Have you ever traveled to a city you've always heard good things about, only to be totally let down upon arrival?
When a friend insists we travel to certain cities because we would "just love it," they're setting the bar pretty high.
And a city can also boast a rich history or an attraction that makes us curious enough to find out what makes it so appealing.
But, alas, when we finally reach the destination, it's never exactly what we thought it would be.
Curious to hear from strangers online, Redditor tshirtguy2000 asked:
"What city is overrated?"
These are not officially real cities but they do have a rotating population.
It's Always A Party There
"As a former
slave associate at party city. I 100% agree."
"Lego City. There always has to be someone falling into the river."
"Cabot Cove, the murder capital of the world."
"Sure, the murders are all solved, but would you really want to live in a city with that much, easily solved, crime?"
Neighbor To Springfield
Shelbyville. Those f'kers steal trees from neighboring cities.
These were once considered destination cities but their popularity eventually took a nose dive.
"Atlantic City. Venture a few blocks off the boardwalk and it's incredibly depressing. Very clearly an area exploited by the big casinos while the locals have been driven to absolute poverty, while they still force a smile to work the shops that are required for the tourist traffic."
Lots Of Water
"Niagara Falls, Canada. I grew up there. Mayor pumps most of tax $ to casinos and tourism with flashy vegas-esque attractions."
"Myrtle Beach. I'm not even saying that it has a good reputation, I'm just saying that any shred of positive thinking about it makes it overrated."
Where A Creek Is An Exciting Attraction
"Lamb's Grove, Iowa. It's not the paradise on earth that people always say it is. Don't get me wrong, it's got great Chinese food but the motel 6 is meh at best."
Impressions for these cities fell far below expectation.
"Dubai. It's the clickbait of the world. 'We have the biggest/tallest/most expensive YOU WON'T BELIEVE when you see THIS...' It's hot as f*k, everything's a man-made tourist trap; labor exploitation and racism are rampant, and they try so hard to prove to the world how modern and Westernized they are. Really, it's just government propaganda."
"Miami. Horrible place filled with horrible people."
Truth be told, many cities can be overrated.
It just depends on a person's experience, or a resident's perspective about what it is about the location they live in that is nothing worth writing home about.
If I had to choose, I would say Las Vegas is overrated, but that's because there is nothing in Sin City that is of personal interest to me.
I may be severely judged for my opinion, but that is a gamble I'm willing to take.
There's always something inherently charming about where we grew up. The memories, the family, the old haunts- visiting is just so special. But there's always that one thing that our hometowns are known for, for better or for worse. Here are a few examples from the kind people over at Reddit.
u/reva_r asked: Without naming it, what is your hometown known for?
That's what it's known for on TV and movies and video games but it is so much more than that. It's amazing communities and small businesses and sh*tty roads and a lot of diversity ... I just love it so much and it makes me cringe every time I hear a flippant joke about my beloved home.
I guess if you're not from here you probably don't notice it, but we're the butt of a LOT of jokes.
Hitler was born there.
I think I had a layover there once.
I thought the joke was if you ever flew in the US you had a layover there.
A plate of food that one would think was the hot item at a raccoon restaurant.
Long shot but Rochester? I'm thinking of the garbage plate.
Honestly, this could be a lot of places.
Chlamydia and Ice.
Sounds like most of rural Australia.
Australia's koalas have taken additional steps to cope with the bushfires.
Jelly Belly Factory!
I just recently found an old jellybean container full of dried-out jelly husks, it was the most fascinating thing. I'd never seen a jellybean rot and leave this porous exoskeleton behind.
We're the place you call in the cliche when you say "we have a problem".
I love calling my dad (ex Mission Control) every so often and saying this.
What a kind city.
Helping people who Come From Away when they're stranded.
Gander! The whole world owes you a debt of gratitude.
What's going on in Milwaukee?
Two girls stabbing a third girl because they wanted to meet Slenderman...
Greater Milwaukee area. Also home to the Making a Murderer guy and Gypsy Rose's boyfriend.
"How did I end up here?" you asked as you tried to avoid potholes. There are some really depressing places out there, so if you're ever in the area, leave. But get a t-shirt first.
Rmmm79 asked: What's the worst city you've ever visited, and why?
Submissions have been edited for clarity, context, and profanity.
People Are Sharing Clever Ways To Say Where They Live Without Actually Saying The Name Of The City 😂
User Jordan Daley posed an interesting question on Twitter: how would you identify your city if you weren't allowed to say its name? What makes it unique and memorable?
Without naming Your City... What is Your City known for?— Jordan Daley (@Jordan Daley)1546726303.0
Twitter had a great time with the question, breaking out their best references to local food, events, and pop culture!
Where you go when you can't afford to shoot in LA. https://t.co/fF9Aeqgp9J— ᴡʜʏ ɪs ASHLEY LYNCH ᴏɴ ᴍʏ ᴛʟ (@ᴡʜʏ ɪs ASHLEY LYNCH ᴏɴ ᴍʏ ᴛʟ)1546760428.0
@JDaIey https://t.co/B01wi4AluJ— Sean G (@Sean G)1546733993.0
If you can identify all of these cities, you get a gold star!
@JDaIey @__nca The Beatles— David (@David)1546726783.0
@JDaIey https://t.co/uapYgDfdh6— James Johnson (@James Johnson)1546736228.0
Some clues were definitely easier than others.
@JDaIey Dunder Mifflin Paper Company— Sugar Shane FALco (@Sugar Shane FALco)1546744975.0
Gritty https://t.co/5GOCDyG32U— Austin Rochford (@Austin Rochford)1546742949.0
IT WAS THE FIRST WORD SPOKEN FROM THE MOTHERFUCKING MOON, YOURS? https://t.co/xGfQ9QE3j8— Shirley Not Drew (@Shirley Not Drew)1546751508.0
Some hints were more cryptic than revealing.
durian, hospitality, cleanliness & safeness https://t.co/HITnXlBJBB— 🌷 (@🌷)1546761127.0
"no, the one in texas, not the one in virginia." https://t.co/8f2vqgmsLv— Elizabeth Bruenig (@Elizabeth Bruenig)1546741495.0
@JDaIey Crabs—the Bay kind, not the human kind.— Pat Fowlkes (@Pat Fowlkes)1546834007.0
It's strange to know what each city carries with them...
@JDaIey https://t.co/TmTM41AfLs— ☼Tanya Hartigan☼ (@☼Tanya Hartigan☼)1546830858.0
@JDaIey JFK assassination— Tori Claudio (@Tori Claudio)1546835704.0
@JDaIey California burritos/the best Mexican food north of the border— Lexy⚡️ (@Lexy⚡️)1546827701.0
Some things are so simple, yet so revealing!
@JDaIey bagels— Conor McKenna (@Conor McKenna)1546860909.0
@JDaIey @lander 1) Ryan Lochte 2) a YouTube clip of a Golden Corral worker leaving food outside in the hat, near a… https://t.co/UTo7PXhrXG— Thank you, Steve (@Thank you, Steve)1546829123.0
Residents also took the opportunity to throw some low-key shade at their hometowns.
@JDaIey Thinking it's the best music city in the country but isn't really.— Ridley Kemp (@Ridley Kemp)1546832556.0
@JDaIey The river that caught 🔥, great Craft beer, and every ethic foods you can think of eating.— linda m (@linda m)1546842768.0
@JDaIey Losing in the playoffs— Thuggin 💥 (@Thuggin 💥)1546832073.0
It just goes to show—people have to get out there and experience the world! Every city is different, and you won't regret checking out a new one.
There are other cities? https://t.co/55mD6gmluQ— 👾alex peysakhovich 👾 (@👾alex peysakhovich 👾)1546743623.0