Having ventured beyond the well-trodden path, I’ve come to realize that many renowned destinations fail to live up to their hype. This sentiment is shared by countless netizens who have similarly found themselves underwhelmed by celebrated attractions.
Someone asked, what famous place is not worth visiting? And here are some of the picks:
1. Baker’s Street, London
“Sherlock Holme’s house on Baker Street in London.”
“Of course, I love Sherlock Holmes, so I took the tour as a tourist. Not far into walking around the house, it dawned upon me… this is a fake set of a fictional character. What am I doing here????”
2. Atlantic City, New Jersey
“Monopoly got me good.”
“Atlantic City is a dump.” “Nothing to see or do except gamble.”
3. Plymouth Rock, Plymouth
“Despite all the rage, it’s still just a rock in a cage.”
4. Hollywood, Los Angeles
“Hollywood is awful!”
“Hollywood, it’s seedy and disappointing. It’s full of industries that take advantage of starry-eyed silly people.”
5. Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, Anglesey Island
“Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch in Wales Nothing there except an Edinburgh Wollen Mills shop. Which is just silly as Edinburgh is nearly 300 miles away.”
“It is worth stopping at the train station and taking a photo by the sign. It’s a quaint little place. I may be overstating that a considerable amount, lol, and there isn’t much else to do there.”
“Agreed. Nothing to see there once you’ve tried and failed to pronounce the name. If I missed something good, I might get some flak for this, but I didn’t think Anglesey was worth visiting. North Wales… A lot of Wales, to be fair, is stunningly beautiful, though.”
6. Times Square, New York
“Time Square on New Year’s Eve.”
“Just forget it. It has *never* been worth it.”
7. King’s Cross Station, London
“Platform 9¾ in King’s Cross station, London. Stupid metal statue on a straight wall, a horrible queue to taking a photo with you on it, and another hundred-meter long queue to the small and costly Harry Potter shop.”
8. Anything Egypt
“Egypt. It’s as if phone scams were a materialized location. You get there, and right away, the airport is going to start scamming you, take your electronics away and tell you that you need permits for them (which they will gladly sell you, and then tell you that its the wrong one and have you buy another one), the hotel you stay at will recheck your bags as the airport did and again tell you that you need permits or whatever random thing they decide they can get away telling you to need one.
The police will extort money from you if they think they can. Fake police will approach and fine you or tell you to follow them to different sites where they charge you. Children will run up to you and ask if you want to ride their camel very aggressively (they will cut you off with their camel and not let you move forward), tell you its free, and then try to charge you insane amounts of money and call their camel pimp over to deal with you if you don’t pay. If you don’t get on the camel, they will often even get the camel to attack you. It’s all pretty wild; it’s not worth it.
9. Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin
“Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin. It used to be the border between the US and Soviet sectors, but all that’s left of it is a shack and a sign, and the only thing you can do is pay to get your photo taken with someone in uniform. There’s a frickin’ McDonald’s next to it.”
10. Anything Dubai
“Dubai is a twisted parody of everything wrong with modern society, and I judge anyone who goes there for their Insta pics.”
“Dubai is like someone was playing SimCity in sandbox mode and just said who cares about any planning or organization.”
11. Leaning Tower Of Pisa, The City Of Pisa
“Leaning tower of Pisa, just a small town without much going on, then a ton of tourists pretending to hold it up.”
12. Miami City
“Miami in summer. Way too hot to go outside. Boring city, the beach is quite far away if you stay in the city. Too many idiots in Miami Beach. And horrible traffic.”
13. The Liberty Bell, Philadelphia
“The Liberty Bell is one of those tourist traps that no one around Philadelphia has visited since their 3rd-grade field trip. And like you said, they renovated the building recently, and it’s in a room with giant glass windows. You can walk up and see it from the outside.”
14. Mt. Everest
“It’s dangerous enough that you might die but not enough that the accomplishment of reaching the top is awe-inspiring. Most dangers are mitigated by the Sherpas, who died quite a lot trying to prepare the path for what amount to a glorified tourist trap.”
15. Manneken Pis Statue in Brussels
“The Manneken Pis Statue in Brussels, Belgium. It’s about a foot tall and nestled into this little corner. Chocolate versions of him are sold on the street a block away, which is larger and grander. Huge letdown, lol.”
16. Mount Rushmore, Keystone
“It’s just a bunch of big faces carved into a rock. There are way cooler and more fun things to do in the black hills. Even Crazy Horse is better and essentially the same thing.”
“You can see Mt Rushmore perfectly fine from the road… No need to pay to see it.”
17. Mona Lisa, Louvre
“While the Louvre is amazing and can consume entire days of walking, don’t bother fighting the crowds to see the Mona Lisa. It’s tiny and has a crowd of tourists dozens deep, all taking pictures. “No flash photography” be damned, so all you see is flash reflecting off the protective glass.
Also, rumor is that the real Mona Lisa is in a basement and that the one you see is just a very convincing replica.”
“Mona Lisa room of the Louvre. SO underwhelming”
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