It seems that many of the so called must see tourist attractions are incredibly underwhelming in real life. You travel very long distances to see some of these attractions, but when you get there the experience is ruined by too many tourists, lack of ambiance, destroyed by time or are surrounded by con artists and thieves.
Here are some of the tourist attractions and what has been said about them:
The leaning tower of Pisa is overcrowded and when you drive the three hours to get there the structure is a little uninspiring.
The Egyptian Pyramids are off limits, falling apart and surrounded by con artists who hassle tourists.
Stonehenge can only be viewed from afar due to a protective fence,and any ambiance is ruined by surrounding highways.
The Taj Mahal is stained by pollution and has too many thieves, beggars and con artists.
Venice is incredibly polluted and over touristed.
The Hollywood Walk of Fame is tainted by the seediness of the area.
The Grand Place in Bangkok is packed full of tourists that on some days you can barely move.
The Golden Gate Bridge is surrounded by fog that it is often difficult to see it.
The Statue of Liberty is actually a lot smaller in real life, and in summer is sweltering hot with far too many tourists.
Times Square in New York is ridiculously busy every hour of the day, you can barely walk let alone stop and take in the surrounds.
I’m keen to hear your say… do you think that the big tourist destinations are overrated? OR
Do you think that there is still some magic left in them?