17 Famous Places People Love to Visit But Is Actually Not Worth Your Time

There are many places and locations worldwide that everyone talks about or wants to visit, but what places have not lived up to the hype? An internet survey recently asked, “What famous place is not worth visiting?”

Here are the 17 best responses:

Sherlock Holmes’ House on Baker Street in London

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“Of course, I love Sherlock Holmes, so I took the tour as a tourist. Not far into walking around the house, it dawned upon me… this is a fake set of a fictional character. What am I doing here?”

“When I was in London, my wife and I went there and paid to have a picture taken in front of the fireplace sitting in Holmes and Watson’s chairs. Horrible picture. I honestly don’t regret it, but the experience was underwhelming.”

Atlantic City

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“Monopoly got me good.”

“The more I go, the less I agree. Over time it’s started to have all little unique businesses drink spots, and restaurants pop up. I’d say stay near the boardwalk.”

Plymouth Rock in Massachusetts

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“Despite all the rage, it’s still just a rock in a cage.”

“The Plymouth Plantation, however, was quite fun as a kid. (Replica village set up as the Pilgrims would have lived) More recently, I was in Plymouth and went on a very educational whale-watching tour, and we saw many whales. Go to Plymouth, but skip the Rock.”

Hollywood

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“It’s seedy and disappointing. It’s full of entire industries that take advantage of starry-eyed imbeciles.”

“What I liked about Hollywood was how bad it was. And the Chinese Theater and Walk of Fame are much smaller than I expected. The fact that everything looked so much bigger and more glamorous on TV made the whole thing perfect.”

Lands End, UK

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“Heralded as the 4th most disappointing attraction in the UK. It’s not even disappointing enough to win an award.”

“With that said, Cornwall, in general, was pretty cool.”

Egypt

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“They treat tourists like garbage.”

A border policeman in Egypt once asked me for a bribe to cut in a long line. $3 well spent.”

Times Square on New Year’s Eve

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“Just forget it. It has never been worth it.”

“The amazing thing about Times Square on New Year’s Eve isn’t that you get tens of thousands of people there every year; it’s that you get a whole different set of tens of thousands of people there each year. Nobody wants to do it twice because it’s cold, boring, crowded, and filthy.”

Platform 9¾ in King’s Cross Station, London

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“Stupid metal statue on a straight wall, a horrible queue to take a photo with you on it, and another hundred-meter long queue to the small and costly Harry Potter shop. I was there in the middle of the day in the off-season and didn’t want to even think about it during the high season.”

“My husband and I took a train from Edinburg into Kings Cross for a Christmas trip one year. We thought, hey, since we’re here, we should find Platform 9 3/4. We walked the platforms in the station, thinking it was actually on a platform. We ended up in a utility elevator with our luggage and a bunch of station workers who thought we were the funniest American tourists they had ever met. They pointed us to the sad wall in the main lobby with the statue and a line 2 hours deep.”

The Anchor Bar in Buffalo, NY

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“The home of the original chicken wing does not have the best wings in Buffalo. It’s a total tourist destination.”

“This is something people often fail to grasp — first doesn’t necessarily mean best. In fact, when someone creates a new invention, it is often ripped off and improved upon by others. This is unfortunate for the creator, but just how things work.”

Centralia, Pennsylvania

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“We thought there would be tons of abandoned buildings to look at, crevasses to see, adventure to be had- we were so excited, and we were six or seven hours away, so it sounded like a fun trip. We got there, and there was just nothing. All of the buildings are gone, the creepiest thing we found was a very-well-taken-care-of cemetery, and the only really “abandoned” thing to see was the stretch of interstate that had been routed around (which had a little bit of fun graffiti on it back then, but in years since it’s become just a giant paint stain).”

Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin

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“It used to be the border between the US and Soviet sectors, but all that’s left of it is a shack and a sign, and the only thing you can do is pay to get your photo taken with someone in uniform. There’s a McDonald’s next to it.”

“In fairness, the checkpoint is literally a checkpoint… what were you expecting?”

The Mona Lisa

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“While the Louvre is amazing and can consume entire days of walking, don’t bother fighting the crowds to see the Mona Lisa. It’s tiny and has a crowd of tourists dozens deep, all taking pictures. “No flash photography” is not followed or enforced, so all you see is flash reflecting off the protective glass.”

“I went to the Louver in 2009, and the painting opposite the Mona Lisa was significantly more impressive. A 20ft tall canvas encompasses the entire wall. It was a very detailed painting of a courtroom. Spent more time looking at that ’cause I could barely see the Mona Lisa through the crowds!”

Mt. Rushmore

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“You can see it perfectly fine from the road. No need to pay to see it.”

“The Black Hills was a pretty awesome surprise. I’m glad we did it just for the drive up through the hills we took after. Badlands was also fantastic.”

The Liberty Bell

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“You can see it just fine from the sidewalk, and that’s about as close as you would get to it inside too. No need to wait in line to see it.”

“My favorite thing about Philly is that every tourist stands in line for a photo with a badly made rocky statue prop. This is a city with actual boxing champions.”

Dubai

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“Dubai is a twisted parody of everything wrong with modern society. I judge anyone who goes there for Instagram pictures.”

Niagara Falls

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“It is a really cool site, but it’s not worth a trip if you’re staying on the American side. The Canadian side is way better and has more things to do.”

“I used to work a couple of blocks from the Rainbow Bridge on the US side. The falls are/are the only thing to see there, and while the Canadian falls are higher and way more impressive, that’s where it ends. A Canadian acquaintance once accurately described Niagara Falls, ON, as a Canadian take on Tijuana.”

The Alamo

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“There’s a pretty good series of history lessons at The Alamo. I was there in 2020, and active excavations were learning new stuff about it. I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would. Not much else to do in San Antonio, but it’s a great stop on your way through Texas to somewhere better.”

“It’s tiny but has a nice history lesson you can pick up just by reading a series of displays, and you can walk right across the street to the riverwalk after. The Alamo is a tiny building, not imposing or beautiful or impressive in any way. Still, it’s a nice hour and plenty to do right next to it, so totally worth going to if you are in San Antonio.”

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