The World's Worst Tourist Traps
What defines a tourist trap? For some, it’s the tacky T-shirt shops or overpriced museums; for others, it’s the crowds or the chain restaurants. You probably have a few nominations of your own, but here are a few of our least favorite travel experiences.
Text by Bill Hitchner | Photo editing by Connie Ricca
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I think that I was most impressed by meteor crater in arizona, however; my wife and kids disagreed, loudly and persistantly.
Skip southern california, the san diego zoo is the worst rip off, the only thing worth the money is mann's chinese threater footprints (no charge, at least not when I was there).
I am proud to say my wife, and I've visited every one of these with our kids in tow. We've subjected them to other horrors such as the Louvre, Tivoli Gardens, The Acropolis, Checkpoint Charlie (the real one, back when there was still a wall), The Smithsonian (four day deathmarch around the mall and other DC sights), every kitschy tourist trap along The Avenue of the Giants (including purchasing lots of chainsaw art and Dr. Grover Krantz' book about Bigfoot at the one in Garberville), Dinosaur Caverns, The Corn Palace, The Grand Ole Opry, and about a thousand other similar places.
We were determined that since Uncle Sam (US Army) insisted upon being our travel agent, we'd visit every place we could and expose our kids to as much history and culture as possible. It seems to have worked. Now that they're older they appreciate the advantage it gave them in school over their peers.
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WHAT DO YOU THINK?
Which of these extreme outdoor sports would you be brave enough to try?
- BASE jumping
- Ice climbing