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Stonehenge

Stonehenge

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. The reality may be far more disappointing and not as marvelous as it is often built up to be. 

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. There are plenty of places to visit in England, so don't make this one your priority is all we are saying.

Every Cruise Ever

Every Cruise Ever

Dealing with crowds is objectively an unfortunate 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.

Cruises are filled with rude people, noisy kids and everything else you would want to avoid on a cruise. A cruise always promises a relaxing vacation to paradise, but it is anything but that. There's really no bigger scam when it comes to marketing.  Even the food and drinks aboard are bound to disappoint you.

Disney World

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?

 

On top of all that, Disney World just isn't as good as the original thing: Disneyland. It's really just a larger version of Disneyland but with a bunch of boring rides as filler. And then everything at the Magic Kingdom is just an imitation of what's at Disneyland but smaller and less extravagant. 

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Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market

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. Don't go to Boston for this but do check out Boston's many historic sites.

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. Boston is the site of the infamous Boston Massacre, a gravesite for many historical figures, and the first bookstore in the United States, which is sadly a Chipotle now.

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Everglades National Park

Everglades National Park

The Everglades National Park isn't all it's cracked up to be. 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!

If you are looking for a good alternative to the Everglades, there are about 10 other national parks to explore, both natural and historical wonder. For instance, there's the Fort Matanzas National Monument, the site of an old Spanish fort, and the Gulf Islands National Seashore. These are just some of the wonders to explore in tropical Florida.

Loch Ness

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.

And let's face it: if there were any real chance of seeing the Loch Ness monster, there would be some hard photograph proof by now. We aren't saying he, or she, doesn't exist, but maybe it went somewhere else.  There's plenty of beautiful scenery to take in, so maybe spend more time exploring and less time chasing a dream.

Liberty Bell

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. Once you seen the bell for 10 seconds, it becomes the most forgettable attraction.

And if you are just going to see the bell to learn more about it,  well, here's what you should know. The bell was once located in the steeple of Independence hall and was commissioned back in 1752. The famous crack in the bell occurred after its first ringing. It was recast twice thereafter.

Madame Tussaud's Hollywood

Madame Tussaud's Hollywood

The likenesses may be striking and Hollywood may offer a plethora of celebrity models, but the wax figures range from eerie to downright creepy. Then there are some that don't look so great and are more laughable than anything. If you want to feel uncomfortable on your vacation, by all means, spend your time and money there. 
 

However, if you want to see some actual celebrities with human skin, you might want to resort to stalking them like normal people. Get on a TMZ tour bus and go in search of the real people in their natural habitat. Who knows what celebrities you'll find! Or you could just leave them alone and let them live their lives? Nah.

 

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The Space Needle

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. And if you plan to eat at the restaurant located in the tower, expect to pay a hefty price, even if all you order is a hamburger.

For a completely different experience, try the Underground History tour or a walk through Mount Rainier. Washington has a ton of beautiful sites to experience and the city of Seattle offers a unique culture. The point being: don't go to Seattle just for the Needle because it's really not worth it.

The Alamo

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. You certainly won't feel immersed in history there.

However, ask any trueborn Texan, and they’ll tell you that the Alamo is totally worth the trip. The Alamo, of course, has historical significance as the spot of a pivotal battle during the Texas Revolution. Defeated by the Mexican army, many Texans were slaughtered and would seek revenge against Mexican General Santa Anna not long after.

Mall of America

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? There are some mini indoor amusement parks at the massive mall, but then again, there's also Disneyland, Universal Studios, Knott's, Six Flags and plenty of other places that are way better to take the kids to.

 

If you’re going to plan on a family vacation in Bloomington, you may want to at least visit Nickelodeon Universe or Lego Imagination Center while you are wasting your time and money at the Mall of America, but it's really not worth your time. Having opened in 1992, it doesn't even have any historic value.

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

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. On top of that, the site is a popular one for pickpockets targeting tourists. And when your eyes are lost in the vast wonder of the giant bean, you may not notice.

Made up of 168 stainless steel plates that have been welded together, the Chicago Bean features a polished exterior with no visible welding lines. It is meant to mimic the look of liquid mercury while reflecting and distorting the city's skyline. It's neat but you don't want to go out of your way to see it.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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.

 

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, if you don't know,  is a museum that documents the history of rock and roll, including the music itself, the artists, engineers and producers that are a part of it. Only those with the most influence are inducted into the Hall of Fame and unless you are a hardcore music enthusiast, you aren't likely to know all the names.

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Sixth Street

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 family-friendly attractions around the city for you to enjoy.  For one, Austin is famous for its food, offering a rich food culture and cocktail scene. There are plenty of museums and recreational outdoor activities to enjoy.

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Bourbon Street

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. Bourbon Street is loud, crowded and a totally cheap tourist trap. Don't fall for it. There are better places to explore in Louisiana.  

Catalina Island

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. If you want a truly relaxing vacation that's somewhere a little warmer, think more tropical.

 

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. You can easily plan a more affordable vacation to somewhere like Negril, if you plan ahead and go during the off-season.

Plymouth Rock

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 Plymouth Plantation. You'll find an exhibit of the settlement of Plymouth Colony. Other than that, there is not much to see.

 

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. It's still not the real thing, of course, because that ship is long gone - but you can't really expect otherwise.  Boats just don't last that long - sorry ships.

Las Vegas

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 for some reason, people like to bring their families here, even though they shouldn't.

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! The streets are filled with people handing out provocative business cards, there's public drinking and all sorts of debauchery. The food off the strip also leaves much to be desired.

Key West

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. There are a ton of tourist gift trap shops, t-shirt shops, jewelry stores and "art galleries," among other things. So, if you are looking for a relaxing tropical environment with a small-town feel, you might want to try something like St. Armands, Florida.

Beale Street

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. Located in Downtown Memphis, Tennessee, Beale Street is filled with cheap bars, cheap hotels and noisy clubs. 

 

However, if Beale Street is a must-see for your family vacation, we advise that all family members below the age of 21 visits this street during the daytime only. Things can get unruly and there's not much for a kid to enjoy in terms of nightlife. Overall though, Graceland would probably be a better place to spend your time with family.

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The Painted Ladies (The Sherbet Houses)

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. Overall, there's really not much to see when it comes to these houses, as you certainly won't find John Stamos there.

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. It's hard to be sure just how many people come to visit themes homes, considering Full House wasn't actually a great show. Sorry, but it's true.

Mount Rushmore

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. You've probably seen it enough times in pictures at this point, anyway, for it to make any significant impact.

 

Your vacation time would be much better spent exploring the rest of the Black Hills, the nearby Badlands, or Wyoming’s Devils Tower. The natural wonders of the world are a whole lot more interesting than some manmade carving that isn't even that old. No need to rush to Mouth Rushmore.

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Underground Atlanta

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. Underground Atlanta offers an entertainment district and shopping mall and is currently in the process of renovation. It is also on the National Register of Historic Places.

 

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? There are plenty of other things to experience in Atlanta Georgia as well, such as a lively art and music scene, and festivals held throughout the year.

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The Louvre

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. You've probably seen enough pictures in your lifetime that you probably won't even believe that you are actually looking at the real thing.

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. It's really difficult to take in the beauty of the paintings and appreciate what you are looking at when you are vying for a glimpse.

The Pyramids

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. 

If you really want to experience ancient Egyptian pyramids yourself, you should check out Dahshur. The pyramid field in Dahshur has been integral to understanding the ancient Egyptians and their pyramid building as it contains some of the most well-preserved pyramids in the country. The Red Pyramid located there is the third-largest.

Sacred Monkey Forest of Bali

Sacred Monkey Forest of Bali

The Sacred Monkey Forest of Bali is one of the biggest wastes of time. The crowded monkey spectacle is overwhelmed by flocks of tourists scrambling to feed monkeys and get a selfie with a monkey. It's like a glorified money petting zoo and it’s a totally cheap experience overall.

The monkeys in the park act nothing as they do in the wild because they are so used to being around people, so much so in fact, that they don't mind getting a little aggressive. If you want to see some monkeys in a more natural environment, you can find them all over Bali.

Champs Élysées

Champs Élysées

Champs Élysées is one of the most popular spots in Paris. Many will recommend this location for its iconic shopping avenue but really it's just a glorified outdoor mall. The stretch is about 1.2 miles and includes stores like Adidas and Louis Vuitton. You'll also see a Starbuck and a McDonald's – so really, not that unique of an experience.

If you want a more exciting shopping experience, you need to check out Saint-Germain-des-Près. This area features the finest cafes, bookstores, one of the oldest churches in Paris and some chic stores. If you want a more authentic and less commercialized Paris experience, then Saint-Germain-des-Près is the place to be.

Atlantic City

Atlantic City

Atlantic City was once a booming town with a lively culture and a whole lot of fun -  but that was like 100 years ago. You may be into the historical aspect of that but the town doesn't look anything like it once did. And it's also not anything like Las Vegas either.

Other than the casinos in Atlantic City, there is not much else to do. If you want a fun Atlantic City experience, watch the show Boardwalk Empire. Many have found the modern-day Atlantic city to be lacking in cleanliness and safety - and just plain cheap. Crimes including theft and harassment are just another day on the boardwalk.

Arashiyama Bamboo Grove

Arashiyama Bamboo Grove

Walking through the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove might seem like the perfect nature walk but it is anything but. You'll often see pictures of the grove looking pristine, peaceful and quiet. However, the reality is the complete opposite thanks to waves of crowds that come to the spot. Unless you are there early in the morning, you are going to have to face the typical tourist crowds.

If you want to have a better time where you may perhaps have the opportunity to meditate, check out the Adashino Nenbutsu-ji Temple. The bamboo forest is smaller but nonetheless breathtaking. There are fewer people and better photo opportunities here than at the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove. Plus, you can check out the Buddhist temple situated there.

Lombard Street

Lombard Street

Lombard Street is one of the most iconic locations in San Francisco. The zig-zag-shaped street is a steep road with eight sharp turns. It makes for a great photo opportunity, even if it's not that fun to drive on. The unique road is surrounded by beautiful mansions, gardens and views of the bay.

Sure, there is a lot to see but you'll be duking it out with crowds to get the bests views of it all. If you like taking pictures, expect to be waiting around quite a bit as people pass by. This is particularly a problem with Lombard Street. You'd be better off checking out Pacific Heights.

De Wallen

De Wallen

De Wallen, a well-known Red Light District and tourist hotspot. There you'll find legalized prostitution, sex shops, coffee shops that sell marijuana and all sorts of other family-friendly activities. And yeah, the area is a little unclean and rowdy not really a good spot for a peaceful vacation by any means.

If you really want to go somewhere interesting, Amsterdam offers a lot more to explore. For once, you can check out the Van Gogh Museum, Ann Frank House and other interesting art museums. Check out Dam Square or Vondelpark.  There's a whole lot more to do in Amsterdam that you can actually tell your mother about when you get back.

Hobbiton

Hobbiton

The Lord of the Rings film trilogy was one of the most successful film franchises of all time, beloved for its epic storytelling, gorgeous cinematography and spectacular special effects. The sets in the film truly transported you into another world, none more so than the Hobbiton sets in New Zealand.

At Hobbiton, Zealand you can visit replicas of the Hobbiton set in the very location where the films were made. However, there's bad news. You can't go inside, so if you go there, you'll just be looking at Hobbit doors. This easily makes it one of the most overrated tourists spots in the country and is only a must if you are a hardcore fan.

Christ the Redeemer

Christ the Redeemer

Christ the Redeemer is easily Rio de Janeiro's most iconic landmarks. The giant Jesus statue sees millions of visitors every year but don't expect a divine experience when you get there. Sitting on top of Sugarloaf Mountain, you have a couple of ways of getting up there: on foot or by riding the Trem do Corcovado.

If you go on foot, expect to be exhausted out of your mind to the point that you won't care about seeing the statue up close anymore. And should you decide to take the ride up to the mountain, you'll have to pay the equivalent of $20 and wait in line for hours, at which point you will also be exhausted.

Guinness Storehouse

Guinness Storehouse

The Guinness Storehouse might seem like a good idea for those who love their Irish beer, but ultimately, the Guinness Storehouse is an overrated disappointment. The tourist attraction is a seven-floor building that features various exhibits that teach about beermaking and a pint of Guinness is included with the price of admission.

None of that makes it worth your money, because there's plenty of info out there pertaining to how beer is made. If you want to have the quintessential Irish experience, go to a real pub with some locals and grab a pint there. It is going to cost you a lot less money and you don't have to walk seven floors just to get a beer.

Ko Phi Phi

Ko Phi Phi

Ko Phi Phi is another place that in pictures looks great. It's got crystal-clear blue waters, limestone cliffs, and gorgeous plant life. But since Ko Phi Phi was made famous by Leonardo DiCaprio's film, The Beach, the area has become a tourist hotspot that should be avoided at all costs.

Once peaceful and serene, the area has become commercialized with hotels, boathouses and everything else you want to avoid, to get away from it all. Even the water has become a polluted mess thanks to trash and motor oil. The area has been tainted. Instead, check out other locations in Thailand like Koh Kradan.

Waikiki Beach

Waikiki Beach

Waikiki Beach is one of the most popular spots in Hawaii and it's also one of the most unpleasant. The crowds at the beach are ridiculous and remove any possibility of relaxation. You have to maneuver around tons of people and their children, as you look for a spot to sit in the sun.  

On top of all this, people play loud music, there's an extensive population of homeless people and the area is overly commercialized. If you are looking for a better spot to lay in the sun, you might want to consider a more tranquil beach like Lanikai or Ala Moana Beach Park.

Blue Lagoon

Blue Lagoon

Many people come to Iceland just to see the Blue Lagoon but that is hardly the best reason to go. If you don't know what it is, it’s a geothermal spa located near Grindavík. The water temperature is naturally heated thanks to geothermal power and reaches temperatures up to 100 degrees Fahrenheit. The lagoon itself, however, is man-made.

And besides the fact that it's not even a fully natural wonder, the area can get overcrowded and the water can be unsafe at times because of dangerously high pH levels. Add to this the fact that is costs €45 for entry in the summer and another €45 for a ticket, and you'll realize all too quickly how much you are overpaying for the experience.

Boulder Beach

Boulder Beach

Boulder Beach is another location that is just a glorified zoo. You'll have to pay to see penguins there because there's an entrance fee. The area is flooded with tourists and there's even a recreational beach nearby, making it not the most isolated, natural environment for viewing wildlife. And wait, it gets even "better"...

After you've paid your fee to sea some penguins up close, you'll realize, you can't actually get that close. You'll have to view the penguins from a paved boardwalk and somehow get past people trying to take the same picture as you. However, if you go to Seaforth, a little ways away, you can see penguins without crowds and not have to pay any fees.

Bran Castle

Bran Castle

Bran Castle in Romania is often believed to be the inspiration for Bram Stoker's Dracula but there are a few problems with that theory. Bran Castle really only fits the descriptions of a typical castle in Transylvania, not necessarily Dracula's castle. Another problem is that Stoker never actually visited Romania, so he wouldn't even know the castle if he saw it.

Really, there is nothing tying this castle to the Dracula novel. That's just something people made up. And now they are relishing in their own creation as the castle has become bombarded by tourists. Sure, it's a nice castle with beautiful scenery but there are tons of others to see too.

Four Corners

Four Corners

Being in four states at once might sound like a really cool idea if there actual walls, fences, or colored curtains between the states. But really state lines are completely arbitrary and really only have legal significance. Actually being in four "places"  at once is just plain silly, because your body is physically in one spot. This shouldn't appeal to anyone other than children.

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.

The Eiffel Tower

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. The Effiel Tower is visible from a number of viewpoint in the city, so seeing it up close isn't a necessity. 

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.  If you want to see all there is to see in Paris, you'll want to get around as much as possible. Plan lots of time, because there's plenty to see in the city of lights.

The Rocky Statue

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. However, you'll find this destination ultimately disappointing because the statue isn't there.


 

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! now it's in just some random place that you'll probably have a hard time even finding. But nobody dares say that Rocky isn't art.

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The Leaning Tower of Pisa

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. It's been done a million times already to the point that it's a whole lot more cringy than it is funny.

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. The city has a whole lot more to offer than a poorly planned tower.

Hollywood Walk of Fame

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!” And really that's all you'll see when you go there. And there are so many names, you won't even care as you step on each one - they jut become like any other tile.

Statue of Liberty

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. You used to be able to g inside the Statue of Liberty but that has not been a thing for a very long time.

Instead, try a walk in Central Park or visit the city’s newest attraction, the 9/11 Monument. If you want to learn about immigration in the United States, you should check out the National Immigration Museum located on Ellis Island. Sure looking at the Statue of Liberty will be a cool experience but your trip to the museum will be as informative as memorable.

The Blarney Stone

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 silly rock over the years, you’re more likely to be blessed with giardia. Even Irishcentral.com named the Blarney Stone the “most overrated tourist attraction in Europe.”

For over 200 years now, people from all over the world have been engaging in this tradition> However, there's a lot better Irish tradition that's a whole lot more rewarding and that's grabbing a pint at the pub. So, if kissing a stone is your thing, go for it, but personally, we'd prefer to grab a pint.

Cancun

Cancun

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. There are a lot better places to explore in Mexico than Cancun.

If a relaxing tropical vacation in Mexico is more your speed, you could always check out Cabo San Lucas. It's a popular destination for travelers by plane or via cruise. And if you love history, you might check out somewhere like Chichén Itzá and explore some ancient Mayan ruins. Mexico has a rich culture and a whole lot more to offer than Spring Break partying.

The Washington Monument

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. Being inside the monument isn't as exciting as it may sounds, and you can see it from various vantage points, so there's really no reason to go out of your way to see the least interesting monument.

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! There's also the Jefferson Memorial and quaint FDR memorial in the area as well. Plus, you can pay your respects at the Vietnam wall.

Times Square

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.

Once you get over the novelty of being in Times Square, which isn't all that impressive, you'll realize you are just in another commercialized trap. Really, the only time to experience Times Square is at New Years', and that's if you don't mind ridiculous crowds and noise around the holidays. 

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Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls is one of the most breathtaking waterfalls – for the most part. Its three waterfalls grouped together, spanning the borders of Canada and New York. It's located on the Niagara River and would be a magnificent sight if it weren't for everything else around it. For one, you have to deal with the crowds of other people.

Then there is the fact that there are surrounding buildings and many of them are rundown or abandoned.  These structures really take away from the natural beauty of the falls, where that is really the heart of the area. The city of Niagara Falls itself is a disappointment beyond measure.