For those of you who have traveled around the globe a bit, you know that there are some places that are just better to avoid and some things that are just better to not do. Many of those involve personal safety and common sense. For example, walking around in certain parts of Rio de Janeiro at 3am is an extremely efficient way to shorten your life expectancy by several orders of magnitude. Or trying to cross the border between North Korea and South Korea without an ID. Or running across Pakistan dressed as Uncle Sam. Don’t. Just don’t. And while that is all very good travel advice, today’s list is not going to be about that. We are going to go in a different direction. Instead of talking about the places that most people probably wouldn’t go anyway, we’re going to talk about the places that everyone always goes. The Louvres, the Big Bens, the Great Walls. These are things that you probably have tucked away somewhere on your bucket list and know for sure that you want to see. But the fact is that some of those places just aren’t quite worth it. From long crowds to hyper-commercialization, you would probably do well to avoid them. These are 25 seriously overhyped tourist attractions that you might want to reconsider!
Mill End Park - the smallest park in the world (Portland, Oregon)
It’s a tiny tree in the middle of a street in Portland. And while it is in the Guinness Book of World Records, it’s probably not worth going out of your way.
Plymouth Rock (Plymouth, Massachusetts)
It’s just a medium sized rock in a gazebo. And “medium sized” is probably being a bit generous.
South Of The Border (South Carolina)
This rest stop/amusement park has advertisements along the highway stretching from Florida all the way to New York. You’d think it was bigger than Disney World. Spoiler alert: it’s not. It has maybe 5 rides and a mini golf course.
The first Starbucks (Seattle, Washington)
Aside from the whole why-would-you-even-go-to-starbucks-anyway argument…it’s not even technically the first Starbucks.
Four Corners Monument (Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah)
It’s the only place in the United States where 4 states meet. Sound cool? It’s not. Rather than driving there to pay and see some lines in the sand, just look at a picture and call it a day.