North America Tourist Traps

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North America Tourist Traps

  • Times Square

    New York City Tourist Traps

    I left NYC on December 30th, the day before New Year's Eve, so I wasn't there to see the madness in Times Square. But I did read a couple of accounts of people who waited to see the ball drop at midnight and it sounded like they were insane. What about the experience could possibly compel people to stand in freezing cold weather for a period of...

  • Street Hustlers / Cabbie Kickbacks

    Las Vegas Tourist Traps

    Beware of not only street vendors but also vendors inside reputable stores such as CVS Pharmacy. These vendors just rent the space from the store and are not affiliated with them. One guy in CVS inparticular was a hardsell merchant and tried every trick in the book to get us to book something with them. He was there to approach customers and...

  • Bourbon St.

    New Orleans Tourist Traps

    Yes Bourbon Street is a tourist trap. This is despite it's fame as a nightlife hot spot. It is overcrowded with conventioneers who fill bars where third rate bands play "Sweet Home Alabama" to them as they go "wooooow". This is a place for 40 year old accountants to go to when they are taking a break from raising their families back in Akron or...

  • Walt Disney World

    Orlando Tourist Traps

    Unless you have hundreds of dollars to take your family to Cirque du Soliel then there is little here worth seeing. "It's free" they say....well walking is free. There is a Ghiradelli Chocolate shop and you'd think that would be a hit...well for $8.00 I got a sundae and I'm sad to say that it is tasteless and is nothing like the ones in San...

  • Alcatraz N.P.

    San Francisco Tourist Traps

    If you read stories about Alcatraz and its prisoners, or saw some movies about it, then the visit is very interesting for the revival of your memories. If as it happened to Fernanda, you never paid to much attention to its references and go there expecting something really appealing, then you will be disappointed. Of course, the audio tour...

  • Shopping-Prices

    Cancún Tourist Traps

    This is an open market in downtown Cancun. The place is very charming and different. You can find jewelery and art and crafts. The place is just a a market to rip pleople off. The sales people are very good at ripping you off and sell you everything more expensive. I also made the mistake of using both my credit cards and the merchant rip me off....

  • Sears Tower or John Hancock Building

    Chicago Tourist Traps

    Getting up there is not all too cheap. And before you get on the elevator, they force you to pose for a picture with a fake background. On your way out, they try to sell you that picture for nearly $30. Then they force you to pass through a long hall of gift shops instead of walking straight out. Take in the views at the top though. That's one...

  • T-Shirt Shops

    Key West Tourist Traps

    When going into this shop, ask for the price before you check out. This store attempted to charge me $96 for 3 t-shirts and a shot glass. When we refused to pay, the store employee threatened to call the police; when we agreed to wait he proceeded to yell obscenities (ex:"Get the hell out, F you you a-holes!) to my entire family as we were leaving...

  • Hollywood Sign

    Los Angeles Tourist Traps

    It is sad that tourists spend so much time and gas driving to see the sign when the only way to get really close to it is to hike up to it by parking just north of 6363 Deronda Dr, 90068. Or, see it from Griffith Park so you can enjoy the observatory too. There is noting, zero, zilch around the sign but private homes, so nothing to so there. Go to...

  • 5th Avenue

    Playa del Carmen Tourist Traps

    The vicious feathered warrior-god beckons to you because you can't help but look his way. "Come, come! It's okay, have your picture taken with me." Excited, you go and stand beside him. The god spreads his giant impressive wings, your friend takes the photo, and then "boom", the god hits you up for 50 pesos. It would have been nice if he had told...

  • CN Tower

    Toronto Tourist Traps

    This is the my rule with every major city I go, if it's a familiar landmark, I'm on it! But then aren't we all? Aren't we all wanting a slice of that tourist pie? I wanted to cross visiting the CN Tower in downtown Toronto off my list before I left. Wow, it's just like Madame Tussauds or any other major cheesy tourist attraction in the world. You...

  • Time Share

    Puerto Vallarta Tourist Traps

    Went out shopping and met a number of Mexicans offering bribes of anywhere from 2,000 to 6,000 Pesos. Some of them had small offices while others had no office at all! What we discovered is that you may not actually get paid anything and have given up five hours (also known as a 90 minute presentation) for nothing. The 90 minutes begins after...

  • Bull & Finch Pub / Cheers

    Boston Tourist Traps

    Yes, this is a local tourist trap. No, you will not be fooled. When you enter the Bull and Finch (Cheers) you know it is a tourist trap. But....YOU DO NOT CARE! This is where you came to see a little of the past, regarding the TV hit show,"CHEERS". To make your vist to the "Cheers" location, all the worthwhile, make sure you pose with the cast of...

  • Capilano Suspension Bridge

    Vancouver Tourist Traps

    Although the bridge is not really a tourist trap, it can be very overcrowded during the high season plus if you are on a budget, its $32 (2012 rate) (less 10% for us oldtimers) entrance fee for the bridge and park is a bit steep. An alternative is to go to the Lynn Valley suspension bridge which is some 160...

  • Souvenirs/Indians stuff

    Montreal Tourist Traps

    It's a wonderful souvenier to bring back for your loved ones. Especially, syrup in this decorative maple leaf shaped bottle. But boy, you can pay quite a bit for this bottle of syrup and it's not worth it. The sales tax in Canada right now is 15%. So, it makes sense to buy this at the airport on your way home in the duty free shop. It also is much...

  • Taxis

    Cabo San Lucas Tourist Traps

    Don't be fooled or intimidated by the onslaught of people you encounter after picking up your baggage. Many of them will lie to get you to go with them in their vehicle. Please note that these "timeshare drivers" will offer you many things to get you to follow them or they will say they are with the police, immigration, the government, customs,...

  • Space Needle

    Seattle Tourist Traps

    It is fairly expensive to go up the Space Needle, and if it is just the view you are looking for, I would suggest visiting the Smith Tower at 506 2nd Street. It is a blast from the past, with an elevator man who takes you up in the old fashioned elevator, with a peak at each floor as you pass. The view from the top is spectacular, not the mention...

  • Tijuana

    San Diego Tourist Traps

    Everyone should go to "TJ" at least once in their lives. It is incredible that so many people can be crammed into a space so small. ALWAYS haggle with the shop owners. Don't be too cheap - but they will always drop the price, especially if you are buying more than one item from them, e.g. "I'll give you 10 bucks for both." Go straight to Ave....

  • International Market Place

    Honolulu Tourist Traps

    There's a stall or 2 that sell perfume. These look like name brand perfume (only slightly cheaper than Duty Free). We bought "John Gaulteir Le Male" for $50 yet on getting this home we found it was nothing but a cheap knock off. When you buy the perfume, check that it is labelled with the brand, and check the item given to you before you leave the...

  • Billy Swamp Safari

    Fort Lauderdale Tourist Traps

    My disappointment was very high when I left Billy Swamp. The place itself is clean and very well maintained but the people are TERRIBLE. They really don’t care about you. No service, no smile at the restaurant and tense relations between staff led me to spend 30 minutes instead of 2 hours. Honestly, driving an hour from Fort Lauderdale to get...

  • Liberty Bell

    Philadelphia Tourist Traps

    Many people call the Liberty Bell a tourist trap, but I cannot help but think it is because of the time spent waiting in line. After all, there is no charge for visiting the Liberty Bell. We visited the Liberty Bell in late September: perhaps it was the time of year, but there was no line, and we were in and out of the Liberty Bell Center in less...

  • World of Coca-Cola

    Atlanta Tourist Traps

    Lived in Georgia all my life, 15 years in Atlanta. There are far better activities elsewhere. You won't see anything local about Atlanta or the South at either Underground Atlanta or World of Coca-Cola unless by local you mean our homeless population. Neither qualify as anything resembling a "cultural" experience. Both are downtown which is...

  • Bayside Market Place

    Miami Tourist Traps

    I have read the comments on Bayside and I have to say that each year my husband and I book a boatcruise and leave one day prior just so we can spend some time at the Bayside Market place. I wouldn't necessarily call it a tourist trap. It's a great location right across the Holiday Inn which leaves a little to be desired but we stay there anyway...

  • Avenida Revolucion

    Tijuana Tourist Traps

    yes, the majority of tourist say this the unique sight of tijuana, but are worng, the big problem is that the hassles of sellers, or club waiters always call tourist come here, beggars and taxis are anther people who sometimes intimididate to tourists, and in spring break some teens go to here to get drunk even at daylight so is not to reconmeded...

  • Souvenir shops in Vieux Quebec

    Quebec Tourist Traps

    Don't buy the maple products, like sirup and cookies, at the tourist stores, it's too expensive. In the tourist area just buy the maple sugar candies because they don't have at the grocery stores. You can go at any grocery store off the tourist area and find it. The sirup in glass jar is very expensive but the look is cute i agree.

  • Too Expensive

    Houston Tourist Traps

    The exhibition of fish was great, but very short. Lots of video to fill up the empty spots. Best indoor feature is the hands on tank that allows kids to touch. Best read the signs though because the help rarely speaks. I definitely would not let them touch the baby sharks though.... the 'guide' was otherwise occupied. The shark train is fine and...

  • Clifton Hill

    Niagara Falls Tourist Traps

    If you hop on the Skywheel expecting great views and great pictures, think again. We tried it one night, and our view of the falls was not only inferior to what we could see by walking along the river, it was generally poor altogether. The only good views we had were of the Clifton Hill lights and dinosaur mini-golf -- which is OK if your vacation...

  • Jeep Tours

    Sedona Tourist Traps

    Why not rent a 4WD vehicle? Its not like the drive in a 4WD is any less appealling than with a 2WD. However, a 4WD gives you the option of truly exploring the area, while a 2WD forces you to shell out $60/per person to a jeep tour company to take you off of the beaten path. While in Sedona, the drive up Shnebly Hill Rd is a beautiful drive, in...

  • The West End

    Dallas Tourist Traps

    I went to the West End many years ago & had a blast with my kids & my brother. We walked around, took the carriage ride & learned some Dallas history on the trip, got hit up by the rose peddlers, listened to street musicians, looked in the shops at the warehouse & had the best time listening to the guys at the fudge factory - singing while making...

  • Parliament Buildings

    Ottawa Tourist Traps

    If you do make it to the Parliament buildings, keep an eye out for the various "grotesques" you'll see peeking out at you from all over the building. My favorite is pictured here. A worker explained to me that these are not gargoyles, because gargoyles always have their mouths open to direct water away from the building, but grotesques have closed...

  • Attractions

    Victoria Tourist Traps

    While investigating my first trip to Victoria, I decided to take the Victoria Clipper out of Seattle. It is the middle of winter, and therefore the ticket price is $70 round trip, so $35 one way really isn't that bad a price (it is much higher during the tourist season!). Victoria Clipper offers package deals, as well as transport only between...

  • Ybor City

    Tampa Tourist Traps

    As a Tampa native, today's Ybor City is highly disappointing. The robust, vibrant, culturally unique neighborhood where my parents and grandparents grew up (see pic) AND the artistic bohemian community that began Ybor's comeback in the 80s have both been largely replaced by an unexciting collection of bars and "upscale" boutique franchises. It...

  • Disneyland / California Adventure

    Anaheim Tourist Traps

    by not giving in easily at Downtown Disney. Price markup is smart for the vendors- bad for the tourists of course. Unless you are getting a gift or buying an item that's very unique, try to resist buying Disney items in DD. The Wonderland Gallery may be the one store where it may be OK to spurge a little, especially for the adult super Disney...

  • Peggy's Cove

    Halifax Tourist Traps

    Lighthouse on a granite out crop..China /Japan ..Over priced souvenirs...Lousy restaurant..on a cruise ship day ..LAST place on the planet you want to be...Looks like a fishing village..the only thing they fish is....TOURISTS "DONT GO" Spend you time in Halifax exploring a very beautiful and historic city...Titanic April 12 1912..Halifax Explosion...

  • Graceland

    Memphis Tourist Traps

    Graceland is always busy with visitors and the mediation garden where Elvis is buried is a must see but is never quiet whilst the tours are on. You are allowed to take a camera with you, but no video cameras. Graceland open the gates at 7am until 8am every morning. You are allowed to walk up to the house to the mediation garden. A wonderful...

  • Time Share

    Mazatlán Tourist Traps

    We attended a presentation at Marina Grand, Mazatlan and after listening we decided to buy into the resort on Wednesday, January 22, 2014. We gave them a deposit of $5000 USD on my credit card. They told us we could have 2 free weeks at their resort in Mazatlan, Ixtapa or Huatulco and also accelerated use of the vacation weeks instead of using...

  • Biosphere 2

    Tucson Tourist Traps

    This was one of the best tours I've ever been on, and I've been on lots of them. I remembered hearing about Biosphere 2 years ago, but learned so much about the experiments on this tour. The facility is incredible - the ocean, the rain forest. There isn't anything like it anywhere else in the WORLD. The idealism of the people who dreamed, and...

  • Old Faithful

    Yellowstone National Park Tourist Traps

    Waited several hours to see Old Faithful.There are so many other beautiful things to see and do besides wait for it to go off.Once it did,It was not as impressive as I imagined and there are way too many people to make this an enjoyable experience. Go to the Old Faithful Inn and get a seat on the outside deck . There is a bar nearby and you can sip...

  • Inner Harbor

    Baltimore Tourist Traps

    This is supposed to be one of the Inner Harbor's premier attractions. Well, there's not much to it. Located on the southwest side of the Inner Harbor, near Federal Hill, the building looks impressive. But once you get inside, and pay the $14.50 admission fee, you'll find that it's more of a children's playground than a real museum. There's hardly...

  • Go out of the city and into the state of...

    Phoenix Tourist Traps

    Don't be daunted by the locals and their customs, you will miss all the fun and too many dollars. Places outside downtown are served by buses, lots of them... In my case I was staying in Baseline Road near Arizona Mills and instead of spending a $15 taxi ride to downtown Tempe I took the $1.25 ride on the 56 bus (if I remember it correctly...)...

  • Awkward Hours of Operation

    Richmond Tourist Traps

    I think it's unfortunate that you were not able to tour the Governor's Mansion. I attended a reception there once just before Christmas (George Allen was in office) and it was beautiful inside and out. Part of the problem may be that it -is- continuously occupied. As you may be able to see from the poster's photo, it is fairly small as mansions go....

  • Museums

    Saint Augustine Tourist Traps

    Well, why not have a wax musuem in the middle of a historical city.. Makes perfect sense! If you build it, they will come.. Anyway, if this is your thing the museum is located On the Historic plaza: 17 King Street 904.829.9056 It's got 7 themed galleries and 160 famous figures. See if there are coupons available at the Visitor Center... I...

  • West Edmonton Mall

    Edmonton Tourist Traps

    If you're coming here solely to shop, just skip it. It's the same stores owned by the same corporations across the globe. La Senza, Hollister, the Disney Store, Sketchers, The Body Shop...yep. The attractions are worth wandering around. Galaxyland is a pretty-cool themed amusement park. Get a day pass and go on a few rides so it's worth the cost,...

  • High Prices

    Grand Canyon Tourist Traps

    We have to admit that lots of people do not like Sky Walk and West Rim experience for many reasons: the cost (especially for solo travelers), outrageously expensive food, a photo rip-off on Sky Walk, the long waits for each shuttle bus to go from the parking lot to each site, very limited options, tons of people around, unpaved roads etc. Some...

  • Cannery Row

    Monterey Tourist Traps

    The Cannery Row is one whole district that is aimed for shopping, eating and dining! The former Sardine Canneries are now converted into assorted Shops, Stores, Restaurants, inns, hotels, bars and chocolate shops so that the area can be decribed as one big shopping mall. The Cannery Row Has two faces, one bustling center of tourism in Monterey and...


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