United States of America Tourist Traps

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United States of 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Gateway Arch

    Saint Louis Tourist Traps

    The Arch is an engineering marvel without question, but because it's federal property - and the feds are more paranoid than the guy with the backwards jacket and tinfoil hat - you have to submit to another airport search to even get in the place. All to see the history of westward expansion ... which never required Lewis and/or Clark to empty their...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Salt Lake

    Salt Lake City Tourist Traps

    the great salt lake is not particularly attractive, it is swarmed by flies and smells of something rotting get in the water so that you too can come to the realization that things float higher in the denser salt water go hiking!!

  • 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...

  • Shopping

    Waikiki Tourist Traps

    Notice that the high-end shops in Waikiki and Ala Moana (Hermes, Gucci, Prada, Chanel, Rolex, YSL etc.) are gorgeous and well-stocked. If you're from Japan or somewhere else where there are ridiculous import tariffs, you'll stock up. Check out Duty Free Shoppers as well -- you'll need a passport. If you're from anywhere else, you can buy all that...

  • 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...

  • 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...


    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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Jaggar Museum

    Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Tourist Traps

    Also a tiltmeter is on display in the museum providing real-time data about the volcanoes. Rapid increase in tilt can indicate that magma is accumulating at shallow levels within the volcano and is often a precursor to an eruption. Rapid decreases in tilt can indicate that magma is draining at shallow leaves within the volcano and moving into a...

  • Volcano Winery

    Hawaii (Big Island) Tourist Traps

    I was a little disappointed with this visit. It's merely a storefront for a winery. You get no tour unfortunately. You do get to taste their different wines, which are made right on the grounds. This winery is located off the main road just past the KMC entrance. Browse the shop and "talk story" with the sales people, you will find they are eager...

  • "Not Worth It" Tours

    Washington D.C. Tourist Traps

    I remember when we were first assigned here years ago we went on a tour of what we called the Mint and it was not only very interesting/informative but really a lot of fun. You got a good idea of how our national currency was made. We were teenagers back then. A few years ago my nephews wanted to see this while they were visiting. First, there was...


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