These 30 travel destinations are overcrowded during high season, but if you go at the right time you can still experience them the way that they're meant to be seen.
The whole country of Greece could make the list thanks to its spectacular beaches, rich history, and its hordes of tourists. Santorini in particular is overrun between the end of July and the end of August with visitors from all over the globe hoping to get a glimpse of the island's sandy shores and unique architecture. If you're hoping to have the view to yourself, the best time to visit is in May, June, or September when the weather is still warm but the holidaymakers have left.
With only 51 days of full sun per year, it's no wonder that this city is swamped with tourists during the summer and early fall. But beyond the tourist attractions, the City of Lights is popular for a reason. Its winding, café-lined streets and art galleries make it a paradise for lovers of culture.
It's true that Paris has absolutely no time for tourists, but there are ways to exploit this to your advantage. Visiting in October when the weather hasn't turned too cold and there's still some sunshine ensures you'll beat the heat and the hordes of unwanted guests. Skip the Eiffel Tower and head to Andre Citroen Park in the 15th arrondissement to take a ride in Paris' weather balloon. It's more fun, half the price, and with just as spectacular a view of the city. Stay off the beaten path and exercise your French. No matter your language level, the city will reward you for your efforts.
Cinque Terre, Italy
These cliffside villages are a bucket list item for many, and it's easy to see why. Clinging to Italy's craggy coast, Cinque Terre's charming streets are jam-packed in the summer, making it hard to enjoy their wind-swept charm. But the season ends in the first week of September, meaning that if you're looking for unobstructed views with great weather, you don't have to wait very long. The weather is still warm until the end of October, and the tourists aren't as plentiful.
Disney World, United States
Disney World in Orlando, Florida is a playground for adults and children alike. It's this universal appeal that draws tourists in droves from around the world. If you're looking to have Space Mountain and the Tower of Terror to yourself, it's best to plan your visit in January or November. The key to a less chaotic visit to Disney is planning your visit far away from major US holidays such as Christmas, Easter and Thanksgiving, and staying away from school break times.
The state of Bavaria is a year-round tourist destination, particularly during ski season and Oktoberfest. There's a huge influx of visitors in summer, winter and fall, but Germany's Free State has plenty to offer in spring. After the harsh alpine winter, Bavaria comes alive with wildflowers, making it the most colorful time to visit. While it may not be warm enough to swim in the region's lakes, hiking is arguably at its best this time of year with plenty of flora and fauna waking up after a long winter's nap.