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Are you ever totally shocked to discover that something, a famous landmark or attraction, for example, isn’t exactly what it was made out to be?
You might have seen it in a movie or heard about its grandeur from friends and family, but when you get there, the reality doesn’t quite measure up.
Well, buckle up because even the famous landmarks of this world can be underwhelming!
False advertising is real, and we’re here to prove it: these 15 legendary locations will surely surprise you as much as they did us when we discovered their true nature.
From theme parks with no rides in sight to natural wonders that aren’t all that great anymore, get ready for some good ol’ disappointment!
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#1. The Colosseum
The Colosseum is an iconic symbol of Rome’s grandeur and might.
But despite its fame, the ruins have been heavily damaged over time due to neglect and misuse.
What remains today is only a fraction of what it once was, so visitors can end up feeling let down by its current state.
What’s more, the area around the Colosseum is often swarmed with tourists and street sellers, making the experience less than sublime.
#2. Nashville, Tennessee
Nashville is a hot spot these days, but that doesn’t mean it’s a place to visit.
Many tourists complain of watered-down drinks and the abundance of bachelor and bachelorette parties that ruin the night life.
#3. Plymouth Rock
While Plymouth Rock may be a historical landmark, it’s not worth it for many.
Most people who visit expect to see a large rock, or boulder, signifying the area.
Unfortunately, all there is a small, three-foot rock.
And if that isn’t bad enough, you can’t even get to the rock so it can be preserved.
#4. Grand Canyon Skywalk
Seeing one of the wonders of the world may seem like a great vacation idea, and visiting another part of the Grand Canyon is.
But the skywalk is one of the biggest tourist traps out there.
This is because everything costs money.
One person shared their experience: “It costs a fortune in hidden fees. You can’t take your phone on the glass walkway over the canyon so to get a photo it costs money You drive forever doing about 25 MPH in the desert on a rocky dirt road. When you finally get there, you have to pay to get on the reservation, pay to ride the bus, pay to go on the walk, pay to get a photo, pay to store the items you are not allowed to take on the skywalk, etc. I think my husband and I dropped about $390 for that stupid thing. But when you drive hours out there you kind of feel like you have to see and do it all.”
While Hollywood may seem like an exciting vacation destination with its glitz, glamour, and the potential of running into an A-list celebrity, it’s important to consider the downsides before booking your trip.
Tourists worldwide flock to Hollywood, making it hard to move around and fully enjoy the attractions.
The Walk of Fame is a major letdown, with nonstop vendors trying to sell you stuff.
Also, prices are incredibly high, and you may spend much more than you originally budgeted.
Finally, this area has become unsanitary and dirty in recent years.
#6. Myrtle Beach
Many families flock to Myrtle Beach for the ocean and attractions but discover that it is primarily young, single people looking for a good time.
On top of this, since it is a popular destination, there are crowds, making going out difficult, especially during peak season.
#7. Times Square
If your goal is to stare at large billboards with blinding lights, Times Square is the ideal place for you.
Otherwise, it is a waste of time.
It’s crowded, loud, and not a fun experience for most people.
#8. National Parks
While national parks are celebrated for their scenic trails and breathtaking views, there are many reasons why you should steer clear of them for your next vacation.
For one, national parks have become incredibly crowded in recent years, making it nearly impossible to have a peaceful nature experience amidst throngs of tourists.
Many vacationers complain of waiting in lines for hours simply to enter the park.
Additionally, staying in or near a national park can be incredibly expensive, with overpriced lodges and limited dining options.
Finally, wildlife encounters can be dangerous and unpredictable.
Despite their natural beauty, national parks may not be the best vacation choice for those looking for a relaxing and stress-free getaway.
#9. Niagara Falls
While Niagara Falls may be a popular destination for many vacationers, there are several reasons why you should reconsider visiting it.
First and foremost, the area is extremely crowded with tourists, making it difficult to enjoy the natural beauty of the falls without being surrounded by large crowds.
Additionally, the attractions surrounding the falls, such as the casinos and amusement parks, are often overpriced and offer little value for the money spent.
Finally, the region surrounding Niagara Falls has become a commercialized tourist trap, making it difficult to experience the local culture and authenticity of the area.
A better option is to visit Buffalo and make the falls a day trip.
#10. Disney World
The main knock against Disney World is the price.
Instead of a family going annually for a nice vacation, you need to save for years to pay the price for admission into the parks and food.
Then there is the wait time for rides, which could be as long as three hours on the popular ones.
Who wants to spend a day going on two rides?
Finally, there is the weather. Most days, it will be nice, but get rain or a hot and humid day, and you just wasted a ton of money on tickets.
Miami is known for its vibrant nightlife, beaches, and sunny weather.
However, it may not be the ideal destination for everyone looking for a relaxing vacation.
The city’s intense party scene and crowded beaches often make it difficult to unwind and enjoy the scenery.
Moreover, the high cost of accommodations and tourist attractions can leave a serious dent in your wallet.
Lastly, there is the humidity, especially in the summer months. Unless you enjoy the uncomfortableness of high humidity, you should avoid Miami in the summer.
#12. New Orleans
Bourbon Street in New Orleans may seem the ultimate destination for a wild and unforgettable vacation filled with lively bars and exciting nightlife.
However, there are plenty of reasons why you should avoid Bourbon Street for your next getaway.
Despite its reputation, the busy street can be overwhelming and unsafe, especially during peak tourist season.
With overcrowded sidewalks and a high prevalence of pickpocketing and other petty crimes, Bourbon Street can quickly turn your dream vacation into a nightmare.
Not only that, but the nonstop party atmosphere can also make it difficult to relax and enjoy your trip.
If you’re looking for a more peaceful and safe travel experience, consider exploring some of the other amazing attractions New Orleans offers instead of flocking to Bourbon Street.
#13. Port-au-Prince, Haiti
The problem with Haiti’s capital isn’t the people.
Most are very friendly and welcoming.
It’s the sky high crime rate due to the poverty the nation is suffering from.
Getting kidnapped or becoming a victim of a crime carries a high likelihood in Haiti.
Despite its iconic skyline, Houston doesn’t live up to the hype when it comes to beauty.
The city center is plain and uninteresting, while most surrounding areas are populated with chain restaurants and big-box retail stores.
If you’re looking for an awe-inspiring sightseeing experience, you’ll be disappointed in this Texas metropolis.
#15. Las Vegas
Vegas is often thought of as a glamorous city that never sleeps.
However, not many people realize how desolate and sterile the Las Vegas Strip can be during the day.
Many famous hotels are deserted when the sun is out, making it hard to appreciate all that this iconic location has to offer.
In addition, while there are plenty of tourist attractions, there isn’t much to do off-strip.
Overall, it’s better to enjoy Vegas at night when the lights turn on, and the atmosphere is more alive.
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