Did you know that 40 per cent of the New York subway system is above ground, and it runs 24 hours a day? Did you know London, England draws more international visitors than any other city on the planet? Read on to discover more fun travel trivia!
It’s dazzle at first sight with all the flashing lights and replicas of several of the world’s icons. Then you realize it looks more like a tacky theme park than a city, and notice it’s nothing more than one long boulevard. You end up asking yourself “is this really all there is to it?” The grand, tasteless hotels and casinos may appeal to a large segment of the nouveau riche but Las Vegas is really only worth the trip for the “you gotta see it to believe it” experience that should last no more than 24 hours.
Oh come on London, do you really need to turn a Ferris wheel into one of your top attractions? You’re a city with some of the world’s greatest museums and while your historic monuments pale in comparison to those of Paris or Rome, the solution is not an amusement-park-like attraction. Or maybe it is: This is the UK’s most popular paid tourist attraction. Perhaps because to many people “the tallest Ferris wheel in Europe!” sounds like a must-do.
San Francisco’s Cable Cars
Yes they’re city icons but paying five dollars for a short trip up and down the hill is a tourist trap. There’s nothing you can see inside the cars that you can’t see from outside, so riding them is nothing more than a “been there done that” experience.
Hollywood Walk of Fame
Don’t expect any glamour on this famous street. It’s an otherwise ordinary street with massive crowds taking pictures of the sidewalk. Around them are celebrity impersonators and tacky souvenir shops. No, you won’t spot any real celebrities — you’re more likely to see a homeless guy a few feet from all the tourist excitement.
Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco
We love San Francisco but we must place another of its attractions on this list. This waterfront tourist trap is filled with tacky souvenir shops and chain restaurants, far from the real San Francisco experience which is actually one of the most authentic and refined you’ll have in America.