Photos of famous landscapes zoomed out to show the reality of their locations

If you’ve traveled to one of the great wonders of the world, or even to a famous landmark, you’ll know that sinking feeling you get when reality collides with your dreams. What was once a renowned place to visit, full of beautiful color on postcards and in books, is somehow not all it’s cracked up to be. No one tells you about the fast-food restaurants right by the pyramids, or the swap of garbage the Taj Mahal looks over.

These famous landmarks have been photographed showing just where each one is located – no Photoshop and no up close snaps to hide the surrounding areas. Kind of takes the mystery out of them a little, right?

Via Bored Panda

Niagara Falls is shown from faraway, as a tourist-centered destination filled with casinos and hotels
Mount Rushmore is snapped from afar, showing the landscape of the mountains
The Hollywood sign is just a small sign on massive hills looking over Los Angeles in this photo
Stonehenge is on th side of a highway in England
The Acropolis in Athens is located just above a bustling city
China's Forbidden City doesn't look any different from a block of flats or a shopping mall in this photo
The Brandenburg Gate is located in the bustling city of Berlin
The pyramids are shown from the sky, just on the edge of Cairo's crowded city area

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Rachel Oakley is an Aussie writer based in NYC with an obsession for the creepy, cool and quirky side of life. Some of her main passions include philosophy, art, travel, and sarcasm.