We’ve all been there. You wait all year for your vacation, counting down the days until you can finally escape the daily grind. But when you finally arrive at your destination, it’s… underwhelming, to say the least. Whether it’s due to hordes of tourists, disappointing attractions, or just plain bad luck, sometimes the places we visit don’t live up to our expectations. To save you the trouble (and the money), we’ve compiled a list of five places you should think twice before visiting.
- Times Square, New York City
by far one of the most overrated tourist traps in America. Yes, it’s bright and busy and there’s a lot to see, but unless you’re a diehard fan of crowds and neon lights, you’ll be wishing you’d spent your time – and money – elsewhere. If you’re set on visiting NYC, head to one of the city’s many other amazing neighborhoods instead.
- The Las Vegas Strip
Like Times Square, the Las Vegas Strip is an assault on the senses. It’s loud, it’s gaudy, and it’s filled with tourists from all over the world looking to gamble away their hard-earned cash. If you’re interested in seeing some of America’s best hotels and casinos, by all means, go ahead – but be prepared to battle some serious crowds (and maybe even a hangover).
- Niagara Falls
One of Canada’s most popular tourist destinations, Niagara Falls is often crowded and overpriced – not to mention a bit underwhelming after all the hype. If you do decide to visit, try to go during shoulder season (April-May or September-October) when there are fewer people and better deals on hotels and attractions.
Stonehenge is one of England’s most mysterious and popular tourist sites – but unless you’re a history buff, you might find yourself disappointed by this ancient attraction. Unless you take a guided tour (which can be expensive), there’s not much to see besides a bunch of old rocks arranged in a circle – so if that doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, consider visiting someplace else.
- Any All-Inclusive Resort
All-inclusive resorts can be a great way to relax and enjoy a worry-free vacation – but they’re not for everyone. If you’re looking for adventure or cultural experiences, chances are an all-inclusive resort won’t have much to offer you. And even if you are interested in just lounging around by the pool or beach, remember that most all-inclusives are located in remote areas so you’ll be restricted to the resort grounds for the duration of your trip.
When planning your next vacation, beware of these five overrated tourist traps! From crowded cities to ancient ruins and everything in between, sometimes the best places are those that are off the beaten path. So do your research before booking your trip, and who knows – maybe you’ll find yourself pleasantly surprised by one of these so-called “worst” places after all.