7 Famous Tourist Trap Destinations You Should Avoid

Zehra Kabak

Travelers often approach certain touristic areas with expectations, which sometimes do not align with reality, and end up with conditions like Paris syndrome. So, before you plan your next trip, take a look at the list below to learn more about the locations you should avoid for a different experience.

7. Graceland; Memphis, Tennessee


The late Elvis Presley’s former house sees many visitors yearly and holds a place in the rural culture. But, if you’re not a Presley fan, the city offers more wide-ranging experiences for the 1950s music scene with places like the Memphis Rock N’ Soul Museum, which you can prefer instead of the Mansion.

6. Pyramids of Giza, Egypt


The pyramids in Cairo give a glimpse of Ancient Egyptian culture and history to the millions of tourists visiting the area annually. At the same time, they also require a lot of money even before you get there. Travelers should be aware of the additional taxi costs going up to hundreds of dollars with promises for the ‘hidden parts’ of the structures.

5. Walt Disney World; Orlando, Florida


Walt Disney World welcomes almost 20 million visitors every year, causing the place to be crowded and noisy on a daily basis. So, instead of this, you may consider other theme parks like Pennsylvania’s Hersheypark and Tennessee’s Dollywood as your next destination.

4. Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy


Another place that receives large crowds is the Leaning Tower of Pisa, with an average of 5 million visitors each year. While the visitors may want to take pictures of the building, getting to step foot inside will cost them waiting in long lines, and the area will not offer much else to do.

3. Stonehenge, England


Tourists will have to drive for two and a half hours to get to Stonehenge, paying more than the 25-dollar admission price. In addition, the site will often restrict close access, causing them to see the monument only from afar.

2. Dunn’s River Falls, Jamaica


With the waters and steep inclines making it hard to trek up in the area, the visitors come across many tour guides and salespeople offering them ‘good deals.’ So, for a calmer experience in the country’s natural locations, you can choose from the other falls in Jamaica, like the Ocho Rios Blue Hole.

1. Cancun, Mexico


Booking.com put Mexico’s 1990s vacation spot at a 49% occupancy rate for the Christmas week of 2017. Apart from that, the beach received many tourists all year throughout the last few decades, making it a busy location for a foreigner. A more different experience with a less crowded place in the country may come with a visit to Bacalar, Yucatan, instead.

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