The Internet’s Worst Tourist Stops

Many famous tourist attractions came under fire after a post on a popular internet forum caught the attention of thousands.

In a viral reddit thread posted on r/AskReddit, Redditor u/tade757 (aka the original poster or OP) asked the forum’s 35.8 million members one question: “Which famous place isn’t worth visiting?”

Posted on Monday, the viral wire has received more than 24,000 votes and nearly 20,000 comments.

In response to the original poster with a host of international responses, including Stonehenge, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and the Mona Lisa, many of the thread’s top responses centered around some of the most famous locations in the United States.

While Redditors made sure to spread their disdain across the country’s 50 states, specific sites, such as Times Square in New York City and the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, drew the ire of many.

Redditor u/CaninseBassus lamented grubby sidewalks and the overwhelming nature of names and stars embedded in concrete, targeting the 2.3-mile, 2,700-star monument dedicated to Hollywood’s greatest personalities.

“Hollywood Walk of Fame,” wrote u/CaninseBassus in a response that garnered more than 8,500 votes.

“It’s a sidewalk and outside maybe big events where they’re allowed to clean the places where pictures can be taken.”

For Times Square, Redditors contextualized their distaste for the square, citing an oversaturation of electronic ads and a specific holiday as reasons for leaving it up. every travel bucket list

“I work close to Times Square in Manhattan,” Redditor wrote to u/MariachiBandMonday. “If you have an ad blocker on your computer, you will hate Times Square.”

“Times Square on New Year’s Eve,” Redditor chimed in u/roman_fyseek. “Forget it. It’s *never* been worth it.”

Last year, news week compiled a list of the 25 most visited tourist spots in the United States.

Of those 25 locations, five are in New York City. And of the top 10 most visited tourist spots, three are located in the Big Apple

But while the Statue of Liberty, South Street Seaport, Grand Central Station and Central Park all attract millions of visitors each year, no location is as magnetic as Times Square.

With 50 million visitors a year, Times Square is the most visited tourist location in the United States.

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A general view during New Year’s Eve 2017 at Times Square on December 31, 2016 in New York City.
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However, the iconic six-block pedestrian plaza between New York City’s 41st and 47th streets also stands out at number 20 best life’30 Worst Tourist Traps in America’ and dropped to number 69 on Stasher’s ranking of the 99 best tourist attractions in the world.

The Hollywood Walk of Famewhich also features on Best Life’s worst tourist traps list, appears last on stasher‘s ranking, which is currently at number 99 with an average rating of 3.73 on a 10-star scale.

Despite a handful of poor rankings and negative Reddit comments, millions of excited tourists continue to flock to both locations and likely will for generations to come. And like many tourist attractions in the United States, both locations will continue to be the subject of scorn on the Internet.

In the comments section of the original poster’s viral thread, Redditors shared their thoughts on other American tourist attractions, pointing out the many flaws of sites ranging from Mount Rushmore to Niagara Falls to Plymouth Rock.

“You can see Mt Rushmore just fine from the road,” Redditor assured r/introvert-i-1957. “You don’t have to pay to see it.”

“Niagara [Falls] is a really cool site, but it’s not worth a trip if you’re staying on the US side,” Redditor added u/MuluLizidrummer. “The Canadian side is much better.”

“Plymouth Rock in Plymouth, MA,” Redditor u/Urban_Disaster reported. “It’s literally just a small rock.”

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