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Crabs who gave their all
Crabs who gave their all
That's not snow -- it's the blooming...
Pilgrim's Hall Museum
Yosemite Gift Shop
Massive Photography at Base of Yosemite...
Times Square New York City
Do not buy anything over there, we thought to have a good deal but it turned out to be worth 175 instead of 700. Looking is good but go back and check the prizes on the internet before you go over...
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Fisherman's Wharf San Francisco
I maintain there are two kinds of tourists: those who want a unique experience and seek to immerse themselves in the local experience, and those who don't put much thought into what makes a place...
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Bourbon St. New Orleans
This is an area for adults only - especially at night. I was stunned by the amount of tourists dragging their children down bourbon street. Please just don't take kids with you.
This is a tourists...
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Walt Disney World Orlando
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...
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Hollywood Sign Los Angeles
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...
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CN Tower Toronto
What was once the tallest tower in the world, CN tower is a Toronto and a Canadian pride. Built in the 70s, it stands at 553 feet. I haven't heard any good raves about the 360 Restaurant, overpriced...
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Bull & Finch Pub / Cheers Boston
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...
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T-Shirt Shops Key West
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...
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Crescent Street Montreal
Before we get started, I have a complaint about Montreal. My complaint is with Rue Crescent. Please do not visit here. I wish someone had told me. This really is the worst street in Montreal....
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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...
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Capilano Suspension Bridge Vancouver
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...
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Space Needle Seattle
This is definitely the biggest tourist trap in seattle. It's quite expensive, and you ride the elevator up and yes, it's a decent view. But in all honesty, you walk around the top and it will take you...
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Tijuana San Diego
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...
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5th Avenue Playa del Carmen
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...
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International Market Place Honolulu
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...
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Liberty Bell Philadelphia
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.
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Souvenir shops in Vieux Quebec Quebec
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...
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Byward Market Ottawa
I just have nothing to say about this place exept it's probably the busiest place in Ottawa (which isn't much.)
Nothing special here..exept maybe Beaver tails if you have never...
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Underground Atlanta Atlanta
I have visited Underground many times and while it was alot better in the past I would not skip it on a visit to Atlanta. There are young hoodlums running around but they are nothing to worry about in...
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Clifton Hill Niagara Falls
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...
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Time Share Puerto Vallarta
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...
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it's not as bad as everyone makes it out to be.......it is a monster of a mall though.....and it does have an ice rink but not a good one......the ice rink in the memorial city mall is much bigger and...
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NEVER FLY UNITED especially domestically in USA. They charge $25 USD per suitcase (and yes that INCLUDES your first one if you are like us and only travel with one suitcase each) from prior experience with United handling my bags, they routed them incorrectly, so I ended up waiting on return to Australia in baggage collection for my bags for an hour airport staff said I could not leave until all luggage was off plane and claimed by owners!!!!!!, I was the last person to exit the baggage claim area leaving with the staff as they turned the lights off, really nice at 3am in the morning)then I had to go back to the airport the following day to collect bags ( I live 3.5hrs from the airport) you seriously don't think I would have trusted them to get my bags 300km if they couldn't get them 30,000km
if you check in online you can save a couple of dollars on the bag fees, but it's still...
Overbooked flights / Volunteering Seats
I realize this is a lot of text but if you ever consider volunteering a seat this could give you some helpfull hintsOn Friday June 13, 2003 we had our first experience with volunteering our seats. We started the first part of our two part trip in New Orleans, our original flight was cancelled because of weather conditions because we had arrived early for our 14:35 flight the called us at the gate and asked if we wanted to take an earlier flight.That was no problem to us, especially because this part of the New Orleans airport was very boring and we guessed that the Newark airport would be a better place to spend to time. We arrived around 16:00 at Newark airport at a new terminal which lots of shops and eateries, because our plane to Amsterdam wouldn't leave till 22:15 we decided to have something to eat at the Garden State Diner. After this we killed some time by walking around the...
Nassau Bahamas , Branson ...
Nassau Bahamas , Branson Missouri ( sucks ) most of Florida , Orlando in particular what a pile of smelly American crass commercialism . Vegas . Anywhere in Ohio . Anything remotely related to Texas . ( ick )
Off all the museums which...
Off all the museums which boast excellent exhibits, the Museum of American History seems like the oddest. How can a museum on American history not feature any native Americans or even artifacts from the civil war? But, the last time I visited was a year ago and maybe that's changed. Also, a museum dedicated just to the Native American Indians is reportedly in the works on the Mall as we speak( July 2002) . But really....a display of furniture from the 1950s? Since its free, you don't waste money. But your time is better spent elsewhere. The dinosaur bones in the Musuem of Natural History are much more interesting.
Florida in general. Especially...
Florida in general. Especially the theme parks. A plastic, sterile environment. Similar to the container that houses a BigM*c. And the humidity and heat, well, Palm Springs or Palm Desert are a lot more interesting!
You know, Fisherman's Wharf in...
You know, Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco is a tourist trap like you won't believe, but it is so much fun and there are lots of great restaurants in the area. The smell of crab and fish is prevalent, but after awhile you barely notice it. What is also nice is that Pier 39 is right there as well and it, too, has some great restaurants, so if you are in the mood for great food try one (or two!) out. I forget the name of it, but there is a fantastic restaurant all the way at the end of Pier 39 that has an incredible view of Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge that is very beautiful at sunset. Entrees hover around $20, but the food is delish!
Key West is nice if ya like to...
Key West is nice if ya like to PARTY,But, bewarned the police aren't nothing nice and it's hella expensive! Trust me I lived there and we had a card to get discounts everywhere because;Milk can be up to $4.50 a gallon and Finding room at the hostel is hard!They hate Hitchhickers and Hippies. If you go eat at Island Pharmacy and get the cheeseburger made famous by:Jimmy Buffet's song 'Cheeseburger in Paradise' it's inexpensive and good! Check out the Botanical Gardens...It's free and gorgeous! Otherwise...Bring cash and your American Express and then some more just in case!!!!
Check out hotels thoroughly...
Check out hotels thoroughly before booking. Make sure you research the little things they forget to tell you. Like if there is parking, is it free, or is there a fee? They can make a hotel sound really grand but when you're in there it's average for what you're paying.
Pier 39 definitley. It's a...
Pier 39 definitley. It's a cute pier with lot's of candy, t-shirt and your typical tourist shops. But if your really seeking the true culture of San Francisco you won't find it there. And parking is hell.
I went to see world on Ohau,...
I went to see world on Ohau, Hawaii and even though I paid half price for being a travel agent, I still feel I was taken and charged too much. Worst park I have ever been to in my life and I have been to some pretty bad ones.
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Casablanca Hotel New York City
1 Review and 2412 Opinions This is a Hotel /Bed and Breakfast. It is a oasis in the middle of Times Square. It is quiet inside...
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