The Most Overrated Tourist Attractions In 43 US States

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Vote up the state tourist traps that aren't worth the trip.

Every state in the US has something to offer, whether it be sprawling national parks, trademark foods, historic cities, or... the world's largest ball of twine? From roadside attractions to bucket list destinations, some of these tourist traps leave a lot to be desired. Maybe it's the endless crowds, the overpriced gift shops, or that the attraction just didn't live up to the massive hype surrounding it. Most of the time, the state locals are the only ones who know these sites aren't much to see. 

Whether it's your home state's overrated oddity, or a place you once drove hundreds of miles to gaze upon, vote up the tourist attractions that made you ask, "That's it?"


  • Massachusetts - Plymouth Rock
    Photo: Sophia Lai / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY 4.0

    From Redditor u/Bawstahn123:

    Plymouth Rock.

    It's... well, it's a rock. That the Pilgrims might have landed on.

    (Hint: they didn't.)

    From Redditor u/Fargraven:

    ...Plymouth Rock is the most underwhelming experience you could possibly imagine, and it’s not even the original frickin rock...

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    3,587 VOTES

    Washington, D.C. - Georgetown Cupcakes

    From Redditor u/cjt09:

    I'm thinking Georgetown Cupcake takes the spot. There's always a line and the cupcakes are good but they're not going to change your life or anything. You can go down the street to Baked and Wired and get the same thing for half the cost and a tenth of the wait.

  • South Carolina - South Of The Border
    Photo: Leonard J. DeFrancisci / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0
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    4,574 VOTES

    South Carolina - South Of The Border

    From Redditor u/Davipars:

    [It's] like they spent all their money on the billboards rather than the place itself.

    From Redditor u/Not_MAYH3M:

    The billboards on 95 are more entertaining than the actual place.

    From Redditor u/Ewalk:

    Every time I've driven by this (I used to live in Fayetteville and drive to FL a lot), I've stopped, and nothing but the gas station is open. I don't get it. I just want to see why there's so many billboards but it's always f*cking deserted.

  • From Redditor u/JingJang:

    ..."The 16th Street Mall" (in Denver). It's literally a bunch of chain stores and some tourist trap gift shops all owned by the same family. Out on the mall you dodge being hit by electric buses and avoid pan-handlers.

    From Redditor u/CookieMan0:

    16th Street is terrible. It's like a less interesting, bigger version of Boulder's Pearl Street, which itself has gotten much duller over the last 15 years.

    From Redditor u/Idunnodoyouwhynotme:

    16th Street Mall in Denver. It’s the pits. Denver has so many gems - and they’re all in the neighborhoods around downtown.

  • From Redditor u/PacSan300:

    ...Too many people go to Hollywood and expect a glitzy and glamorous place, rather than the dirty, rundown, and urine-reeking place it is.

    From Redditor u/WEDenterprise:

    ...What a waste of an afternoon. We visited LA for the first time in May and the Walk of Fame was by far and away the worst thing we did that trip.

    From Redditor u/zoishiez:

    ...It’s so gross, parking is a wh*re, everything is expensive, and there’s nothing much to do besides take pics for social media, spend $25 to go to semi-entertaining museums, and eat street cart bacon-wrapped hot dogs.

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    3,403 VOTES

    North Carolina - Billy Graham Library

    From Redditor u/Bz3rk:

    The Billy Graham museum in Charlotte - churches got all their members to vote for it so it's "Number One rated attraction... on Tripadvisor in Charlotte!"