17 Tourist Destinations That Are Totally Overrated

Going on vacation doesn’t mean you always have to go to the perfect beach relaxing on the sand. People sometimes choose to go to places with great cultural artifacts and tourist attractions. There are thousands of destinations but the problem is that many of them are actually overrated. Movies and TV shows show you only the glorified attractions which are not as impressive in real life. Down below you have 17 overrated destinations, compiled by Ranker, that people have actually said in reality they suck.

1. Hollywood

Yes, the truth is that you can spot a random celebrity there but there is nothing so special about it. A lot of tourists actually are shocked to see the lack of interesting features. Even the famous Hollywood Boulevard isn’t that attractive.


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2. Corners Monument

This destination is very famous in the United States as it is the only place in the county where four separate states share a border. It is also marked by a concrete slab that visualizes where Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah meet. But other than that there isn’t much attraction to it. The monument is located in the middle of nowhere without cell phone or Internet service.


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3. Leaning Tower Of Pisa

The Leaning Tower of Pisa is definitely very overrated. This shouldn’t be surprising though since it’s just a bell tower that is leaning slightly to its side. And you certainly won’t be special if try to take a picture pretending to prop the tower up.


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4. Stonehenge

Almost one million people visit Stonehenge every single year despite the fact that there is not so much to see. This monument is small, damaged and located right next to a busy road. It is actually roped off so you can’t even get near to it. It’s not exactly a must-see.


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5. Loch Ness

Going to Loch Ness is not always an enjoyable adventure. The area has been overtaken by shops and attractions that sell merchandise surrounding the mythology and a busy main road north of the lake, detracts the location’s beauty. In Scotland, there are way more spectacular lochs to visit, like for example Glencoe.


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6. Times Square, New York

Time Square has played a major part in Hollywood movies since forever. While many tourists flock straight to this place, they could visit better parts of the city. Time Square area is so busy with too many tourists that sometimes it becomes overwhelming when people can’t even move around.


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7. The Great Wall Of China

The famous wall of China is the longest manmade structure in the world. Combined with that fact, the ancient historical importance has made it an incredibly popular tourist attraction. But those who visit will be left disappointed since it’s wide and damaged by natural erosion, locals steal the stones, and tourists harm it by their presence.


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9. Bondi Beach, Sydney

The beach in Sydney is one of the most famous beaches in the world and attracts more than two million people every year. While it’s considered a must-see, many locals think of it as a tourist trap rather than a beautiful beach. It is plagued by the presence of large crowds, rubbish littering both sand and streets and also many of the buildings near it have been covered in ugly graffiti.


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10. The Australian Outback

This destination holds massive appeal to tourists who visit the country and the beautiful nature, but what people don’t usually understand is that it’s dangerous – since people could easily be put in danger if they get lost. The heat can also lead to dehydration and combined with dangerous animals and creatures of the land, the Outback is not the best idea when it comes to visiting places.


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11. Paris

Paris is one of the most visited cities in the world but for many, the Parisian streets don’t resemble the romantic alleyways that movies show to us. The Paris syndrome that affects some visitors leaves them shocked as it doesn’t turn out to be what they expected.


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12. Las Vegas Strip

Las Vegas is the place that people either love or hate. Tourists can find exactly what they expect when it comes to places to party, expensive restaurants, and shows, but for other people, the city comes in at a high price combined with long lines, price tags and lack of facilities. You better think twice before making a decision.


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13. Mount Rushmore National Memorial

The US doesn’t have the same number of historic attractions and locations as other nations have. But one of a few, is Mount Rushmore, the giant mountain that has been featured in a lot of movies. However, the structure is not that big in real life and tourists often leave after seeing the small size of the faces and the extreme distance they have to see it from.


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14. Great Sphinx Of Giza

The Sphinx is a major Egyptian tourist attraction but the reality of visiting it is not as glamorous as it has been made out. Considering the lack of shade to protect visitors from the heat and the constant badgering of local sellers, the monument is not that impressive. It is actually smaller than people imagine it be and has been badly damaged over the years.


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15. Hobbiton, New Zealand

The destination that has been used in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film series has a permanent home in New Zealand. It has become a huge tourist attraction due to the success of the movies, but while the hobbit holes look impressive at first glance, it becomes clear that these were film sets rather than actual homes.


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16. Pompeii

The ancient Roman city that that was destroyed by a volcanic eruption around 2,000 years ago is a supposed marvel for the way its artifact have been preserved. The city is always packed with tourists and is under a constant state of repair due to the progressively poor condition the ruins are in.


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17. Venice Canals

The canals of Venice have a historically romantic reputation making it a desirable location for couples around the world. Even though they have a certain mystique, the canals are not as beautiful as one might imagine. They are filled with litter, garbage and gross pollutants. Cleaning the water though is not an easy task as cleaning the canals in 1995 the process took a slow 20 years to complete.


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