all should heed when hiking in this area. Stay on the paths. Why stay on the paths? The large, black patches of dark, knobby, brittle crust are actually a cryptobiotic crust. The crust is made of lichen, moss, cyanobacteria, liverwort, and fungi. The crust prevents erosion...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Areas to Avoid / Crime

    Dallas Warnings and Dangers

    I've got to say, that although I've only been in Dallas about 2 weeks, even the "ghetto" areas here are a breath of fresh air compared to the California ghetto's I am used to. Since arriving here from the Sacramento area I feel that I can actually expect people to be somewhat respectful regardless of their walk of life. I don't have to keep my...

  • Water Safety

    Honolulu Warnings and Dangers

    Pacific waters has some dangerous conditions such as strong currents, big waves, undertow, sharp coral, and dangerous sea creatures. All of them you should take into consideration. In case of Medical Emergencies call 911. The hotels generaly also have doctors. Newcomers, in Hawaiian - "malihini," should take care in choosing where they will enjoy...

  • General Considerations

    San Antonio Warnings and Dangers

    You must go away from your party (the restaurant) to the upper area where the riverwalk is located, to smoke a cigarette. I was merely 18 years old when I went with a group of older friends from our Texas Fence Association quarterly get-together we used to house at the Westin La Cantera Resort every Christmas. The resort is by far one of the best...

  • Walking

    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 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...

  • 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...

  • Driving!

    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...

  • Bad Neighbourhoods

    Richmond Warnings and Dangers

    That write up is ridiculous. Chamberlayne Ave. has a lot of vacant and in-need-of-repair properties, and therefore prime for low rent, group homes, and subsidized housing. There are some areas that are worse than others. However, its always best to invest well in your residence. Cheap rent is cheap for a reason. Show me the cheapest rent in...

  • Driving Albuquerque

    Albuquerque Warnings and Dangers

    One in four New Mexico drivers have no insurance. The actual percentage varies from year to year although it typically is around 25% which usually puts us at number one (worst) or two in the nation. New Mexico is also a state that issues drivers licenses to non-US citizens who do not have residence status. Why is this important to you? If you're...

  • Crime

    Baltimore Warnings and Dangers

    The city of Baltimore could be really dangerous in general. But there are also lots of nice people there, too. 1.Been here a month or so. In my 2nd week in this city, I chased my friend's work at a liquor store for a night shift to learn how to do there starting at around 4pm finishing at around 2am. At around 12:30, there was a gunshot. I saw...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Tourists

    Fort Lauderdale Warnings and Dangers

    The ships are big-yet they do have lines to wait for buffet, get in line for shows, and get ready to get in line for shore excursions. You need to be prepared to take the wait. What would really happen in case of need to jump ship? I do not think it would go smoothly, with panic set in.

  • Wildlife

    Yellowstone National Park Warnings and Dangers

    There was a story in our local newspaper, the Cody Enterprise, about a mountain biker being attacked by a grizzly bear as he rode over Togwotee Pass near the Tetons in Wyoming. (Tetons are just south of Yellowstone.) Kirk was riding along near the wilderness area that is core grizzly habitat in the Yellowstone ecosystem. He saw the bear charging...

  • Weather Wise

    Death Valley National Park Warnings and Dangers

    One of the hottest and driest places in all of the United States and the temperatures can reach well over 120 degrees. Make sure you know where you are going and how long it will take to get there and DO NOT rely on your GPS system.

  • 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.

  • Mudflats

    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...

  • Encounters with desert plants and...

    Tucson Warnings and Dangers

    Coming from the wilds of Canada, I'm used to bushwacking. "Bushwacking," means just pushing your way through plants and trees and making your own trail where there wasn't one before. Well, you can't do that sort of thing here because the flora bites back! And it hurts! Every single plant seems to have its own spiky defenses--cactus, aloe, and trees...

  • Areas to Avoid

    Minneapolis Warnings and Dangers

    Why? Read the reviews! "gangs and murders but nothing major happens here" ?!? don't walk at night" WOW!! Sounds like a great neighborhood to me. Funny how the housing market is such that you can buy a house for practically nothing. Hell, they're giving them away. I grew up in North Minneapolis and would never raise my kids there if I was of that...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Remember your water

    Phoenix Warnings and Dangers

    We went hiking and all put on sunscreen before we left, with sweating and the dry heat melting it off we looked like lobsters! Not only that we ran out of water and felt like the hike home lasted a century!

  • Roads

    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...

  • Word to the wise

    Sanibel Island Warnings and Dangers

    For 6 out of our 7 day stay, we experienced afternoon thunderstorms. These storms usually ended within an hour, the longest lasted about 2 hours. You could see the clouds building each afternoon, and if you're on the water, you can see exactly where the rain is, and which direction it is heading!

  • 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...

  • 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."

  • Areas to Avoid

    San Jose Warnings and Dangers

    The area between Story, King and Capitol This is among the roughest area of town...not a good place to hang out as tourist at night. San Jose is among the safest cities in the US but if you look for bad spots, you will find them ! For details on crime rate see web site below:

  • Parking

    Manhattan Beach Warnings and Dangers

    Though Manhattan Beach seems to be an oasis in the jungle-sprawl of Los Angeles, one of L.A.'s hardships have spilled over into to the Manhattan Beach area. Traffic. Cars, cars everywhere but not a parking space to be had, and when a parking space is found near your destination, you must pay and the time allotted is not very long. However, before...

  • Weather Wise

    South Lake Tahoe Warnings and Dangers

    The Tahoe area can receive heavy snow anytime from early fall to late spring. Chains or 4WD vehicles are often required on California roads during snowstorms; during such storms, checkpoints will be setup on mountain passes. If you do not have chains or 4WD and you come to a chain control checkpoint, you will be required to turn around or purchase...


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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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