Tourist traps get a bad rap. Hipster travelers claim they’ll never set foot in these fun-filled cities or attractions because they’re built for tourists.
And That’s Bad?
They say that like it’s a bad thing. Some people just want to enjoy a vacation full of uncomplicated fun. And some tourist traps are popular for a reason: they’re fantastic!
Here are the best tourist traps that are worth the visit.
The famous sausage house in Munich calls itself the World’s Most Famous Tavern. Tourists flock to its halls from around the world to enjoy German beers, food, and good company.
And it’s totally worth the visit.
New Orleans’ most raucous neighborhood bursts with energy. Tourists flood the streets, enjoying live music, fantastic cocktails, and authentic cajun fare.
Yeah, it’s trendy, but it’s so much fun.
The Blue Lagoon
Iceland’s Blue Lagoon lets visitors soak in toasty geothermal hot springs while enjoying the brisk air. There’s a reason most people who travel to Iceland stop at this idyllic location.
Venice has been a tourist trap for centuries, but who could blame travelers for wanting to explore its gorgeous channels and magnificent architecture?
Seattle’s lively fish market attracts crowds from around the world. Everyone comes to see the fish throw, but the reasonable prices make it less of a trap and more of a great place to shop.
The trappiest of all tourist traps, but how can you go to New York City without checking out Times Square at least once?
Don’t eat there, though; the Times Square restaurants are notoriously overpriced, and the food is typically better elsewhere.
Coney Island is a tourist trap designed specifically for New Yorkers. Tourists don’t come to NYC for Coney Island, but when locals need a break, they enjoy the easy fun.
Tennessee’s stunning tourist trap in the heart of the Great Smokey Mountains is far better than you’d imagine. It has all the trappings of a tourist town, including a Ripleys, but its location in the southern mountains makes it a perfect place for a weekend getaway.
Vegas thrives on tourism. One of the most renowned tourist traps in the world delivers on its promise of glitz, glamour, and entertainment.
Tourists come to kick back, get crazy, and see where the night takes them.
Have you dug Wall Drug? If you’ve ever traveled on a highway in the Northwest, you’ve likely seen a billboard imploring you to stop at the iconic shopping center.
The entire town is a tourist trap, but it’s a lot of fun.
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Melanie launched Partners in Fire in 2017 to document her quest for financial independence with a mix of finance, fun, and solving the world’s problems. She’s self educated in personal finance and passionate about fighting systematic problems that prevent others from achieving their own financial goals. She also loves travel, anthropology, gaming and her cats.