We’ve always heard of the places we need to see, and many of us have a bucket list of places we want to go. But what about iconic places that are just not worth it? Save time and money and avoid these well-known landmarks that have disappointed travelers.
Sherlock Holmes House on Baker Street
While Sherlock Holmes has a fan base worldwide, many have described the house on Baker Street as disappointing and boring. It is a little bit of the set mixed with some creepy wax figures.
While we have been told of the wondrous Plymouth Rock our whole elementary school lives, when it comes down to it, it’s just a rock. It isn’t even a particularly big or exciting rock, and you can’t touch it.
Hollywood Walk of Fame
While we may be starstruck when seeing Hollywood on the big screen, you will be underwhelmed in person. When it comes down to it, Hollywood is just another large city, and rarely will you see any famous person calmly walking around.
According to many, there is never a good time to visit Times Square. Of course, to some, the lights and bustle of New York City are unlike anything else. One thing people agree on, though, is that visiting on New Year’s Eve is extraordinarily overwhelming and not fun overall.
This one depends on what side you visit. You might think, “It’s huge; both sides must have great views,” but that is where you would be wrong. The American side is not as picturesque and doesn’t have as much to do as the Canadian side.
If you want to see this famous landmark, I recommend driving down the road and pulling over to get a picture. Paying to visit while still miles away is not worth it, and you get the same views from the free road.
The Mona Lisa
The Louvre, where the Mona Lisa is housed, is still a worthy visit, but this specific painting less. People who have gone say it is smaller than expected, incredibly crowded, and hard to see because of everyone using flash on the reflective glass.
Leaning Tower of Pisa
Unless you are invested in taking an “I can hold up this tower” picture, there isn’t much more to do. Instead, locals recommend visiting Florence and treating the Leaning Tower as more of a pit stop.
Mall of America
This is the largest mall in the United States, and while that sounds exciting, it is just a mall. A mall that will leave your feet sore and your pocketbooks empty, and you probably won’t even see the whole thing in one day.
Besides paying a tour guide to teach you more about the land’s rich history, many say the view in real life is just as exciting as the view on your computer. However, getting into the inner circle is also possible if you know the right guide, which makes a great picture.
This one isn’t a complete no-go; locals recommend visiting during their off-season if you want a good experience. The summer months, though, will see you shoulder to shoulder and boat to boat with plenty of other tourists and do not make for a fun vacation.
Platform 9 ¾
Harry Potter fans flock from all over to visit the platform to get to Hogwarts in King’s Cross Station. The reality is you will wait in a long line for a photo-op and then be led to an expensive Harry Potter-themed gift shop.
The Four Corners
Ever wanted to stand in four states at once in the middle of nowhere, then get back in your car to make an hours-long trip back to anything fun? Then the Four Corners might be for you! Also, the landmark isn’t even where the historic four corners are.
Don’t forget about it, but maybe don’t plan a trip around it. Many describe it as incredibly dull and oddly placed in the middle of a bustling town. There are plenty of exciting and historic things to do in San Antonio.
The Vegas Strip
While the hotels and attractions in Vegas are next level, the strip isn’t the best place to walk down. Plenty of unsavory characters and mind-melting heat should keep you firmly in whatever hotel you have rooms in.
Empire State Building
Seeing New York from above seems cool, but many think the experience could have been better. The Empire State Building is just a tall building. Many encourage people to visit at night and say the city lit up is indeed the site worth seeing.
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