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Disappointed Travelers Are Revealing The Worst Tourist Traps They've Visited, And I'm Surprised At Several

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There's nothing worse than planning a trip and getting sucked into what you think is terrible tourist trap. So redditor u/EggsAndBeerKegs asked, "What's the most overrated tourist destination?" People had some strong opinions. Here are some of the responses.


1. Bourbon Street, New Orleans

Crowded Bourbon Street in New Orleans for Mardi Gras
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"It's filthy, smells like pee, there's gross beer everywhere, and broken glass all over the ground." —u/HeadlessFlyKing

2. Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles

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"It’s crowded and smells like pee." —u/ladies-pmme-nudespls

3. Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts

"It's just a a hole...with '1620' carved on it. But at least you don't have to pay to see it." —u/Kevlar5427

"It's a small stone in the bottom of a well surrounded by cigarette butts and empty beer cans." —u/Fantalones

4. The Leaning Tower of Pisa

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"Does anyone really need to take the famous holding up the tower picture? Or rather, a picture of all the other tourists taking the holding up the tower picture?" —u/Fluxxed0

5. The Sears Tower, Chicago

"If you're a tourist in the city, take an architecture boat tour instead. Or just have a drink at the Signature Room in the Hancock and enjoy the view from there." —u/-eDgAR-

6. Downtown Dubai

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"It's talked up as one of the best tourist destinations in the world, but when I was there it felt like an amusement park under construction. I felt like I was constantly being shuttled from one tourist trap to another." —u/NamerNotLiteral

7. Manneken Pis, Brussels

"It's a tiny little statue in the corner of a building surrounded by too many tourists trying to take silly photos with it." —u/deleted

8. The Blue Lagoon, Reykjavik

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"I was very disappointed: It's tepid water flowing down from a power plant. You're better off finding the many natural hot springs scattered around Iceland." —u/KingCharlesHead

9. The Seattle Gum Wall

"Honestly, why would you want to take a picture in front of someone else’s chewed-up gum?" —u/dumbassXD

10. Phuket, Thailand

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"Planning a vacation there during high season means you'll be sharing the beach with tons of other tourists. While this may improve if you go during low season, you'll most likely get lots of rain. Plus, trash and water quality are a big problem." —u/irishamerican

11. Cancún, Mexico

"Sure, it's pretty, but doesn't represent the beauty of Mexico. Go to Mérida — the food is better, and the nature is great." —u/Lockshala

"There are so many cooler, hipper, better places to visit around Cancún and the  Yucatan. Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Valladolid, and Mérida are much better if you're considering a trip." —u/samuraibutter

12. Times Square, New York

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"It’s a tourist trap, and the restaurants and shopping aren’t unique to NYC. Why eat in Times Square when you can eat at the same chain restaurants in a Midwestern city for even cheaper?" —u/putmeinthegomi

13. The American side of Niagara Falls

"You're better off going to the Canadian side." u/jgoldblum88

14. "The Mona Lisa" at the Louvre Museum, Paris

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"Its small and hard to really see anything." —u/FISHKABAB

"When you get to 'The Mona Lisa,' just turn around. On the opposite wall is Paolo Veronese's 'The Wedding at Cana.' It's huge and arguably even more impressive, but most people barely notice it because they just want to take a blurry picture of 'Mona Lisa.'" —u/LePotatoOne

15. Las Vegas

"I am by no means a prude person, but that place is horrific." —u/nocliper101

16. Bondi Beach, Sydney

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"It's a mediocre beach, and during the summer it's always very crowded, so you hardly have space to swim or enjoy yourself." —u/crocodiledendi

17. Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin

"The famous museum there is overpriced, boring, and outdated. It's a pure tourist trap. Go to the checkpoint, take a quick picture, leave, and read up on the history later on the internet." —u/ivanoski-007

18. Jemaa el-Fnaa (Market Square), Marrakesh

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"Of all the places we visited in Morocco, Jemaa el-Fnaa was the biggest disappointment. It's full of knock-off clothes and guys trying to get you to take pictures with cobras. Marrakesh in general is awesome, but the market is a let down." —u/deleted

19. The London Eye

"You're placed into a crowded capsule with 20 other people (think: screaming children, the guy shoving everyone around to take the perfect photo). And it's expensive, especially for travelers on a budget." —u/MaethorVorn

20. Stonehenge

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"It’s a set of rocks out in the middle of a field that smells like sheep poop. It was  cool for a few minutes, but far too big of a hassle to be worth it." —u/opvina4

21. The Little Mermaid, Copenhagen

"In one of the most magnificent cities in the world, that little statue surely is not worth wasting any time over." —u/Ninegun

22. The Waikiki Strip, Honolulu

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"There are so many cooler places on the island to spend your time." —u/Jubilies

"Oahu is absolutely beautiful and worth visiting, but stay away from Waikiki. It's overpriced, crowded, and the beach is tiny. Waimea Bay on the North Shore during the summer and Lanikai/Kailua beach during the winter are way better." —u/deleted

23. Angkor Wat, Cambodia

"It's so full of people that you can hardly move without stepping on someone's feet. And it's impossible to get photos without a million other tourists in them." 


24. The Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center

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"I was shocked at the mob it gathers, and for the entire month. The tree and building are cool enough, but not worth the headache." —u/suaveitguy

25. The Alamo, San Antonio, Texas

"Just an old building with a bunch of tourist traps built to suck money out of your wallet." —u/tgotch

26. Oktoberfest, Munich

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It's overcrowded, super expensive, and does not represent German or Bavarian culture at all." —u/SteamedHams4Chalmers

27. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

"If you're on the Carolina coast, go somewhere else like Charleston. It's so much nicer." —u/brokendowndryer

28. Goa, India

A beach with boats and people in Goa, India
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"Goa is talked up to be a legendary beach destination, but it really isn't that great.  It's crazy busy, the water can be polluted, and it's not relaxing. If you're looking for a beach getaway, there are many better options." u/Thrill_Monster

29. Venice, Italy

"Taking a gondola ride through the canals was cool, and the city itself is pretty, but Venice gets old quickly." u/GMen2613

30. Caminito, Buenos Aires

Colorful buildings of Caminito in Buenos Aires
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"Everything is massively overpriced, and if you venture out of the small triangle, it's not very safe. Stick to San Telmo and nicer neighborhoods like Recoleta, Palermo, and Belgrano." —u/rivkasaurusrex

Have you visited a place — a site, attraction, town, or city — that you found seriously overrated? Tell us in the comments below!

Note: Responses have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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