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Top 10 overrated tourist attractions
Posted on 19/05/2017

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Everyone's got a bucket list, but some places truly don't live up to the hype. These are some well-known attractions that have garnered distinctly mixed views.

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  • Hollywood Boulevard
    Hollywood Boulevard

    Although the rest of LA went down well with one Reddit user, Hollywood Boulevard didn't appear to cut the mustard. "My heart sinks when I have to go there for any reason. Tourists are constantly stopping in the middle of the sidewalk to take a picture of one of the Walk of Fame stars. Every souvenir shop is exactly the same. Food and drink is expensive because the prices are marked up for tourists."

  • Mount Rushmore
    Mount Rushmore

    Dakota's whopping depiction of Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln has been deemed wholly overrated by some visitors. One user didn't hold back writing: "After a few minutes the novelty wears off and that's when you realise you've travelled to the middle of nowhere in South Dakota just to see a big rock that looks a lot smaller in person."

  • The Sphinx
    The Sphinx

    This limestone statue in Giza has the head of a human and the body of a lion. One user wrote: "It's much smaller than I expected and is so damaged that the face is almost gone - although it's right next to the Pyramids of Giza, which definitely are worth seeing!" It's encouraging to know that Giza isn't a total let down, then.

  • Little Mermaid Statue, Copenhagen
    Little Mermaid Statue, Copenhagen

    Known for its funky Nordic fashion and decadent gastronomic scene, it appears Copenhagen's Little Mermaid Statue didn't prove as captivating as hoped. One person commented: "Loved the city, but that statue is very underwhelming."

  • Hobbiton, New Zealand
    Hobbiton, New Zealand

    Hobbiton Movie Set was a location instrumental in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the Hobbit film series, but far from everyone's cup of tea, it might be best to think twice before going. "You're being ripped off to stand in a field with some fake building fronts. As somebody who loves and respects our tourism industry, spend your money on something worthwhile."


It is the constant toss up of whether a well-known location is worth the effort. You'll likely be caught in the midst of bustling crowds regardless, but if the tourist attraction doesn't live up to its famous reputation, that's the big clincher.

The Sagrada Familia has been previously described as a "monstrosity"; Stonehenge deemed a mere bunch of rocks. Using a Reddit forum in which one user asked which 'must-see' attractions aren't worth the fuss, we've compiled our top 10 overrated tourist traps. The jury's most definitely out on some of them.

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