By fully embracing augmented reality, Pokémon Go is changing how we play games. People of all ages are leaving no stone unturned in pursuit of PokéStops so that they can capture elusive Pokémon creatures. From UNESCO World Heritage Sites to stunning parklands, here are some of the most remarkable spots where they’ve been found:
- Rocky Mountain National Park
- Taj Mahal
- Walter White’s House
- Hells Angels Motorcycle Club
Rocky Mountain National Park
Surrounded by 415 square miles of lush trees and breathtaking views, Pokémon Go players can expect to find thousands of tiny virtual creatures among the Rocky Mountains. Many national parks in the US are inviting trainers to visit but urging them to catch with caution, so as to avoid serious injury. Some visitor centres even double up as PokéGyms, where players can battle each other and level up.
For most visitors to India a trip to the ivory-white marble mausoleum that is the Taj Mahal is a rite of passage because of its wonder and 400 years of history. Now that Pokémon Go has taken off around the world, more and more tourists are flooding to this majestic palace - all in the name of catching augmented reality animals.
Walter White’s House
Based in the sunny climes of Alberquerque, Walter White’s house served as a haven for crystal meth (at least in Breaking Bad), and the poor real-life owners of this residence constantly get pizzas thrown onto their roof by fans of the show. Right now it’s being besieged by over-enthusiastic Pokémon Go players, who may not be aware that they’re stepping on private property in their quest for Charizard et al. Oh dear.
The prehistoric monument of Stonehenge dates back to around 3000 BC. For thousands of years people have made the pilgrimage to this part of Wiltshire for spiritual enlightenment. Thanks to Pokémon Go, historically-curious folk have another reason to head to south-west England - to catch a Bulbasaur, a Squirtle or a Kakuna, of course!
Hells Angels Motorcycle Club
With its stunning fjords, New Zealand is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. It’s capital Wellington is also picturesque and, unsurprisingly, home to hordes of Pokémon Go devotees. Allegedly, a number of them have been swimming and kayaking out to the middle of Oriental Bay, gathering outside public toilets at night, before being led to a Hells Angels headquarters, where a PokéGym is said to reside. This has caused concerned local police departments to issue multiple warnings about the app!