Stars & Stripes…But Not Worth the Hype: 12 Overhyped American Tourist Spots

Steve Cummings

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We all enjoy traveling because it is one of the few activities that enable us to discover new places and make lifelong memories. But only a few of the destinations are worth the hype.

In reality, many well-known U.S. tourist sites are rated higher but frequently disappoint visitors. So, we have gathered together the names of places that are overrated so that you can save time.

1.    The City of Las Vegas

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The entire City of Las Vegas, arguably the most overrated travel destination in the United States, is where we begin. It's difficult to miss Vegas with its sparkling marquee lights, the temptation of gambling, headliners that scream nostalgia, and all the delicious food. Even the most frugal traveler would find it difficult to refuse to make at least one trip to the Las Vegas Strip.

Instead, visit Nevada, a stunning state with a lot to discover.

2.    The Alamo

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Although the Alamo is a significant location in American history, the structure could be more interesting. To begin with, the area in the center of contemporary construction in downtown San Antonio needs help to grasp the historical background properly. There isn't much to see, even if you can block that out, and the required tour moves people through the area far too rapidly. Indeed, you should drive past it if you want to cross it off your list.

3.    Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

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South Carolina's Myrtle Beach is a famous tourist resort. It is renowned for its 60 kilometers of sandy beaches and golf courses created by famous architects. But, it is not worth the visit.

The number of visitors from outside the Carolinas each year will surprise you, but the beach could be more lovely and as filthy as anything.

4.   The Liberty Bell

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In the United States, the Liberty Bell is a legendary representation of freedom; each year, hundreds of people visit Pennsylvania only to view it. Nevertheless, if you remove what it stands for, all that's left is a fairly uninteresting, worn-out bell that no longer rings.

5.    Navy Pier

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Navy Pier can be the perfect place if you prefer shopping centers similar to the ones you have at home, with the bonus of paying twice as much for your food because you're in a tourist destination. For everyone else, Chicago, with its amazing parks and museums, offers far more stimulating things to do.

6.    Disneyland Park

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Well, there will be lots of Disney characters for you to enjoy. On the other hand, if you visit Disneyland Park, you will also have to stand in never-ending lines. You may use this time to think about the second mortgage you'll need to get to pay for your tickets.

There are several complaints about the wait times for the rides on travel review websites, and most people agree that if Disney is your thing, you'd be much better off visiting Walt Disney World in Florida.

7.    Times Square

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Times Square must be mentioned while discussing overrated tourist attractions in big cities. It is, without a doubt, the most overrated tourist attraction in the USA, and it might even rank among the most overrated destinations worldwide.

The Square is unlike what you see on social media in real life. Times Square is always crowded, day or night. Many visitors are attempting to take selfies while dozens of workers go about their daily activities and wish there weren't so many tourists around.

Not to mention the spooky, off-brand costume characters requesting payment in exchange for photo opportunities.

8.    The French Quarter

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The French Quarter in New Orleans is romantically portrayed. Perhaps it once lived up to it, but these days it consists of intoxicated people attempting to make it seem like Mardi Gras when it isn't.

More than just a bunch of drunk people congregating on Bourbon Street may be found in New Orleans. If you visit NOLA, exploring the rest of the city is best.

9.    Mall of America

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Although the biggest mall in the country draws more visitors than any other mall, it primarily consists of retailers you can find in your hometown, with a few additional kiddie attractions sponsored by Nickelodeon and a small melancholy aquarium to distinguish it. So, Canada would be the best choice if you're traveling to a remote place simply for the mall.

10. Mount Rushmore

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It takes plenty of time to get to Mount Rushmore from almost anywhere, and since you already know what it looks like, you'll probably get bored quickly. It's also considerably smaller than you think, or so everyone claims. Others can even wonder if it enhances the breathtaking natural magnificence of the Black Hills.

Drive along the Iron Mountain Road, which connects Mount Rushmore to Custer State Park, if you're in the area and absolutely must see it. The road is more interesting than the monument, and you can cross it off your bucket list without traveling too far.

11. The Space Needle

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The Space Needle in Seattle is the ideal place to waste time away from home. Like Lady Liberty, it is an expensive tourist site best viewed from a distance. Spend your time at nearby attractions that are more intriguing.

You spend hours in line, ride the elevator to the top, and witness a view of the available city from everywhere around.

12. Washington Monument

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If you look at the Washington Monument objectively, it isn't that amazing. You'll have to wait in line for a very long time to see it. In one of the eight windows, where you eventually reach the top, you'll have to jostle for space to view nothing.

Make the short drive to Mount Vernon, where Washington lived, to witness a homage to him. The rooftop terrace at the W Washington DC Hotel offers a tranquil place to take in the scenery while having a beautiful view of the Mall and the Monument.

To Wind Things Up

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The US is undoubtedly filled with extraordinary landscapes and travel destinations, but some may not be worth the hype. So, do not waste your money and time, and check the list we have curated for some of the places you may cut off your bucket list.

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