Lame Tourist Spots That Suck Us In
Venice gondola ride? Totally overrated
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 25, 2010 1:59 PM CDT
Do yourself a favor and bypass the Blarney Stone.   (?Francesco Crippa)

(Newser) – There's nothing like traveling halfway across the world to visit a spot that doesn't live up to the hype. SmarterTravel rounds up 10 destinations that you should scratch from your bucket list:

  1. Blarney Stone: Funny how its initials are BS. The line is long, and what you're waiting for is the chance to kiss something that hundreds of people smooched right before you.
  2. Venice gondola ride: Sure, it's romantic, but unless you're Brad and Angie, you might balk at the $100+ price tag for a 40-minute ride.

  1. Niagara Falls: It's important to remember that The Office is a TV show. Its uber-romantic depiction of the Falls clashes with the reality: cheesy museums and cheap motels.
  2. Walt Disney World: It's the happiest place on earth! But not because of the $79 daily entry fee, endless lines, and mind-boggling number of children.
  3. Willis Tower: Monster lines and a lame new name make the former Sears Tower skippable.
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Apr 26, 2010 3:21 PM CDT
Take the gondola water taxi across the Grand Canal that the locals use. They're old gondolas w/o the carpeting and singing, and the ride is about five minutes, but they cost about 50 cents (at least they used to). Then you can check that off your list!
Apr 26, 2010 2:49 AM CDT
She may have a point about some of these sites, but if you are an amateur photographer as I am, visiting sites like Pisa, and Stonehenge (with a good telephoto lens) is an absolutely fantastic experience. Tourism can mean many things to many people.
Apr 25, 2010 11:51 PM CDT
Yes and if you don't keel over may you get runned over by one of those trucks with the horns on it Ball Less wonder