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    “It Actually Looks Better On Google Images:” 17 Tourist Traps To Avoid In Popular Vacation Destinations (Plus The Nearby Places You Should See Instead)

    "Remember that every local who sees you waiting in line here is judging you harshly."

    Savvy travelers will all tell you the same piece of advice: Locals know best. So when it comes to planning your next getaway, take a tip from the people who actually live there. So I browsed the subreddit r/travel and responses from the BuzzFeed Community and compiled this list of the best (and most over-hyped) spots to spend your time in popular destinations around the world.

    1. Skip: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

    Hotels and high rise buildings next to the sea in Puerto Vallarta.

    See instead: Campeche, Mexico

    Colorful colonial houses and a cathedral.

    2. Skip: The Original Starbucks, Seattle


    See instead: Ferry to Bainbridge Island

    View from a ferry in Seattle

    3. Skip: The Little Mermaid Statue, Copenhagen

    The Little Mermaid Statue in Copenhagen

    See instead: Freetown Christiania, Copenhagen

    Boats in a harbor near Christiania, Copenhagen.

    4. Skip: Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles

    Hollywood Boulevard Road Sign in Hollywood, Los Angeles.

    See instead: South Bay, Los Angeles

    A pier over the ocean.

    5. Skip: London Dungeons, London


    See instead: Shoreditch, London

    Someone holding street food in a London neighborhood.

    6. Skip: Times Square, New York

    Times Square, New York

    See instead: Brooklyn Bridge Park, New York

    A view of Manhattan from Brooklyn Bridge Park.

    7. Skip: Waikiki Beach, Oahu

    Tourists on Waikiki beach in Honolulu

    See instead: Maunawili Falls, Oahu

    A waterfall surrounded by lush jungle.

    8. Skip: Dubrovnik, Croatia


    See instead: Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

    Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia.

    9. Skip: Phuket, Thailand

    An aerial view of a crowded beach in Phuket.

    See instead: Ko Lanta, Thailand

    Lush jungle leading to a beach.

    10. Skip: Stonehenge, England

    Rock formations at Stonehenge.

    See instead: Avebury Henge, England

    Prehistoric Standing Stones in Avebury Henge.

    11. Skip: Willis Tower, Chicago

    Willis Tower peaking out from a cloudy sky.

    See instead: Architecture Boat Tour, Chicago

    Architecture boat tour in Chicago

    12. Skip: Takeshita Street, Tokyo

    A busy crowd in Takeshita street in Harajuku.

    See instead: Tsukiji Fish Market

    Fresh sushi at Tsujiki market.

    13. Skip: The Leaning Tower of Pisa, Tuscany

    A hand "holding" the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

    See instead: San Gimignano, Tuscany

    A plaza in San Gimignano, Tuscany

    14. Skip: Las Vegas Strip, Nevada

    Las Vegas Strip, Nevada

    See instead: Red Rock, Nevada

    Red rock mountains by a highway.

    15. Skip: Las Ramblas, Barcelona

    The busy pedestrian street of Las Ramblas, Barcelona.

    See instead: Sitges, Spain

    Colorful buildings overlooking the sea in Sitges, Spain.

    16. Skip: Santorini, Greece

    A view of whitewashed buildings and blue sea in Santorini.

    See instead: Milos, Greece

    View from the water on natural rock arch on Milos Island.

    17. Skip: Dining in the Eiffel Tower, Paris

    Looking up at the Eiffel Tower.

    See instead: Le Marché des Enfants Rouges, Paris

    Le Marché des Enfants Rouges, Paris

    Do you live in a popular tourist destination? What are the overrated spots that visitors should avoid, and what are the local favorites they should see instead?