Best travel experiences with madness for Pokémon Go
Unless you’ve been living in limbo for the past few days, by now you already know that Pokémon Go is the newest and most popular craze for reaching the travel industry from wheeled luggage. Fans love the game because of the way it makes them go out and explore new destinations. The game may even offer some discount promotions at local stores. And what does it matter if exploration leads you to capture Poliwags , Bulbasaurs and Zubats ? It’s super fun, and that’s what really counts.
My Pokémon fan friends tell me that many of America’s favorite cities are full of PokéStops . A recent Travel + Leisure article showed photos of Pokémon at the US Aviation and Space Center. USA in Huntsville, Alabama, and at the Wright Museum of WWII in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire.
Here are some of the most interesting things you can find while playing Pokémon Go in some of the most popular destinations.
What happens in Las Vegas stays in Las Vegas … unless you’re hunting for Pokémon . We’ve gotten a map of Poképaradas on and around Main Street, and let me tell you, there are hundreds! I was surprised to find dozens on the University of Nevada, Las Vegas campus, as well as many others at the MGM Grand , Planet Hollywood, and Stratosphere , to name a few. I asked my local friends if they had seen any Pikachus played poker, but none so far.
Most people visit Los Angeles to search for celebrities, but with Pokémon Go , celebrities are now Pikachu and other virtual creatures. Users claim to have seen these little characters at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), on the Santa Monica Pier, at the Barnsdall Art Park, at Union Station, and at the Exposition Park Rose Garden. An Expedia employee told me that he caught a Pikachu and a Paras at The Grove; Echo Park Lake is also full of coaches. A good place for this hunt? The Chamberlain in West Hollywood (which, incidentally, also has Pokémon ).
New York City
Not surprisingly, New York is full of PokéStops and much-needed Poké Balls . What is surprising, however, is that so many of these little virtual creatures are hidden in places that offer players historical information about the city. Justin Sablich wrote about these fun lessons in The New York Times – the article mentions three blocks of the Berlin Wall near MoMA, the architectural designs atop Radio City Music Hall, and statues of historical figures in Central Park. Of course, there are some near The Plaza Hotel.
Pay attention, Walt Disney World fans ! There are literally hundreds of PokéStops at the Orlando resort – some even in games. For example, our “spies” tell us that you can grab Pokéballs in the Spaceship Earth game, and that Kilimanjaro Safaris has a gym ( Pokémon ) at the end. Apparently, there are thousands of Poképaras in Disney Springs, the new section formerly known as Downtown Disney. Elsewhere in Orlando, especially in the Winter Garden, Pokémon abound.
Windy City is a great place to catch Pokémon , especially since there are PokéStops at virtually every tourist attraction. The Shedd Aquarium? Yes. The Field Museum? Yes. On the banks of the Chicago River? Yes. For baseball fans, there is even a PokéStop right across from Wrigley Field. Another place to consider: The Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park hotel is close to some Poké stops within the park, so staying there can be a tactical advantage.
After knowing the number of Pokémon you can catch in this city in Southern California, I have to be honest: the exaggerated hunt there is understandable. In La Jolla, a neighborhood north of the city, you can find virtual creatures on the beach. In the city, some of the best places to find Pokémon are the USS Midway, the Gaslamp District, the amazing San Diego Zoo, and the local Hard Rock Hotel .
Wherever you go to catch Pokémon , you’re bound to enjoy this new way of exploring. When he comes out, those Bulbasaurs won’t have the slightest chance.