Wondrous landmarks you've seen in history books and in the background of some of your favorite cinema have an allure that makes you want to visit in person.
Seeing something breathtaking like the Grand Canyon or the Eiffel Tower is definitely impressive and simply cannot be taken in by merely looking at a photograph.
And then there are those landmarks that just leave you feeling disappointed and taking the obligatory "been there done that" selfie.
In all deference to Leonardo da Vinci, seeing the Mona Lisa in person was disappointing due to its miniature size. For me, the Louvre Museum itself was more awe-inspiring than the anticipatory main event.
Curious to hear about the impression of strangers, Redditor PSpen88 asked:
"The Four Corners in the US. It's just a concrete circle in the desert. Like, idk what else I expected, but I was disappointed."
"Plymouth Rock stinks. Just go to the Lobster Pot and get the fried plate and that will make your day a whole lot better."
Walk Of Fame
"Hollywood walk of fame. Such a dirty place full of homeless people, weirdos and rappers trying to sell you their CD. Really doesn't live up to the hype."
"The Las Vegas welcome sign. I thought it would be a lot taller."
"Not saying you shouldn't go and make up your own mind, but Las Vegas is very trashy; an entire city devoted to gambling and strip clubs was never pretending to be anything else."
"Essentially every famous bakery or restaurant I've been to in the US/Canada with a massive line out the door. The longer the line, the sh!ttier it is."
"The statue of The Little Mermaid in Copenhagen. Seriously, I had bigger action figures as a kid."
"I live in San Antonio and everytime I walk or drive by the Alamo its pretty wack."
"Man! I thought the Alamo was going to be a beastly bastard. It's like the size of a middle class house."
"Mount Rushmore. It's really far away from the viewing area."
"Stonehenge. Rocks behind a rope. Fun times."