There are plenty of downsides though. Traffic is increasing every year. There are people everywhere downtown. Probably the worst impact is how visitors are crowding the local national park.
They arrive in hordes. An enormous parking lot at an alpine pass is full by 9 am most days. The popular trails are mobbed. Cars are bumper to bumper on the park road.
While I appreciate that so many people are enjoying the natural beauty (maybe some will be moved to support efforts to save and protect public lands), it makes it difficult for the locals sometimes, especially those who remember more tranquil times.
Seeking solitude, we flee to places outside the park that are less known. Here we hike for miles, in scenery that rivals the spots the tourists flock to, seeing hardly anyone.
Are they welcome here? Sure, but do your research: don't post looking for advice on Facebook; that's lazy. Don't geotag. Leave these beautiful places as you found them.