8 Classic Tourist Photos You Just Have To Take

08/01/2013 07:31 am ET

Whether you're camera shy or a shutter bug, photographs are likely a big part of your travel routine. You can't forget to pack your camera (or, these days, your camera phone) and you'll probably be sick of posing by the end of your trip.

What kind of photos do you want to take? Do you stick to the subtle stand-and-smile and try to blend in or do you embrace your inner tourist and snap the kind of pictures that make locals cringe?

We say, go for the latter. You're only a tourist every so often. It's all about perspective, right?

Here are eight of the cheesiest, classic tourist photo ops that you just can't skip.

1) The Leaning Tower of Pisa

You'll look like this
my record: 4 pushers!

But this is totally worth it.
Don't kick the tower! [Explored]

2) The Eiffel Tower

You can go for the lean:
2010-12-25 France Vacation 22

Or, alternatively, the squeeze:
holding the eiffel tower

3) Platform 9 and 3/4

Off to Hogwarts!
Platform 9 3/4, King's Cross Station

4) The Washington Monument

The crude classic:

5) The Sphinx

Go in for the kiss!

6) The Pyramids

Touch 'em!
Beth is daintily touching her pyramid

7) The Louvre

Musée du Louvre

8) The Queen's Guard

Give those stoic guards a big hug.
My Awkward Hug with the Queens Palace Guard.

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