Two major California tourist spots named to Fodor’s ‘No List 2023’


Fodor’s annual list asks travelers to reconsider some places that suffer from overtourism and overexploited natural resources.

“For this year’s No List, we highlight destinations to reconsider in 2023 in three main categories: natural attractions that could benefit from a break to heal and rejuvenate; cultural hotspots that are plagued by overpopulation and depletion of resources; and places around the world immediately and dramatically affected by water crises,” Fodor’s wrote.

Perhaps unsurprisingly to locals, Lake Tahoe was among the 2023 picks. Fodor cited the increase in the number of city dwellers settling in the Sierra during the pandemic as a contributing factor to pollution and traffic problems, and even a threat to the the famous clarity of the lake.

“Heavy traffic crushes Tahoe’s roads into fine dust and debris and pumps exhaust emissions into the air. When it rains or snow melts, stormwater carries these fine particles of pollution into the lake, obscuring its cobalt blue waters,” Fodor wrote. “Improving traffic conditions in Tahoe will reduce this source of pollution and ease the stress and strain of traveling in Tahoe.”

The view from Washeshu Peak near Lake Tahoe. This peak and the nearby valley and creek were recently renamed as part of a nationwide effort to remove a racial slur from geographic landmarks. The Washoe tribe chose the new name, Washeshu, which means the people.

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In April, SFGATE reported on a survey of local residents where two-thirds of respondents said they thought Tahoe was heading in the “wrong direction”. A quarter of respondents said they were struggling financially, and the top issues identified by residents were “lack of housing, overwhelming traffic, wildfire smoke, vacation rentals and second homes”.

“The findings of this new report unsurprisingly identify the same housing, traffic and economic disparity issues that Tahoe residents have struggled with and discussed for years,” said Heidi Hill Drum. , CEO of the Tahoe Prosperity Center, in the report. . “What is surprising is that updated census data indicates that our economic and housing challenges are persistent and becoming more urgent.”

Mendocino was also on Fodor’s jump list, who keenly felt the impact of California drought. Mendocino, normally soggy, saw little rainfall; currently it’s 22 inches lower than normal for the year. It is the second driest year on record, dating back nearly 130 years. In 2021, some restaurants and hotels started paying for truck in water as the Mendocino aquifers were depleted.

Fodor’s says he doesn’t want people to boycott the domains he promotes; instead, they suggest giving these places a “pause” to recover and travel as responsibly as possible by conserving water, supporting businesses that commit to sustainability, and booking trips during the shoulder season.


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