Are you someone who loves to explore the world and wants to visit unique places? While there are many amazing tourist attractions around the globe, some of them can be grossly overrated. From crowds overflowing in Times Square in New York City to expensive food options in Paris, we have compiled a list of six destinations that have been touted as must-see hotspots but don't always measure up to their reputations.
Read on to find out our top six overrated tourist destinations!
1. Myrtle Beach, SC
A Redditor posted, “Myrtle Beach, SC. I was shocked to find out how many people travel there every year from outside of the Carolinas. It's dirty…, there's a good chance some redneck will want to fight you at some point, and the beach isn't that nice.”
Another user added, “This, I live in Hawaii now and know people WHO VISIT MYRTLE BEACH FROM HAWAII. Yes, I am from South Carolina.”
However, one user defended, “As a person who's lived in SC all my life, Once you've been there once, you never need to go again unless you really like the ocean. Saying that, I've been a billion times because that's just the place to go when you want more, a bit more fun than the mundane.”
2. Hollywood, CA
One user shared, “Hollywood.”
Another Redditor added, “Ooh. I wanna change my answer to this.”
“Such a disappointment, such a dirt town,” one user commented.
Another user also shared, “Damn. I commented the same thing. As an Angeleno, I couldn't agree more. It's not even kitschy fun like Vegas. It's just ugly storefronts, dirty streets, cracked sidewalk stars, and maybe the Chinese Theater is cool-looking, if a bit racist?”
3. Salem, MA
A Redditor commented, “I thought Salem, Massachusetts was terrible. Complete waste of time. The Gettysburg battlefield is awesome, though. Highly recommend it.”
“Imo Salem is great if you don't go near Halloween and don't visit any witch-related things. Rock port is better, though,” a second commenter replied.
4. Los Angeles, CA
A user shared, “Just LA in general. As a Californian myself, I try to avoid it as much as I can.” “The number of times an in-law from the back east convinced me to drive them through Venice or Malibu just to find out they are regular neighborhoods….” one added.
“Lifetime Californian, I only go to LA when I don't have a choice.”, confirmed one user.
5. M&M World in London
One user posted, “M&M World in London. Every single tourist has a bag from there. They don't even sell the unusual flavours of M&M, just the usual UK packets of peanut and solid chocolate. I just don't understand it…”
Another user also confirmed, “The London M&M store is where symbolism and dimensionality go to die. Everything is a flat, one-dimensional representation. Floors upon floors of parties, but nothing to celebrate. It is almost as though the design team understood the soullessness of Nestle so profoundly that they designed the store to represent that. And because Nestle is, in fact, soulless, they went along without a hitch. This is what the executives WANTED. I went in expecting a hellscape, and they managed to outperform even my most cynical expectation. Truly an achievement. Grandiose levels of eye-watering branding dedicated to crunchy chocolate pellets.”
6. Madame Tussauds, Hollywood, CA
One Redditor shared, “Madame Tussauds.”
Another user added, “Hollywood sends its regards stab.”
“Many years ago, I visited and agreed, overrated. Still laughing at how some people pronounce it. Madame 2 Sods, kid you not,” one Redditor confirmed.
“It's a French name. So it sounds like ‘to sew.'” replied by a user.
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