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10 Most Overrated Tourist Attractions & Destinations

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There are always going to be some beautiful, unique, unmissable places to visit no matter where you are heading. Many of these will no doubt be recommended by fellow travelers and experts alike – maybe even us. But sometimes, no matter where you go, you’ll be faced with just as many overrated tourist attractions that you may want to avoid.

Don’t get caught wasting your vacation on a destination less exciting than what’s already in your hometown or on something that just can’t live up to the hype. We’ve put together a list of the ten most overrated tourist traps and disappointing destinations from California to The United Arab Emirates, so you can spend your time and hard-earned cash on something better.

1. The ENTIRE City of Las Vegas

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We’re starting with what might be the most overrated destination in the United States: The entire City of Las Vegas. With its twinkling marquee lights, the allure of gambling, headliners that scream nostalgia, and all the fab food, it’s hard to ignore Vegas. Even the stingiest traveler would have a hard time saying no to visiting the Vegas Strip at least once.

Nevada is a beautiful state with plenty to explore even without pootling around Vegas. Those cheap flights are a set-up to get you caught in a casino. There are frequently tons of cheap flights to Vegas so heed this warning and don’t take that as a sign that you have to go.

No matter how much time, effort, and money the city has spent telling us “no, no, no – Las Vegas is a family vacation destination! Bring the kids! There’s so much wholesome fun!” Vegas is all about casinos. You’re going to be hard-pressed to find places to stay, eat, and find entertainment that doesn’t revolve around the gambling industry.

It’s possible but difficult by design. The hotel rooms may be cheap or free, though nothing comes without a cost in Vegas. Casinos are definitely the biggest game in town and they make their presence known. Even when you find attractions that seem too good to be true, like a helicopter tour over the Vegas Strip, you’ll be inundated with information about casino after casino.

That’s why The Vegas Strip is easily the most overrated place in Las Vegas. This is the main drag full of formerly iconic casinos that seem to be fading and losing the glamor that came from their glory days — the pandemic hit Vegas hard.

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