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2014-06-17 11:48:13 AM
gdamn fark.  making me click the link...
 
2014-06-17 11:49:49 AM
After three weeks in Spain, I had a blast in Gibraltar.  Lager and lime and a proper fry up for breakfast.  Mmmm... Plus that cave with the performance space and the tour of the cannons was fascinating.  And then we went across to Africa from Algeciras for the day which was a hole tourist culture shock.
 
2014-06-17 11:51:41 AM
For anyone doing India, do it off-season.

Yeah, that means the hot season, but in the northern areas, its that desert-dry heat. Most places were empty when they have hours-long lines in the busy season (the Taj, the palaces, etc).

The biggest benefit was the cost. We were staying in 5-star and "heritage" level hotels (basically converted palaces themselves) for less than $80 a night.    And we had these hotels almost to ourselves. maybe 10% occupancy at that time.

No joke, these were the hotels  http://www.welcomheritagehotels.in/

We also got  a full time personal tour guide/driver for 8 days for around $1,000 (try that in in Italy or France and pay 5-figures).
 
2014-06-17 11:53:23 AM

mbillips: 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.


Agreed.  This is the direct way into to Cade's Cove.  And for a bonus, there is a top notch BBQ joint in Townsend.

As for Pigeon itself, it's fun if you have some little kids. Otherwise, avoid.
 
2014-06-17 11:56:36 AM
230+ comments and no mention of Detroit?  Odd.
 
2014-06-17 11:57:27 AM

bungle_jr: frankfurt is a blast when you're stationed at ramstein and want to visit the red light district without driving to amsterdam


I didn't spend a lot of time in the red light district in Frankfurt, so perhaps I've got a skewed impression, but the hookers I saw didn't exactly look appealing. The expression "50 miles of hard road" comes to mind. To be blunt, most of them looked like something that was scraped off the lid of a dumpster.

Having been to both places I'd suggest it would be worth the drive to Amsterdam.
 
2014-06-17 11:57:36 AM

fireclown: Eskaminagaga: The places that i have been dissapointed with are Boston, St. Louis, Baltimore, and Busan.

Who ever built up Baltimore as a tourist spot?  I'm kind of a Baltimore supporter (I went to college there), but Charm City is generally known as a city with some very real problems.


Baltimore is a tourist spot if you're transporting drugs from Miami to New York.  It's become more disappointing over the years as more of the fun spots are shut down due to being caught serving underage people.  Now all that it's good for is a spot for the Ravens to play and a really awesome hospital.  2 blocks beyond the inner harbor and some of the office buildings or stadiums, you will end up taking your life into your own hands.
 
2014-06-17 11:58:38 AM

thisisyourbrainonFark: What about Crawfordsville, Ind.? Anyone? Turkey Run State Park is nearb--

/oh forget it
//the great heartland of this once-wonderful nation is lost on you heathens
///there's a catfish fry


In all seriousness - is it worth an overnight camp stop?  I'm planning a road trip and my way down is all set:

-Hamilton (Ontario) through Detroit to Luna Pier, MI for late breakfast stop
-Lunch in Cincinnati to see the Roebling Bridge
-Camp three nights/2 days at Mammoth Cave
-stop somewhere between Nashville/Memphis
-Camp three days/4 nights at Diamond Crater

Return
-Saturday to visit my sister near Lake of the Ozarks, MO.
-St. Louis early on Sunday to go up the arch (hafta - did it when I was 9)
-camp Sunday night somewhere in Indiana ???
-home on Monday.

I will have a 3 and 5 year old.  And parents in another vehicle.
 
2014-06-17 12:00:32 PM

lucksi: Recoil Therapy: you're pretty much guaranteed to walk away from Vegas poorer than when you arrived.

WTF indeed. Anyone going to Vegas expecting to come back with more money than they arrived with is an optimistic fool.  You have to pay for all those lights somehow... In fact anyone going on vacation anywhere expecting not to spend money doesn't really understand how life works.

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?
Why would you want to go during Octoberfest? There are more people than the city can handle, everything is way overpriced (i.e. hotel rooms that would cost 50 a night are now 400), half a litre of beer is $15, there is no service whatsoever and it is full of rude smelly drunken people and vomit.

I recommend to get drunk at home and visit Munich anytime but octoberfest


Wasn't the topic disappointing destinations?  Frankfurt as a generic large city shouldn't be on the list but Munich as a destination during Octoberfest would be perfect for the list as, as you pointed out, you're probably going to have a less than ideal time.

Now if we were making a list of great destinations, Munich during Octoberfest wouldn't be anywhere near THAT list.
 
2014-06-17 12:07:13 PM

Another Government Employee: And when did WDW drop the price on a bottle of water? It was $3.50/bottle when I was last there in 1986 (oh, and don't think you can get away with just using a drinking fountain.  They don't have any.)


You realize you can ask any fountain drink vendor (usually the counter-service restaurants, I guess) for a free cup of ice water, right?
 
2014-06-17 12:07:56 PM

Civchic: -Camp three days/4 nights at Diamond Crater


Are you referring to the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas? I have always gone camping a little north of there in the Ouachita National Forest or stayed with relatives in Hot Springs. How is the crater? I have never actually been.
 
2014-06-17 12:15:32 PM

Gulper Eel: fozziewazzi: Tikal, Guatemala.  Go there on a weekday, take the first min-van from your hotel that will get you there ~6am, make a bee-line for the grand plaza.  You'll likely be the only one there.  I had breakfast at the top of the pyramid, there was no one around, and I heard nothing but howler monkeys and parrots.  As impressive as the place looks now I imagined how majestic, colorful and vibrant it must have been in it's heyday.

You saw An Idiot Abroad, didn't you. Karl Pilkington did the same thing. Not so idiotic after all.


Heard of the show, never saw it.
 
2014-06-17 12:24:32 PM
The theme of this guys article seems to be, "people keep wanting me to spend money."  You know why those places are able to charge so much money, because people are willing to spend it.
 
2014-06-17 12:25:27 PM
Who the hell goes to Frankfurt on vacation?  I've been there for business, and that's about all you'd want to do there unless you're dying to see the house where Goethe was born.  The best thing about Frankfurt is that it's only four hours by train to Paris.
 
2014-06-17 12:31:14 PM

Civchic: thisisyourbrainonFark: What about Crawfordsville, Ind.? Anyone? Turkey Run State Park is nearb--

/oh forget it
//the great heartland of this once-wonderful nation is lost on you heathens
///there's a catfish fry

In all seriousness - is it worth an overnight camp stop?  I'm planning a road trip and my way down is all set:

-Hamilton (Ontario) through Detroit to Luna Pier, MI for late breakfast stop
-Lunch in Cincinnati to see the Roebling Bridge
-Camp three nights/2 days at Mammoth Cave
-stop somewhere between Nashville/Memphis
-Camp three days/4 nights at Diamond Crater

Return
-Saturday to visit my sister near Lake of the Ozarks, MO.
-St. Louis early on Sunday to go up the arch (hafta - did it when I was 9)
-camp Sunday night somewhere in Indiana ???
-home on Monday.

I will have a 3 and 5 year old.  And parents in another vehicle.


Turkey Run is one of the few decent camping spots, I think. Canoeing available.
 
2014-06-17 12:32:08 PM
Pub's closed.  Piss-soaked mick out front shoulda told 'ya.
 
2014-06-17 12:32:51 PM

Muta: 230+ comments and no mention of Detroit?  Odd.


Why is it odd?
 
2014-06-17 12:34:04 PM

Lady Beryl Ersatz-Wendigo: Who the hell goes to Frankfurt on vacation?  I've been there for business, and that's about all you'd want to do there unless you're dying to see the house where Goethe was born.


that guy who sings "somebody that i used to know"?

The best thing about Frankfurt is that it's in the center of western germany, so easy access to pretty much anywhere else in germany, as well as a short train ride to such top non-german destinations as paris.


ftfy
 
2014-06-17 12:58:05 PM

mike_d85: kdawg7736: Niagra Falls does not surprise me. The American side really is boring. Disney World will really get my parents going since they love that place.

I will just stick to the many relaxing beaches the East Coast has to offer. Best ones in my opinion are Ocean City, MD, Outer Banks, NC, and Myrtle Beach, SC.

That was a troll, right?

MB is like one big theme park.  And the theme is white trash.


Yeah, but I felt I had to add a third since the other beaches I spent a decent amount of time at include Chincoteague, VA, which is boring except for looking at horses, and Virignia Beach, VA which is pretty trashy. MB is a hybrid of both OC (downtown) and OBX (Murrell's Inlet).
 
2014-06-17 01:06:46 PM

LemSkroob: Born_Again_Bavarian: LemSkroob: Leaning tower of Pisa.

I've lived in Italy and have seen most all there is to see, and Pisa is at the very bottom of the list.

This.  What a terrible place.  I would also add that if you are not a big museum person Florence sucks.

Florence is where i lived, and while it is big on museum stuff, if that isnt your bag, there are literally 1,000 other historical buildings and sites to see. And it that still isnt your thing, there is always just chilling in a piazza with a coffee, of which there are dozens of (piazzas, that is).

Pisa is basically a 3rd rate city with a train station a long walk away from its main attraction, with not much in between.

Florence can lose half its landmarks and still be a destination. Pisa only has one thing going, and thats only impressive because of its accidental situation. Architecturally, the tower and Duomo are fine, but there are better examples of their styles within Tuscany alone.


Yeah, Florence was a stop on our honeymoon and we loved it.  More than Rome.


farkeruk: That said, the Eiffel Tower gets real busy then.


I highly recommend doing the walking option for the Eiffel Tower when overly crowded.  A pretty good workout, but little to no lines.  It won't get you to the very top, but the view isn't much better from all the way up there anyway.


i.r.id10t:

Or, buy a Porsche now, do factory pickup, tour Germany, ship it back as a used car.  Slightly cheaper than buying at a dealer here in the US, certainly more exciting

I wanted to do the BMW version of that, but a couple of kids got in the way these past 2 years so making the trip over there wasn't as easy.  Maybe in a few years.
 
2014-06-17 01:10:51 PM

fireclown: A better approach to this thread would be "What is someplace that really farking delivers.".

I'll start:  The Taj Mahal.  Yeah, it's crowded, and traveling in India is not without it's problems, but the thing is freaking gorgeous, and on top of it the unique combination of Hindu and Muslim architecture makes it all the cooler.

GO!



Bali, Indonesia. Some of the most amazing beaches and best snorkeling I've ever experienced. Descriptions and pictures are inadequate to the beauty of the place. The second time I went I did a bicycle tour which took me to some really awesome places you don't see if you simply stick to the beaches (which I don't blame anyone for).
 
2014-06-17 01:19:14 PM

Jamieboy: Gibraltar is a total rip.  But if you are in the neighborhood, by all means give it a look.  Same for the Temple Bar in Dublin.  Just keep one hand on your wallet and the other on your junk in both places.


I wonder if that panhandler who was sitting between two ATMs is still there in the Temple Bar district? Because that shiat was classy as all hell.

/he'd shake his tin cup at you when your transaction finished
 
2014-06-17 01:20:52 PM

learn2fly: mekkab: learn2fly: I'm going to Vegas for the first time this weekend. Any tips for a newbie?

that depends, do you like hiking?  Great little canyons a short drive outside of town.

I'm not into hiking to much, but I am and amateur photographer...I'm trying to find some out of the way place great for shooting.


If you are into sightseeing, of course you need to walk the Strip, both daytime and at night. There is the fountain show in front of the Bellagio hotel, the botanical gardens of the Wynn hotel, and one of the towers of the Rio (just off the Strip) has an open-air club at the top, which has an unobstructed view of the entire city and surrounding valley in all directions.

If you are a fan of classic architecture, then you need to visit the shops of the Bellagio hotel (on the Strip), and of course Caesars Palace and The Venetian. Planet Hollywood's mall area has an arched ceiling painted like the sky over Vegas. It is so real looking, that you can easily forget you are actually indoors, and that it is actually nighttime outside.
 
2014-06-17 01:21:59 PM

Sybarite: fireclown: A better approach to this thread would be "What is someplace that really farking delivers.".

I'll start:  The Taj Mahal.  Yeah, it's crowded, and traveling in India is not without it's problems, but the thing is freaking gorgeous, and on top of it the unique combination of Hindu and Muslim architecture makes it all the cooler.

GO!


Bali, Indonesia. Some of the most amazing beaches and best snorkeling I've ever experienced. Descriptions and pictures are inadequate to the beauty of the place. The second time I went I did a bicycle tour which took me to some really awesome places you don't see if you simply stick to the beaches (which I don't blame anyone for).


Alcatraz Island in San Francisco has a reputation among Bay Area locals for being a tourist attraction that does not suck. I highly recommend the audio tour.
 
2014-06-17 01:27:49 PM
My greatest disappointment: Naples, Italy. Heaps of trash everywhere, every historical building and monument is covered in graffiti, and everyone is constantly trying to rip you off.
 
2014-06-17 01:28:38 PM

Another Government Employee: mbillips: 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.

Agreed.  This is the direct way into to Cade's Cove.  And for a bonus, there is a top notch BBQ joint in Townsend.

As for Pigeon itself, it's fun if you have some little kids. Otherwise, avoid.


I really enjoy the Smokies and Cade's Cove is one of my favorites places on Earth. It's the only way I can deal with the touristy nature of Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg.

As for New Orleans, I grew up an hour away from there and I still love the city and the French Quarter, but can't stand Bourbon Street any longer. There is an audience for it and it's underaged kids trying to get drunk and college kids who haven't learned better yet.

I've been to Disney World twice and it exceeded expectations both times. You can do it on the cheap (relatively, of course) if you pack your own food.
 
2014-06-17 01:29:46 PM

Sybarite: fireclown: A better approach to this thread would be "What is someplace that really farking delivers.".

I'll start:  The Taj Mahal.  Yeah, it's crowded, and traveling in India is not without it's problems, but the thing is freaking gorgeous, and on top of it the unique combination of Hindu and Muslim architecture makes it all the cooler.

GO!


Bali, Indonesia. Some of the most amazing beaches and best snorkeling I've ever experienced. Descriptions and pictures are inadequate to the beauty of the place. The second time I went I did a bicycle tour which took me to some really awesome places you don't see if you simply stick to the beaches (which I don't blame anyone for).


Wind-River Tetons in Wyoming or Glacier National Park in Montana- crystal clear lakes, including some teal ones that outshine the waters in the Bahamas, plenty of trails to suit your athletic tendencies (including those of us who have few) and Huckleberry season is amazing. (Glacier National also has a cool red bus tour, and is close to Canada to allow for a border river tour.) The skies are so rich with stars  because of no light pollution, it will take your breath away.
The only place better for star gazing is the Badlands in South Dakota.

Bonus: Going during Huckleberry Season (early august) means you're passing through Sturgis(Motorcycles!) and Wall Drug(Spaghetti western saloon, anyone?), if you're coming from the east.
 
2014-06-17 01:29:58 PM

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.


We did Disney World in October when I was 17. It was hot as hell for a couple of days, but not too bad the rest of the week. However, my allergies were not really controlled back then and so I had sinus issues from flying in which meant I was pretty miserable after some of the rides, and I avoided others I had really wanted to go on, so that kinda sucked. However, that was a minor annoyance compared to my mother, who made herself the Task Master, and pretty much dragged us place to place at a rate that took a lot of the joy out of everything. And sadly that's like 80% of what I remember from that trip. I'm hoping to get back there one day with the husband so I can actually enjoy the whole trip, but it's behind a few other trips we'd like to make.

And my aunt (mom's sister) took her son to Disney World as soon as she felt he was old enough to enjoy it - I think he was four at the time, but maybe a little older. She and my grandmother dragged the kid to parks for a couple hours a day before he'd beg to go back to the hotel. Because, for him, the highlight of the whole damn trip was the hotel swimming pool.
 
2014-06-17 01:43:19 PM

thesemicullen: I've been to Disney World twice and it exceeded expectations both times. You can do it on the cheap (relatively, of course) if you pack your own food.


Just went back in March and this is good advice.  Stay outside the parks in a time share, yes you can rent them like a hotel room now.  You'll have a much better room with a full kitchen, utensils, dining table, etc.  And you can live without new towels everyday and someone coming in to clean and make your bed.  Buy groceries and make your own meals.  Simple stuff like eggs, cereal, hot dogs and pasta.  Have breakfast and dinner in your room.  Lunch in the park.  Bring a backpack loaded with granola bars and fruit.  Share and refill a water bottle.  Do go out to dinner once or twice while you are there - after all, it is vacation, but you don't need to spend a lot of money on overpriced park food.
 
2014-06-17 01:53:20 PM

germ78: Sybarite: fireclown: A better approach to this thread would be "What is someplace that really farking delivers.".

I'll start:  The Taj Mahal.  Yeah, it's crowded, and traveling in India is not without it's problems, but the thing is freaking gorgeous, and on top of it the unique combination of Hindu and Muslim architecture makes it all the cooler.

GO!


Bali, Indonesia. Some of the most amazing beaches and best snorkeling I've ever experienced. Descriptions and pictures are inadequate to the beauty of the place. The second time I went I did a bicycle tour which took me to some really awesome places you don't see if you simply stick to the beaches (which I don't blame anyone for).

Alcatraz Island in San Francisco has a reputation among Bay Area locals for being a tourist attraction that does not suck. I highly recommend the audio tour.


there is no way i would be able to do the alcatraz tour without thinking about phil hartman as the tour guide
 
2014-06-17 01:54:57 PM

Eskaminagaga: Civchic: -Camp three days/4 nights at Diamond Crater

Are you referring to the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas? I have always gone camping a little north of there in the Ouachita National Forest or stayed with relatives in Hot Springs. How is the crater? I have never actually been.


Yep, that's the place - and this will be our first time.  My kids are little and super into digging for stuff/treasure hunting, so that's why we're headed there.  The campground looks nice and is fully equipped (even though we'll be tenting, it's nice to have facilities when you're doing 10 days of travel).  There's enough to do in the surrounding area that we'll keep busy for the three days, probably head to Hot Springs once as well.
 
2014-06-17 01:58:07 PM

Another Government Employee: And when did WDW drop the price on a bottle of water? It was $3.50/bottle when I was last there in 1986 (oh, and don't think you can get away with just using a drinking fountain. They don't have any.)


The bottled water there is a little expensive, but you're way off on the drinking fountain thing - all of the parks have fountains all over the place, at varying heights for both kids and adults.  There are four of them surrounding the Cinderella statue behind the castle, for crying out loud.
 
2014-06-17 01:58:34 PM
Luthien's Tempest:
We did Disney World in October when I was 17. It was hot as hell for a couple of days, but not too bad the rest of the week. However, my allergies were not really controlled back then and so I had sinus issues from flying in which meant I was pretty miserable after some of the rides, and I avoided others I had really wanted to go on, so that kinda sucked. However, that was a minor annoyance compared to my mother, who made herself the Task Master, and pretty much dragged us place to place at a rate that took a lot of the joy out of everything. And sadly that's like 80% of what I remember from that trip. I'm hoping to get back there one day with the husband so I can actually enjoy the whole trip, but it's behind a few other trips we'd like to make.

And my aunt (mom's sister) took her son to Disney World as soon as she felt he was old enough to enjoy it - I think he was four at the time, but maybe a little older. She and my grandmother dragged the kid to parks for a couple hours a day before he'd beg to go back to the hotel. Because, for him, the highlight of the whole damn trip was the hotel swimming pool.


CSB: Yeah, the 1st time I went to Disney was with my mother and my sister when I was 6 or 7.  The park had only been open for a year or so (dang, I'm old!) but my mom taught us a valuable lesson, when visiting an attraction take your time and enjoy yourself.  We did get to see everything because there wasn't much to it then but we took it slow and my mom pointed out the other people running hither and yon and laughed at them and that stuck with me.  I sometimes have to remind myself to slow down (or my wife will remind me). But that was one of the most valuable lessons I've ever learned.  Now, like I said up thread, we go to Disney every other year or so and we take it slow and if we don't see everything, so what, at least we had fun.
 
2014-06-17 02:02:05 PM

thisisyourbrainonFark: Civchic: thisisyourbrainonFark: What about Crawfordsville, Ind.? Anyone? Turkey Run State Park is nearb--

/oh forget it
//the great heartland of this once-wonderful nation is lost on you heathens
///there's a catfish fry

In all seriousness - is it worth an overnight camp stop?  I'm planning a road trip and my way down is all set:

-Hamilton (Ontario) through Detroit to Luna Pier, MI for late breakfast stop
-Lunch in Cincinnati to see the Roebling Bridge
-Camp three nights/2 days at Mammoth Cave
-stop somewhere between Nashville/Memphis
-Camp three days/4 nights at Diamond Crater

Return
-Saturday to visit my sister near Lake of the Ozarks, MO.
-St. Louis early on Sunday to go up the arch (hafta - did it when I was 9)
-camp Sunday night somewhere in Indiana ???
-home on Monday.

I will have a 3 and 5 year old.  And parents in another vehicle.

Turkey Run is one of the few decent camping spots, I think. Canoeing available.


THANKS!  I saw it on the map when I was plotting possible stops and it's about the place we'll be at about supper time.  It caught my eye because we have Turkey Point near here, and your post triggered that.
 
2014-06-17 02:09:45 PM

bungle_jr: germ78: Sybarite: fireclown: A better approach to this thread would be "What is someplace that really farking delivers.".

I'll start:  The Taj Mahal.  Yeah, it's crowded, and traveling in India is not without it's problems, but the thing is freaking gorgeous, and on top of it the unique combination of Hindu and Muslim architecture makes it all the cooler.

GO!


Bali, Indonesia. Some of the most amazing beaches and best snorkeling I've ever experienced. Descriptions and pictures are inadequate to the beauty of the place. The second time I went I did a bicycle tour which took me to some really awesome places you don't see if you simply stick to the beaches (which I don't blame anyone for).

Alcatraz Island in San Francisco has a reputation among Bay Area locals for being a tourist attraction that does not suck. I highly recommend the audio tour.

there is no way i would be able to do the alcatraz tour without thinking about phil hartman as the tour guide


That would be a bonus for me
 
2014-06-17 02:14:58 PM

Persnickety: thesemicullen: I've been to Disney World twice and it exceeded expectations both times. You can do it on the cheap (relatively, of course) if you pack your own food.

Just went back in March and this is good advice.  Stay outside the parks in a time share, yes you can rent them like a hotel room now.  You'll have a much better room with a full kitchen, utensils, dining table, etc.  And you can live without new towels everyday and someone coming in to clean and make your bed.  Buy groceries and make your own meals.  Simple stuff like eggs, cereal, hot dogs and pasta.  Have breakfast and dinner in your room.  Lunch in the park.  Bring a backpack loaded with granola bars and fruit.  Share and refill a water bottle.  Do go out to dinner once or twice while you are there - after all, it is vacation, but you don't need to spend a lot of money on overpriced park food.


Eh, we've always done one of the Disney dining plans.  Sure, we could save money and I love to cook.  But preparing my own food is the last thing I want to do on vacation.
 
2014-06-17 02:15:31 PM

bobothemagnificent: fireclown: Eskaminagaga: The places that i have been dissapointed with are Boston, St. Louis, Baltimore, and Busan.

Who ever built up Baltimore as a tourist spot?  I'm kind of a Baltimore supporter (I went to college there), but Charm City is generally known as a city with some very real problems.

Baltimore is a tourist spot if you're transporting drugs from Miami to New York.  It's become more disappointing over the years as more of the fun spots are shut down due to being caught serving underage people.  Now all that it's good for is a spot for the Ravens to play and a really awesome hospital.  2 blocks beyond the inner harbor and some of the office buildings or stadiums, you will end up taking your life into your own hands.


During the last Census Baltimore was the only place in the US where a Census worker was murdered.
 
2014-06-17 02:20:18 PM
Nassau - true, you're a rich American, right?
Liberty Island - half true, although I enjoyed the rather serene experience
Disney World - half true, so go during off-peak days
Las Vegas - half true, if you plan on gambling at 3:00 am
 
2014-06-17 02:48:46 PM

ds_4815: Epcot's dining selection is farking great


Which planet's Epcot are you talking about now?

www.disneyfoodblog.com
 
2014-06-17 02:50:02 PM

Fissile: bobothemagnificent: fireclown: Eskaminagaga: The places that i have been dissapointed with are Boston, St. Louis, Baltimore, and Busan.

Who ever built up Baltimore as a tourist spot?  I'm kind of a Baltimore supporter (I went to college there), but Charm City is generally known as a city with some very real problems.

Baltimore is a tourist spot if you're transporting drugs from Miami to New York.  It's become more disappointing over the years as more of the fun spots are shut down due to being caught serving underage people.  Now all that it's good for is a spot for the Ravens to play and a really awesome hospital.  2 blocks beyond the inner harbor and some of the office buildings or stadiums, you will end up taking your life into your own hands.

During the last Census Baltimore was the only place in the US where a Census worker was murdered.


hey, you get, or you get got.
 
2014-06-17 02:54:42 PM

Rapmaster2000: Eskaminagaga: The places that i have been dissapointed with are Boston, St. Louis, Baltimore, and Busan.

What if I have really low expectations for St. Louis and Baltimore?


Here, I'll help with Baltimore.

You know who got so sick and tired of Baltimore he decided to hit the road?

John Waters.

/now, that's saying something
 
2014-06-17 03:16:48 PM

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.


Hawaii is great if you know your way around - if not, you're better off staying home.
 
2014-06-17 03:17:41 PM

Loadmaster: Las Vegas - half true, if you plan on gambling at 3:00 am


My guess is the author of that article hasn't been to Vegas in a couple decades.  Vegas is pretty much a huge theme park with 5 star lodging and dining.  There's a ton of things to do outside of gambling and the smoky casinos is pretty much becoming extinct.
 
2014-06-17 03:17:41 PM

Eskaminagaga: o'really: Eskaminagaga: The places that i have been dissapointed with are Boston, St. Louis, Baltimore, and Busan.

Not sure how busan was disappointing. That's my favorite city in korea.

Families sleeping on the beach cuz it's so hot out? How cool is that? I love how safe korea is.

Amazing seafood, great clubs. Bartenders who do crazy synchronized dances just for fun, on a weeknight.

I was expecting more of a city like Seoul; It just did not live up to that. It was a nice city other than that and i still enjoyed my time there.


I'm not a fan of seoul, it's super sketchy. At least around the army base, i didn't spend much time there though.
 
2014-06-17 03:31:52 PM
LadySusan:

If you get a car the Red Rock Canyon state park is worth it or Death Valley, or Joshua Tree National Park, or the farking Mojave desert. Get a map.


What's this map that you speak of?
 
2014-06-17 03:42:44 PM
I'll quibble with a few.

Vegas is actually fun, if you approach it right. If you don't like gambling, there's a TON of shows and they're not remotely overpriced if you employ any effort at all. Cirque shows are the exception, but at very least I know KA is worth every dime.

And if you DO gamble, but do so smartly, and use a players' card, Vegas can be ridiculously cheap. Inexpensive rooms, cheap/free food and drink, free or discounted show tickets. Get a Caesar's TotalRewards card.  I have yet to pay for a room in Vegas, other than new years eve. And the 24-hour buffet of buffet passes can get you four enormous meals and innumerable snacks over 24 hours.  If you pay anything other than the dollar tip for a drink at a casino, you're doing it wrong.  And I've had fantastic food there.  Cheap or good value dining options abound.  And again, that's if you do NOT gamble -- if you do, comps are plentiful. They'll do anything to keep you inside pushing buttons...

I find Old Vegas a pretty mixed bag. It's a little depressing, but it has weird old glamor to it that's lacking in the massive new Vegas powerhouses.  That said, it's totally worth doing the many expeditions that set off from Vegas.


I just totally disagree with Disney World, which is still one of the best values for your dollar.  I went there last 20 years ago and STILL didn't see everything on offer.  My friend started going a couple years ago as an adult, and loves it.


Overall, this has the "cranky rant" style common to under-employed hacks. there's no facts and no defense, it's just an opinion piece written to get hits.  At least show me how tourists evaluate the things you claim suck.
 
2014-06-17 03:58:43 PM

slave2grind: Stone Mountain, Ga.
Nuff said.


Get yourself a bucket of KFC, a gallon of sweet tea, a group of friends and go to the laser show. People watching doesn't get much more entertaining than that. Every southern stereotype from Confederate flag waving hillbillies to urban hip-hop wannabes is well represented. And watching a large crowd of people cheer for a Coca-Cola commercial being projected by lasers onto the side of a giant granite mountain with Civil War general carved into while fireworks go off around you it is an uniquely American experience.
 
2014-06-17 04:28:07 PM

12monkeys: slave2grind: Stone Mountain, Ga.
Nuff said.

Get yourself a bucket of KFC, a gallon of sweet tea, a group of friends and go to the laser show. People watching doesn't get much more entertaining than that. Every southern stereotype from Confederate flag waving hillbillies to urban hip-hop wannabes is well represented. And watching a large crowd of people cheer for a Coca-Cola commercial being projected by lasers onto the side of a giant granite mountain with Civil War general carved into while fireworks go off around you it is an uniquely American experience.


Yep.

And you can still hike up to the top and look back on the Atlanta skyline.
 
2014-06-17 04:29:21 PM

Tunney: 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.


Oh, no, no, no.  I'm a third generation LA native.  You are right that Hollywood sucks.  However, LA absolutely does not suck - it is one of the world's great cities and you would absolutely love it if you saw the right parts.  Give me a week to show you around and you'd be ready to move to LA.  I've done this with a bunch of people over the years.  Once you see the good stuff (which isn't in any of the tourist guides) you'll love the city.

As for the rest of the list here, I've only been to a few of these places.  Temple Bar was expensive and full of tourists, but I had a decent time.  I spent the rest of my evenings in Ireland in pubs away from there, which were even better.

Disneyland is one of the great pits of hell.  You pay about $100 for the privilege of standing in line with a bunch of anxious children.  The food is fantastically overpriced and mediocre, at best.  No.  Just no.

I love Las Vegas.  Gambling on the Strip is for suckers.  But there's a lot of cheap food and drink, which is awesome.  So is the peoplewatching - Circus Circus has an amazing amount of... interesting people to see.  I usually go watch some seedy weddings, too.  Vegas is endlessly amusing.  Just don't gamble.  I usually waste about $5 on the slots and then feel guilty about it.
 
2014-06-17 04:48:37 PM

L.D. Ablo: I usually waste about $5 on the slots and then feel guilty about it.


I happened to hit $300 doing that.  It paid for me to gamble and drink for the rest of the week in Vegas.  Free drinks at the $0.25 slots and a couple of bucks for the waitress every few drinks.

Except when I accidentally ordered a liter of beer from "Mermaids".  I didn't think that footbal HELD that much.  The shadiest, dirtiest casino I've ever seen.  I was actually propositioned by a pimp calling me "Johnny" and the roof leaked (I was there in the rainy season).
 
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