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9 'undiscovered' places filled with tourists

By: Josh Lew on Aug. 20, 2014, 1:27 p.m.
People standing near cars photograph a black bear and its cub crossing the street in the Great Smoky Mountains' Cades Cove.

Photo: Edd Prince [CC by 2.0]/Flickr

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Not so secluded

It's one of the primary reasons people travel: the feeling of going places few tourists have set foot in before. The idea of getting off the beaten path has inspired legions of Lonely Planet-toting backpackers and thrill-seeking vacationers. Some travelers plan for their journey to climax at some sought-after vista in a remote place, while others set off with nothing but a general plan to get as far off the map as they can.

The problem? Millions of people have the same desire to seek out the unseen. Because of this, some of the world's “remote” and “undiscovered” travel gems are actually crowded with tourists. Here are nine such places. (Text: Josh Lew)