You can’t seem to go anywhere these days without hearing about the Pokémon Go game that has taken over the gaming world. Combining augmented reality and GPS tracking, Pokémon Go has turned into an obsession for many, quickly becoming one of the most popular video games of all time. For all of you avid fans and players of the game, check out our list of the 10 best places to catch Pokémon in the United States. If you want to go a step further, you might want to stay at one of these places right on top of a Pokestop, too. Or, if you really want to plan the best Pokegetaway ever, plan an entire Pokemon vacation!
Find The Best Places In The U.S. to Catch Pokémon
The Seattle waterfront has become an active spot for players of the game, but many other Pokémon players are flocking to Bellevue Downtown Park, Cal Anderson Park, and Capitol Hill as well to catch Pokemon.
Already one of the most popular places ever, Disneyland in Anaheim, CA has lots of lures to attract Pokémon, include Bugs Land and the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. The Sleeping Beauty Castle has also become a top tier Pokémon gym – especially for elite players of the game. Due to California’s dryer climate, it’s a great place to find Ground type Pokémon, which are found in hot, dry desert areas.
3. New York City
Central Park is a popular tourist spot that has now attracted the likes of Pokémon fans and game players from all over, who come here to chase flying Pidgeys, lures, and play in Pokémon gyms. Downtown Syracuse has proved to be a hotspot for catching Pokémon, meeting fellow Pokémon trainers, and getting items at PokeStops – many of which are located around interesting landmarks and pieces of public art. Some places to check out include Armory Square, Columbus Circle, City Hall, the Empire State Building, and Clinton Square. The Metropolitan Museum has tons of “Zubats” that can be found flying around the ancient Roman sculptures, antique weapons and armor from around the world, as well as the encyclopedic collections.
4. San Francisco
In addition to being a beautiful city with lots of must-see attractions, San Francisco is filled with opportunities for catching Pokémon. The Golden Gate Park is definitely a treasure trove, and the best spots within the park include the Dutch Windmills, Beach and Park Chalet (a historic building), and Stow Lake. Other places in the city include the Presidio, California Academy of Sciences, Ocean Beach, Pier 39, and the San Francisco Zoo and Gardens.
If you need an excuse to go on vacation in Hawaii, Pokémon makes for a great reason. While on the islands, you can find Pokémon at Kapiolani Park, Kapolei Public Library, on Kalakaua Avenue in Honolulu, and at the Kissaten Coffee Bar.
There are plenty of places to find and catch Pokémon in Boston, among them Harvard Square, Boston University, the New England Aquarium, and MIT. Other places to check out include Boston Common, the Christian Science Plaza, and the Public Garden.
The Pokémon scene has taken off in Houston, TX – which is one of the biggest cities in the country. Some of the best locations to find Pokémon include Hermann Park, the Houston Zoo, Spring Branch, Galveston Pleasure Pier, The Cynthia Woods Mitchel Pavilion, and Kemah Boardwalk, to name a few.
Based on data of where Pokémon are traditionally found, supposedly one has the best chances of finding them all throughout cities and towns in Florida. Some of the best places to catch them in the Sunshine State include West Miami, Bay Harbor Islands, Treasure Island, Surfside, Longboat Key, Gulf Breeze, and Pembroke Park. More specific locations are the Palm Beach Zoom the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach, Bayfront Park and the Deerfield Beach International Fishing Pier. Expect to find Psychic Pokémon (like water Pokémon) in Miami, near the water.
Parks and college campuses seem to be the best places to find rare Pokémon around Atlanta, GA, including Piedmont Park, Centennial Olympic Park, Georgia State University and Hurt Park, and the Savannah College of Art and Design.
One of the best places to catch Pokémon is at The Bean in Chicago’s Millennium Park, where over 5,000 people recently showed up for the first-ever Pokémon Go meet up. Other places where you can find rare Pokémon include Union Station, Navy Pier, and Willis Tower –an especially good spot for finding rare Pokémon.
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This article was written by Kamala Kirk.