California Tourist Traps

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California Tourist Traps

  • 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...

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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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  • 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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  • 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...

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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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  • Ponderosa Ranch

    South Lake Tahoe Tourist Traps

    Ponderosa Ranch, near Incline Village, has just recently closed after 40 years. It was an attraction based on the TV show Bonanza (remember Hoss?), and some of the filming was done here as well. It was dorky, but kind of fun If you had small children or you were a diehard fan. A local developer bought it for an undisclosed amount - knowing real...

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  • Santa Monica Pier

    Santa Monica Tourist Traps

    'Santa Monica Pier' was a waste of time for us. Granted it was the Fourth of July, and crowded; however the only things it offered were a couple of o.k. restaurants, souvenir shops, and rides that would only impress smaller children. If you've been to any of the other amusements parks,or have teens, you would find this place boring. P.S. I am not...

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  • Beaches

    Long Beach Tourist Traps

    Dirty Beaches continued... The mouth of San Gabriel River meets with the Pacific Ocean and brings with it trash from 35 miles. I have stumbled upon some rather disgusting items which I will leave to your imagination. Local school children and environmental groups organize beach clean ups but the real problem is farther upstream. Wear shoes in the...

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  • Universal Studios

    Hollywood Tourist Traps

    Last visited: August, 2010 Times visited: 1 Highlight: Waterworld show I recommend Universal Studios for families with young teens and below. Due to word of mouth from back home we had high expectations entering the gates of Universal Studios. Those expectations were not met. Universal Studios is more of a regular themepark with movie theme. The...

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  • Not Really A Trap

    Sacramento Tourist Traps

    South of Sacramento, along the river, you will find the old Chinese town of Locke. It has the unique status of being the only town in the US built exclusively by the Chinese for the Chinese. It was built in 1920 and its original character has been well preserved. It is not a tourist trap or a ghost town but has authentic, genuine charm. Do not miss...

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  • Places to Avoid

    Mammoth Lakes Tourist Traps

    'Speed of Light' Photo developing at the bottom of Old Mammoth Road - they ruined half the pictures of the 6 films I put in there. When I complained they first said 'Sorry, but what do you want us to do about it', then told me that they 'just wished that I had never come in to the shop' when I told them that I wanted some form of refund. They...

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  • The Allure

    La Jolla Tourist Traps

    Though La Jolla is a mecca for tourist wanting to mingle with the 'rich and famous,' there isn't much in the way of tourist traps! So, I submit this: Black's Beach--San Diego's 'Unofficial' nude beach is just below the pictured cliff. A suspiciously 'convenient' place to locate a hang gliding port. If you know what I mean? Torrey Pines Gliderport...

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  • Hollywood Tours / Other Tours

    California Tourist Traps

    E Hollywood tours -- that's the name of the company you should stay away when walking along Hollywood Blvd. People who work for this company will jump out of nowhere and sell you the tour for 25$ + free parking for 4 hours at the Kodak theater. My friend and I got on the 2 hours tour around Hollywood and Beverly Hills (which I think is boring and...

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  • Fisherman's Wharf

    San Francisco Tourist Traps

    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 interesting beyond the convenience experiences set up for them that the tourism industry thrives off of. Fisherman's Wharf is for the second group of...

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  • Homes of the Stars

    Los Angeles Tourist Traps

    I went on a tour called hollywood tours it is located between mcdonalds and gunniess world of records right on hollywood blvd. the lady boss was very nice to the customers but mean to her employees. she was shouting at the sales guys telling them to get away from the front of her.... store, it was this homeless looking woman that was our tour...

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  • Too Expensive

    San Diego Tourist Traps

    This place used to be a place to view marine animals. It still is, but you have to look for them. There are lots of games which really belong in an amusement park, which SeaWorld has become. It is WAY over priced. If you want to see fish, go to an acquarium. UPDATE: Anhauser-Busch, which owned Sea World, has been bought out by IBev, a Belgin...

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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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  • Cost Too High

    Hollywood Tourist Traps

    check it out on the outside! Dolby Theater (formerly the Kodak Theater), home of the Academy Awards is featured along Hollwyood Blvd. Most of us will not be able to score an invite to the Oscar show but there are concerts and other events that occur here throughout the year. This is by no means the greatest venue for concerts. Inside , the decor...

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  • OLD SACRAMENTO

    Sacramento Tourist Traps

    In Old Sac a train ride is offered down the Sacramento River. The cost is approximately $8. but don't be fooled. There is nothing noteworthy to see on this ride. The tracks are between the river and Interstate 5. The view of the river is nothing but water with no pretty buildings, houses or wildlife. All the nice things you might want to see can be...

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  • SAN FRANCISCO

    California Tourist Traps

    $5 buys you a tiny lump of concreate set in a plastic rock, with a certificate claiming it to be a piece of the last building to be demolished on Alcatraz. And why not eh. Its what being on holiday is all about, dodgy tacky souveniers

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  • Be Aware!

    San Francisco Tourist Traps

    By mistake i ended up with this shop and got fooled for my life. I purchased Olympus VR 320 camera in this shop and i wanted to give off my fuji DSLR camerca as well as i was not using it. The Olympus VR320 camera costs 118$ in Amazon and in shops it costs 150$-170$. You would be surprised to know at what price this shop sells the same. It is...

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  • Hollywood

    Los Angeles Tourist Traps

    Hollywood! You think of feather boas, decadence, diamonds, movie premieres and ordinary Joes making it big and being discovered. That's what on everyone's mind, whether you're American (Hispanic, Native, Anglo), European, African, Middle Eastern or Asian. It's a must to at least see where tons of famous people from the past and present have...

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  • Seaport Village

    San Diego Tourist Traps

    it's a nice place but it is expensive and usually very crowded. they do have great sea food restaurants and the sunsets are beautiful. take your camera. visit downtown coronado the beach is just a couple of blocks away. Rhinoceros cafe is uber yummy.

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  • Disneyland

    California Tourist Traps

    This is the original Disneyland and I'm only putting it under 'tourist trap' because there will be a lot of tourists if you visit. But don't let that stop you! It's still a great place that is sure to put a smile on your face.

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  • Pier 39

    San Francisco Tourist Traps

    Pier 39 has a number of quality but really EXPENSIVE stores targeted at San Francisco tourists as the number one tourist destination in the City is not the Golden Gate Bridge but The Fisherman's Wharf of which Pier 39 is a major part of. A variety of gifts, gourmet foods, and handmade items can be purchased at the Pier 39 mall. It is a festival...

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  • Disneyland

    Los Angeles Tourist Traps

    Many people expect to visit Disneyland while in Los Angeles, but don't realize that Disneyland is not in the city of Los Angeles nor even in the County of Los Angeles. Rather it is in the city of Anaheim--in Orange County. Lots of L.A. hotels will offer a shuttle or bus to Disneyland, but if you're planning to get there on your own, don't expect...

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  • Old Town

    San Diego Tourist Traps

    This used to be called Bazaar del Mundo. A company from the east coast (Delaware Company) outbid the people who had it for 30 years. It was a very popular place to eat and shop. It was a very colorful place with a Mexican theme, where there was music and dance on weekends. It is now supposed to reflect "early California." It doesn't. It's just...

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  • LOS ANGELES

    California Tourist Traps

    Downtown Los Angeles. The second largest U.S. city does sure enough have a skyline, but it lacks a real core downtown. All the major tourist areas are out a ways from central city L.A. The movie studios have moved to the hills, the major theme parks are in neighbouring Orange County or in Valencia (on the other side of the San Gabriel Mountains).

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  • Cable Cars

    San Francisco Tourist Traps

    Cable Cars. A San Francisco icon. One trip costs $3.00, an all day pass costs $9.00. This is a rip off considering a bus or street car ride costs only $1.25. If you ride on a cable car, you most likely will be crammed onto it with dozens of other passengers, which can be pretty claustrophobic. Also they make such frequent stops that it takes...

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  • Downtown

    Los Angeles Tourist Traps

    in the historic Angel's Flight, by 4th and Hill streets, in downtown. OK, sure, the flight is not across the sky but in a funicular and the flight lasts only for a min- but this is such a cute part of L.A. history of which to partake. The shortest rain trip in the world had been closed, due to an unfortunate mechanical failure in 2001, which...

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  • Not a Trap

    San Diego Tourist Traps

    This was a ful walk and look at the past. Arrived 9:30 stayed till 1 pm on Tuesday and had a blast bought a few trinkets for wife n grandson but heck you have to have a suviner to take back home. Good food friendly shop holders 2 or 3 homeless but they kept there distance. Overall 5 stars

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  • What's The Point?

    California Tourist Traps

    The Zoo's are all the same no matter where you go. San Francisco, L.A. San Diego. There are the same basic 'zoo animals'. The visit is great if you have little ones or if you're an animal lover to the extreme, cause for the money, it's a hell of a workout, and you've seen 'em all before. Disneyland and Knotts are both extremely crowded and...

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  • Chinatown

    San Francisco Tourist Traps

    China Town was not so much as a 'trap' as it was a bit annoying with all of the vendors following us and pushing their goods and products in front of our path, so other than being a bit over promoting or insistent we were able to resist temptation when needed. On the other hand, when I spied a 'women's boutique' crowned with my name, well, let's...

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  • Rodeo Drive

    Los Angeles Tourist Traps

    I'm not a shopaholic, at home or on vacation, and I think spending a $1,000 or more on a purse just because it has interlocking Ls and Vs on it is absurd so for me Rodeo Drive (pronounced ro-DAY-o) is a perfect example of a tourist trap. Overpriced shops, window shopping tourists sniffing out celebrities, celebrities with oversized sunglasses...

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  • Parks / SD Zoo

    San Diego Tourist Traps

    The San Diego Zoo itself is by no means a tourist trap but prices for feeding and watering of humans can drain your wallet in a hurry: note the $5:00+ for a soda in photo #2. Ouch! The park allows visitors to bring their own lunches, snacks and beverages (no large coolers, glass or straws) and I highly recommend doing just that to avoid forking...

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  • The California Desert

    California Tourist Traps

    On my big trip in '88, I saw a state recreational area listed on the east side of the Salton Sea and thought that it would be a fun place to see. I guess I envisioned a neat trail along this huge lake in the middle of the desert. I thought I'd spend part of a day walking the trail and experiencing the desert. I was wrong. When I arrived, I found...

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  • Lombard Street

    San Francisco Tourist Traps

    I see many tourists pull up in taxis or rental cars, hop out, snap a few photos of the crooked street, and leave. There are actually steeper, more crooked streets in San Francisco, but what makes Lombard Street amazing is the neighborhood. It is a historical gem with hidden staircases, cafes, and beautiful views. The hills in this particular part...

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  • Hollywood Walk Of Fame

    Los Angeles Tourist Traps

    I went there on a family trip last summer. Spent half the fricken day there, partly because one family member walks real slow and some family members went into every single souvenir shop for four blocks. Ugh. Every t-shirt shop sells the same old crap. Grauman's Chinese Theatre is nice...the costumed characters are actually the highlight of this...

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  • Too Much To See

    San Diego Tourist Traps

    After coming back home I forgot at least one place I visited - look at my picture - WHERE IT IS? Maybe you know - hmmm... somewhere in Balboa park on our way from Museum of Man to the Spreckels Organ Pavilion - e-mail me please if you know! Is there something wrong with my memory chip? Haha, Linda just replied: Matt, the fountain with the girl...

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  • Not Worth It!

    San Francisco Tourist Traps

    There are many tour buses in San Francisco. Open Top Sightseeing Tour Buses do not have a narrator on board. They give you a cheap cheap earphone for an audio tour. You can't understand a thing. Our driver did not wait for us to sit before slamming on the gas, knocking our heads into poles and turning over one of our infants in her stroller. We got...

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  • Universal Studios

    Los Angeles Tourist Traps

    tourist spot is important to destination vacation that is one of your purpose why you want to go their that's you need to research to the place that you want to go to avoid a unsatisfied tour or vacation now you need to make a list of the destination that you what to go it will make your tour much better and comfortable cause your are not worry...

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  • Transportation Issues

    San Diego Tourist Traps

    There are few things in any town or country that I would consider a tourist trap. Especially in San Diego, where most of the renovations are geared towards "resident's" use, as much as tourist's use. I might concede that the parking lot at Horton Plaza may be a bit of a trap. The multi-level facility is not a straight forward set of levels, more...

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  • Combined Suggestions

    San Francisco Tourist Traps

    Take the 30 Bus then the 29 Bus to the Golden Gate Bridge. Instead of hanging around with all the tourist, head straight down to the pier (can't miss it!). You will get a great view of the bridge and brilliant aspect of Alcatraz! There's also a cafe down there and it's not too crowded.

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  • Grauman's Chinese Theatre

    Los Angeles Tourist Traps

    This was quite fun, the walk of fame is quite boring but the handprints and quotes of stars gone by. Some I have never heard of but still I,m a movie lover so I liked it Acknowledge how freaakin small the chinese theater is really loud. Go on a tour instead if you are a true movie buff

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  • Haight Street

    San Francisco Tourist Traps

    I still like the Haight & Cole Valley. I love the Victorian houses, and the area holds lots of great memories circa '66 / '67. But Haight St. is imho sometimes a semi-pathetic & commercial shell of its old pre '67 self, and left me kind of sad this last trip. I think the pic says it all. "Your revolution is over, Mr. Lebowski. Condolences....

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