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Here's What Popular US Locations Will Look Like in 500 Years

Yellowstone

Yellowstone

Yellowstone, the world’s first national park, is renowned for its geological features and hydronuclear activity. Located largely in the northwest corner of Wyoming, it is also part of Montana and Idaho. Among it’s most notable features is the Old Faithful geyser, a geothermal phenomenon. Geysers like old faithful rarely occur here on earth.

What some people are not aware of when visiting Yellowstone National Park is that the park’s volcano is still active. Earthquakes occur in the area up to 3,000 times per year. An eruption could technically happen at any moment, so in 500 years, this image could very well become a reality.

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Las Vegas

Las Vegas

Las Vegas is already the "City of Lights," so its easy to guess that the city will continue to light up the Nevada desert 500 years from now, provided the people can still handle the heat. With more casinos, more hotels, and more shops, you can expect the city to grow.

And hopefully, we really do have flying cars by then, because Back to the Future promised us that a long time ago, and there are no flying cars. What gives?

Currently the 25th most populous city, the population has been increasing significantly each year, so we can only imagine how huge it will be in 500 years.

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San Francisco

San Francisco

Provided California can meet its environmental goals, doing its part to take care of the planet. San Francisco should remain one of the best stops in California. The area is filled to the brim with stunning vistas, gorgeous city parks, miles of hiking trails, and so much more to offer tourists and its residents.

The city also offers a lively culture with charming cafes and shops, historic neighborhoods, museums and everything else you could want in a city. And we expect that the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, which was completed in 1937, probably won't last 500 years into the future but surely remanents of the bridge will remain.

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Mount Rushmore

Mount Rushmore

Mount Rushmore may be a giant sculpture depicting the faces of historical presidents who long passed (George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson and Theodore Roosevelt), but the sculpture itself isn't even 100 years old yet, so we haven't even begun to notice what has been happening to Mount Rushmore over time. 

All things wither and die, and Mount Rushmore will be no exception. It is without a doubt that Mount Rushmore will be subject to erosion over the course of 500 years, and it will probably look like this. As you can see, you probably won't even be able to tell what faces stood there before. Nothing lasts forever.

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Disney World

Disney World

Disney World and its Magic Kingdom is referred to as  "The Most Magical Place On Earth" - but in 500 years, will it be so magical? The park was founded back in 1971, making it fairly old already, and if it isn't yet showing any signs of aging, it will undoubtedly be in 500 years' time.

The rides and the structures there aren't necessarily things that have been built to last, and that's why they constantly need renovation. And even if the park is open that long, in 500 years, it won't be nearly as fascinating to kids. Consider then the growing problem of population and inflation, and Disney World probably won't even be affordable, as it already isn't.

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St. Louis

St. Louis

St. Louis, Missouri, sits at the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers. The city is the second-largest in Missouri, and it's fairly old, having been founded back in 1764.  Here you can see its iconic Gateway Arch, completed in 1965. Will it still be standing 500 years from now? That depends on if they take care of it or rebuild it, I suppose.

One thing is clear, though, eventually, the city will fall. It's often subject to regular flash flooding, and if the flooding persists, it will only inflict more and more damage to the city's roads Before you know it, the city might look something like what you see here. Time changes everything.

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Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is one of America's greatest natural wonders. The steep canyon offers one of the most majestic views in the west, and its thought to be as much as 6 million years old. The are was once a place of volcanic activity but that has subsided, so what is happening here?

Well, just because there isn't volcanic activity now, doesn't mean there won't be. The Uinkaret volcanic field is made up of multiple monogenetic volcanoes. It's been thousands of years since the last eruption, but in 500 years, it's possible that another eruption could occur.

It's that or maybe it's an air raid by aliens...who can say really?

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Atlanta

Atlanta

Atlanta is the most populous city in the state of Georgia, with around 498,715 people living within the city. And the city is thriving with art centers, theaters, museums, concert halls, festivals, studios, zoos and so much more. And what it's probably best known for is its fine southern cuisine.

Atlanta should be thriving well into the future. The city offers amazing transportation systems, and with 15 colleges and universities in the area, it's also one of the best cities for higher education. The city keeps growing every year and in the future we may very well see a metropolis like the one depicted in this image.

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New York City

New York City

New York City would have to be one of if not the busiest city in the country.  It is the most populous city in the country with nearly 9 million people living in an area that is just 300.46 square miles. And with so much to see and do there, it should come as no surprise that it is the most photographed city in the world.

A city that is that busy, and that huge, will only grow bigger and better in the future. The metropolis you see before you is what the New York of 500 years from now will look like - at least somewhat, and provided there's no catastrophe to befall it. Gawd, I hope there are space ships.

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Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty

In the future, the east coast's sea levels will likely rise to levels where the Statue of Liberty will have to be moved, removed or left underwater. It is said that the sea levels around New York are rising at least one inch every several years and that rate may increase over time.

The Statue of Liberty was a copper statue designed by French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and gifted to the United States by France. The statue was dedicated on October 28, 1886 and it remains standing to this day. While the statue may be fine structurally, it's probably going to end up underwater eventually.

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Lincoln Memorial

Lincoln Memorial

Political strife will undoubtedly be the undoing of Washington DC. It's inevitable. While America may be standing in 500 years' time, it's also likely to look different, and that includes the location of a new capital if the old one falls. Here the AI shows us a glimpse into a possible future where Washington is in flames.

The Lincoln Memorial can be seen here in ruins with flames and surrounding smoke. Even the founding fathers had predicted that a future revolution may happen and suggested that it should, saying, "I hold it that a little rebellion, now and then, is a good thing." At the same time, that doesn't have to mean violence, so hopefully, we can all just change out attitudes instead and learn to exist peacefully together.

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Sedona

Sedona

Looking ahead, things don't look good for Sedona. Anyone who lives there can tell you that it's pretty hot there, but this hot? Yikes. No doubt anyone that lived there had to move. It literally looks like the ground itself is on fire! However, that little oasis seems to be making it. 

We'll cheer it on. Maybe this is just an example of what the fires would look like in the future. The best bet is to figure out a solution for this now so that we don't get this bad in the future. We can't imagine what the states with a higher risk of wild fires would look like...

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Washington Monument

Washington Monument

This looks like a scene from Independence Day but according to AI, it may be a possibility in the future. The prospect of getting visited by aliens has fascinated people for years as it answers the age-old question about whether or not we are alone in the universe. Even the government has not ruled it out completely. 

The universe, in its infiniteness, makes the possibility of extraterrestrial life probably, but for some people, the real question is whether or not we have been or ever will be visited by beings from another planet. Sure, maybe we'll never be visited by little green men, but it would be a lot cooler if they did.

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Phoenix

Phoenix

Phoenix is currently one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the country, but there's one big issue: wealth disparity. In the city, wealth disparity is wide among the population, with nearly half of families not earning a living wage. Here AI gives a visual representation of that as it peaks 500 years into the future.

Below we see a dying city stuck years behind in the past, a place where the poor would undoubtedly be forced to live. Then, above, we see a portal to another city, a thriving city of the future with highrise building and lights...lots of lights - a NYC of the future if you will, a place for the rich to thrive.

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Boston

Boston

Boston is one of the oldest cities in America, founded in 1630 by Puritan settlers that hailed from an English town that went by the same name. It's a town rich in history as its the site of historical moments like the Boston Massacre and the Boston Tea Party. It is often referred to as the birthplace of the American Revolution.

The city today is a mix of older buildings from the time period of the American Revolution as well as modern structures. Of course, the maintenance of the older structures all has to do with funding and over time, it's inevitable that they won't remain standing, or at the very least, far fewer of them will remain as the city makes way for the new. After all, the Old Corner Bookstore is now a Chipotle.

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Honolulu

Honolulu

The city of Honolulu is an area brimming with volcanic activity.  The Honolulu Volcanics is a group of volcanoes that make up the volcanic field in Honolulu. Volcanic activity in this field began over one million years ago between nearly 40 volcanic vents. While some of the volcanos on the island are dead, a volcanic eruption is possible.

The last eruption is said to have occurred as early as 35,000 years ago, but since there hasn't been an eruption since that time, humans see it as unlikely, even if the AI begs to differ. Currently, the Big Island of Hawaii is the one to watch out for as it has four active volcanoes: Kilauea, Mauna Loa, Hualalai, and Mauna Kea.

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Dallas

Dallas

Texas is a state that already is leading the country when it comes to alternative sources of energy, making them well prepared for the future. Here the AI shows us wind turbines not far from the city, showing us how to path to clean energy is not so far away. 

Cities in Texas like Dallas will likely be perfect examples to follow in years to come. Currently, Texas is one of the leading states in terms of wind energy. It produces 26% of all wind-powered electricity generation in the United States, generating over 33,000 megawatts of power annually.

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Seattle

Seattle

Seattle is a city setting an example to follow when it comes to clean energy. If it stays on its path, Seattle will probably look something like this 500 years into the future while everyone else looks up at their brown cloudy sky as they poison their lungs with that contaminated air.

The city of Seattle is already beautiful as it is, but in years to come, it could look even better. Today, the power Seattle generates is 80% clean, derived from carbon-free hydroelectricity. Seattle's renewable energy is undoubtedly a step in the right direction, as it keeps energy costs low and keeps the city breathing healthy air.

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Grand Central Station

Grand Central Station

Grand Central Station is one of New York City's most iconic locations. The area serves as a terminal for the city's extensive subway system. Built back in the early 20th century, Grand Central Station has, of course, seen numerous changes over the years and it will likely see plenty more in the future.

AI technology shows us what Grand Central Station could look like in 500 years and it almost looks like something out of a Star Wars movie. Look at those dope holograms. Hopefully, there's a lot more holograms in the future, and if not, I'm going to be extremely disappointed.

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New Orleans

New Orleans

New Orleans is a city ripe with culture. From the music to the food, the architecture to the festivities, New Orleans is a place everyone should experience at least once. It's the most populated city in Lousiana and has significant commercial importance in the gulf region. At the same time, the city is decaying.

And we mean that quite literally. The structures in New Orleans are decaying, there's trash and sorts of rot. In a way, it adds to the city's charm but in the long run, there's not really anything that's going to keep these structures in place. Founded back in 1718, New Orleans is an old city, to be sure, and nothing lasts forever. It's easy to see how New Orleans could look like this in 500 years.

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