11 Tourist Attractions That Are 100% Not Worth Your Time

LAS VEGAS NEVADA - February 2019: Gold and Silver Pawn Shop in February 2019 in Las Vegas. The shop, owned by TV celebrity Rick Harrison, is the site of the reality TV show "Pawn Stars."

While traveling often leads to unforgettable experiences, not all attractions live up to the hype. To help you make the most of your adventures, we’ve compiled a list of 11 tourist destinations that are overrated and not worth your time or money, according to a recent online forum. Skip these spots and focus on places that truly deliver on their promises.

1. The Great Wall of China in Beijing

Great Wall sunset over mountains in Beijing, China.
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The Great Wall of China is one of the world’s seven wonders and is absolutely worth visiting. However, according to a travel advisor, visiting The Great Wall of China in Beijing is not worth it. They described it as “very rebuilt and touristy.” Other travelers mentioned getting outside the city and visiting more remote areas of the wall for a more authentic experience.

2. Romeo and Juliet Balcony in Verona, Italy

Verona, Italy, October 11, 2019. Balcony at Juliet's House in Verona. A popular tourist destination, it is customary for couples to pose for photos and kiss on the balcony.
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Romeo and Juliet’s balcony is a very popular attraction. It is said to be the place where Romeo and Juliet’s fictional love story was inspired. However, there is no proof that this specific balcony had anything to do with Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. It appears to be nothing more than a tourist trap. Culture Trip even described it as “fluff covered with touristic fairy dust. ” One visitor of the balcony said, “It’s like, 10,000 people all crammed into this tiny alleyway just to see a balcony that I found out was built after the play was written.”

3. Centralia, Pennsylvania

Graffiti highway in Centralia Pennsylvania
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One visitor described it as “A town that has had a coal mine fire underneath it still burning since 1962. It sounds super cool to go see it, but it’s just a few roads with graffiti on them and a bunch of ATV trails.” Other travelers agreed, and some stated it’s fine as a quick stop but don’t make it your destination. Centralia is a near ghost town with only a population of 5, now.

4. Daytona Beach, Florida

Daytona Beach Florida Boardwalk and shoreline
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Daytona Beach, Florida, is a tourist destination. But visiting this city as a vacation place may not be everyone’s cup of tea. One visitor said, “It’s like a permanent carnival plus some street preachers, people of Walmart, and homeless teens. It also smells like diesel fuel, feet, beer, and cigarettes.”

5. The Grand Canyon Skywalk in Arizona

Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA - September 21, 2014: Tourist enjoying the view of the west rim of The Grand Canyon from the Skywalk at Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA on September 21, 2014
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The Glass Bridge is the horseshoe-shaped bridge in the Grand National Park in the USA. This is a transparent bridge at a height of 4,000 feet. A traveling pro reveals its entry fees are so high it is unaffordable for many tourists, and you’re getting ripped off if you pay them. You’re also not allowed to take pictures while on the bridge. Many travelers agreed with this, and one also stated, “To get a real taste of the Grand Canyon, it’s best to rent a car and drive about 2 hours further to the national park center.”

6. Plymouth Rock in Massachusetts

Plymouth Rock Massachusetts
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Plymouth Rock is a destination that continues to disappoint visitors. Plymouth Rock is known as the traditional site where the Pilgrims first stepped ashore when they arrived on the Mayflower in 1620. One visitor stated, “Put bluntly, this attraction is massively lame; no one even knows if this is the right rock or even if there was a rock.”

7. Hollywood Boulevard – Los Angeles, California

HOLLYWOOD - SEPTEMBER 4: Sharon Stone's star on Hollywood Walk of Fame on September 4, 2011 in Hollywood, California. This star is located on Hollywood Blvd. and is one of 2400 celebrity stars.
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Hollywood Boulevard is a street in LA that is home to the Hollywood Walk of Fame. However, this is yet another tourist destination that consistently disappoints its visitors. Tourists complain of the bad smells of this area. They also said there are many beggars and homeless individuals living here. So despite being such a valuable and hyped place, this is not recommended to visit. There are also a lot of dressed-up characters harassing you for money.

8. Torture Museum – Amsterdam, Netherlands

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - JULY 26, 2014: Medieval torture museum in Amsterdam, Holland
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The Torture Museum in Amsterdam is hyped as a place that one should go and visit, but visitors have said to steer clear. The exhibits are historical instruments of torture. One of the visitors said, “Spoiler alert: humans are really fixated on shoving things into other humans’ butts. There, I saved you 15 euros.”

9. The Fountain of Youth – St. Augustine, Florida

The Fountain of Youth - St. Augustine, Florida
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The fountain is thought to possess water with magical abilities that can preserve the age and beauty of those who drink from it. However, the reality is far less exciting. “The actual fountain is just a fake cave with a pipe that you fill a cup from,” one visitor said.

10. Gold & Silver Pawn Shop, Home of Pawn Stars – Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS NEVADA - February 2019: Gold and Silver Pawn Shop in February 2019 in Las Vegas. The shop, owned by TV celebrity Rick Harrison, is the site of the reality TV show "Pawn Stars."
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The pawn shop from Pawn Stars resulted in quite a few disappointed visitors. One traveler stated, “We got corralled through the store, and there was literally nothing worth a second look there. Waste of time.”  A Vegas local confirmed this sentiment and said, “I never do the tourist thing myself. But I got dragged there with family…you wait in this stupid line, get hustled about and then that’s it. Pointless waste of time.”

11. Roswell, New Mexico

Roswell, New Mexico, USA - July 30, 2022: The colorful sign, north of the city on highway 285, welcoming travelers to the city.
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Roswell, New Mexico didn’t live up to the hype for many visitors. “You’d think it would be a hotspot for conventions and space geeks, but it was an incredibly tiny town with dozens of alien shops and barely any people. It was creepy as hell.” However, others pointed out that the time to visit is during the annual UFO Festival. “Yeah, if you go during the off-season, it’s just a tiny town.”

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