Big hype doesn’t always mean good times. Sometimes we visit a place based on rave reviews and discover it’s really just “meh.” Here travelers share the places they thought were most overrated.
We all long for the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, but the real thing typically disappoints. Hollywood Boulevard is dirty, crowded, and nothing like you’d expect from the movies.
Los Angeles is a fantastic city to visit, but avoid the tourist trap that is Hollywood.
Times Square on NYE
Tourist flock to the iconic square to usher in the new year with millions of their closest friends. It sounds fun, but the reality is dirty, crowded, cold, and lacks bathrooms.
US travelers don’t need a passport to visit the New York side of the falls, but it’s not worth it. The Canadian side offers a cleaner experience and better views.
Dubai is clean and rich, but it’s also oppressively hot and oppressive in other ways. The culture celebrates wealth but still oppresses women and members of the LGBTQ community.
Tourist traps get a bad rap. Branson is fun if you know what to expect going in. It’s a town built for weekenders.
One Reddit user described Myrtle Beach as “Redneck Rivera.” It does provide a lot of kid-friendly activities, though.
Everyone wants to see the pyramids, but no one wants to deal with the massive number of low-rate swindlers near the great Giza Platuae. The pyramids are impressive, but the litter and peddlers greatly detract from the experience.
There’s one part of the US where four states meet in perfect harmony. The four corners allow tourists to stand in four states simultaneously, but it’s really a long line of waiting for the perfect Instagram photo.
Come to South Dakota to gawk at a giant sculpture of past presidents. Though it’s a cool feat, the mountain isn’t as impressive as the surrounding scenery.
The leaning tower of Pisa is an iconic attraction near Florence, but typically not worth the trip. Tourists flock to the area to get the same tired photo of someone holding the tower. It hasn’t been funny for years.
The Little Mermaid
The Little Mermaid statue in Copenhagen sits atop many travelers’ bucket lists, but most are shocked to see how small and underwhelming it is.
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