17 Tourist Attractions That Are Massively Overhyped

“If you go to the Great Wall of China, I’d suggest not going to the section right there in Beijing. It’s very rebuilt and touristy. Take a van ride a ways out of the city, to the Simatai section. Now there’s some uncrowded, old-school Great Wall.”


“The Fountain of Youth down here in St. Augustine, Florida. The actual fountain is just a fake cave with a pipe that you fill a cup from. There were way cooler things there than that, like a dude who fired a cannon, a bunch of peacocks, and these guys who built replica ships using the techniques from the 16th/17th century.”


“Romeo and Juliet’s balcony in Verona. Like, 10,000 people all crammed into this tiny alleyway just to see a balcony that I found out was built after the play was written.”


“The pawn shop from Pawn Stars. A guy who was with us in Vegas insisted on going, and the rest of us got dragged along. We got corralled through the store, and there was literally nothing worth a second look there. F@#king waste of time.”


“Plymouth Rock. Put bluntly, this attraction is massively lame. No one even knows if this is the right rock or even if there was a rock.”


“Roswell, New Mexico. You’d think it would be a hotspot for conventions and space geeks, but it was an incredibly tiny town with dozens of alien shops and barely any people.”


“Centralia, Pennsylvania. A town that has had a coal mine fire underneath it still burning since 1962. It sounds super cool to go see it, but it’s just a few roads with graffiti on them and a bunch of ATV trails.”


“Any Instagram gimmick where you need to spend money on tickets and wait in line for a photo op. I’m specifically thinking of the Museum of Ice Cream.”


“‘Mona Lisa,’ no. The Louvre, yes. Spend your time looking at everything else.”


“The glass bridge over the Grand Canyon is a total rip-off tourist trap. It takes HOURS to get there from Vegas. They charge you $20 to park in an empty desert. They charge you $30 per person to take the bus from the parking to the attraction (it’s like walking from parking into a mall — no distance at all). Then they charge you $30 per person if you actually want to walk on the bridge. You cannot take pictures or bring a camera onto the bridge, but they will sell them to you, of course.”


“Pier 39 in San Francisco. I’m from the East Coast. I’d never been to SF before. Everyone said, ‘skip Pier 39….it’s a tourist trap.’ However, I figured I’d go and see for myself. It’s a tourist trap.”


“I live in Atlantic City, and I’m amazed that people actually come here for vacation. It’s just a few cr#ppy casinos and some run down strip clubs. The food is good but incredibly overpriced.”


 “That famous cheesesteak place in Philly. Awful service, plus the food downright s#cked.”


“Manneken Pis in Brussels. There’s so much interesting folklore and a lot of souvenirs and whatnot around Manneken Pis, and you expect it to be this really amazing statue… Until you see it.”


“Magnolia Silos in Waco, Texas, as made famous by the TV show Fixer Upper — 100% waste of time and money. Everything in the store can be bought at Target, or it’s just show merchandise.”


“Mount Rushmore. It looks exactly like any picture you’ve ever seen. It’s not easy to get up close to it.”


“If you ever come to Chicago, stay away from Navy Pier. Everything is way overpriced (rides, games, food), and the tourists that visit are rude and annoying.”


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