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The worst tourist traps in America

According to Business Insider. Having been to a few of these...



I've been to:

AR - Crater of Diamonds State Park
FL - Epcot. My folks like this because of the variety of restaurants there. Epcot is a few rides and a lot of shops and restaurants. Originally there was, like, 1 ride and Disney Inc realized "people want rides" so they've added more as time went on. We were very irritated when they got rid of the Norwegian myth & legend log flume ride and replaced it with Frozen. >:(
ID - Craters of the Moon (but this was, like, 20+ years ago)
PA - The Liberty Bell (ditto; I imagine it's changed quite a bit; I liked it at the time)

Stuff I almost saw:
NV - the Venetian Gondolas. I probably went past these at some point when we used Vegas as a hub for our other Southwest travels.
NM - Roswell - almost did this but determined it wasn't likely to be worth the extra day it would take to go there and stay overnight. In retrospect, I dodged a bullet.
SC - South of the Border - I remember seeing an endless parade of billboards for this when we moved from up north to Florida.

Stuff I probably could have seen but didn't:
AK - the North Pole - too far afield when we went to Alaska.
HI - Waikiki Beach - we went to the Big Island which is probably better anyway.
TX - the Alamo - it's a few hours' drive away and I just haven't had the interest to go there yet.

Stuff I don't remember if I saw it:
AZ - Four Corners - This sounds like something I would have been to at some point, if only because every year for several years my family went out West for vacations.

Stuff I have heard of:
IA - James T Kirk's future birthplace - man, that just reeks of Iowan desperation. (Which I picture as the aromas of corn dogs, abandoned farms, and... desperation)
KS - World's Largest Ball of Twine - HERESY! The Biggest Ball of Twine is in Minnesota and is THE ball of twine to see!
NY - Times Square - isn't that, like, porno theaters and hookers and muggings? Am I thinking of the right place?
SD - Wall Drug - thanks to MST3K
TN - Graceland - well duh. Who hasn't heard of Graceland?

Honorable Mention:
MO - Nuclear Waste Adventure Trail and Museum - I want to know more about that just because of the name.

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ringsandcoffee
Aug. 6th, 2017 07:38 am (UTC)
I've been to Four Corners, Hollywood Walk of Fame, Magnificent Mile, Bourbon Street, Faneuil Hall, the Venetian gondolas (but didn't ride them), South of the Border, Graceland, and I think the Gum Wall, if it's what I'm thinking of in Pike Place Market. I might also have been to Times Square.

laridian
Aug. 8th, 2017 03:51 pm (UTC)
Some of these are definitely on the "don't go out of your way" list but others, I'm not sure.
spikesgirl58
Aug. 6th, 2017 12:44 pm (UTC)
I protest - my Da worked for Rock of Ages(VT) and my brother lives in Roswell(NM)!

I've done CA, HI, FL, NY(theatre district now), VT, PA and TBG's been to Mall of the Americas.

Snicker - your comment of James T. :P
laridian
Aug. 8th, 2017 04:17 pm (UTC)
Don't get me wrong, I love Trek TOS. Not so fond of any of the others. I just feel like, Iowa really doesn't have much else to trumpet, but... future birthplace of James T. Kirk? I looked it up btw, it's definitely "only if you're in the area".
spikesgirl58
Aug. 8th, 2017 05:56 pm (UTC)
I don't know if I'd even do that...
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