When traveling the world, it can be challenging to resist the siren call of a popular tourist attraction. However, what you may not realize is that many of these attractions are actually tourist traps that just want to take your money without offering any value in return. Here are five of the biggest tourist traps that you would be wise to avoid.
Fisherman’s Wharf – San Francisco, California
Tourists flock to Fisherman’s Wharf in the hope of catching a glimpse of the famous sea lions that call Pier 39 home. What you will also find at this waterfront attraction is overpriced souvenirs and seafood that is subpar at best. Instead, you would be better off doing your shopping elsewhere and asking the locals for their favorite place to grab a bowl of clam chowder.
Empire State Building – New York City, New York
A trip to the top of the Empire State Building is a rite of passage for many travelers. However, before you plunk down that credit card, keep in mind that you are paying a significant amount of money just for a view. The experience itself is just mediocre. There are many other places that you can enjoy the same view without the hefty price tag. Why not check out a restaurant or bar at one of the many skyscrapers across the city to take in the same view in a more relaxing spot?
Graceland – Memphis, Tennessee
Unless you are an avid fan of Elvis Presley, you may want to pass on this major tourist trap. In addition to paying for your admission ticket, you will also be on the hook for a parking fee. Not only will you pay a large amount of cash to tour the mansion and museum, but you also probably get sucked into purchasing a souvenir on your way out. All of this adds up to an expensive day out.
Plymouth Rock – Plymouth, Massachusetts
Most people walk away from Plymouth Rock feeling severely underwhelmed. While the town of Plymouth is perfectly charming and the oceanfront scenery is beautiful, the actual rock is a small fixture that sits inside of a fenced piece of sand. The stores that line the road in front of the rock will also fleece you of your money. If you are in the area, spend your time enjoying the stunning coastline instead.
Mall of America – Minneapolis, Minnesota
Billing itself as the largest mall in the US, this massive complex certainly offers an abundance of retail options. However, many of the stores are duplicates. Or you will be forced to trek over much ground to find the store that you need. Unless you really have some major shopping to do, you would be wise to avoid this hectic tourist experience.
With so many amazing things to see and do across this diverse nation, savvy travelers understand the importance of avoiding these five cliche tourist traps.