Some tourist attractions are pretty obviously going to be at least a bit lame; like the world's biggest rubber band ball: it might be mildly interesting the first time, but that's about it.
Other common tourist destinations seem like they should fascinating and majestic, like seeing the Mona Lisa. Turns out, they're not all quite as great as they're made out to be.
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Pick Your Museums Wisely
Amsterdam has banners all over advertising the Torture Museum. Spoiler alert: humans are really fixated on shoving things into other humans' butts. There, I saved you fifteen euros.
The Museum of Prostitution, on the other hand, is fantastic. It's a really candid look at how sex work really operates, which is very unglamorous even when it's legal, and the overall message seems to be, "if you must, here's what you need to know and here's what you're supporting if you do."
Overpriced And Underwhelming
The pawn shop from Pawn Stars. A guy who was with us in Vegas insisted on going, and the rest of us got dragged along. We got corralled through the store and there was literally nothing worth a second look there. F*cking waste of time.
I was particularly annoyed at the prices of used musical instruments there. I've been selling drums for 10 years, and I'm not about to buy a kit for higher than the new price just for the honor of having bought it there.
It Was Still Disappointing
A lot of people are familiar with the National Aquarium in Baltimore. It's a really nice one, but never made sense why the National Aquarium was in Baltimore. Why wasn't there an aquarium in DC itself? There's a zoo, museums of all sorts, why no aquarium? Well, there was. It was in the basement of the Commerce Department building. It moved buildings in the city over time, but it was the longest operating aquarium in the country, being open for about 140 years.
...and it was exactly what you'd expect an aquarium in the basement of a federal office building to be. Dark, smelly, and nothing very good in it. Everyone leaving had the same reaction..."my expectations were low, and that was still disappointing." It closed, for better or worse, in 2013.
Look At Everything Else
Mona Lisa, no. The Louvre, yes. Spend your time looking at everything else.
Not Even The Most Amazing Spot
The glass bridge over the grand canyon.
Total rip-off tourist trap.
- It takes HOURS to get there from Vegas
- They charge you $20 to park in an empty desert
- They charge you $30 per person to take the bus from the parking to the attraction (it's like walking from parking into a mall - no distance at all!)
- Then they charge you $30 per person if you actually want to walk on the bridge
- You cannot take pictures or bring a camera onto the bridge, but they will sell them to you, of course.
- There is one overpriced place to eat where they sell you canned food heated up in a microwave for big money... or you could drive 5 hours back to Vegas...
Just Go To Miami
I live in Atlantic City and I'm amazed that people actually come here for vacation. It's just a few crappy casinos and some run down strip clubs. If you go one street off the boardwalk you're in the slums. The food is good but incredibly overpriced.
I went to Miami for a mini vacation since the plane tickets were so cheap and it's pretty much the same place as Atlantic City just without a boardwalk or casinos. Water and a bunch of overpriced stores.
Avoid The Popular Places
That famous Philly cheese steak place in Philly. Awful service plus the food downright sucked.
As a Philadelphian, I can confirm. There's Pat's and Geno's, they both suck and no one should go there. Literally a cheese steak from a food cart is better. John's roast pork, Ishkabibles, Delesandro's, Jim's, are all pretty good and widely recommended.
Desert And Some Water
Burj Khalifa tower. $75 to get to the top, nothing to see besides dessert and some water, and the worst mall with over inflated prices.
It's A Rock
Put bluntly, this attraction is massively lame, no one even knows if this is the right rock or even if there was a rock.
Don't Go On Sunday
Takeshita Street in Harajuku. Went on a Sunday, and I couldn't move my elbows an inch without bumping into someone, no matter where I went, and pretty much every shop had a 30+ minute line. There was also hardly anyone there actually dressed in the kind of fashion you to go to Takeshita Street expecting to see, which isn't exactly a problem on its own, but it essentially meant that I was dealing with being a sardine for hours on end with no real payoff beyond shopping for overpriced fashion goods once I survived the lines. I love Tokyo, but I definitely won't be going back to Harajuku anytime soon.