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1. Posted by klynch (Budding Member, 25 posts) 9 Mar '05 19:53

Hey guys,
Just wondering what destinations (if any) ye found that were way over rated for general first time visitors?

2. Posted by hasip (Full Member, 24 posts) 10 Mar '05 05:01

monte-carlo !
and cancun ! !
:)

3. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru, 1026 posts) 10 Mar '05 05:47

The nightlife in Bali for me was over-rated. I expected the place to have a lot more going on. Apart from the Sari club and Paddys bar, everywhere else was generally quiet. Sadly, we all know what happened to those 2 places so i'm not sure what Kuta is like now for nightlife. Bali as a destination though was worth a visit, although i wouldn't go back.

4. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru, 2634 posts) 10 Mar '05 08:05

I've generally enjoyed every place that I went, but specific events or tours were not that great.

Meramec cavern in Missouri was a disappointment. Dubbed "America's Cave," Meramec cavern has an excellent history including being a hidding spot for the outlaw Jesse James. But upon arriving, the place was tourist kitch. The main entrance was turned into a ballroom complete with disco ball. The cave was nice, but nothing special and no ability to get off the tourist trail and really explore the cave. At the end, you get to sit and watch a SUPER CAMPY light show while "God Bless America" plays, ending with the American Flag being shown in lights on the side of the cave wall. Not at all the day of cave adventure I was hoping for.

Did a day trip to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Was not impressed. No where near as interesting as Havana.

I recently did a spice tour on Zanzibar in Tanzania. Paid $10 to go to a spice farm and see how spices are grown. Zanzibar is known for growing spices, and everyone told me it was a "requirement" to do a spice tour. Well, let me tell you that I was bored. I don't cook much, and when I do I generally don't use anything more than salt, pepper and hot sauce. Learning about how tumeric was grown - yawn.

5. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru, 8468 posts) 10 Mar '05 08:09

Quoting GregW

I've generally enjoyed every place that I went, but specific events or tours were not that great.

Meramec cavern in Missouri was a disappointment. Dubbed "America's Cave," Meramec cavern has an excellent history including being a hidding spot for the outlaw Jesse James. But upon arriving, the place was tourist kitch. The main entrance was turned into a ballroom complete with disco ball. The cave was nice, but nothing special and no ability to get off the tourist trail and really explore the cave. At the end, you get to sit and watch a SUPER CAMPY light show while "God Bless America" plays, ending with the American Flag being shown in lights on the side of the cave wall. Not at all the day of cave adventure I was hoping for.

Greg, that sounds exactly like Tombstone...worst tourist trap I have ever been too.....

6. Posted by mtlchica (Respected Member, 922 posts) 10 Mar '05 09:36

The leaning tower of Pisa was it for me. I didn't expect it to be so small...and we only spent about 5 minutes there and left.

When I was in Germany, my friends dragged me to Neuschwanstein castle just outside of Munich. There was nothing else to do that day so I said why not....we waited 3 hrs to get a tour and then they closed the castle off to tours that day because of the time. So we just hiked up the hill and looked at it. Wow. A castle.

K

7. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru, 2457 posts) 10 Mar '05 10:49

There's nowhere i've really disliked (except a couple of obscure places which aren't touristy or destinations) or even wouldn't go back to, but the two that i think are overrated are Amsterdam and Milan.

Amsterdam - Yes it is great, but think it gets overrated for teh wrong reasons - everybody builds it up so much as a party city etc, and it's impossible to go around there, especially on a Fri/Sat without seeing hordes of Americans/brits/Aussies beeing sick etc. If i wanted to see that, i'd have stayed in the UK.

Also, lots of people on their trips go to Milan, and whilst it's a pleasant place and has certain things going for it (especially if your watching football, a big fashion/shopping person or doing business), from a tourist point of view i think there are literally hundreds of towns/cities in Italy which are mroe rewarding.

Don't get me wrong, i really enjoy both places, but they are both overrated for different reasons from a tourist point of view (in my opinion)

8. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member, 1824 posts) 10 Mar '05 12:46

One word: Disneyland.

Maybe it is not very significant, but to any child in both Canada and the United States, Disneyland is our mecca. From birth children are showered with gifts of Mickey Mouse and Tigger. Every network station shows you the place of every childs dreams, where you can party down with your favorite cartoon character.

Through out school-life you hear about <insert name>, and how their family went to disneyland for the holidays, blah blah blah...

Well, about six years ago when flying back from Indonesia we stopped in Los Angelas and spent one week and the parks of all parks. The cadillacs of amusement rides.

Perhaps I was too old? Or perhaps I was at the age where you are not young enough or old enough to appreciate something. I do not know the exact details of its failure, but trust me when I say "do not go to Disneyland".

9. Posted by tway (Travel Guru, 7274 posts) 10 Mar '05 13:28

Mannekin Piss (sp?) in Brussels. Such hype for a naked little boy who's barely two feet high!

I was disappointed going up the Eiffel Tower, but only because it was so absolutely crowded with people. I'd go again, though, to say I did it and to see the aerial view of Paris at night again.

10. Posted by MattXIII (Full Member, 272 posts) 10 Mar '05 14:36

Paris, Venice,DEFINATLY THE SPHINX! Although the light show at night rocks.