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35 Overrated Vacation Destinations

Mall of America

With over 500 stores and 50 restaurants, this mall in Bloomington, Minnesota is enormous!  With the same stores available online though, why plan a vacation here?


If you’re going to plan on a family vacation in Bloomington, you may want to plan to visit other, more exciting places such as Nickelodeon Universe or Lego Imagination Center, instead.

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Cloud Gate (a.k.a. The Chicago Bean)

If you’ve got a thing for weird public art, by all means, head straight to the Chicago Bean after touching down at O’Hare. Otherwise, just do a quick Google image search and spend your time elsewhere in the Windy City. 

Plus, this particular site is a popular one for pickpockets targeting unsuspecting tourists.


The Eiffel Tower

According to savvy tourists, the Eiffel Tower is beautiful to look at from a distance, but it’s not worth the effort to make the climb and look out over Paris from its observation deck. The views just aren’t that great.

And if you’re expecting to see some towering feat of architecture, you’re in for a bad time--the tower is shorter than many skyscrapers across the world. 


The Leaning Tower of Pisa

This is another one of those spots that may be mildly interesting on its own, but the experience is completely ruined by the flocks of tourists waiting to recreate that dumb, hold-the-tower-up-with-your-hands photo.

If your idea of a good time involves ruining other people’s fun, then it might be worth a visit to photobomb these pictures, but otherwise, take the day to see the rest of the city of Pisa--it’s beautiful from top to bottom. 


Liberty Bell

Besides the story, this bell is an overpriced tourist attraction that draws people to Philadelphia from all across the US, only to leave disappointed.

You’ll definitely enjoy touring Independence Hall more, which is located right across the street from the famous bell.


Four Corners

This might be cool if there were actual walls, fences, or colored curtains between the states. Even if you stand on the granite & brass monument, you're actually 1800 feet away from the real intersection of New Mexico, Utah, Colorado, and Arizona.

Besides, if you’re going to travel all that way, there are plenty more beautiful and exciting attractions to visit in each of the four states.


Every Cruise Ever

Dealing with crowds is objectively the worst part of any vacation. So why would someone willingly trap themselves on a boat with hundreds or even thousands of strangers? It’s beyond us.

Unless you’re shelling out the big bucks for a premium experience, you’re likely to feel like a cranky sardine for the duration of your cruise.


The Rocky Statue

If the statue were actually located at the top of those 72 famous stairs in Philadelphia, it might make us feel better about running up to it with that "Gonna' Fly Now" song playing in our heads. 


Running up the 72 steps to the statue at the Philadelphia Art Museum used to be a tradition, however, the statue was moved because officials decided that it wasn’t art. How rude!

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Hollywood Walk of Fame

For about $30,000, an accepted nominee can have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in LA. If you have to pay $30,000 for the privilege, does that still make it an honor? Either way, the sidewalk is crowded with tourists trying to spot celebrities. Spoiler—celebrities don't hang out here.

Even Jimmy Kimmel thinks the popular destination is overrated, saying that it’s “the only place in the world where you can look at celebrities’ names…on the ground!”


Madame Tussaud's Hollywood

The likenesses may be striking and Hollywood may offer a plethora of celebrity models, but wax figures range from eerie to downright creepy. Instead, get on a TMZ tour bus and go in search of the real people in their natural habitat.


Instead, get on a TMZ tour bus and go in search of the real people in their natural habitat.

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The Space Needle

If it’s a view of the city you're after, just go to Kerry Park. Buying a ticket and having to stand in line for what feels like an eternity just to get a different view of the city just doesn’t seem like a good use of anyone's time.

For a completely different experience, try the Underground History tour or a walk through Mount Rainier.


The Alamo

While the battle of the Alamo is an important one to remember, this landmark is more than forgettable. At this point, the city has been so overrun that it is just a collection of stone buildings across the street from a Jimmy John’s.

However, ask any trueborn Texan, and they’ll tell you that the Alamo is totally worth the trip.


Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market

It may boast of being open since 1742, but this market in Boston has nothing historic left to offer. It's full of souvenirs, food vendors, bars, and tourists. Most locals avoid it at all costs. Luckily, there are other attractions in Boston.

Luckily, there are many other things to do in Boston, such as exploring the Freedom Trail or taking a walk on one of the ships where the Boston Tea Party took place.

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Stonehenge isn’t a complete bust--there’s something delightfully creepy and almost sacred about this old pile of rocks. But most visitors to the site are expecting to see towering, imposing pillars of stone.

In reality, the tallest of the stones are just 30 feet. And everything looks even tinier when there’s a huge crowd surrounding the circle--which there will almost certainly be when you visit. 


Mount Rushmore

This vast stone carving of presidents Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt, and Lincoln in Keystone, SD is an American cultural icon, but it looks smaller and less impressive from the viewing platform than you'd expect.


Your vacation time would be much better spent exploring the rest of the Black Hills, the nearby Badlands, or Wyoming’s Devils Tower.

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Disney World

There's no denying that Disney creates great themed attractions, but you'll spend most of your hard-earned vacation time standing in line or trying to wind your way through a sea of strollers. You'll also spend a lot of money for the privilege.


Why spend all that money when your kids would have just as much fun camping?

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Like all halls of fame, the focus is on an overview of the past with an occasional nod to the more recent. Also, this hall seems to include some music that may not exactly be rock & roll.


Besides, we could think of plenty of other places to spend a vacation way better than Cleveland, Ohio.

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Sixth Street

Known as the live music capital of the world, Sixth Street is in Austin, Texas—the 11th most populated city in the US. In spite of the city's wide-reaching sprawl, the entertainment center is small and full of binge-drinking college students. It doesn't really sound like the best place to relax.


If Austin is a must-see destination for you, there are more than 30 other more family-friendly attractions around the city for you to enjoy.

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Bourbon Street

A walk down this famous street in New Orleans through a crowd of reveling tourists looking for jazz, booze, and adult entertainment can leave you feeling like you need a shower. If you’re looking for a truly historic music joint, you won’t find it on Bourbon. Most establishments are touristy clubs or piano bars purposefully geared toward younger crowds who want to binge drink.

The allowance of open containers is unique, but you soon realize why it’s not an everywhere occurrence. Bottles and cups litter the gutters, and the street always seems to be wet even when it hasn’t been raining.


Times Square

If you ask practically any New Yorker how they feel about Times Square, the majority of responses are going to be overwhelmingly negative. Times Square is packed to the brim with tourists.

This street is full of shops specifically designed to draw in tourists, these shops oftentimes also feature majorly jacked-up prices to take advantage of tourists.

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Loch Ness

Whether you’re a believer in the always-elusive Nessie or not, Loch Ness is likely to disappoint. The views are spectacular, no doubt, but in a country that’s basically one big spectacular view, that’s not saying much. 

And considering the fact that the lake is quite a drive from any major metropolitan area, your time in Scotland could be better spent.


Statue of Liberty

It is a huge monument. You can see it from Battery Park. Don’t waste a full afternoon of your vacation to NYC to wait way too long, deal with too many annoying people, and pay way too much just to get a closer picture.

Instead, try a walk in Central Park or visit the city’s newest attraction, the 9/11 Monument.


Catalina Island

Islands always sound exotic, but this one southwest of LA is surrounded by cold water with no real beach. You can ride around in a golf cart, play a round of golf, or visit a casino. That's about it. 


In addition, this is no cheap date! Just to get to the island and booking your room will cost at least $250 for one night. That’s a lot of money for not much to do.


Plymouth Rock

There may be a lot of history attached, but this is just a rock in Plymouth, Massachusetts. If you want to travel to the area to experience history, try the living history museum at Plimoth Plantation. You'll find an exhibit of the settlement of Plymouth Colony.


Also, close by sits The Mayflower II, a replica of the original Mayflower ship. Visitors can climb aboard and explore, trying to envision what life was like onboard.


Las Vegas

This city is all glitz and no glamour. If you like constant lights, noise, and activity, Las Vegas is a dream. However, it doesn't make for a relaxing vacation. You may just go home exhausted and with less money in the bank.

And believe us, if you can’t afford one of the more expensive hotels on the strip, off the strip there’s no glitz OR glamour!


Key West

There's no need to drive all the way down to Key West, Florida for a touristy train tour ride when you can have a luxurious upscale experience at a resort in a quiet village like Islamorada. Plus, if you grab a taxi ride to Miami, you might just share it with an iguana.


Besides, without a lot of family-friendly OR singles options, there isn’t much to enjoy in the quaint retirement village.


The Washington Monument

Unless you just really want to picture recreating the famous scene from Forrest Gump or learn more about America’s first president, the 70-second-elevator ride to the top of this monument isn’t worth the ticket.

A better experience would be to walk the Capitol Mall from the Capitol Building straight past the Washington Monument, to the World War II Monument, to the Lincoln Memorial. That way you get to experience the best of D.C. without spending a dime!


Beale Street

This 1.8-mile stretch of road may have once been authentic, but now, it is just a good way for tourists to get sloshed and leave with a lot less cash than intended.


However, if Beale Street is a must-see for your family vacation, we advise that all family members below the age of 21 visit this street during the daytime only.

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The Painted Ladies (The Sherbet Houses)

Because there aren’t any tours of The Painted Ladies, all you can really do is look at them. And, if that’s all you wanted to do, you could just watch the intro to Full House because they look exactly the same.

Being a fan of Full House may be the draw for you, however, and the house is still there for you to take fun family photos in front of.


Everglades National Park

It’s literally just a big swamp. You may have a chance to see some wildlife and get eaten alive by mosquitos if you don’t get burnt to a crisp by the blazing Florida sun first.

Oh! And did we forget to mention all the alligators and crocodiles that are native to the Everglades? Yikes!


Underground Atlanta

The main problem with this tourist trap is in the name. Because it is underground, it is harder to police and much harder to keep patrons and shop owners safe.


If Atlanta is your vacation destination, may we suggest a walk around historical Centennial Park, Martin Luther King Jr.'s gravesite, or a tour around the Coca Cola Factory?

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The Louvre

Trust us--the Mona Lisa looks WAY better on your computer screen than it does in person. The painting is much smaller than most people realize, which means you’ve got to push through the crowds that much more to even get a peek.

The Louvre may house this and many other timeless works of art, but when you factor in the other thousands of people hoping to get a glimpse of greatness, it begins to look a little like a crowded mess. 


The Blarney Stone

Legend has it that if you kiss the Blarney Stone you’ll be blessed with “the gift of gab.” Considering that countless tourists have puckered up to this dumb rock over the years, you’re more likely to be blessed with giardia. 

Even named the Blarney Stone the “most overrated tourist attraction in Europe.”



If you’re a carefree spring breaker with no concept of cirrhosis of the liver or sexually transmitted diseases, Cancun is a wonderland.

For the rest of us, this Mexican “oasis” is overcrowded, overpriced, and overrun by the aforementioned spring breakers.


The Pyramids

The Pyramids of Giza are another one of those destinations that sound great on paper. Timeless artifacts, human achievement, blah, blah, blah--what’s not to love? 

However, when you factor in the massive crowds, the desire to experience history for yourself begins to wane. Plus, up close, the sphinx looks more like a lazy house cat than a fierce mythological creature.