Going on vacation doesn't always mean going to a sunny beach somewhere exotic and relaxing on the sand. Many people instead choose to go places with great cultural artifacts or famous tourist attractions. There are thousands of different examples all around the world, but the vast majority of vacationers tend to focus on just the select few that have held something of a monopoly over the public’s imagination for generations.
The problem is that many of these destinations are actually pretty overrated and simply don’t live up to the hype. As can often be the case, movies and television shows have glorified particular attractions so that they seem more impressive than they really are. In other instances, an exploitative tourism industry might have spoiled these natural wonders with an over-saturation of merchandise and facilities aiming to siphon off as much money from visitors as possible.
What is clear, though, is that there are plenty of overrated travel destinations that you might be tempted to visit, but would be better off avoiding in favor of some other less well-known tourist destinations.
Apart from the fact that you might be able to spot a random celebrity as they go about their everyday life, there is nothing all that spectacular about Hollywood. At least, there's not really enough to make it a desirable tourist destination. In fact, many visitors to this overrated destination have felt shocked by its rundown look and lack of interesting features. Even the infamous Hollywood Boulevard isn't much of an attraction, lined with expensive restaurants and tourist stores filled with tacky merchandise.
The Four Corners Monument is a popular attraction in the United States, as it has a special status - it is the only place in the entire country where four separate states share a border and it is appropriately marked by a concrete slab that visualizes where Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah all meet. Unfortunately, it isn’t much of an attraction and is considered to be highly overrated by people living in those states. The disappointment mostly stems from the monument being located in the middle of nowhere, plus there are no other attractions nearby, a lack of facilities at the location, and almost no cell phone or Internet service.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa is definitely one of the most overrated tourist attraction in the world. This shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, though, if you really think about it as just a bell tower that is leaning slightly to its side. It’s possible to recreate the same experience in almost any city in the world that has a bell tower by just tilting your head. The only unique thing that the Leaning Tower of Pisa offers is that you can pretend that you are holding the structure up in a photograph. Even this redeeming quality is diminishing, though, as the tower is actually straightening out.
Almost one million people visit Stonehenge every single year in the United Kingdom, despite the fact that there really isn’t that much to see. Compared to other similar monuments and structures nearby, such as the Avebury henge, Stonehenge is much smaller and far more damaged. Add to this the fact that Stonehenge is actually located right next to a busy road (which kind of spoils the atmosphere) and is roped off so that you can't even get near to it - instead, you have to put up with a rather distant view of the archeological site while being smothered by dozens of other tourists - and you've got a pretty solid argument about why Stonehenge isn't exactly a must-see.