North America Tourist Traps

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North America Tourist Traps

  • Times Square

    New York City Tourist Traps

    CNN named Times Square in 2011 as one big tourist trap and this is a fact as not only is there so much electronic and digital billboards lining the area around it and the theater district beside it, but it has tons of odd characters like the naked cowboy and naked cowgirl and other odd wannabees impersonating a famous someone or movie character and...

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  • How to Save a $

    Las Vegas Tourist Traps

    Sugar Factory at 3655 Las Vegas blvd will not serve you a glass of tap water. If you want water, you have to buy a 12oz. Bottle for $2.00. Also they charge a consession fee (cnf) of 3.5% of the bill. Bring your own water! I walk around with a bottle of water anyway. Nothing you can do about the cnf. Maybe choose not to eat there like I do.

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  • Bourbon St.

    New Orleans Tourist Traps

    What can be said? Bourbon Street is a place of excess. People come here to have a good time but seem to need to drink vast quantities of cheap alcohol to do so. It is legal to walk on the streets with open cups of alcohol, so people do it because they can. Big huge hurricane cups, plastic fish bowls, or just simple cans of beer. The constant parade...

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  • Navy Pier

    Chicago Tourist Traps

    I want to start with the notion that I absolutely understand why tourists would visit Navy Pier, Chicago's #1 tourist draw, but I am sticking under tourist traps for three reasons: 1) 90% of the people you encounter here are tourists 2) Restaurants and shops are overpriced and not the best in the city 3) Parking is obnoxiously priced, currently...

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  • Fisherman's Wharf

    San Francisco Tourist Traps

    I went to Fisherman Dwarf. Bought a 32 GB SD card from a camera shop. While putting the SD card, sales guy shown told that I can benefit from filter, lens. I refused. He requested it is close out sale. He can discount it 30% etc. I said I will check price online. He shown me a booklet in which price was given and told I can return if I did not like...

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  • 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...

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  • Grouse Mountain

    Vancouver Tourist Traps

    I second other users opinion on this attraction. I had read the reviews here before and decided to give it a try nevertheless. It is nice and we had lot of fun but if you are budget conscious and have to pay for 3 adults you may find its severely overpriced. Remember to get the tiny discount from the visitor centre in 200 Burrard St before you...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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....

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  • 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.

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  • 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...

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  • 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....

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  • Time Share

    Puerto Vallarta Tourist Traps

    there are time-share vendors everywhere, and they can be extremely aggressive, with come-ons such as jeep rental for extra days free, "bargain tours," free breakfasts at various resorts, etc. proceed at your own risk financially.

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  • Liberty Bell

    Philadelphia Tourist Traps

    We went on a ghost tour and afterwards we walked by the Liberty Bell and at night it is lit up inside so you can clearly see the bell in all her glory! I've waited in the long lines and walked thru to see it inside but I can tell you at night...ohhhh beautiful and no wait or lines!

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  • Zebra Painted Donkeys

    Tijuana Tourist Traps

    The tourist trap IS Tijuana -- you begin encountering it at the moment you cross the border. Remember that this is being written by someone with deep affection for Mexico and C. America. We walked over, passing through Immigration in San Diego, and the 'walk of shame' (as it became known in short order) was one endless parade of pathetic hawkers...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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,...

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  • Underground Atlanta

    Atlanta Tourist Traps

    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 my opinion. Keep to yourself and do what you want and noone will mess with you at all. The shops are most likely some you have already been to but...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • Whale Watching

    Victoria Tourist Traps

    If you insist on going out whale watching (or whale harassing as the locals call it) don't tell any locals that you have done this. People who go whale watching are considered ignorant "ugly tourists" who don't care about the environment.

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  • 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...

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  • 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....

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  • Beaches/South Beach/Art Deco District

    Miami Tourist Traps

    but very crowded.....till we had to fight for a spot on the beach. The water look tranquil. Everyone is just interested in lying on the sand with the sunnies, topless, tanning and bay watching. Get a spot nearest to the waters....so that you can only see the sea and no one tanning in front of you. No alternative, just go with the crowd.

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • Making phone calls

    Tampa Tourist Traps

    When we went to the US for the first time and tried to call Niki's Uncle the payphone swallowed our coins in no time... And that wasn't even a call outside the country... If you come unprepared to the US buy a prepaid card at you can find these in almost any shop in the US or get them from a machine. But beware of the hidden charges these card...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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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  • Mall of America

    Minneapolis Tourist Traps

    As a local of Minneapolis, I have been to the Mall of America many times. Each time I'm there, somebody ends up dropping at least $50 to $100 on food and other things. Lots of stores have higher prices because the Mall has so many tourists. The biggest offenders: Nickelodeon Universe. The deal is, you get either a ticket with "points" added onto...

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  • River boat tours

    Winnipeg Tourist Traps

    River boat tours are a bit of a tourist trap. I guess you do see Winnipeg from a different perspective. The quality on the dinner tours was only adequate. The later tours (those that start at 10pm or so) are better for partying. (pic from Paddlewheel website) Web site: http://www.paddlewheelcruises.com

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  • 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,...

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  • Calgary Stampede

    Calgary Tourist Traps

    During Stampede, all of a sudden the drinks are more expensive, the cover charge is more, or if there wasn't cover charge before, there is now!!! One of the best examples of this is Cowboys, which is considered "the place to be" during Stampede. Not only do they charge you $10 to get in (as opposed to the usual $5), you pay up to $10 for a drink,...

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  • Cost Too High

    Long Beach Tourist Traps

    ok, I know you need a car in L. A. but the parking prices over there, are too expensive, here at the Queen Mary was 8 dollars!!! So we decided to leave there the car and go to the shoreline by boat (only a dollar per person at the taxi boat)

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