Most overrated tourist destinations?

posted 1 year ago in Beehive
Post # 76
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

financegal87 :  awww really? I’ve always wanted to go. Is there something in particular that you found to be overrated?

Post # 77
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Helper bee

Rome. At least during peak season. Lots to do but very, very crowded. 

Post # 78
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Bumble bee

Most overrated places I’ve ever been to are LA and Vegas, both were massive disappointments to me. I felt like in Vegas it was too much of everything, too loud, too crowded, too many lights, too much noise etc and completely lacking in culture, the fake Venice and Eiffel Tower etc were tacky. I found LA really boring, was quite shocked at how many homeless people there were there especially considering how luxurious and expensive the houses/shops/restaurants etc are. I loved NOLA though, I didn’t mind that it was very rough around the edges, the food was incredible and there was a tonne of culture and history there.

Outside of the US, Cannes/St. Tropez/Monaco (French Riviera) was a big disappointment. Everything was so overpriced it was unreal, and not even that good quality and I love France. It was full of obnoxious rich people eager to show off how much money they have. 

Post # 79
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

rosebailey :  Thank you for this! I went to Italy on my honeymoon and was bummed that I couldn’t fit Venice in our itinerary.  However, after reading this, when I go back I will make it a point to not spend more than a day there 🙂

Post # 80
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

DrCrazyCat :  I can believe this its exactly why when we stopped in Cannes we shared a taxi with other couples to go over to Monaco and Monte Carlo which was beautiful. 

Post # 81
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

EllyAnne :  oh man, 3 weeks? I went for a 7 day trip (due to being in a destination wedding – I didn’t pick it myself) and by day two I was over it and ready to go home haha.

Post # 82
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2018 - Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills

I live in LA and I’ll admit it is a much better city when you actually live here. Hollywood is not great and tourist trap. 

New Orleans is one of my favorite cities in the US. Vegas is pretty overrated to me. Also wasn’t a huge fan of Vienna, and Cozumel Mexico is also extremely touristy and not really that great. 

Post # 83
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Buzzing bee

Definitely agree with Vegas, San Antonio Riverwalk. Didn’t enjoy St. Louis much, either. Cancun = no, as well. 

Post # 84
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Bumble bee

mickeynicki :  Yeah, for what key west offers there are other places that do it much better and often for much less money.  It’s crazy expensive, loud, tacky, mediocre food, attracts some pretty awful tourists, not a place for beaching either.  It has a kind of interesting & quirky history but that’s not enough to overcome the rest.  There are some pretty residential streets but again, not enough.  

There are places that don’t interest me at all personally, like say Vegas, but for what it offers it does it well.  So I don’t consider it overrated.  Same with Disney World.  Doesn’t interest me but for people that want to do whatever you do there – hang out with cartoons or whatever, I assume it’s the place to be.  Key west on the other hand just offers all around mediocrity at supreme prices, it does nothing well that I can see.  I’d take Islamorada over KW too.

Post # 85
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Sugar bee

I think most tourist sites are overrated, with the exception of sites that are famous for historical significance or natural beauty. I especially dislike tourist spots focused around consumerism. My least faves: 

NYC – Times Square. Empire State Building. Statue of Liberty. 

LA – Hollywood Walk of Fame/Mann’s Chinese Theater/anything downtown Hollywood 

London – Picadilly Circus 

Vegas – All of it 

I disagree with Paris and Iceland, as I loved both. If you want to see Paris and visit the Mona Lisa and Eiffel tower without a line, visit in winter. I went in January and had zero problems getting close to the Mona Lisa and didn’t have to wait in line for anything. Compared to San Francisco or NYC, Paris looks practically immaculate, so I’m surprised by all the comments about it being dirty. 

Post # 86
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

Add me to the list of people who don’t think Paris is the most romantic place on earth. Sure the Eiffel tower is great, and there’s a few specific spots of interest, but I never felt safe there, just very dirty and seedy feeling to me. And the public urination thing (which to be honest I believe is due to the ridiculous lack of public toilets, and paid toilets LOL) and smoking (OMG the smoking), but I’ve found both of those to be an issue across Europe and even UK in general.

Post # 87
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Busy bee

South Beach/Miami

Anything Disney

Post # 88
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

To me, Disney overrated. In LA, Hollywood/Vine and Walk of Fame definitely overrated. I find most of South Florida overrated. I loved the Big Island except for Kona. I definitely found it overrated. 

Post # 89
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

Yet another vote for Paris.  I’m a smoker (I like to think I’m a corteous one where I don’t share my second hand smoke with others) and I was choking on all the cigarette smoke!  

Our first experience in Paris was coming in on a late flight, and we wanted to catch the train which was something like $40euro for the two of us.  The automatic ticket machines don’t accept foreign credit cards!  All the other ones do in the city, but the airport ones specifically don’t so that the French don’t have to wait in line with tourists to get their tickets (we were told this by a local). we ended up having to beg a smarmy airport employee to help us out. 

It was SO expensive, and filthy, and it was the only place in Europe where we felt unsafe, the nighttime was deserted except for bums and crooks, the days had dodgy people everywhere trying to force you to buy their shitty trinkets.  The Louvre was beautiful, however everything else (including the Eiffel tower IMO) was a complete tourist trap.  The Moulin Rouge is tiny and dingy and expensive, we didn’t even go in. I’m still furious we wasted a leg of our Europe trip there. 

 

Suprised Prague got a few votes, I LOVED Prague.  We met some locals and ended up drinking with them for 2 days straight haha.  We stayed in a 5 star hotel for $90AUD and got chauffer driven in a merc to the airport for like $20AUD. 

 

 

Post # 90
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Bumble bee

browneyedgirl24 :  

I agree, I don’t find Paris any more dirty/crowded/unsafe than any other major city. Not sure why people are visiting in high season and expecting no long queues? I do agree about the public urination as that is a huge problem and the illegal souvenir sellers/gangs. However, I don’t agree that it’s more crowded or dirty than New York, London or Rome etc.

I spent a few days in New York in September 2016 and there were literally piles upon piles of rubbish in the streets (are there no bins there or something?) which made everywhere stink as there was a heatwave, and there were some extremely dodgy areas and rude/aggressive people. I didn’t have an issue with that personally, as I expect that kind of stuff in one of the most popular and busy cities in the world. However, I think that some people’s expectations about Paris (This goes for London and Rome too) may have been warped by Hollywood and are set a bit too high.

It’s a major overpopulated capital city and a huge tourist trap so there’s going to be huge queues at popular times of the year, it’s going to have some litter and graffiti in places, there’s going to be some dodgy areas and people there etc. I think if you visit keeping that in mind you will have a great time there, but if you go there in June expecting it to be half empty and as clean as Washington DC you’ll be very disappointed, same for London and Rome.

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