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Cities You Don't Want To Return To  
User currently offlineSevernaya From Russia, joined Jan 2009, 1465 posts, RR: 2
Posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 8077 times:

I saw the topic 'Favorite cities' - Your Favourite Cities? (by LGWflyer Apr 6 2011 in Non Aviation) and I thought why not to start a thread of your top cities you don't want to return to, and why not?

My top 3 to start with.

1) Ulan Bator, capital of Mongolia. Really next to nothing to see, except the large Buddha statue and Zaisan Memorial with a cute view over the city. The city is a mess, roads are bad, and I wonder why a million people would live there.
2) Zhangjiakou, nothing to see however it's a city with about 4 million people.
3) Duisburg, it gave me a very insecure feeling when I was there.

Всяк глядит, да не всяк видит.
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User currently offlineUltimateDelta From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 2345 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 8069 times:

Well, I won't go so far as to say that I never want to go back there again (though I wouldn't be disappointed if I didn't have to), the top (or bottom) of my list is Macon, GA. Granted, there are a few nicer spots, but not many and most of the place is not exactly prepossessing. My cousins live there, though, so I do usually go there once a year or so, but I sure don't like it.

Midwest Airlines- 1984-2010
User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40298 posts, RR: 73
Reply 2, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 8063 times:

Cancun, Mexico. I only went there to catch a Cubana IL-62 flight to Cuba.
I did see Cancun for several days and it was a dump. The only Mexicans I saw were hotel & restaurant staff. Didn't see ordinary locals there at all. Instead all I saw was drunken fraternity boys and sorority girls. Many vendors trying to rip you off and sale you junk. I had a bad experience with the hotel and staff. Had money stolen as well. It was not a fun place at all and completely void of any culture what so ever. I knew it was a resort town so my expectations were not high to begin with. I ended being more disappointed with the place once I got there.

Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineYYZflyer From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 3644 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 8054 times:

London, Ontario. Too many one way streets and very difficult to get around. Toronto is kinda the same but I know the area so I can either walk or take transit. I went to London last month for a concert because there was no stop in Toronto. Me and my friend were getting pissed off because we could find the street his GPS said we kept passing. Turned out it was under a bridge we were driving over. >_>

Whoever designed this city was drunk or high. I hate one way streets with a passion. The only reason I would go back is for another concert that's not in Toronto.

Avoid hangovers, stay drunk.
User currently offlinealoges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 9428 posts, RR: 39
Reply 4, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 8013 times:

the entire country of Venezuela, most prominently Guayana City

It was a shithole, getting stuck there during the referendum on Hugo Chávez didn't help much.

[Edited 2011-04-10 11:27:41]

Walk together, talk together all ye peoples of the earth. Then, and only then, shall ye have peace.
User currently offlinebill142 From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 8508 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 7993 times:

Penang, Malaysia. Nothing to see, nothing to do and it's a bit of a dump. I was so unimpressed I left a day early.

User currently offlineRevelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 15726 posts, RR: 28
Reply 6, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 7994 times:

Quoting UltimateDelta (Reply 1):
My cousins live there, though, so I do usually go there once a year or so, but I sure don't like it.

I feel the same way about Waterbury, CT.

I have relatives and friends in the area so I end up there a couple times a year, and each time I ask myself why.

Luckily, most have moved away from the area so the need to go there isn't as much as it used to be.

Inspiration, move me brightly!
User currently offlineJetBlue777 From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 1597 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 7988 times:

Las Vegas.

Until I'm legally able to be inside a casino and I went there when it was 116 Degrees Fahrenheit

Went there for 2 nights as a part of a package tour, didn't enjoy it as I was below 18, though I did enjoy the Bellagio and it's water show.

Manila, Philippines

I have no choice, but to go back to that awful, dirty and noisy city. My grandparents live in the Southern part of the country, so we always stop by MNL and catch a domestic flight, Cebu is way better but international flights to/from the US is rather limited and expensive compared to Manila.

It's a cultural thing.
User currently offlineLoubert From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 61 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 7962 times:

I'll go just about anywhere at least once, but I wouldn't look forward to returning to Le Havre.

User currently offlineipodguy7 From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 545 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 7935 times:

Brugges, Belgium. Been there twice (not by choice) and I just can't stand the city for some reason. Another city I hope to never see again is Waco, Texas.

User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 29179 posts, RR: 50
Reply 10, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 7902 times:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 2):
The only Mexicans I saw were hotel & restaurant staff. Didn't see ordinary locals there at all

Thats because you did not go into Cancun proper and stayed along the coast and hotel strip.

Cancun proper is not bad, and like any smaller/medium sized Mexican city. Some very good food and decent(cheaper) shopping. An in turn, you wont see any Americans as they are too busy at the beach or partying up along the hotel strip.

Take a look at a map of Cancun, and you'll see the pretty dense city itself located NW of the hotel strip.

From the desert to the sea, to all of Southern California
User currently offlinesardiniangirl From Italy, joined Dec 2010, 12 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 7874 times:

Fortaleza, Brazil. It's not bad but dangerous..

User currently offlineAloha717200 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 4557 posts, RR: 14
Reply 12, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 7836 times:

Susanville, CA

Reno, NV

Bad memories, had a gun pulled on me, got conned, and got lost in the dangerous part of Reno. Never going back to either of these towns.

Newport, OR - Don't like the smell of fish guts in the air from the city's canneries.

User currently offlineandz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8596 posts, RR: 9
Reply 13, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 7836 times:
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Linz, Austria. I was there for 2 days, it rained continuously while I was there and my overriding memory is wet greyness.

Port Louis, Mauritius. Expensive, impersonal, boring.

After Monday and Tuesday even the calendar says WTF...
User currently offlineSpringbok747 From Australia, joined Nov 2004, 4387 posts, RR: 9
Reply 14, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 7811 times:

Quoting andz (Reply 13):
Port Louis, Mauritius. Expensive, impersonal, boring.

Second that. Its really expensive and you get hoards of people trying to sell you crap because you're a tourist. The whole island is one big tourist trap.

Adelaide..my former hometown. Its one big s*ithole, filled with people who can't drive

Kalgoorlie, WA - another dusty desert town with nothing to offer (plus the fact I was mugged there in broad daylight didn't help)

Las Vegas - the whole thing looks and feels fake

Muscat, Oman - absolutely nothing to see or do and its always hot (At least when I was there)

Atlanta, GA - can't stand that traffic, and MARTA sucks.

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User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 23775 posts, RR: 60
Reply 15, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 7793 times:

I can't think of a place. I guess Guyaquil doesn't appeal to me, but there isn't much to see there, anyway.

Even the places I've lived and hated (NYC and Detroit) I'd go back to. Detroit has some interesting and exciting things happening, a true renaissance now that Detroiters have realized that the city is dead and isn't going back to the old Glory Days, they're building something completely new in its place. Because the city is so hungry for anything to move there, some wonderful countercultural projects are taking root there.

NYC will always remain a wonderful place to visit, but I'd never want to live there again.

"Never" is a long time, and things change a lot in a long time.

User currently offlineJakeOrion From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 1256 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 7772 times:

I really HATE Los Angeles. The only area I can tolerate up there is Little Tokyo; everything else is crap to me. Traffic on the 405 at 2AM on Wednesday morning really pushed me to the limit. I've done everything possible to schedule flights that don't involve LAX.

Every problem has a simple solution; finding the simple solution is the difficult problem.
User currently offlineconnies4ever From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 4066 posts, RR: 14
Reply 17, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 7748 times:

Where I currently reside, Pembroke, Ontario. Dull, dull, dull, locally-raised population seem incredibly dumb, either genetically or purposefully, about the world outside the Ottawa Valley area. For some reason they're quite proud of it. Architecturally a wasteland, poor, and on a per capita basis, possibly the oxycontin addict and prostitution capital of Ontario.

I plan to leave in September and when I do, someone remind me to take a leak at the town limits.

But I'm not bitter.

Nostalgia isn't what it used to be.
User currently offlineBraniff747SP From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 3176 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 7715 times:

Quoting JakeOrion (Reply 16):

I really HATE Los Angeles

Not alone. The only reason that I still have a (small) place in my heart for the city is because I was born here. But, other than that, it's miserable here. People love coming to Los Angeles... Why? because they only see the nice parts of it. The rest is just ugly, dirty, etc. I don't like it here...

The 747 will always be the TRUE queen of the skies!
User currently offlineJean Leloup From Canada, joined Apr 2001, 2116 posts, RR: 18
Reply 19, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 7686 times:

Quoting connies4ever (Reply 17):
Pembroke, Ontario
Quoting connies4ever (Reply 17):
on a per capita basis, possibly the oxycontin addict and prostitution capital of Ontario.

Doest this explain Tom Green?   Shame to hear that about Pembroke. I haven't been there but was hoping it was nice, since I'm a big fan of small Ontario towns in general, basically. I like the geography in the Ottawa valley, anyway.

I'm going to go with Great Falls, MT. Took my first trip to MT last month for a few days, and after the joy that is Missoula, I was in near shock at the dump that is Great Falls, just a couple hours away. I would have thought that Malmstrom AFB would pump enough money into the area to have... something nice, anything really. I tried to drive along the river, thinking that would be scenic, only to find that urban planners have seen fit to pretty much line their entire stretch of the majestic Missouri with grey concrete. Couldn't even find a place to pull over safely and look down at the river, let alone a park. We did find a neat little diner, but it wasn't easy, and when we we dutifully stopped in at the tourist information centre to ask about a good restaurant, we were suggested Applebee's and Denny's...?

We're already looking to go back to Missoula, but no more pit stops in Great Falls, that's for sure.


Next flight.... who knows.
User currently offlinegemuser From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 6285 posts, RR: 6
Reply 20, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 7678 times:

London, UK dumpsville
Naples, Italy, even more dumpsville
Los Angles, you have gotta be kidding!
New York, alright but not my cup of tea
Special Case:
Moscow, Russia but to be fair it was 45C and visibility was less than 20m due to smoke, for the whole 4 days we were there, so it gets another chance.


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User currently offlineconnies4ever From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 4066 posts, RR: 14
Reply 21, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 7664 times:

Quoting Jean Leloup (Reply 19):
Doest this explain Tom Green? Shame to hear that about Pembroke. I haven't been there but was hoping it was nice, since I'm a big fan of small Ontario towns in general, basically. I like the geography in the Ottawa valley, anyway.

Nothing wrong with the geography and in autumn the tree colours are indeed gorgeous. it's the pissant, small-minded people who live here. They are truly the people who don;t know what they don;t know. I mean, theyu keep re-electing Cheryl Gallant of all people as their MP. 4 times now I think and likely a 5th on May 2.

Sheesh. Enough for me.

Nostalgia isn't what it used to be.
User currently offlinegoblin211 From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 1209 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 7642 times:

Not really a city but Paw Paw, WV. Smallest place in the world and completely isolated from everything and everyone! To make things worse, my dad lives in the middle of the woods just outside the town. I will say that for a southern town in the middle of nowhere, they weren't the stereotypical hillbillies. There's just nothing to do there and shouldn't be so isolated period.

From the airport with love
User currently offlineOA412 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 6045 posts, RR: 25
Reply 23, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 7642 times:

I can't think of any city I have visitied that I truly do not want to return to. Las Vegas (the actual city, not the strip) was completely underwhelming. There are some holes here in Utah that I have passed through once or twice, but most don't fall under the "city" category.

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User currently offlinedfwrevolution From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 1229 posts, RR: 51
Reply 24, posted (5 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 7613 times:

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 15):
"Never" is a long time, and things change a lot in a long time.

I generally agree. I've looked forward to leaving a number of places only to enjoy returning years later. My line of work also has a habit of sending people where they don't want to go, so I try not to make too many lists of where I don't want to go. But in the spirit of this thread:

Lubbock, TX - visited for a few college football games, some of worst home fans around. Long drives for not much in return. (Sorry TT folks)

Vidor, TX - every other trip I make East along I-10 it seems like I can't make it to Beaumont and need to stop in friggin Vidor. The town smells like garbage and it always seems like I stand a fair chance of being shanked while filling up my gas tank.

25 Post contains images DeltaMD90 : Cairo, Egypt; Bethlehem, Palestine/Israel; Tijuana, Mexico. I HATE being haggled but can't blame the people. I'll probably be to #1 and #2 again later
26 bohica : Encenada, Mexico - Nothing but a filthy dirty shithole. The harbor there is full of rusted out junk boats. The next time I'm on a cruise that stops th
27 Fly2HMO : Prescott, AZ, don't get me started. Any Mexican border city. (no issues with anywhere else in Mexico though) Kingman, AZ, a glorified truck stop. Anyw
28 dlowwa : Kashgar, China. Interesting enough city, but each time I've been through there, I've managed to get sick. Don't know if it's the water, or the food, b
29 Post contains links Airport : Sadly, I haven't had much opportunity to travel around the world, I've only once been outside North America, and that was going to Costa Rica (absolut
30 Flighty : You ever Been to Datong? As for regions, I nominate Eastern South Dakota. Most cities, I like. Wait, I have to add Gatlinburg, TN. Never been to Bran
31 NoUFO : Leverkusen, Germany - boring, ugly Minsk, Belarus - even worse While I have never been to Linz, I really don't think it is that bad. When it is grey a
32 Superfly : Exploring Cancun wasn't a priority. My focus was my trip to Cuba and didn't want to waste too much time & money getting acquainted with Cancun. I
33 AR385 : 1. Hartford, Connecticut: Dreary. There´s nothing to do and the streets at night look like they´ve been taken over by the bag people. 2. Rio de Jane
34 Superfly : The photos (beach photos) I've seen are incredible. I still want to go there ver soon!
35 Post contains images FRAspotter : Pahrump, Nevada: Passed through here on the way from Las Vegas to Death Valley. I thought the "school bus on blocks was just a stereotype but it prove
36 EASTERN : Never is a long time. I never thought, as a native New Yorker, that I'd be able to live outside of the city. I always loved to travel but always want
37 aerorobnz : Ho Chi Minh City and Vietnam in general. Not just filled with people who are touts and people out to make money off tourism like most of south east as
38 Post contains images dlowwa : Nope. I am missing out? I know it's better in the more developed east, but I can speak from experience that the hospitals in rural Xinjiang can be a
39 Post contains images travelavnut : Almost my entire list of cities I don't want to return to is already mentioned by other people Indeed, although I loved the Baja California as a whole
40 Superfly : Seems like the place for backpackers. Many of the backpackers brag and boast about going to Vietnam as some sort of rite of passage. Yet I'm hearing
41 aerorobnz : I decided to Backpack from SGN-BKK because I had heard much about Vietnam from people and wanted to see some of it. with the benefit of hindsight I w
42 Post contains links melpax : Coober Pedy, South Australia. Stopped there for a night during a school trip to Central Australia back in 1991. The first thing we were told when we a
43 Bongodog1964 : Why ? its very easy to give a one word criticism, just interested to see the reason
44 Goldenshield : That's kind of the point. You're there to gamble. The resorts and themes are there to entice you.
45 na : Lima, Peru. Depressing. The worst slums I´ve ever seen. Nicosia, Cyprus. Depressing, run-down. Almeria, Spain. A dusty, ugly architectural nightmare.
46 nwaesc : MSO is great, as is BZN. Top of my list? MEM. If I never go back, it'll be too soon. Close second: Worcester, MA., with Gallup, NM rounding out the t
47 gemuser : To me it was a dump. Unpleasant, smelly, congested, cold/damp, expensive, difficult, unhelpful people, rip off, not particularly interesting and just
48 na : I cant follow you. London is perhaps the city in the world I visited most often (beside the German cities I go to regularly because of family, friend
49 iakobos : From Wiki: the highest temperature ever recorded was 38.2 °C (100.8 °F) on July 29, 2010 Visibility: August 2010 wildfires in the East of the Mosco
50 fxramper : Lubbock, Texas Madrid, Spain Memphis, Tennessee La Paz, Bolivia Houston, Texas Phoenix, Arizona
51 Post contains images sw733 : I really have no need to go back to Brussels Nor do I have any need to go back to Dubai (unfortunately my company disagrees) Lagos is just a hot mess.
52 Post contains images travelavnut : Ow I know But in Jo'berg there wasn't a moment outside the hotel gates that I felt secure. I've been to a few "dumps" in Africa and I felt much more
53 mbmbos : Orlando - with all the hot, humid air and no ocean nearby coupled with theme parks and strip malls, my idea of hell. Phoenix - what's the difference b
54 andz : I think the difference is that in Linz I was stuck in a hotel in what seemed like an industrial area, on a Sunday, left to my own devices. Monday was
55 Sulley : Birmingham, AL. It's stuck in the 1950s -- the bad 1950s.
56 TSS : I'd be interested in hearing more details about this, especially the getting lost part. Is there a relevant trip report available? The Broncos fell t
57 Sulley : I lived there -- it's absolutely backward in every way imaginable. The city is dying, but the people who live "Over the Mountain" are in their own li
58 TSS : Okay. Very well stated, and 100% true.
59 Stabilator : Inverness FL. Honolulu HI. Devils Lake ND. I'd add Grand Forks to that list, unfortunately I go to school there, making my return inevitable.
60 na : You think? Surely you dont know it then. Italy has some of the nicest places on earth, I think (and I know). But having said that, Naples surely isnt
61 mainMAN : There's only one place I'd never return, and that's Las Vegas. Hated it, it's really not me, apart from the Bellagio fountain. Luckily I found a Borde
62 AirPacific747 : lol I drove to Bochum a little over a week ago. I agree with you :P Brussels, Belgium - Polluted, doesn't feel so safe. Playa Del Ingles, Gran Canari
63 lewis : Brussels and everywhere I went in Belgium. Nice buildings, this and that but not for more than a few hours. Boring as hell. I would also never set foo
64 Post contains images JetsGo : I love how neither one of these are really the fault of the city of Reno itself. Haters gonna hate. Oh, and just to rub some salt in the wound, your
65 Post contains images sw733 : Thinking is personal opinion, knowing is fact. It's my personal opinion that I don't like Italy very much. I have found some very beautiful places in
66 Post contains images iakobos : You never went out of the subway, isn't it ? Replaying the same old tune Lewis, den einai file ? Of course everyone is entitled to his opinion, we al
67 Springbok747 : It is now sealed..but you're right on other counts. Nothing has changed with the public drunkenness, danger of being assaulted or mugged, especially
68 Post contains images lewis : Seriously, I was not impressed at all with the people and the places I visited (maybe because they were mainly French speakers ?). On the other hand,
69 Post contains images N1120A : Places I wouldn't care to go back to: Hanoi - The old city is OK and I did see a Hoan Kiem tortoise, but it really epitomizes the unsavory things abou
70 Post contains images iakobos : Depends what type of recreation you are looking for. Culturally it is very rich, but that's not necessarily to the taste of many casual tourists of c
71 lewis : That is about the only thing I enjoyed. Architecture and art, both in Brussels and Brugge, were very good and I really enjoyed walking around the cit
72 N1120A : Well, I think Brussels would be a very nice place to live - just not a great place to visit. I like the EU side.
73 Post contains images dc9northwest : Hmmm.... Interesting choices here... Brussels? Really? We have "towns" in TX, maybe Naples, which has the famous 10-ft garbage piling up in the street
74 canoecarrier : A lot of interesting choices in this thread to avoid. Personally since I've traveled extensively within the US and Canada and not much at all abroad m
75 Post contains images Airport : LOL! Hey now, I never said it was Reno's fault, I'm just sayin this thread topic is "Cities you don't want to return to", and I don't want to return
76 Post contains images Flighty : You're not missing out on Datong, it was a coal soot filled, leaden sky hellscape when I was there, and that's being cheerful about the "charms" of i
77 ipodguy7 : As a Nashvillian, I can definetly agree with you. I have to travel frequently between Nashville and Dallas (sometimes driving), and I always try to g
78 Acheron : I see. I didn't know you went all over the country. Actually, you probably didn't, but please, do stay away. Locals are whiny enough as it is, just t
79 Post contains images stasisLAX : The Phoenix metro area is 60+ miles wide and a series of run-down strip malls and housing developments, some mostly empty due to the massive impact o
80 OA412 : Ah yes, how could I forget Bakersfield. Way back when I was in high school, we twice took a day trip to attend a performance by their local symphony
81 TSS : I've been trying to think of a city I've visited that I wouldn't want too return to, but I'm drawing a blank. The closest runner-up to the "Never Agai
82 seb146 : Wow. Just wow. Susanville? Really? I have been there a number of times and nothing but nothing happened to me there. Reno? Same thing. I have been up
83 United Airline : Dubai-nothing much to do there. Not my cup of tea. Charlotte
84 Post contains images Superfly : Agreed. Many of them are self-righteous brats that think they're somehow saving the world. There is a little backpacker ghetto here in Bangkok called
85 Post contains links and images TSS : Nicely put, and I absolutely love the veneer of neon kitsch on top of the rustic feel. Fitzgerald's is indeed closed , but according to their website
86 j.mo : I haven't seen East St. Louis mentioned yet. Maybe because nobody on here was dumb enough to go there. I was trying to find a good spot to capture a n
87 Superfly : Me too. The city is unpolished as it comes. Good to hear. Been there 3 times. Yes that place is scary. We actually got lost in East Saint Louis. It w
88 sccutler : Sad to read that; it has been a long time since I visited (December, 1977), but at that time, Lima was a charming city (albeit, lots of garbage piled
89 Revelation : Went there after Hurricane Ivan had passed through, and no one had bothered to tell us to stay the f*** away while they rebuilt the place. The only r
90 stratosphere : Have to laugh I hate MEM and I live here. My salary goes a long way here but it is a shithole. Philly tops my list of places worse than my own city.
91 type-rated : San Antonio, Tx. One of the most boring places on earth. You got the Riverwalk & the Alamo & Fiesta Texas and that's about it! Huntsville, AL
92 Severnaya : Moscow airports were not unaffected, DME and VKO halted operations for some hours on some days if I remember correct. SVO did better however and rece
93 Post contains images aloges : how adorable The shithole comment was in reference to Ciudad Guayana only. Caracas was OK and I met some friendly locals, but I'd still feel uneasy i
94 gemuser : Electronic temperature gauges all over town were between 40 and 45C the whole time we were there in the first week of August 2010. Can't say how accu
95 stealthz : Caught me out on one visit to San Francisco... have spent some enjoyable times on later visits watching others being "surprised" Where would I not go
96 Post contains images n229nw : Phoenix, AZ tops my list of places I've been that are cities. Although I've never been to Orlando, your description is pretty much exactly why... Pre
97 melpax : Yep, just like in Priscilla. Trust me, just one visit's enough....
98 Post contains images PITingres : And that pretty much says it all. [West] St Louis isn't much better if you ask me. Other crime ridden, no-redeeming-value US cities are Camden NJ, as
99 seb146 : The silver guy is in Portland. I was thinking Pier 39 because of the sea lions lounging on the docks. I thought Newport was quaint. If we are talking
100 Flighty : Yes! You scored a direct hit. Eureka CA (the town anyway) is also pretty disappointing. By comparison, the East Coast is a lot more "nice." Mostly. I
101 Post contains images canoecarrier : Enjoy your visit! I do love my AMC cars though, maybe I should give it another chance. I typically refer to Memphis this way when discussing it with
102 SQ325 : Sofia, Bulgaria even though we stayed at the best hotel in town I really hate that place! Read it somewhere in the beginning a place I never want to s
103 Post contains images ScarletHarlot : I grew up there. Although, I kinda made peace with it on my last visit two years ago - but I still wouldn't ever want to be there for more than a cou
104 iakobos : Sheraton on the main square perhaps ? (where all rooms are bugged...inheritence of the Soviet era though the equipment is regularly updated) Nothing
105 seb146 : That's what I thought too. I drove through the town and thought "that's it?" the whole time. Plus, we managed to see no fewer than three drug deals g
106 AirPacific747 : Calgary, AB, Canada - It's not a bad city to live in I guess, but to visit it was incredibly boring. Nothing to do. So many other great places in Cana
107 MadameConcorde : The only city I can think of in these terms is Omsk, Siberia. Novosibirsk is bad enough but Omsk got to be the absolute worst.
108 Severnaya : Interesting, care to elaborate on that one? I've been only once in Omsk (and it was a sunny day I have to admit, so that makes everything good), and
109 Post contains images AustrianZRH : . Never saw such a deserted town before. Wanted to grab a bite to eat at around 1 pm. Luckily, Subway was open (about the only open business). Don't
110 Revelation : North Philly is definitely a shithole. The rest is better, although many Philly folks can give New Yorkers lessons in rudeness...
111 SQ325 : right!with the best fittness area ever, an empty pool filled with some cross trainers!
112 Post contains images canoecarrier : I guess you weren't there during Stampede then I really like Calgary especially when you compare it to places like Winnipeg or Saskatoon. Although I'
113 N1120A : Great name though.
114 L410Turbolet : Poipet, Cambodia - not really a "city" but a dirty, dusty border town full of Los Angeles, CA - an urbanistic nightmare Ostrava (and vicinity), Czech
115 seb146 : WAY too violent. I lived in Vancouver near The Fort and I thought it was a nice place. I didn't care for the east or north ends, but inside 205 and 5
116 jwenting : New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Boston. Dirty dumps, unfriendly people, overcrowded. I'm not a big fan of cities anyway, but those are the worst I've vi
117 Post contains images canoecarrier : In my consulting gig I end up in Spokane a lot. But, you did describe Pioneer Square here in Seattle quite well. Just like you say there are nice pla
118 cws818 : Don't forget Medford! Driving through is depressing enough, but even being on a through flight (i.e., the old QX LAX-MFR-EUG service) is bad...you kn
119 Post contains images OzGlobal : Only, not sure I'd agree on the "beautiful" part. Switzerland's strong points are the landscape and the villages. The cities seem to be full of peopl
120 sw733 : Amen to that. I mentioned that one in mine too, because I have to go there from time to time for work, but I wanted to write again to agree with you
121 na : I know Dubai isnt for me without ever having been there. Almost as fake as Las Vegas, just a big bubble under a sun which burns so hot its no fun at
122 sw733 : Dubai (really the UAE in general) is smart in that they are planning for a life without oil. They are building their infrastructure to survive, best
123 comorin : SFO - I don't know why, but I always get depressed there! Anyone else feel the same way? Is it the wind coming off the Pacific?
124 shamrock604 : Maybe im just that kind of person, but I usually find something I like about each city I visit, and have never really ruled anywhere out of bounds for
125 Flighty : Agreed. Everyone says that. Maybe you listen to other sources. Milan is a business, banking and fashion center. They also have a few very famous buil
126 seb146 : I lived in Ashalnd for two years. I never liked the north end of Medford, except the airport. I always passed through White City and Central Point on
127 Post contains images PITingres : I agree, but it's not bad enough to put it into "never again" status IMO. I was there about a year after the Loma Prieta earthquake, and several time
128 canoecarrier : Don't get me wrong, I love Seattle. I was just pointing out that we have our share of urban problems as well. And, the buses aren't bad if you get ou
129 Post contains images CGKings317 : Me: Marshalltown, IA, (~hour NE of DSM). Only went there because of my grandmother who has since passed on. The "major attraction" is the YMCA, an adm
130 Post contains images AirPacific747 : I read about it in the travel guide. Sounds like a lot of fun We missed it by a week, so unfortunately I haven't experienced it.
131 jwenting : Sounds like Miami, Tampa, and LA except for the sea they're sitting on.
132 rwSEA : Places I never care to return to: Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania - dirty, unsafe Naples, Italy - not much to see, feels unsafe and chaotic Atlanta, Georgia -
133 signol : I don't think there's anywhere I really don't want to return to. There are some places that given a choice I'd probably choose the other... Bradford (
134 Post contains images shamrock604 : Ireland gets more sun than lots of people think, the problem is it is contained in rather odd months, like April and September. Oddly, June and July
135 Post contains images exFATboy : Okay, three categories: Cities I liked but don't see any reason to return there 'cause I've done it and once was enough New Orleans - fun once, just d
136 Baroque : Been scratching my head too. New York maybe but I was just trying to transit it. Even bad experiences can turn out well. I went back to the UK (Londo
137 Wolverine : Siofok, Balaton, Hungary- nice lake, but this city is a dirthole. Corralejo, Fuerteventura, Spain- dirty, loud and way to expensive Oberhausen, German
138 Post contains images steeler83 : I can't say I've been to many cities to actually think of a place I absolutely loathed enough to not want to go back to, but after reading about all t
139 exFATboy : Have an add to my list - Frankfurt, Germany. Nothing actually wrong with it, and most of the people were quite nice, just boring. Stupefyingly, magnif
140 shamrock604 : Frankfurt and the Hague are similar in that regard. Although not the official capitals of either country, Frankfurt is Germany's banking heartland an
141 KLM777300ER : I've enjoyed most places I've visit around the world and find it unrealistic at 21 to say I'd NEVER go back.. But if I had to name a few... Venice, It
142 YokoTsuno : That's true. If you love to be hassled every 2 minutes you'll love this place. Hopelessly overrated. They must have an excellent PR department there
143 EDICHC : London - lived there for just over a year. Overpriced, unfriendly, soulless, sh*thole. Only redeeming factor is good transport links out of there. Man
144 Superfly : Worst of all, you can't sleep on the bus because the roads are too bumpy. I still like Manila but it's far from my favorite place.
145 OzGlobal : Yeah, because it got razed to the ground in the WW II.
146 melpax : Most of the Aussies who go to Bali would spend the majority of their time there in the resorts..... Bali & Thailand (Phuket in particular) are to
147 Post contains images PlymSpotter : I will never totally write a city off; the dynamic nature of urban environments can totally change the experience and how a city engages you in a very
148 luckyone : Prague -- simply OVERRUN with tourists, it almost has a Disney World feel to it, very bizarre to me Darmstadt Cody, WY -- I swear if I see another cow
149 Post contains images exFATboy : But - as I used to say when I lived in Fresno - at least it's dry heat!
150 luckyone : 115F in the shade is fackin hot regardless of whether it's hot, dry, sticky, wet, breezy, easy peezy lemon squeazy...LOL.
151 Superfly : Agreed but I find this attitude among all westerners of this ilk. Yes when they go back to London, New York or Berkeley, they'll boast as if they're
152 signol : We stayed in Bangkok for 5 days and spent all of 20 minutes there - enough time to pick up a Rolex, but then out of there. We stayed in a hotel near
153 Post contains images shamrock604 : Prague is best visited in Winter rather than Summer. Having been during both seasons, I found my winter visit there far more rewarding. Less tourists
154 BOStonsox : The only city I can think of that I can see myself going down for a few days and never again is Washington, DC. My thoughts exactly. I stayed in a hos
155 Post contains images shamrock604 : One thing I never found about Boston was that it was dirty! I thought it was actually among the cleanest US cities I had ever been in, was friendly a
156 EDICHC : My experience of living in London was of drug and chav culture mixed with a good dollop of racial tension. And while I agree there was always somethi
157 nwaesc : Eureka was so-so, but I really like Arcata and Trinidad. Astoria is a cool city simply because it's still "authentic" (for lack of a better term) com
158 Post contains images luckyone : By all means form your own opinion. I was simply stating mine I've been plenty of places--obviously not as many as some on this board--but I have nev
159 Post contains links Baroque : But don't you like the story about the demise of Bishop Gellert? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerard_Sagredo Was he unusually difficult or is that li
160 shamrock604 : I do understand how you could come to that conclusion. I guess a lot is determined by where you settle down to live in London, and thus this determin
161 mainMAN : Have you ever been to Holyhead on a sunny day? I was there last year, expecting it to be a dump, but I thought it was ok and nowhere near as bad as p
162 Post contains images shamrock604 : Perhaps... the countryside around it is certainly very attractive, so I guess it does make a good base for touring the area. A bit of tarting the pla
163 Post contains images exFATboy : All too true, but when I moved to Tampa I found that Tampa at 85 was the same general level of discomfort as Fresno at about 100. And there's another
164 Post contains images TSS : Architecturally DC is a mixed bag: You can only look at so many ionic white marble columns before they all look the same, and Mount Vernon, despite i
165 melpax : Though the Irish also come to work in our pubs, as well as drink in them!!
166 wn700driver : I'll buy that. Is is as bad or worse than Tijuana? That place is just awful and seemed to get worse each of the fifteen or so times I've gone there.
167 shamrock604 : I absolutely loved DC! It's actually one of my favourite US cities! Maybe I missed all the bad parts, but what I did see was a very green city, with
168 Post contains images PlymSpotter : Just like the Brits who go and sit in an all inclusive resort for two weeks and never leave, then claim to have 'been' to Turkey, Portugal, Spain etc
169 AR385 : This is probably one of the strangest things I´ve read here in a while. Obviously you have no idea what Cancún is about, What is around Cancún and
170 KLM777300ER : As someone born and raised my whole life in the DC area, I am naturally biased to loving the city, but I will say the following: DC has both nasty pa
171 Superfly : The ironic thing is that the backpackers love to bash and say negative things about all inclusive resorts. Yet they congregate in areas which are ess
172 wn700driver : I know plenty. The only reason I haven't been there is that if I want to see a bunch of bloated drunken rich white americans trashing up a place, I j
173 zalemam : Irbid, Jordan I absolutely cant stand going there! There is nothing to do...I mean nothing, everyone is grouchy, the fields are all charred from wild
174 AR385 : My apologies. I thought you were just doing some cheap bashing, as it usually becomes the case in these threads. That sometimes puts me in the defens
175 Post contains images Superfly : Not a problem. Even though I haven't have a good experience in Mexico, I still want to go back and see a different part of the country. The Sierra Ma
176 wn700driver : Shuh. No problem. These threads, especially when they start with "Cities you'll never return to" are almost supposed to be about bashing... Indeed. I
177 Post contains images Superfly : That was a selling point? What's so great about hanging out with super-rich snobs? Yep. It's called Rio de Janiero.
178 Revelation : I spent a weekend day there and like most tourists I drove past the Alamo a few times before realizing that "that's it"... No wonder Ozzy Osbourne ur
179 KLM777300ER : Well the person you were seeing clearly doesn't know the area very well if he/she referred to the area as "working class" when Potomac is home to sev
180 ogre727 : Moscow... hated it... will never go back.
181 mal787 : Ditto that springbok747 My personal coice is Hong Kong, dirty congested, crowded people came across as rude and it all starts at immigration on the w
182 Post contains images san747 : For me, probably Atlanta and Portsmouth, NH. Pechanga is the only interesting place to hang out in that town and even I'm tired of it! I say this havi
183 Revelation : I'd go back to Portsmouth NH. Hey, it isn't Boston, but it has a lot of things going for it IMHO. Beaches north and south during the summer, straight
184 Baroque : Good grief. Aside from anything else, Adelaide is an excellent place for lunch. Just ask Max Gillies. Made it famous!
185 simonriat : Edinburgh. Unfreindly, cold, windy and wet. Very depressing. Scotland in general.
186 weebie : Bloemfontein Adelaide Shenzhen
187 travelavnut : Ow yes, I would like to add this one to my list as well. Drove through it for hours on end looking for a tire shop that had tires in our size. Probab
188 san747 : I didn't hate it, but it was just kind of unremarkable to me.
189 Post contains images na : There seems to be a second Scotland then I´ve been too
190 columba : Cottbus, Germany used to work there for nearly a year nice historic part the rest of the city consist of former east german commuinst style architectu
191 Post contains images EDICHC : Never used to be....must be due to the number of English migrating north of the border in recent years.
192 Baroque : Could be. Born north of the waaaall misel, but not a Scot. More of a border riever I suppose. Now we could discuss Gateshead of which it is said the
193 EDICHC : Is that why they built so many bridges there? Oh and Happy A.net anniversary.
194 Baroque : Thanks for the wishes. Yes, well they keep building more and more bridges so maybe Gateshead has become either more or less of a problem over the yea
195 Post contains images simonriat : Glad you can se the funny side guys or girls with regard to Scotland. But we also have jokes about Australia and New Zealand. Us crazy English. Whats
196 Baroque : You missed the one about migration from NZ to Australia and its effect on the IQ of both countries.
197 chrisrad : Bangkok - just can't stand it at all Koh Samui - I found very over-rated Hong Kong - overcrowded, dirty, how many tailor shops does one need? I fail t
198 imiakhtar : Gateshead isn't too bad. Granted it is (or was?) an eyesore in many parts but at least the locals are nice. On my shortlist of cities to avoid: Glasg
199 Baroque : At least it had a steel industry, what about Hartlepool, of "Who hung the monkey?" fame???
200 Post contains links and images iakobos : This is the main avenue in an European capital. It is 1.5 km long, wide like a runway, and the picture was made mid-morning on a weekday. Can anything
201 Post contains images ZKSUJ : You think Aussies are good, come to NZ for a holiday. We are just Awsome City I would'nt go back to in a hurry. Jakarta Indonesia. Old, dirty, povert
202 gosimeon : Los Angeles. Spent a couple of days there and really didn't like the vibe and rampant poverty/inequality. Moved down to Huntington Beach and had a won
203 Post contains images EDICHC : The one doing the rounds here in CHC... When God created the Earth, why did Australia get all the Australians and New Zealand get earthquakes? New Ze
204 Baroque : I will pay that. Don't forget that we have Fred Dagg here to educate us. Ah Taihape now there is a fine "city".
205 csavel : I'll try to break this into rich world vs. poor world, because I think it is somewhat unfair for a third world city to be compared to a city in the US
206 luckyone : It's alll about da money. Both Bonn and Cologne are a bit of a dud as far as the interesting factor goes. I wouldn't mind living in either. Clean, co
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