8 Tourist Attractions You Can Definitely Skip

We’ve all done it. Spent 3 hours queuing for some tourist attractions that the tour guide said was a must see only be left feeling a bit meh and exclaiming “is that it?” Every second of your holiday counts, so don’t waste any by visiting these tourist traps.

Times Square, New York, USA

It looks so iconic in the movies but in reality it’s just dirty, overcrowded and filled with one too many Spongebob impersonators and every chain restaurant known to man.

Times square new york

Instead, go a few blocks east and soak up real culture by visiting the New York Public Library.

Hollywood Walk of Fame, Hollywood, USA

If you’re hoping you might bump into a few celebs here, you will be very disappointed. It’s just an ordinary sidewalk, filled with tacky souvenir shops and plenty of tourists.

Hollywood walk of fame

Head to the historic Chinese Theatre of sip a cocktail at Chateau Marmont and be sure to keep your eyes peeled!

Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco, USA

This waterfront neighbourhood of San Francisco is described as a must see for all visitors, but you’ll be hard pressed to find any locals riding the cable cars to Ghiradelli Square.

fisherman's wharf san francisco

For a more authentic San Francisco, explore the tiny streets and nearby alleys of Telegraph Hill

London Eye, London, UK

If you’ve been on one Ferris wheel, you’ve been on them all – need I say more?

London eye

There are plenty of fantastic viewpoints around London, like St Paul’s Cathedral or the top of the Shard. Or how about renting a bike and cycling around Hyde Park or enjoying afternoon tea at Harrods.

The Liberty Bell, Philadelphia, USA

Philadelphia is filled with history, so don’t waste your time queuing up to look at some lame cracked bell.

liberty bell

Go and see Elfreth’s Alley, the oldest street in America, which is just a ten minute walk away instead.


Niagara Falls, New York, USA/Canada

The world is full of breath taking waterfalls, and this isn’t one of them. The view is obscured with ugly sky scrapers, depressing casinos and an army of tourists in the obligatory plastic mac uniform.

niagara falls

You’re better off heading for the Canadian border, ordering some poutine and calling it a day.


The Four Corners, USA

The idea of standing in four states (New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado and Utah) at once sounds pretty cool, but let’s be honest, it really isn’t, especially after a 3 hour car trip to get there.


Head to the Great Sand Dunes in Colorado, where you will see some of the darkest, starriest skies and contemplate what you’re doing with your life.


The Mona Lisa, The Louvre Museum, Paris, France

Sure, she’s iconic, but if you waste an hour of your life queuing to get a 20 second glimpse of her, you’re a fool.

mona lisa crowds

Go and check out some of the other incredible art work on offer and some of Da Vinci’s lesser known works like St John the Baptist or Virgin on the Rocks. I hope you liked our tourist attractions ideas.


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