Arizona Tourist Traps

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    by kris-t
  • High Prices
    by kris-t
  • High Prices
    by kris-t

Arizona Tourist Traps

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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...

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  • 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...)...

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  • South Rim

    Grand Canyon National Park Tourist Traps

    The South Rim, in and of itself, is a tourist trap. It is said that the average visitor spends only 8 minutes actually looking at the grand Canyon and that the rest of the time is spent wandering around Grand Canyon Village. There are exhibits and observation points that are worth seeing, but making this the entire Grand Canyon experience would be...

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  • Old Tucson Studios

    Tucson Tourist Traps

    Although I have been to Tucson twice, I did not visit this either time, mainly because a friend who lived there when I fist went said it was a complete tourist rip off. OK I have to say, after talking to some who have been there, I would say if you have kids they would probably have a great time at Old Tucson. Be aware, however, that it is not...

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  • Tusayan, AZ.

    Grand Canyon Tourist Traps

    We have stay there for 3 days, with the RV ,we have rent by Cruise America This was so beatiful to see. This is what you must seen, what in all these milljon years is happend, then yoy can seen that people are so little.

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  • shopping

    Phoenix Tourist Traps

    Good food, nice enviroment but it is a bit pricey. Here are some secret menu items to get a little more bang for your buck. Salads there are huge but also really expensive, around $14.00 but you can order a house or small cesar salad for $5.89 (these portions are fairly large) and add chicken for $1.99, you can get any dressing and extras like...

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  • Inconveniences

    Grand Canyon Tourist Traps

    If you are visiting the Grand Canyon at the South Rim, make sure to bring your children to the bathroom first before you head to the lookout. There are no bathrooms anywhere and the distance between the view park to the bookstore is abut 8-15 minutes walk. After parking, head to the bookstore to empty your bladders! Make sure to go to the...

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  • Phoenix Museum of History

    Phoenix Tourist Traps

    I usually like to investigate local history when I travel, but this museum was quite a dissapointment. http://www.pmoh.org Call ahead, most exhibits were closed when I went. I discovered that AFTER I paid to enter.... (602) 253-2734

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  • South Rim

    Grand Canyon Tourist Traps

    The Watchtower at Desert View was built in 1932. It used to be an observation station and convenient rest stop for the Grand Canyon visitors. The Watchtower is a re-creation of the strange prehistoric towers found scattered over large areas of the Southwest. You can also climb the tower. But doesn't add anything to the view over the Grand Canyon....

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  • Heat-

    Grand Canyon Tourist Traps

    Don't try go from the Rim to the Colorado River in only one day!!!!!!! Please don't do it if you are not in REALLY, REALLY, REALLY good shape. Believe me! Temperature is really high at the bottom. I have experience about that: 43ºC, I was like a sausage in the microwave oven. Don't forget water you'll need a lot!

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  • Grand Canyon is great but skywalk is...

    We did a Pink Jeep tour of the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas. It took about 10 hours. We drove out, went to the bottom in a helicopter and floated up the Colorado River and then back to the top in the helicopter. Up the top we went to a few lookouts and saw the skywalk. After all the other things we had done we didn't bother wasting the money. We...

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  • Tourist Shops in Sedona

    Okay, I'm not sure if this should be in Tourist Trap or not; but there are numerous tourist shops along the main road in Sedona. There does not seem to be much difference in a lot of them except the people inside. I have no doubt the prices are higher in Sedona than you would pay for the same thing elsewhere. I don't know if the guy inside was...

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  • The Thing? - Mystery of the Desert

    Although I am listing The Thing? as a Tourist Trap, I really consider it a "Must See." You may not want to drive hundreds of miles out of your way to see The Thing?, but if you ever find yourself traveling along I-10 in southeastern Arizona, you would be remiss not to stop and take a look. This is roadside America at it's kinky best. I can't tell...

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  • Beware of Grand Canyon

    The Grand Canyon is surrounded by cheap, generic Native American Arts and crafts, high priced foods, and expensive group trips down the canyon. Grand Canyon is a spectacular scene. Just remember to pack your own lunch and don't pay attention to "Chief Yellowhorse". If you want to buy certified Native American crafts I suggest stopping at the...

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  • Glen Canyon Kayak Guides suck

    If you want to go kayaking in the Lake Powell area, stay far away from Kyle Walker and Glen Canyon Kayak guides (http://www.kayakpowell.com/). He is unprofessional and does not communicate in an adequate manner at all. Once he gets your reservation deposit, he may or may not just lose your number/ email address.

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  • An interesting place to stretch your...

    The only part of Route 66 left at this point along I40 is called the JackRabbit, and is at the Jack Rabbit Road exit.Though roadside signs lead one to believe that the gas station is still functioning - it isn't. I was happy to use the bathroom that had a hole in the wall instead of a sink, window shop, and buy nice COLD water. Oh, and snap a few...

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  • Tlaquepaque

    Pronounced TEL-a-kwa-pak-ee, this place is a shopping centre in Sedona designed after a famous arts and crafts neighborhood in Guadalajara, Mexico, and has about 40 stores and restaurants.To us it had the feeling of a Mexico Disneyland, and once you get over the stress of trying to park, the crowds of tourists can be overwhelming. We stopped for...

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  • The tallest fountain in the world!

    And a giant waste of time. I'm not exactly sure why we went out of our way for this one, a friend who had lived in Scottsdale told me about it. Apparently it is supposed to be a pretty cool thing to see. Unfortunately for us, it was a no show. We waited for almost 2 hours, but the weather conditions were such that the fountain would not "erupt"...

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  • Condos and Villas...private owners? be...

    some of the condos and villas that are for rent in places like Scottsdale, for snowbirds are privately owned and some office rents them out. Be careful that its not some unkept condo at a high price. ask the mgt company if its privately owned....ask when it was last remodeled or how old the unit is and if you can change if it is...

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  • Jerome

    Jerome is for sure the ultimate tourist trap! Advertised as a past gold-rush mining town, it's nothing more than a few crumbling down buildings and quaint/tacky shops that will try sell you all sort of junk and rip you off. There's meant to be a ghost-town nearby, but I did not chance seeing more uglyness. Shop for stamps at the post office,...

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  • Antelope Canyon Tours

    I am also putting Antelope canyon into my recommendation list. The Canyon itself is fantastic, really beautiful. It costs $6 per person for a permit to enter the canyon. The problem is you are only allowed to enter the canyon on a tour. The tours you can get at the gate of the park cost $15 for a 1 hr tour and $20 for 2 hrs photography tour. Sounds...

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  • The four corners

    This is not only a tourist trap for Arizona it is also a trap for Utah, Colarodo and New Mexico.It is a monument that marks the corners of all 4 states, basically you have to drive miles out of your way (100 miles from monument valley) to see a monument that is over crowded with people getting photos. Costs $3 a person to get into.DONT BOTHER

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  • Many people who come to...

    Many people who come to Arizona, especially the Sedona area, hear that they 'must go to Red Rock Crossing and Slide Rock.' Don't. Sedona is very beautiful, but these two sites are definitely tourist traps because there are tons of kitschy stores and no parking at Red Rock Crossing. Slide Rock is supposed to be a fun water park, but there's really...

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  • We always refueled and had...

    We always refueled and had the car checked every morning before we would start our trip.At one of the service stations I could see under the bottom of the hood of my car the attendant pouring water down the side of my battery then telling me my battery had a leak in it.He offered to replace my battery with one that he had for a nominal fee plus...

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  • If you go from the Grand...

    If you go from the Grand Canyon to Monument Valley, you will see signs along the highway to see Dinosaur Tracks..this is real! But the Indians who want to show you around may be asking for quite a large tip!

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  • Old Tucson-only little kiddies...

    Old Tucson-only little kiddies will like- overpriced too. The view on the way past is great though, the mountains you always see in those old John Wayne movies are in the background. Also El Charro Restaurant, does not live up to its self proclaimed reputation- overpriced, cockaroaches running around the property, all glitz does not hide such...

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  • Sadly, the Grand Canyon is a...

    Sadly, the Grand Canyon is a tourist trap in addition to a natural beauty. Just look at some of the stuff that exists just outside the park, albeit not as bad as many other parks I've been to. The traffic and congestion in the park is bad too, crowded, etc. If you want solitude, you're going to have to get away from the most-visited parts.

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  • Four Corners.... I'm not going...

    Four Corners.... I'm not going to repaste the image, and I know it's already under Must-see, but this can be kind of touristy too! :) Lots of people trying to make some money surrounding the monument... eh, but it's not that bad, really. It's just a little touristy if I remember correctly.

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  • Apache Trail

    Well it is not really a tourist trap but, I found the rave reviews of the Apache Trail a little over the top. We took this drive from the Theodore Roosevelt dam to Apache Creek on our final afternoon. It is supposed to rival the Alps, the Rockies, etc. but I found that the views along the entire route were spoiled by two power transmission lines...

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  • i don't consider this a...

    i don't consider this a tourist trap..but in my country it's a good sign..while i was walking..a bird shiiittt on my clothes..it was a funny situation..unfortunatelly shooting birds is not allowed like in egypt.just kidding..:)

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  • Biggest tourist trap in...

    Biggest tourist trap in between Arizona and Las Vegas are the Indian Reservations. Granted they are fun to stop at and I am happy that Indians are making a living, but they sure do get ya with the prices. But its a good thing! Oh and when you finally get through all that, the Grand Canyon can be quite a rip off. The flights and whatnot, helicopter...

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  • i bought a pair of cool...

    i bought a pair of cool moccasins at the Petrified Forest giftshop. I then drove over two hours to get to my hotel only to realize that i had two different sizes in the shoebox. Total bummer, and yes i did drive all the way back to get the right size match. Also never pay a dollar to go see the reptiles in the back room of a giftshop. I've seen...

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  • Where the hell is Tortilla...

    Where the hell is Tortilla Flat?West of Phoenix and Apache Junction, take the Apache trail and find this old stagecoach stop and giftshops. It's fun anyway, and the drive around the Superstition Mountains across cactus and lakes is breathtaking.

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  • I worked many years in...

    I worked many years in hotel/motel chains. Always book ahead. The only time of year you do not need to book a room is the winter. I cannot tell how many times I had to turn families away because the every motel in town was booked. And the maps will show, there are no other locations to sleep at for at least 1 to 3 hours drive away from Flagstaff.

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  • I wouldn't call Biosphere 2 a...

    I wouldn't call Biosphere 2 a tourist trap, but there is an abundance of gift shops. It seemed like there was a gift shop every 300 feet.

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  • Indians won't give you...

    Indians won't give you anything for free, no view on a simple rock and they are at every parking lodge to cash for their handmade souvenirs. At first I thought it's ok that they make money out of their land but if you have to struggle through a whole flea market to get to the vista point it's losing its charme.

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