The Taj Mahal, the Eiffel Tower, the Great Wall of China – the list of popular tourist destinations could go on for pages. Almost every major city in the world has something worth visiting, and millions of tourists each year flock to destinations across the globe just to catch a glimpse of some of these famous attractions.
Tourist destinations can be places with historical significance, natural or man-made landmarks, or even places to visit for sheer amusement. Along with the several serious tourist attractions across the world, there are also some more novelty like attractions that don’t take themselves too seriously. These places include the “biggest ball of twine” which is located in Cawker City, Kansas or the Corn Palace located in Mitchell, South Dakota.
There are also “serious” tourist attractions that many people end up finding a bit disappointing for a variety of reasons. These places are often way too overcrowded, and sometimes you can barely see what you traveled hundreds or thousands of miles for. This list of The 10 Most Overrated Tourist Destinations includes statues, monuments, and even a shopping mall.
Stonehenge is certainly one of the most famous tourist destinations in the world. This mysterious prehistoric monument has given birth to many theories including that it may have been an astrological temple, an ancient burial ground, or even that it was made by aliens. This tourist destination attracted more than 1.3 million people in 2014 alone, and many of them have been disappointed. Stonehenge is not easy to get to, and many people find it to be smaller than they expected and a bit underwhelming. Visitors are no longer allowed to go into the central ring of stones, so tons of people are walking around the outer circle at any given time. You may want to visit the replica Stonehenge in Washington State instead.
9. The Mall of America
The biggest mall in the United States is located in Bloomington, Minnesota and draws over 40 million people every year from all over the world. You can spend quite a bit of time inside this mall, but many of the prices are jacked up to take advantage of tourists. The Mall of America is typically noisy and packed with people. Just imagine going to your local mall at Christmas time, but with even more people. This mall does have some cool features like amusement park rides and appeared in the 1996 Arnold Schwarzenegger Christmas movie Jingle All the Way.
8. La Boca
La Boca is a very colorful neighborhood which is located in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Tourists from all across the world flock to this neighborhood to view its brightly colored houses and to take tango lessons. The only problem is that those brightly colored houses that appear on covers of tourists guides are actually only located on one street, and the neighborhood itself isn’t very safe. Many people have reported being mugged, and the local bars and restaurants are known to rip you off as well by inflating their prices. You might be better off trying to catch the Boca Juniors soccer club which plays at the Estadio Alberto J. Armando.
7. The Golden Temple
Many tourists want to visit this picture perfect temple which is located in Kyoto, Japan. The Kinkaku-ji Temple is a Zen Buddhist temple that is often photographed for its beauty. Many heads of state have posed for photo ops in front of the temple. Some visitors are disappointed because only the top two levels are painted gold, and the rest of the temple is rather plain looking. All you can really do is walk around behind the temple, or try to get a good view of it from across a lake. There are typically large crowds which often makes getting a good picture quite difficult.
6. The Blue Mosque
The Blue Mosque is located in Istanbul, Turkey and was built in the 17th century. The mosque was commissioned by Sultan Ahmed I when he was just a teenager. Some visitors claim that the mosque s beautiful, but it is not much better than others located in the same area, typically with far less visitors. Others have claimed that the mosque staff is rude and that the large carpet that covers the floor is very dirty and disgusting to walk on with bare feet. The Blue Mosque takes its name from the blue tiles inside of it and was built from 1609 to 1616.
5. The Four Corners Monument
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be in multiple places at one time? That dream can come true if you travel to The Four Corners, which is actually located in a parking lot. By standing on this monument, visitors can straddle the state lines of Arizona, Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico all at once. This quadripoint is the only location where four states meet in the entire United States. The Four Corners is also the boundary line between two Native American governments, the Navajo Nation and the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe. If posing in a Twister-like way atop of four states sounds like your idea of fun, the long drive to the Four Corners might be the place to go.
4. Fisherman’s Wharf
Fisherman’s Wharf is known worldwide, but many locals in San Francisco, California look at it like New Yorkers look at Times Square. Tourists come to the Wharf where many sea lions started living after the Loma Prieta earthquake took place in 1989. The Fisherman’s Wharf is also known for serving chowder in sour dough bread bowls. Many people claim that the sea lions are interesting to check out, but the rest of the Wharf is a disaster filled with souvenir shops and over expensive restaurants. Tourists can also check out Ghirardelli Square, the Wax Museum, the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, and a Ripley’s Believe It or Not museum.
3. The Little Mermaid
This popular mermaid statue is located in Copenhagen, Denmark and is based on the fairy tale by Hans Christian Anderson. Tourists have been flocking to see this four foot tall statue since 1913. Similar to the Mannekin Pis, this small statue often attracts a large crowd and many visitors find that it does not live up to the hype. The bronze statue was done by artist Edvard Eriksen, but is often defaced by vandals and political activists. Replicas of The Little Mermaid exist in California, Iowa, Calgary, Canada, Salt Lake City, and Greensville, Michigan. Danish American entertainer Victor Borge also has a copy of The Little Mermaid at his gravesite.
2. Hollywood Walk of Fame
If you ever find yourself in Hollywood, California, there are many tourist destinations and things to see. One of those is the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which is comprised of Hollywood legends who are immortalized in the sidewalk. One problem is that this attraction spans 15 blocks, so it is very tiring if you want to see it all. It is also difficult to find an exact star you may be looking for due to the size and arrangement of the stars. There are also shady characters who hang out, and the Walk of Fame is located in front of places like seedy bars and tattoo parlors that charge non customers to use their restrooms.
1. Manneken Pis
The Manneken Pis located in Brussels, Belgium is a statue of a naked cherub boy urinating into a fountain. This tourist attraction is appreciated by both art connoisseurs and immature visitors alike. Typically this attraction draws a crowd of at least 150 people at a time and many people feel that it is not worth the visit. Due to the nature of the crowd, the Manneken Pis is also a popular place for pick-pockets, so you better hold to your wigs and keys. The statue, which was first displayed between 1618 and 1619, only stands about 24 inches tall, and many replicas exist elsewhere.