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Worst Tourist Traps And Communities

Thu Oct 15, 2015 11:46 am

What are some of your choices for the worst tourist traps and communities or parts of communities. This would include individual businesses of dubious entertainment, (like a 'Ripleys Believe it or Not) amusement parks, overhyped privately controlled places to see. As to communities, this would include places with too many places of dubious entertainment, chain or theme restaurants, too many signs, 'souvenirs' usually made in China.

I would make 2 nominations. Times Square in NY City and Gatlinburg-Pidgeon Forge, Tenn.

Times Square is loaded with chain restaurants, too many cheap souvenir shops, a number of dressed cartoon characters, undressed (Naked Cowboy and for the last few months body painted topless women), a lot of garish signage, MTV and ABC having studios overlooking the area.

Gatlinburg and Pidgeon Forge have to be one of the worst tourist trap areas I have ever seen, I was just through there the other day. Just west of Great Smokies National Park, Gatlinburg is about 2 crammed miles of one of the greatest concentration of tourist traps, right up against the National Park border. Then there a gap due to a twist in the park boundaries, then Pidgeon Forge, the home of country music star Dolly Parton's 'Dollywood, and miles on a divided roadway of cheap motels, 3rd rate tourist attractions, crummy souvenirs and a feeling that when do I get out of here.

So how about your choices for such places.
 
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Thu Oct 15, 2015 12:33 pm

Quoting ltbewr (Thread starter):
So how about your choices for such places.

Myrtle Beach , SC. If it wasn't for the golf and beach, it would be the trashiest place in the category.
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Thu Oct 15, 2015 12:35 pm

A few I have gone to and wish I had not wasted my time:

Time's Square, definitely

St. Mark's Square in Venice

Blarney Stone in Ireland

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Thu Oct 15, 2015 1:14 pm

Every "Hard Rock Cafe" ever built.

Siam Reap in Cambodia - built only to split tourists from their money.

Phuket - you can find so many better places in southern Thailand.

Granada (Spain) - didn't find single freindly local there

Hollywood California - puts in "D" in "disepponting"
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Thu Oct 15, 2015 1:17 pm

In Hamburg, all Hookers at the Reeperbahn and some "night clubs". Paying EUR 500 for a bottle of wine is not really cheap.
 
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Thu Oct 15, 2015 2:12 pm

Trashiest tourist trap has to be Pedro's South of the Border on US I-95 just at the NC/SC border. Signs promoting it for hundreds of miles in each direction, it's pure tourist trap and tacky as hell. And it's been there for 50 years!!!!

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Thu Oct 15, 2015 2:26 pm

Quoting ltbewr (Thread starter):
Times Square is loaded with chain restaurants

I always wonder who goes to NYC and says "lets eat at Red Lobster"... I never could understand why anyone would go on vacation and eat at the exact same places you can eat at at home.

There is a street in Brussels that is loaded with a bunch of restaurants geared to tourists. I know that that is a lot of streets in Brussels, but there is one that is way worse then all of them put together. You can't walk down the street without people coming up to you to tell you why their place is better than the place across the street. It was the most annoying thing I ever saw. I walked down a lot of streets and Brussels and there was only one street where I was constantly hounded. I didn't eat at any of those restaurants. I forget the name of the street, but it is close to the Hilton Grand Place.
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Thu Oct 15, 2015 2:54 pm

Tombstone, AZ is a pretty big one here. There are lots of small towns that are great in Arizona, but Tombstone is not one of them.

Vegas has its fair share of tourist trappy stuff but it also has a bunch of awesome culinary adventures, shows, and gambling.

On the way to the Grand Canyon there's a lot of gimmicky random stuff. A real sized Flintstones town comes to mind.

Certain parts of the great wall were a tourist trap for sure. Though going further into the rural areas certainly is not, and is a phenomenal hike/experience
 
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Thu Oct 15, 2015 3:12 pm

Quoting Osubuckeyes (Reply 7):
On the way to the Grand Canyon there's a lot of gimmicky random stuff. A real sized Flintstones town comes to mind.

I wouldn't call Bedrock City a trap or gimmicky, it's really just a sad place now, though it is for sale if you want to buy it.

For me it's Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas, it's just one giant tourist trap, lead by the Diamonds International stores that can be found at every cruise port in the world.
 
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Thu Oct 15, 2015 3:16 pm

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Thu Oct 15, 2015 3:20 pm

Quoting photopilot (Reply 5):
Trashiest tourist trap has to be Pedro's South of the Border on US I-95 just at the NC/SC border. Signs promoting it for hundreds of miles in each direction, it's pure tourist trap and tacky as hell. And it's been there for 50 years!!!!

I think trashy is being generous describing South of the Border. It looks like one of those places where half the employees are pedophiles.
 
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Thu Oct 15, 2015 3:38 pm

Quoting falstaff (Reply 6):
There is a street in Brussels that is loaded with a bunch of restaurants geared to tourists. I know that that is a lot of streets in Brussels, but there is one that is way worse then all of them put together. You can't walk down the street without people coming up to you to tell you why their place is better than the place across the street. It was the most annoying thing I ever saw. I walked down a lot of streets and Brussels and there was only one street where I was constantly hounded. I didn't eat at any of those restaurants. I forget the name of the street, but it is close to the Hilton Grand Place.

I did fall on that trap. The food wasn't too bad, but expensive. And yes, there are touters, which are always annoying. 'Butchers Street' I think is the name. There are worst though, I found Havana to be a huge tourist trap.

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Thu Oct 15, 2015 4:07 pm

Quoting falstaff (Reply 6):
I never could understand why anyone would go on vacation and eat at the exact same places you can eat at at home.

That happens when we go on a road trip anywhere. The brosband always wants to eat at like McDonalds or Chili's. But, since I am always the one driving, we end up at quirky and unknown (to us) restaurants. Tortilla Town in Paso Robles, for example. It is decorated like Senor Frogs but the food is actually good and the prices are actually reasonable.

As far as worst spots, I would say Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco. They do have fresh seafood, but it is full of those cheap plastic crap stores and opportunists. There is really nothing there except the seafood market.
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Thu Oct 15, 2015 4:07 pm

Hollywood Boulevard
Tijuana
Certain towns in Phuket and the other islands.
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Thu Oct 15, 2015 4:29 pm

During my second trip to Las Vegas this past August my friend and I checked out the Freemont Street area or "Old Las Vegas". Aside from seeing the old casinos (which were not much in themselves), the entire place is full of trashy street performers and random drunk people in costumes wanting money for pictures with them. Some of the drunks were just so forthcoming as to just ask in a slurred voice for money. By far the worst are the notorious half-naked people (the obese woman wearing a thong and duct tape pasties nearly made me go blind). All the stores around there were selling off cheap crapy souvenier type stuff in addition to overpriced boozy slushies. We took the bus from the strip and the whole area leading up to Freemont street was spotted with bail-bond offices and liquor stores. I guess in Vegas they want you to get the problem and solution within a short distance of one and other!

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Thu Oct 15, 2015 4:33 pm

Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco
Montmarte in Paris
Times Square in New York
La Rambla in Barcelona
Picadilly Circus/Leicester Square in London
 
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Thu Oct 15, 2015 4:40 pm

Niagara Falls, particularly Clifton hill
 
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Thu Oct 15, 2015 4:50 pm

I don't know if it's the worst, but my wife and I stumbled on to a bad tourist trap while on vacation in Oahu recently - Germaine's Luau. We had wanted to do a luau one night while there, and had a recommendation for this one from a cousin. $88 a person for crappy food, and the entertainment was worse than a cheesy Vegas lounge show, just with different costumes. I spent the entire night trash talking how bad it was rather than enjoying the festivities. It felt about as Hawaiian authentic as Tostino's is to pizza.
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Thu Oct 15, 2015 5:01 pm

I don't see the point of bringing up Times Square as being touristy -- isn't that it's very definition? It has no real historical significance I know of, other than just being a place in NYC where the streets meet. Therefore if you go there and are disappointed, it's pretty clear you didn't do your homework, no?

Same can be said for Kissimee (sp?) FL. You go there to see the mouse, and if you think you're getting something other than the Disney properties surrounded by (even more?) tacky souvenir shops, you haven't done your homework.

For me I was somewhat surprised how touristy that the Chrisitan holy sites in Israel were. Maybe that's because I was on a bus tour and we kept getting herded into shops that gave the tour guide his kickback?

The most tacky place was (one of the?) places where it was claimed that Jesus was baptised. The first tip off was the huge number of busses with various Christian sponsorships in the parking lot. The second tip off was that all the prices were in US dollars as opposed to local currency. Clearly this place was of, for and by US Christian fundamentalists. It was like wandering Israel and finding yourself right in the middle of a "Red State". The gift shop was filled with cheap tacky junk all made in China. The main event was a bunch of people in gauze dressing gowns walking into the river, getting themselves baptised, and walking out. To me it ended up looking like a fundamentalist wet tee shirt contest! 

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Thu Oct 15, 2015 5:13 pm

Quoting Polot (Reply 10):

LOL...I remember this place now that it has been mentioned in a couple of posts. I checked out Pedro's on a drive from Miami
to NYC and, wow, what a tourist trap!
 
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Thu Oct 15, 2015 7:00 pm

Quoting Revelation (Reply 18):

I don't see the point of bringing up Times Square as being touristy -- isn't that it's very definition? It has no real historical significance I know of, other than just being a place in NYC where the streets meet. Therefore if you go there and are disappointed, it's pretty clear you didn't do your homework, no?

Times Square is best known outside of New York for News Years Eve, Im sure a lot go just to say they've been there and to get a lay of the land. For New Yorkers though, it is a major transit hub.

I know my daughters, growing up in California, will go there because we often watch one of the Times Square webcams. Long distance people watching.
 
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Thu Oct 15, 2015 7:43 pm

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Chico's Paradise in Puerto Vallarta
Greek quarter in Toronto
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Thu Oct 15, 2015 8:49 pm

Quoting falstaff (Reply 6):
I always wonder who goes to NYC and says "lets eat at Red Lobster"... I never could understand why anyone would go on vacation and eat at the exact same places you can eat at at home.

I wonder the same thing, but I think it just comes down to some people seeking out what's familiar and others just having really bad food taste. I agree with you, though. I'd never go on vacation and eat a crap chain like Red Lobster. One of my favorite things to do on vacation is to try great local restaurants.
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Thu Oct 15, 2015 10:43 pm

Quoting photopilot (Reply 5):
Pedro's South of the Border on US I-95

I MUST go there!

Quoting Jagflyer (Reply 14):
Freemont Street area or "Old Las Vegas"

What time of day did you go? I can not imagine going during the day. We have been to Fremont Street at night. We zip lined over it and saw some great shows on the canopy. Without that, it reminds me a lot of Virginia Street in Reno.

Pike Place Market in Seattle and Ashland, Oregon nearly fit being "tourist traps." I say 'nearly' because I have been to both many times. I lived in both south King County and Ashland. I can see the touristy junk about both, but they are both quaint to me, also.
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Thu Oct 15, 2015 10:59 pm

I love tourist traps for what they are. That's half the fun of going- the cheese factor. I grew up going to Myrtle Beach and half the fun was going to the worst putt putt place with the bluest toilet water and pink sharks, the go-carting and getting the most gaudy, horrible beach towel from Wings I could find. Same with Pigeon Forge. I still love going there.
 
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Thu Oct 15, 2015 11:42 pm

Quoting photopilot (Reply 5):
Signs promoting it for hundreds of miles in each direction,

That makes me think of Wall Drug in South Dakota. About five signs per mile 100 miles either side of it.

Quoting EL-AL (Reply 3):
Every "Hard Rock Cafe" ever built.

   Ditto Planet Hollywood (are they even still in business?)
 
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Frankenmuth, MI. All it is is a 24/7/365 Christmas store.
 
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Fri Oct 16, 2015 4:54 am

Quoting ER757 (Reply 25):
hat makes me think of Wall Drug in South Dakota. About five signs per mile 100 miles either side of it.

Wall Drug has a jackalope. How bad can that be?
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Fri Oct 16, 2015 5:11 am

The tackiest tourist trap in the world....

Europe:

Lourdes - ok so it's 30 years since I was last there - and I ain't going back.

Asia

The tour bus drop off points for the Great Wall - complete with dancing bears. Just get the local bus and avoid the trash.

Notable mention - the tourist markets in Bali - seriously how does anyone buy that much shit? And no, I don't want Cialis offered to me in front of my kids. (Otherwise Bali is excellent)

America

Bourbon Street - New Orleans - trailer trash fantastic.

Notable mention goes to Wall Drug in South Dakota and the Yellowstone national park lodge.


And first prize goes to the Lands End theme park right at the furthest south part of Englind
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Fri Oct 16, 2015 12:08 pm

Quoting seb146 (Reply 23):
What time of day did you go? I can not imagine going during the day. We have been to Fremont Street at night. We zip lined over it and saw some great shows on the canopy. Without that, it reminds me a lot of Virginia Street in Reno.

We went around maybe 9-10pm IIRC. The ziplines looked kind of cool but the whole atmosphere (especially the large area near were all the old casinos were) was complete trash. As I said, drunk people in costumes who'd be sitting with an open beer in front of them, street show freaks, and ugly, half-naked people all offering photos with them for money. The only thing I can honestly say I enjoyed was the guy doing spray paint art (in a legitimate booth). Most of the stuff on the street looked to be uncontrolled and unregulated panhandling/busking.
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Fri Oct 16, 2015 1:07 pm

For me, the old town of Dubrovnik, Croatia. While the city walls are a fascinating piece of architecture and definitely worth a visit, the town as a whole had long outgrown being a historical landmark and has now become a "brand" (for lack of better word). While it still lacks most of the garishness mentioned in previous posts, it is pretty much a fancy theme park for milking tourists out of every cent they've got...
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Fri Oct 16, 2015 4:24 pm

Quoting mham001 (Reply 20):
Times Square is best known outside of New York for News Years Eve, Im sure a lot go just to say they've been there and to get a lay of the land. For New Yorkers though, it is a major transit hub.

Same for London's Picadilly Circus. Went there with the ex 'just because' it was on the list of things to do. Lots of neon lites and pushy crowds and not much else.

Quoting seb146 (Reply 23):
Pike Place Market in Seattle and Ashland, Oregon nearly fit being "tourist traps."

Boston's Faneuil Hall. Colonial era building loaded with tourist kitch.

Quoting ArmitageShanks (Reply 24):
I love tourist traps for what they are. That's half the fun of going- the cheese factor.

Me too. Sarasota Jungle Gardens in Sarasota FL comes to mind. It's all about the alligators and the flamingos.

Quoting ER757 (Reply 25):

That makes me think of Wall Drug in South Dakota.

Stuckey's in Ohio back in the 70s was the same thing, X more miles to Stuckey's!

Quoting BestWestern (Reply 28):
Bourbon Street - New Orleans - trailer trash fantastic.

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Fri Oct 16, 2015 5:24 pm

Quoting Marcus (Reply 21):
Casa Bonita in Denver

When I was a kid I lived in Denver an liked to go there. My parents thought it wasn't the best. I haven't set foot in the place since 1989, but I bet it hasn't changed much.

Quoting ER757 (Reply 25):
Ditto Planet Hollywood

Oh yes! I went to the one in NYC in 2014. I didn't want to go there. I was with chaperoning a group of high school students and our tour operator took us there. IT SUCKED. Burger King has better burgers. I got permission to ditch out and went to some bar and had a real burger.
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Fri Oct 16, 2015 7:10 pm

North America:

Niagara Falls - (Canadian Side) the whole town is one big tourist trap

Times Square - has already been mentioned

Key West..... Just about all of it

Seattle Fish Market - Although I kind of like that one, but I've been hit by a flying fish twice in one day :P

Miami Beach - Everyone is walking around as if they're posing in the mirror... lol.

Las Vegas..... The whole city is crawling with tourists who think they need to get more liquored & drugged up than ever, not fun when you're sober. Fun when you're pissed though.

Europe:

Just about every old town except for Prague

Paris - Eiffel Tower & The Louvre

Copenhagen - Christiana district's 'Green Light Zone' Although I usually enjoy some 'souvenirs' from there    but all of the uncomfortable tourists laughing and giggling and not buying the good stuff at the market are just annoying.

Berlin - Berghain, generally the best techno party in the world but has become so well known the line ups are getting ridiculously long.

Budapest - The whole Pest river front along the Danube seems to be designed for American business men and youngsters selling tour tickets.

Barcelona - Las Ramblas in the summer time. Generally an amazing city but over crowded with tourists during the travel season.

Zakopane, Poland - The most tightly packed mountain resort village in the Tatra Mountains. Just horrible.

Warsaw - Old down and Castle Square. Not one native in sight during the summertime. Although it's lovely and empty during the winter months.
 
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Fri Oct 16, 2015 9:08 pm

Paris and Rome.

I've met so many people in America who told me "oh you're from Europe that's wonderful, I sooooo want to go to Paris or Rome before I die, with the husband / wife, it's so romantic..." I always feel so sorry for those people.

Paris is about as romantic as the toilets at La Guardia airport.

It's a dirty, chaotic city without any atmosphere, all the people in stores, restaurants and hotels I've met were arrogant and unfriendly, and the streets around the tourist sites were full with dangerous looking guys trying to sell crappy souvenirs but probably want to rob you.
I've taken the bus between ORY and CDG recently and it went along the ring highway most of the time and that road was lined with cardboard shacks with people living inside.
One of the few cities in the world where I feel really unsafe and uncomfortable.

I've been to so many nice places in France, but Paris, no thanks!

Pretty much exactly the same goes for Rome.

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Sat Oct 17, 2015 1:21 am

I'm surprised that nobody has mentioned Blackpool. The place has a certain tacky charm, I suppose, but only if you're expecting it.

Quoting Redd (Reply 33):
Paris - Eiffel Tower & The Louvre

I can't comment on the Tower, as I never got really close to it; but the Louvre? Surely you jest.

Quoting ltbewr (Thread starter):
Gatlinburg-Pidgeon Forge, Tenn

I'd have to agree with that one. There are some very nice things to do there, even along the "strip", but you sure do have to pick thru the muck to find them.
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Sat Oct 17, 2015 2:18 am

Quoting Birdwatching (Reply 34):
It's a dirty, chaotic city without any atmosphere, all the people in stores, restaurants and hotels I've met were arrogant and unfriendly, and the streets around the tourist sites were full with dangerous looking guys trying to sell crappy souvenirs but probably want to rob you.

Sounds like Spokane, the site of the 1974 Worlds Fair. Although, the last time I was in Spokane, two summers ago, no one was around. Literally. The city was a ghost town.
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Sat Oct 17, 2015 3:16 am

Quoting EL-AL (Reply 3):
Phuket - you can find so many better places in southern Thailand.

Phuket is great.

It is spoilt by the foreigners there and elsewhere in Thailand that keep trying to sell you suits no matter how many times you literally tell them no and eventually to F off...  
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Sat Oct 17, 2015 3:32 am

Quoting Birdwatching (Reply 34):

Just what I wanted to say but you forgot one thing: 7 Hour wait to get in the Tor Eiffel 
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I agree with Venice, particularly St Marks Square. I enjoyed the day out to see it and found a great bar right by the Rialto Bridge where most time was spent, but you get a block away from the square and its not too nice, dead rats and shopping carts floating along the canals.

Also agree with Venice Beach CA, surely there would be a market for at least one beachside bar, but I guess you only go there for weed and tats. Likewise Hollywood, very underwhelming. But I love the rest of LA!

Another nomination is the whole island of Barbados. Sure, there are some pretty places and nice resorts, but how it is now compared to when I first went there 25 years ago is sad to see how commercialized it has become and therefore not really the relaxed Caribbean place it once was.

Quoting Revelation (Reply 31):
Same for London's Picadilly Circus

Well, its really only a traffic junction which happens to have a small statue and fountain there. I grew up around there and I never thought of Piccadilly Circus as a real tourist attraction in its own rights, just where the theater was and start to the fancy shops.

Quoting Birdwatching (Reply 34):
Paris is about as romantic as the toilets at La Guardia airport.

It's a dirty, chaotic city without any atmosphere, all the people in stores, restaurants and hotels I've met were arrogant and unfriendly, and the streets around the tourist sites were full with dangerous looking guys trying to sell crappy souvenirs but probably want to rob you.
I've taken the bus between ORY and CDG recently and it went along the ring highway most of the time and that road was lined with cardboard shacks with people living inside.
One of the few cities in the world where I feel really unsafe and uncomfortable.

I love Paris   I dont disagree about the surrounding area, lets face it, you will find that in most big cities like London, even Vancovuer, but the central touristy bit is great, I never found anyone unfriendly. The vendors are certainly a nuisance, particularly round the Eiffel Tower, Louvre, Notre Dame etc, but then you get that in most big cities too.
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RE: Worst Tourist Traps And Communities

Sat Oct 17, 2015 6:35 am

Quoting ltbewr (Thread starter):
Times Square in NY City

Hey now, Times Square is still definitely worth visiting for tourists  
I'm not a big fan of the stores and shops in Times Square puts its still an interesting place to see for the first time for a tourist who's always seen Times Square through TV

Quoting Marcus (Reply 21):
Casa Bonita in Denver

Wait! The South Park episode on Casa Bonita is based on a real location?  Wow!
 
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Sat Oct 17, 2015 7:26 am

Venice Beach - crowded both on the sidewalk and all nearby streets. There are other SoCal beaches that are touristy but still a good experience, and there are others that are quiet and not touristy, though limited parking is part of why they are slower paced.
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Sat Oct 17, 2015 8:09 am

Quoting PITingres (Reply 35):

I'm surprised that nobody has mentioned Blackpool. The place has a certain tacky charm, I suppose, but only if you're expecting it.

I can't believe that this went to 35 posts before Blackpool got a mention. What drags people to this dump ?
Westerly facing onto the Irish Sea with awful weather and its meant to be a seaside resort. The streets behind the front are stuffed full of ill kept boarding houses, every piece of steel is rusty, every front garden is a crazy paved horror covered in cigarette butts.
Its heyday was when the mill workers of Manchester and such like were granted an annual holiday and Blackpool was an oasis compared to the dark satanic mills. The rest of the |world has moved on, but Blackpool hasn't.

My 2nd nomination is completely different: St Tropez.
2 years ago we attempted to drive there and gave up after sitting in traffic for hours on end. This surge of humanity heading for its charms just reinforced the perception that there must be a tourist delight at the end of the rainbow.
This time we took the ferry, which duly delivered us to St Tropez hassle free. The of course we had to find something to use up the time till departure. The main activity of St Tropez seems to be drinking overpriced coffee (8 euros a cup) whilst looking at the stern end of motor yachts moored in the harbour. We did find an interesting museum at the castle that used up an hour, but that was more or less it.
 
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RE: Worst Tourist Traps And Communities

Sat Oct 17, 2015 8:26 am

Quoting PITingres (Reply 35):

I can't comment on the Tower, as I never got really close to it; but the Louvre? Surely you jest.

The Louvre is indeed a tourist trap. It's on everyone's to do list, all the tour coaches go there, troops of bored school children are shepherded through it. Why?

Successful marketing tells them they must see an old painting that somebody once put in the attic because they didn't like it. The Mona Lisa. They say that she has an enigmatic smile but if you look past the crowds with their phones taking pictures you see that even Mona Lisa herself looks bored.

That said, go to other parts of the museum.and there are some objects and artworks of much interest.
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Sat Oct 17, 2015 8:53 am

I've been to Paris quite recently.

Only three things stood out for me... the egregious amount of people selling selfie sticks around the Eiffel tower, and girls wanting to get donations and signatures for the benefit of the "deaf and blind", on badly photocopied sheets.

The footpath from Anvers metro station to the Montmartre. Riddled with souvenir shops, and you can buy more or less the same stuff in everyone of them. Bleeech.

And on the stairs on front of the Sacré Coeur cathedral. Lots, lots, lots of people. Three seriously armed French soldiers were busy shying away the junk dealers.

Walking down Rue Lépic to Pigalle metro station is much nicer, and anyway I did some serious walking all over Paris.

In Switzerland, I would point out Zermatt, Grindelwald and Davos. Each of them is filled to the brim with sports stores, while every sane and able Swiss person would buy or rent his sports equipment already in whichever big town he happens to like, but never at the holiday destination. Kind of tourist traps are also ZRH and GVA. Hey, what exactly is so great about these two cities? I could never figure it out.

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RE: Worst Tourist Traps And Communities

Sat Oct 17, 2015 10:52 am

Quoting Birdwatching (Reply 34):
Paris is about as romantic as the toilets at La Guardia airport.

It's a dirty, chaotic city without any atmosphere, all the people in stores, restaurants and hotels I've met were arrogant and unfriendly, and the streets around the tourist sites were full with dangerous looking guys trying to sell crappy souvenirs but probably want to rob you.

Paris is a great city off of the beaten path and from the local's perspective, fun & vibrant.. But the tourist areas just like in every other city are painful.

Quoting PITingres (Reply 35):
I can't comment on the Tower, as I never got really close to it; but the Louvre? Surely you jest.

Never been inside because the lineup's were so darn long. I'm sure as a museum it's wonderful, but it's on every tourist's 'to-do' list while in Paris and I'm not really fond of large crowds of tourists or tour guides.
 
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Sat Oct 17, 2015 11:25 am

Quoting WearyDrover (Reply 43):
The Louvre is indeed a tourist trap. It's on everyone's to do list,

And it should be, not for the 45-60 min the average tourist spends there to sprint past Lisa, Venus and winged victory!
The place is truly one of the world great treasures and you do not have to line up in the sun for hours to enter via "le Pyramide"

Quoting WearyDrover (Reply 43):
the egregious amount of people selling selfie sticks

Truly a blight on society and the sooner that fad fades away the better.

Quoting Birdwatching (Reply 34):
It's a dirty, chaotic city without any atmosphere, all the people in stores, restaurants and hotels I've met were arrogant and unfriendly, and the streets around the tourist sites were full with dangerous looking guys trying to sell crappy souvenirs but probably want to rob you.

One has to wonder which Paris you went to!
While sitting on the place du Mars watching the Eiffel Tower light show(that is cheesy) with my sister and her husband, we had travelled in Turkey together and they had gone on to Ireland while I trekked across Europe; we discussed why we had not come across the rude and arrogant locals that so many complain about after returning home.
Our conclusion was that we engage in conversation with those we meet rather than just treating them as servants or expecting them to bend to our demands.

Treat people as humans , anywhere and you can rely on having a good time!
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Sat Oct 17, 2015 11:54 am

Quoting Redd (Reply 45):
Never been inside because the lineup's were so darn long. I'm sure as a museum it's wonderful, but it's on every tourist's 'to-do' list while in Paris and I'm not really fond of large crowds of tourists or tour guides.

There is actually a side entrance that is typically not crowded at all as most people enter through the pyramid. Can't remember the exact location but I remember it was on the same side of the museum as the Mona Lisa (Lourve is a great place to laugh at the chumps who are lining up for an hour just for the privileged of seeing a painting head on that looks like a slightly over sized postage stamp).
 
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Sat Oct 17, 2015 11:55 am

Quoting Redd (Reply 45):
Paris is a great city off of the beaten path and from the local's perspective, fun & vibrant.. But the tourist areas just like in every other city are painful.

Yes, Paris is FULL of history, ready to discover for anybody willing to walk a lot. Even better with a nice guide book which helps you appreciate the history off the beaten tracks.

For example, did you know that in Rome, 12 AM noon is announced, each and every day, by a cannon shot from the Janiculum hill?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2tM3CD1ta3c

In Hamburg, the hostel "A&O Hamburg City" is running in a building which once was an outpost of the concentration camp Neuengamme. It housed 2000 male forced labourers on seven floors, and large parts of the building are original. That's something a WW2 history geek would want to visit.


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RE: Worst Tourist Traps And Communities

Sat Oct 17, 2015 1:26 pm

Quoting stealthz (Reply 46):
The place is truly one of the world great treasures

Absolutely. I was delighted to find Théodore Géricault's The Raft of the Medusa displayed, a pastiche of which featured on the album cover of The Pogues' Rum, Sodomy and the Lash.  

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