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2014-06-17 03:47:21 AM
paying for obscene amounts of food at a buffet

So, not so disappointing after all.

/a cruise ship on solid ground
 
2014-06-17 07:27:32 AM
Any Magnetic Hill.
 
2014-06-17 07:44:03 AM
Stone Mountain, Ga.
Nuff said.
 
2014-06-17 07:44:34 AM

Tr0mBoNe: Any Magnetic Hill.


How do they work?
 
2014-06-17 07:46:03 AM
See Rock City! See Ruby Falls!

/See Ruby gets up again!
 
2014-06-17 07:46:38 AM
Most "disappointing" in the world?

No. No. No. No. No. No. Wait, people go there on purpose? No. No. WTF?
 
2014-06-17 07:46:51 AM
 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.
 
2014-06-17 07:47:31 AM
Posted: 04/14/2014 4:35 pm EDT

Wow, going back in time here.
 
2014-06-17 07:47:42 AM
Tourist traps are expensive and crowded with tourists? You don't say!
 
2014-06-17 07:48:19 AM
Anyone having problems with Huffington Post on the iPhone where it blocks the ability to switch between pages with an ad?
 
2014-06-17 07:48:43 AM

Tr0mBoNe: Any Magnetic Hill.


Non-magnetic hill with added gravity?

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schiehallion_experiment
 
2014-06-17 07:48:56 AM
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.
 
2014-06-17 07:49:22 AM
Most people don't vacation to relax or enjoy themselves. They just want pictures to prove they were there.
 
2014-06-17 07:49:45 AM
Seriously, subby, casinos suck. Gambling is for retards. I would argue the point about Disney World, but then I'm a person of sufficient means to not look at the price of cocktails, souvenirs and meals when I go on vacation (I'm not rich, but I have a solid cash position, and I don't go on vacation very often). The Mouse is very good at entertainment, and you pay full price for it.

Pretty solid list, actually.
 
2014-06-17 07:53:03 AM

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.
 
2014-06-17 07:54:10 AM
"I don't know how to have fun and no one else should either"
 
2014-06-17 07:54:21 AM
I've never been to Disney myself but everyone I know who have loved it, I must say I'm not sure which one they went to except that it was not Euro Disney. Same thing for Las Vegas.

Surprised to not see Paris on the list, I've seen quite long lines to visit the Eiffel tower and the Louvre in pictures (Google street view?). I would nonetheless totally spend most of my time in the Louvre  if I ever went to Paris, I'd just stay away from the Mona Lisa which I guess is the main attraction for most tourists.
 
2014-06-17 07:54:25 AM
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.
 
2014-06-17 07:54:27 AM
They did not include the Taj Mahal.   I agree with Hollywood, not with disney, most of the rest I have not been there.
 
2014-06-17 07:54:57 AM
WHA?

Gamble, see a show, eat. That's about it. I can do the latter two in more interesting places where it's not 104°, and toss my money in the garbage anywhere.

BTW, contrary to popular belief, "companionship" is not legal in that part of the state. That apparently isn't enforced, but I can save the price of a plane ticket and do Subby's mom instead.
 
2014-06-17 07:55:00 AM
I didn't think Vegas was all that bad. I was far more disappointed by Philly than I was Vegas.
 
2014-06-17 07:55:10 AM

Jesus Farking Christ: Anyone having problems with Huffington Post on the iPhone where it blocks the ability to switch between pages with an ad?


Yes, tap at the top of the screen instead.
 
2014-06-17 07:55:58 AM
Look for this then avoid

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2014-06-17 07:56:59 AM
Definitely "no" on #2, unless you like seeing nature despoiled by over-development and crappy souvenir shops.  True, there is much more to do on the Canadian side, and the view of the falls is better, but you can wander around the natural setting of the American side, walk to the water's edge on Green Island and see it like it was hundreds of years ago.  Tired of the crowded tourist attraction, I prefer the serenity of the American side.

Also, the American side has the Maid of the Mist...the Canadian side now has the obnoxious Hornblower boats that have sanitized the river experience.
 
2014-06-17 07:57:10 AM
I have been to many places in the Caribbean and by far Nassau is the worst.

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.
 
2014-06-17 07:57:14 AM
Niagara Falls is pretty cool from the Canadian side.

The one they should have included was Plymouth Rock.
 
2014-06-17 07:59:05 AM

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.



Dinosaur mini-golf.

Afterwards you go to Toronto which is a really great place to visit.
 
2014-06-17 07:59:39 AM
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.
 
2014-06-17 08:02:04 AM
I haven't been to most of these places, but Liberty Island was fun (except the climbing up and down the Statue of Liberty carrying a five-year-old), and the lines didn't seem excessive to me. Perhaps it was off-season?

I'm *from* Dublin, and Temple Bar is indeed a travesty. They issued about three times as many pub licences for that area as the most alcoholic of natives could absorb, and it naturally became a cesspool of stag and hen parties from  most of western Europe.
 
2014-06-17 08:02:36 AM
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.
 
2014-06-17 08:02:48 AM
I found Dublin in general to be a bit of a bore. Ireland is much more interesting outside the old walls. Though it pains me to say, being of Irish decent, that Scotland was a much better place to visit. Of course, all the Scottish were once Irish anyway, so I guess it works out.

Hollywood is ok, I went to the theater in the morning on a weekday and there were no stupid characters there. It was really calm and quiet. I didn't get to spend a lot of time there or in Beverly Hills but I would go back.

I've never been to Nassau, but Georgetown, Grand Cayman is a popular cruise ship destination and a real let down especially considering how much more the island has to offer if you are willing to sacrifice and stay on a fantastic island for more than a few hours rather than get on a boat with a bunch of cruisers.

Disney and any amusement park is definitely not my cup of tea. Everything is always over priced and under delivering. It's crawling with jerks and either going to be ridiculously hot or pouring rain. So, I'm definitely looking forward to going to Busch Gardens Williamsburg this week since my wife is all-in on amusement parks.

Las Vegas... the first time I went it was amazing. Seeing everything for the first time was really cool. The second time, I was less excited. I started seeing the stuff you miss when you have stars in your eyes. The third time I went I didn't bother gambling, spent a miserable hour at a strip club my buddies wanted to go to, and decided I never need to go back there.

Not on the list: Honolulu. I spent a few weeks there every other year when I was a kid. Even back then it was nothing but sky scrapers and traffic. I haven't been in over a decade but I really have no desire to go back. If you've never been and you think Honolulu (or even Oahu in general) is some sort of relaxed paradise, you will probably be pretty disillusioned. Go to one of the other islands - unless you're on the east coast of the US, then you should go to the Caribbean instead - much closer.
 
2014-06-17 08:02:51 AM

Gulper Eel: Story Land or Santa's Village up in New Hampshire.


yessss.... totally equivalent to Disney. Take them once when they're little and cross it off forever.
 
2014-06-17 08:04:00 AM
 
2014-06-17 08:04:37 AM
98% of Las Vegas farking sucks. There, I said it.

/old Vegas is the only decent part
 
2014-06-17 08:06:13 AM

phamwaa: See Rock City! See Ruby Falls!

/See Ruby gets up again!


Came to add this.  Good call.
 
2014-06-17 08:06:24 AM
Need to add that stupid glass walkway over the Grand Canyon

Have not been, but almost all the reviews are bad.  I would rather see it for free and in it's natural state at one of the many overlooks and hiking trails.
 
2014-06-17 08:07:12 AM
And if you're thinking about purchasing a "specialty" cocktail to numb the pain of being at Disney World, you'll have to shell out $8.50 per drink.

Is this a lot? This is pretty much what I'd expect to spend for a cocktail in Seattle. It's a good bit cheaper than most places.
 
2014-06-17 08:07:42 AM

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


This, this and this.

If you're on a cruise that stops over there, stay on the ship and drink.
 
2014-06-17 08:07:42 AM
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?
 
2014-06-17 08:07:57 AM

MC Slim JB: Niagara Falls is pretty cool from the Canadian side.

The one they should have included was Plymouth Rock.


It's a rock. What did you expect?

Actually, it can also be one of these:

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2014-06-17 08:08:34 AM

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.
 
2014-06-17 08:10:22 AM
I had a blast in Vegas one of the days I was there.  We piled into a rental car, drove all the way down Las Vegas Blvd until it ended beside the interstate.
We came to a fork in the road:
To the left a paved road to a small collection of trailers.  Years later I found out that this is the closest legal brothel to Las Vegas and is pretty much there so hookers have a place to claim they work.  At the time we assumed it was a small town with a meth-based economy.  Both statements are probably true.

To the right, a nondescript dirt road leading out to the desert.

We turned right.  We saw the grand canyon, the hoover dam, and made it to California.  We were on dirt almost the entire time.  At one point the US Army turned us around and gave us a stern warning.

I assume we are no longer welcome at the Las Vegas Hertz Rental Cars.
 
2014-06-17 08:10:25 AM
No pyramids?


Total list fail.

If you have kids who are evenly passingly interested in Disney movies then the park kicks ass.
 
2014-06-17 08:10:29 AM
Subby's mom's bedroom surprisingly absent.
 
2014-06-17 08:11:11 AM

Elegy: 98% of Las Vegas farking sucks. There, I said it.

/old Vegas is the only decent part


The Secret Garden was pretty cool. Loved the dolphins.
 
2014-06-17 08:11:50 AM
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.
 
2014-06-17 08:14:23 AM
I gotta agree with them on Frankfurt. It was basically bombed flat during the war, so there's few historical buildings remaining and there's not much to see unless you're an accountant and want to tour the financial district. On the plus side the big hostel near the train station is exceptionally clean, safe, and well run and they do have a local apple cider called apfelwein which is awesome.

Better options that are not on every tourist's radar are Strasbourg and Frieburg. If you go to Strasbourg avoid the hostel on the Rhine outside of town: too remote and too sterile.
 
2014-06-17 08:15:28 AM

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)
 
2014-06-17 08:15:44 AM
Atlantic City should be on this list.  Take away the best parts of Vegas, add Jersey skank, and you've got AC.  Oh, the Casinos all smell like air freshener and loaded up Depends® .
 
2014-06-17 08:15:46 AM

bikerbob59: Subby's mom's bedroom surprisingly absent.


The author is cheap and you know subby's mom is cheap.
 
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