The Biggest Tourist Traps on Earth

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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.

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    Ready to have your mind blown? Plymouth Rock... is just a rock.
    8,166 votes
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    3,770 VOTES

    Benoa, Bali, Indonesia

    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.
    3,770 votes
  • 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. Seriously, Hollywood Blvd. is easily one of the worst places on earth, and even if cheap suits and bongs in the shape of AK-47s are your thing, you'll be better served going to 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.

    7,221 votes
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    Patpong is touted as Bangkok’s red light district for expats and tourists. In reality it’s not super sexy.

    3,165 votes
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    5,239 VOTES

    The Blarney Stone

    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.
    5,239 votes
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    Sydney Fish Market

    Although it markets itself as a tourist attraction, there isn’t much to see or do at the Sydney Fish Market apart from buying some overpriced fish. The view of the harbor isn’t that great either, as it’s blocked by several large cement factories.
    2,991 votes