10 Most Underwhelming Travel Destinations

Let’s be real here: not everywhere in the world is meant to be seen. Save yourself the time, money and headache and avoid these popular destinations.

10. Milan, Italy

Known as the fashion capital of the world, unless you’re in the industry, there’s no way you can afford anything here. Plus, the crowds and pickpockets are out of control.

Milan Duomo, Photo: Pixabay

Milan Duomo, Photo: Pixabay

9. Las Vegas, Nevada

Unless you’re a bachelor looking to not remember your weekend, or you’re an expert gambler, choose another destination. Although this ‘playground for adults’ attracts tourists worldwide, you’re likely to dish tons on overpriced drinks or cover charges, and end up in a bad neighborhood, or worse — cue The Hangover.

8. The Hollywood Walk of Fame, Los Angeles, California

Hollywood is known for seeming magical, but soundstages, costumes, smoke and mirrors will do that. The Walk of Fame is just a bunch of concrete with names and handprints inscribed, surrounded by mounds of tourists and people trying to sell you things. You’re better off hitting downtown LA, driving around the homes in Bel Air or hitting the beach.

7. Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Visitors have complained that this new city lacks culture and the giant malls and skyscrapers were ‘fake and superficial’. In addition, the insane heat is not for the faintest of heart.

6. The Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy

Another one of those, you get there, see a kind of cool looking tower, that’s slightly slanted, and it’s over. OK? Not worth the trek. There are far more appealing attractions in Italy, such as Venice, Rome, gelato, pizza…

5. Giza Pyramids, Egypt

You can only view the Pyramids from afar — they’re off-limits to the public. Ancient and historic as they are, they’re falling apart. Plus, you won’t find them in a far-off mystical desert, you’ll find them as the backdrop of a pizza joint and strip mall.

4. The Empire State Building Observation Deck, New York, NY

We all remember When Harry Met Sally, but you probably won’t find love here. Entry is $32 for adults and $29 for kids to see a view you can have for free at any of the other thousands of rooftops in New York. Do yourself a favor and spend $1 on a pizza slice instead.

View from the observation deck, Photos: Flickr

View from the observation deck, Photos: Flickr

3. Stonehenge, Wiltshire, United Kingdom

If you’re not going for spiritual reasons, it’s not exactly worth the long bus drive. To be frank: you’re driving to see a bunch of stones. Cool. Next…?

2. Mount Rushmore, South Dakota

Mount Rushmore is kind of cool, but it is definitely not worth the boring drive up north nor the flight. Think Clark Griswold viewing the Grand Canyon in Vacation…a few seconds and they were gone.

1. Jamaica

The land most known as Bob Marley’s stomping grounds may be just that — along with some gorgeous scenery and bars that will get you f***** up like a college kid, expect pushy vendors and unsafe neighborhoods.

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