Location The Biggest Tourist Traps on Earth

Jacob Shelton
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List Rules Vote UP the worst tourist traps that you'd advise any traveler should stay away from.

If you’re big on traveling, then you’ve undoubtedly come across a few tourist traps in your time. Whether you’ve been sucked into the Mystery Spot, or visited the World’s Largest Cedar Bucket (totally worth it by the way), you know what it’s like to spend a few bucks on something that’s most likely going to be underwhelming. At best, a tourist trap is going to either maintain small town charm, or have a weirdness factor that’s off the charts (once again: World’s Largest Cedar Bucket). The one thing you don’t want your tourist trap to be is completely boring. To help you avoid such mistakes, we’ve put together this list of the world’s worst tourist traps.

All across the world, and from sea to shining sea, there are destinations that are built to take your money. Whether it’s a “forbidden temple,” or a town built around the concept of a government conspiracy, the places on this list are a total drag. Unsurprisingly, there are a lot of VERY TALL buildings on this list of terrible travel destinations. Why do people keep visiting these places? It’s almost like they’ve never looked up. We hope this list of the worst tourist traps does you some good, and helps you plan your next adventure. And if you travel to one of these drab destinations, don’t say we didn’t warn you.

Vote up the destinations you feel are the biggest tourist traps, and if you’ve ever had your hard earned cash sucked away by one of these spots, tell us about it in the comments. Who doesn't love a good story about people spending unnecessary amounts of money?!
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Plymouth Rock


Plymouth Rock is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Biggest Tourist Traps on Earth
Photo: Freebase/GNU Free Documentation License
Ready to have your mind blown? Plymouth Rock... is just a rock.

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Hollywood Walk of Fame


Hollywood Walk of Fame is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Biggest Tourist Traps on Earth
Photo:  InSapphoWeTrust/Flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0

If you go to Los Angeles on vacation, don't go to the Walk of Fame unless you like walking past row after row of car dealerships and abandoned buildings while staring at the ground and looking at hand prints of C-List celebrities from the '40s while fending off buskers, the homeless and people trying to sell you their mix-tape. It also reeks of urine and on warm days it hangs thick in the air and stings the nostrils like opening a sealed case of apples left rotting for a year in a dank cellar. Seriously, Hollywood Blvd. is easily one of the worst places on earth and even if dildos, cheap suits and bongs in the shape of AK-47s are your thing you'll be better served hanging out on Melrose anyway because at least you can go thrift shopping, get a drink at a place that isn't meant to remind you of a Jimmy Buffet song and most importantly, you won't be on Hollywood Blvd.

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Roswell


Roswell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Biggest Tourist Traps on Earth
Photo: Angel Schatz/Flickr
Some notes on Roswell: Everything that can be shaped like an alien or a UFO, is shaped like an alien or UFO, but it's also covered in a thick layer of dust. Seriously, Roswell is creepy. And not in a fun haunted house way. see more on Roswell
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Cancún


Cancún is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Biggest Tourist Traps on Earth
Photo:  Dronepicr/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY 3.0
What will you find in Cancun? Some of the nicest beaches in the world suffocated by some of the most extreme tourist infrastructure you’ve ever seen. Unless you're a frat boy, you're better off exploring the smaller villages along the coast.

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Blarney Stone


Blarney Stone is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Biggest Tourist Traps on Earth
Photo:  Brian Rosner/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY 2.0
There are so many great places in Ireland, it's mind blowing that anyone would want to pay to have some old curmudgeon lower them, belly up, to kiss the bottom of a castle. If you do visit the stone, remember that you're kissing everyone that castle has ever kissed. see more on Blarney Stone
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Salem


Salem is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Biggest Tourist Traps on Earth
Photo: Wendy/Flickr
This town was basically invented to separate tourists from their money. If you really feel like being cursed with the spell of moneyus spengingus go in the off season; Salem is a nightmare from September through October.

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Benoa, Bali, Indonesia


Benoa, Bali, Indonesia is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Biggest Tourist Traps on Earth
Photo:  Uew Aranas/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 3.0
If you've got a fetish for dead coral, this is the place for you! In Benoa the water's murky, there are hardly any fish, and every d-bag on a jet-ski is always about five feet away.
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Graceland


Graceland is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Biggest Tourist Traps on Earth
Photo: Freebase/GNU Free Documentation License
A tour of Elvis's home is going to run you about 30 bucks and the most exciting part is seeing that he had two TVs in his rec room. Even Graceland Too , when it was still open, was a better travel bet than this.

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