If you have ever been to a popular monument or tourist attraction, you were probably one in a sea of people. But if you see that oft-visited place in a work of fiction, it may well be completely abandoned, except for a couple of characters who are portrayed against the tourist attraction in a dramatic shot. This may make for a visually appealing shot, but it may also leave a viewer wondering where the hell the other people are.
Do not confuse with Abandoned Area
, which is when a location is portrayed as empty (and justified within the story) for some dramatic effect such as After the End
Live Action Television
- In National Treasure, Nicolas Cage visits a strangely abandoned Lincoln Memorial.
- After the heist in Oceans Eleven, the titular eleven meet at the fountains at the Bellagio, a place that should have lots of people watching the show.
- In X-Men: First Class, Erik and Charles play chess on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, which is again devoid of visitors.
- When The Brady Bunch visits the Grand Canyon they're the only ones there. Later a couple of Native Americans show up.
- In the Bones episode "Soccer Mom in the Mini-Van", Bones and Booth sit at an abandoned Washington Monument.
- April and Andy from Parks and Recreation make an impromptu road trip to the Grand Canyon, where they stop at one of the most popular viewpoints on the South Rim. They are accompanied by no one.
- In Madagascar 3, the animals make it all the way to the front gate of the Central Park Zoo, which is abandoned.
- Dave Barry once took a tour of several rural Japanese landmarks. Tiny one-man shrines and so forth. He was amazed at the views and serenity of the natural world, and remarked that in America this place would be bumper-to-bumper with cars. His guide told him that the Japanese prefer to take bus tours in groups. The roads in this part of Japan are too small, steep, or whatever, for buses.