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2014-06-17 08:16:14 AM  
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2014-06-17 08:16:25 AM  

Joe Peanut: Honolulu HI, specially Waikiki beach.  Honolulu feels like a mixture between Reno and Miami. And Waikiki is a narrow strip of sand next to a wall of hotels, each with either a DJ or a lounge singer at the beach front bar/restaurant.


I hate beaches like that.  This is what a beach is supposed to look like:

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2014-06-17 08:17:12 AM  
I still don't understand the appeal of Las Vegas, which is why the last time I was there, I bet on 2/3rds of the roulette table and lost far less than I would have otherwise while drinking for free.  The best show I had seen there was The Amazing Jonathan.  It was off strip, it was $50, and I wasn't expecting much, but it was better than shelling out $100 for some stupid Cirque tripe again.  I've been 4 times now hoping that I missed something amazing.  I didn't.
 
2014-06-17 08:18:00 AM  

Gulper Eel: Orlando turns parents into idiots. My normally-sensible wife wants us to do a family trip to Disney World some summer and all I can think is "Florida in July? How about NO."

Seriously, screw Disney. If you've got little kids take 'em to Story Land or Santa's Village up in New Hampshire. It's way cheaper, it's not usually stupid hot, it's fairly uncrowded except for the North Conway outlet strip, and there's a lot of other things to do other than watching your wallet get hoovered.


If you can take the time off from work/school, the absolute best time to go to Disney is mid January to early March (before spring break). We went in mid-January. Temps in the low 60s. No lines at all.
 
2014-06-17 08:18:08 AM  

Tyrosine: not much to see unless you're an accountant and want to tour the financial district


That's where Boston put their holocaust memorial.

/I'm not writing the jokes, I'm just setting them up.
 
2014-06-17 08:18:34 AM  
The biggest complaint they have about Disney World is $2.50 bottles of water(OH NO!)? If they were that desperate to pad the list they could have used something like Mount Rushmore.
 
2014-06-17 08:19:48 AM  
I forgot to add:

Loch Ness

I'm conflicted since the drive up there was amazing, our guide was great telling us the history of the area. Once there, I enjoyed walking around the castle ruins. But Loch Ness itself?
On the ride up from Edinburgh we passed about 500 Lochs. Any one of those would have provided the same level of interest. Save your money and don't bother with the boat ride.
 
2014-06-17 08:20:02 AM  

bark_atda_moon: I have been to many places in the Caribbean and by far Nassau is the worst.


This.  It was a 4-hour stop on a Caribbean cruise we took a few years back.  Nothing but overpriced t-shirts and crappy tapestry.  But the worst was we couldn't walk 20 paces without being accosted by various women offering to braid my wife and daughter's hair.  I don't think we lasted an hour there before returning to the ship.

Las Vegas sucks because it doesn't have its own flavor.  Everything there is a crappy homage to somewhere better.  It is an adult disneyland created in the desert with really good strip clubs and places to go dune buggying.

Never been there.  Have no desire to.
 
2014-06-17 08:20:33 AM  
Hollywood and LA as a whole sucks as a tourist. Vegas is fun for a couple of days though and Gibraltar is just weird.

I agree with Joe Peanut that Waikiki is a little disappointing. There's a whole lot of hotel and not much sand. Still, there's plenty of good restaurants and you're only an hour or so from a lot of great beaches.
 
2014-06-17 08:20:57 AM  

QueenMamaBee: I didn't think Vegas was all that bad. I was far more disappointed by Philly than I was Vegas.


Why the hell did you have expectations for Philly?
 
2014-06-17 08:21:33 AM  

Bruce Campbell: I still don't understand the appeal of Las Vegas, which is why the last time I was there, I bet on 2/3rds of the roulette table and lost far less than I would have otherwise while drinking for free.  The best show I had seen there was The Amazing Jonathan.  It was off strip, it was $50, and I wasn't expecting much, but it was better than shelling out $100 for some stupid Cirque tripe again.  I've been 4 times now hoping that I missed something amazing.  I didn't.


The rides on top of the stratosphere were are worth it, especially if you do them at night, and especially if you don't like heights.
 
2014-06-17 08:22:22 AM  

ReapTheChaos: Been to Vegas three times, it was a complete waste every time. There is no way to win at gambling, you may as well just hand your ATM card and PIN number to a bum on the street. As for the shows, the big named ones are sold out months in advance so unless you planned well ahead you'll be left with the crap nobody wants to see and you'll pay top dollar for the privilege.

The "free drinks" you get in the casinos are also a joke, unless you're sitting at a high stakes table betting hundreds of dollars per go you'll be lucky to get one small watered down drink per hour out of them.


Smithers: Sir, you haven't slept since the casino opened five days ago.
Montgomery Burns: Yeah, well, I've discovered the perfect business: people swarm in, empty their pockets, and scuttle off...
 
2014-06-17 08:22:44 AM  

Bruce Campbell: I still don't understand the appeal of Las Vegas, which is why the last time I was there, I bet on 2/3rds of the roulette table and lost far less than I would have otherwise while drinking for free.  The best show I had seen there was The Amazing Jonathan.  It was off strip, it was $50, and I wasn't expecting much, but it was better than shelling out $100 for some stupid Cirque tripe again.  I've been 4 times now hoping that I missed something amazing.  I didn't.


I am not really into gambling, but I have fun there.

People losing winning a ton of money always causes some excitement.

Being able to take a drink anywhere.

The escort "trading cards".
 
2014-06-17 08:24:25 AM  
I didn't know Frankfurt was a place people vacation, but I've been. It was OK, I wouldn't exactly plan to go as a destination.

Disney is amazing for kids. As an adult, you'll be surprised at how not impressive it is if you have fond memories as a child

I'll add St Maarten to the places in the Caribbean ruined by cruise ships.

Vegas is fun if you're 20 something and single.
 
2014-06-17 08:25:22 AM  

Recoil Therapy: I do have to admit though that I learned something from TFA.  In all my years revolving around the sun, I had never thought of Frankfurt as a destination vacation.  Munich perhaps during Octoberfest but Frankfurt?


Some places in Frankfurt are really nice, like Alt-Sachsenhausen or some suburbs. Don't forget the zoological garden or the "Palmenhaus" (botanical garden). Central Frankfurt areas have the highest crime rate in Germany, so it's no wonder they look like a ghost town at night...

I worked there for a year and i'm lucky i could go back
 
2014-06-17 08:25:33 AM  
Obviously written by someone who walks off the plane 20 feet, looks around and makes their decision based on that.

"Touristy" cities are nice.  The attractions act as a good trap for those who lack imagination and a willingness to project their own preconceived notion of what the city is onto their experience.

But you never really know a city until you get ahold of a vehicle and get off of the main drag.

Hollywood?  Yeah, it's part of Los Angeles, the greatest example of "everything at once in a small area" that exists.  If you can't find something interesting between all the studios, Newport Beach, Sunset Strip, Mulholland or the Valley then nothing will.

Las Vegas?  Get off the strip,man.  Dine at a place that only locals would.  Hit a pawn shop,  Put it on a highway and head out of the city to see mountains with snow on them, real actual desert with Joshua trees.  Hike around a bit.
 
2014-06-17 08:26:49 AM  

Joe Peanut: Honolulu HI, specially Waikiki beach.  Honolulu feels like a mixture between Reno and Miami. And Waikiki is a narrow strip of sand next to a wall of hotels, each with either a DJ or a lounge singer at the beach front bar/restaurant.


I liked Honolulu, but we had a local guide. You have to think of it as a densely urban city with an ocean view, not as a beach town. Long's Drug Store, seafood with brown rice at a diner, the mall in walking distance of the western end of Waikiki with a Japanese department store: all very interesting. We even bought kimonos at a Japanese vintage-clothing store. And the Bishop museum is very cool.
 
2014-06-17 08:26:49 AM  
After looking at the Falls, go to Whirlpool park and see if any bodies are floating around.
If it's really hot out, take a ride on one of the jet boats that run the rapids, prepare to get soaked.
 
2014-06-17 08:27:05 AM  
For me, the worst is Pigeon Forge or I as I like to call it the big stretch of butt ugly you have to drive through to get to the Smokies. There really is no good way around it if you're approaching the Smokies from the north. Most of the places on the list are good places to go if you avoid the tourist traps.

Disney is fun if you have kids. If you don't have kids, there are better amusement parks to go to.
 
2014-06-17 08:29:09 AM  

liam76: Bruce Campbell: I still don't understand the appeal of Las Vegas, which is why the last time I was there, I bet on 2/3rds of the roulette table and lost far less than I would have otherwise while drinking for free.  The best show I had seen there was The Amazing Jonathan.  It was off strip, it was $50, and I wasn't expecting much, but it was better than shelling out $100 for some stupid Cirque tripe again.  I've been 4 times now hoping that I missed something amazing.  I didn't.

I am not really into gambling, but I have fun there.

People losing winning a ton of money always causes some excitement.

Being able to take a drink anywhere.

The escort "trading cards ".


Oh and to be clear the draw of the trading cardfs is watching how different peopel react to them. Since it was supposed to be more "kid friendly" it makes for some funny scenes.

Skarekrough: Put it on a highway and head out of the city to see mountains with snow on them, real actual desert with Joshua trees. Hike around a bit


That isn't really "vegas", but I get your point. Outside bachleor parties I only go there for a day for cheap flights and check out stuff I can drive to from there.
 
2014-06-17 08:29:33 AM  
I don't know. Aren't you better off taking the road last traveled? Here in Costa Rica, tourists come down to hit the beach - where it is hotter than the hubs of hell, petty theft is rampant and hospitality is grossly over priced. If you come up to the Lake Arenal region (which not many do), it's cooler, less rainy and there's plenty of good exploring and activities to engage in that won't set you back too badly.

Vegas depresses the shiat out of me. But, we were there in April for my step-daughter's wedding and managed to have a little fun. Met two of the guys from Animal Planet's 'Pit Boss' show. That was more entertaining than the casinos.
 
2014-06-17 08:29:38 AM  

slave2grind: Stone Mountain, Ga.
Nuff said.


What!  I liked Stone Mountain!

I was twelve.
 
2014-06-17 08:31:19 AM  
I've been to Gibraltar and it was pretty cool.  I was on my honeymoon so I might have been seeing it through rose colored glasses.

I live in Florida and own a condo next to Disney so we go there quite a lot.  And as it has been mentioned above, you have to have a suspension of disbelief and go with the flow.  If you are trying to watch your money on a vacation to Orlando you are doing it wrong.
 
2014-06-17 08:31:22 AM  
Expecting some place to look like it is in your head can be disappointing? Good to know.
 
2014-06-17 08:32:50 AM  
I would disagree partly with the assessment of Niagara Falls, NY.  While the view of the falls IS better from the Canadian side, the experiences on each side are different - over in Canada it's more about seeing them.  On the AMERICAN side you actually get right up under them - Cave of the Winds is by far the best way to get a close up feeling for the falls, so long as you don't mind getting wet.

Both sides are very very good for experiencing the falls, it just comes down to different experiences.
 
2014-06-17 08:32:51 AM  
LA is a cool city, far more to do than the hour of stuff available in Hollywood. Same thing with Nassau, there are nice beaches if go and stay instead of just hitting it on a cruise ship. Disney is awesome if you go with someone who knows everything about it and if you love rides. Finally, I'm ashamed to admit I enjoyed a night at Temple bar. Probably the most drunk I was in Dublin, the people there were nice enough for me. I got a valuable warning about avoiding cocaine from the red light district in Amsterdam.
 
2014-06-17 08:33:03 AM  
Most awesome for me?  St Lucia.  Wow what an awesome and affordable place
 
2014-06-17 08:33:04 AM  

ReapTheChaos: Been to Vegas three times, it was a complete waste every time.


Only went once, when I was a kid in the 70's. Parents dragged my sister and me to Caesar's to see Steve & Eydie or something. Howard Cosell was at the next table over.

That was the golden age. I can't imagine going back.
 
2014-06-17 08:33:16 AM  

Copperbelly watersnake: For me, the worst is Pigeon Forge or I as I like to call it the big stretch of butt ugly you have to drive through to get to the Smokies. There really is no good way around it if you're approaching the Smokies from the north. Most of the places on the list are good places to go if you avoid the tourist traps.

Disney is fun if you have kids. If you don't have kids, there are better amusement parks to go to.


Go through Maryville and Townsend; takes you straight to Gatlinburg along scenic Old State Highway 73 and avoids Pigeon Forge. Takes a bitl longer, but it's a gorgeous drive.
 
2014-06-17 08:33:18 AM  
If you go somewhere looking to be entertained by something UNKNOWN yet to you, you probably won't find it.

If you have a targeted activity set in your mind, like fishing, once you get to that somewhere, you will probably find it.
 
2014-06-17 08:34:07 AM  

mbillips: sotua: Came for Hollywood. Leaving satisfied.

I once visited LA with a French colleague who had never been to the USA. He was adamant that we should go to Hollywood. No amount of reasoning convinced him, so... That's how we wasted our Sunday abroad, looking at dusty stars, getting harassed for money, and oggling exotic dancer mannequins for the novelty of it. Though the Little Devil burgers and craft beer were awesome... More so on expense account.

The following weekend I ditched French dude and flew to SF to meet a friend. Now THAT was a proper weekend abroad.

This. Hollywood and Vine is as lame and shabby as Gatlinburg, TN. Plenty of interesting film-industry tourism in LA, but none of it's in Hollywood.


Yeah. I went to LA when I was a teen. People asked me about it and my answer was "plastic." I hated LA. There are many other cool places to visit in CA. Spend time there.
 
2014-06-17 08:34:20 AM  

pkellmey: Expecting some place to look like it is in your head can be disappointing? Good to know.


That's why it's great living in Jersey.  People expect it to be all toxic waste dumps and dead mobsters and are surprised to find out it's not like that........mostly.
 
2014-06-17 08:35:10 AM  

Land Ark: On the ride up from Edinburgh we passed about 500 Lochs. Any one of those would have provided the same level of interest.


And the same level of monsters.
 
2014-06-17 08:35:35 AM  

buntz: Muta: Niagara on the Lake.  Plenty of good food, good wine, good theater and a cool (ish) fort.

Yes, I know there are things to do at ALL the places listed in the article.
Just playing devil's advocate that for the most part, Canadian Niagara Falls is a boring tourist trap too.

(Did the Whirlpool jet boat tour from Niagara on the Lake last time I was there (last year) and it was the most fun I can remember having in a long time!  #1 suggestion to friends going to Niagara)


Exactly right. Been to niagara a few times now and the jet boat is the best thing to do.
 
2014-06-17 08:36:42 AM  

Skarekrough: Las Vegas?  Get off the strip,man.  Dine at a place that only locals would.  Hit a pawn shop,  Put it on a highway and head out of the city to see mountains with snow on them, real actual desert with Joshua trees.  Hike around a bit.


THIS!

I've been to Vegas three times.  Only once did I gamble, and I actually won some cash, so, hooray.
But all the real fun Vegas has to offer is NOT on the strip.  Get out to the desert, rent some dune buggies, then do the zip line course.  The next day head to the speedway and spend the morning doing laps in a Lamborghini Murcielago.  Get out that evening and do some desert hiking.  Vegas is a great town if you know where to look.

And Frankfurt is a layover city, or a work trip.  That's all.  No one vacations to Frankfurt.
 
2014-06-17 08:37:37 AM  
Lonely Planet guides are great for finding the off the beaten path places. My wife and I have found a lot of great spots we never would have known existed without them.
 
2014-06-17 08:38:18 AM  
If the author's issue with Liberty Island is having to wait in line, then you might as well list every major tourist attraction in every city in the world.
 
2014-06-17 08:38:32 AM  

liam76: That isn't really "vegas", but I get your point. Outside bachleor parties I only go there for a day for cheap flights and check out stuff I can drive to from there


For me it put the whole place in perspective.  The notion that there was a huge chunk of land, just like this hunk of desert, and someone had the balls to say "You know what we could do with this?"

Then you get into the history of it, the mob, the Rat Pack.  The old part of the strip and the general decline of it and knowing where it came from and seeing evolution in its process.

To me that puts much of the rest of it in perspective.

If you just sit inside the Luxor and go "well.....that's it" then you won't get 1/10000th of what the city is all about.

I used to go out for CES for work.  One time the wife came out for a day before we went to L.A. to see family.  In the 20 hours she was there we ate the most amazing meal, saw Cirque, saw no less than the interior of a dozen different casinos to admire the gandeur, checked out rock and roll history at the Hard Rock and got our pictures taken with Elvis, and watched a bunch of lions.

In under 20 hours....six of which we spent sleeping.
 
2014-06-17 08:39:53 AM  

CrazedHatter: I would disagree partly with the assessment of Niagara Falls, NY.  While the view of the falls IS better from the Canadian side, the experiences on each side are different - over in Canada it's more about seeing them.  On the AMERICAN side you actually get right up under them - Cave of the Winds is by far the best way to get a close up feeling for the falls, so long as you don't mind getting wet.

Both sides are very very good for experiencing the falls, it just comes down to different experiences.


The canadian side has those caves too. Get right into the spray if thats what youre into.
 
2014-06-17 08:40:00 AM  

Cluckity: Most people don't vacation to relax or enjoy themselves. They just want pictures to prove they were there.


Then they are doing it wrong.
 
2014-06-17 08:40:01 AM  
Completely agree with Nassau. After about 30 minutes, you couldn't get me out of that shiathole fast enough
 
2014-06-17 08:41:49 AM  

Land Ark: I forgot to add:

Loch Ness

I'm conflicted since the drive up there was amazing, our guide was great telling us the history of the area. Once there, I enjoyed walking around the castle ruins. But Loch Ness itself?
On the ride up from Edinburgh we passed about 500 Lochs. Any one of those would have provided the same level of interest. Save your money and don't bother with the boat ride.


I drove along the Loch Ness a few years back and saw Nessie. Don't go with a guide. Nessie doesn't come out for groups. That goes for everywhere. Guides are a waste of money, except perhaps when trekking through jungles.
 
2014-06-17 08:42:22 AM  
Disney World made the list? Its ok but its for kids and large groups of gay men. If you take your kids and expect it to drain your bank account then its ok, at least the kids have a really good time. For an added bonus go on gay-days and you will be highly entertained by all the antics around you. We have some awesome footage of conga lines and impromptu dance shows.
 
2014-06-17 08:45:07 AM  
"no"

Trust me Subby, Temple Bar is a dump. €7 for a pint of beer. My hole!

Anyone with sense avoids it, the only Irish you'll find there will be the ruddy-faced country boys, who've never been to Dublin, up for the big GAA match.
 
2014-06-17 08:48:58 AM  
After reading this thread I'll check Nassau off the list.  Still want to get to the Bahamas sometime, though.
 
2014-06-17 08:49:05 AM  

mbillips: Joe Peanut: Honolulu HI, specially Waikiki beach.  Honolulu feels like a mixture between Reno and Miami. And Waikiki is a narrow strip of sand next to a wall of hotels, each with either a DJ or a lounge singer at the beach front bar/restaurant.

I liked Honolulu, but we had a local guide. You have to think of it as a densely urban city with an ocean view, not as a beach town.


I'm originally from Rio de Janeiro.  A much larger city than Honolulu, also by the beach.  it doesn't have the same tourist trap feel of Honolulu.  Signs for Vegas-type shows everywhere, you must go through a hotel to access the beach, and god forbid, lounge singers!
 
2014-06-17 08:50:30 AM  

FLMountainMan: QueenMamaBee: I didn't think Vegas was all that bad. I was far more disappointed by Philly than I was Vegas.

Why the hell did you have expectations for Philly?


South St. was great until the Zipperhead moved around the corner and got renamed. After that, all that's left worth going to is Armed & Dangerous. Other than that, the goth club scene is pretty much all that's left.
 
2014-06-17 08:51:09 AM  

Fritriac: Recoil Therapy: I do have to admit though that I learned something from TFA.  In all my years revolving around the sun, I had never thought of Frankfurt as a destination vacation.  Munich perhaps during Octoberfest but Frankfurt?

Some places in Frankfurt are really nice, like Alt-Sachsenhausen or some suburbs. Don't forget the zoological garden or the "Palmenhaus" (botanical garden). Central Frankfurt areas have the highest crime rate in Germany, so it's no wonder they look like a ghost town at night...

I worked there for a year and i'm lucky i could go back


Right but you can say something similar about most any other decent sized city in the world.  I know around here (Cincinnati) we've got a really good zoo, one of the better genealogical libraries outside of Utah,  neighborhoods filled with homes built back when people cared about their work & built houses to last 100+ years, and of course neighborhoods that you don't want to venture into in anything less than a loaded up main battle tank.

Unless an area has a specific historical or geographic feature that draws people, it's hard to see it as a destination.  In the list, Niagara Falls makes sense as those falls are pretty unique.  Likewise Dublin does too for the historical context for many.  It was just odd seeing a pretty generic large city without anything really special to make it stand out be on the list.  It is after all supposed to be a list of destinations, & much like Cincinnati, it seems that the only reason that many people go to Frankfurt is to switch planes & then go somewhere else.
 
2014-06-17 08:52:03 AM  

Muta: buntz: The Canadian of the Falls isn't much better.

Yes, you have a better view of the Falls.  Then......what?

Clifton Hill?  19 wax museums and tourists.

Niagara on the Lake. Plenty of good food, good wine, good theater and a cool (ish) fort.


Agree.  Visit the falls but spend most of your time in NotL.  Avoid Clifton Hill as if there were zombies lurking there.

/ Bring a bike.
// Drink ice wine slushies and eat lobster poutine
/// Repeat
 
2014-06-17 08:52:10 AM  
I've heard that Kabul is a nice winter destination.
 
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