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2014-06-17 07:54:10 AM
5 votes:
"I don't know how to have fun and no one else should either"
2014-06-17 08:07:12 AM
4 votes:
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 08:04:37 AM
3 votes:
98% of Las Vegas farking sucks. There, I said it.

/old Vegas is the only decent part
2014-06-17 07:49:22 AM
3 votes:
Most people don't vacation to relax or enjoy themselves. They just want pictures to prove they were there.
2014-06-17 08:58:08 AM
2 votes:
Any place that requires you to spend more time waiting than you will enjoying what you just waited for, is not worth it.  Vacation time is precious, especially for Americans.  Not like those Euros that have a holiday every other week.
2014-06-17 08:38:32 AM
2 votes:

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 08:37:37 AM
2 votes:
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 08:10:25 AM
2 votes:
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 08:10:22 AM
2 votes:
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 08:07:42 AM
2 votes:
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 07:49:45 AM
2 votes:
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 08:27:15 PM
1 votes:

MBooda: ds_4815: Epcot's dining selection is farking great

Which planet's Epcot are you talking about now?

[www.disneyfoodblog.com image 500x375]


I ate at an excellent Mexican place there. You want to get the good food at Disney, you don't eat at the walkup food stands.
2014-06-17 03:42:44 PM
1 votes:
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 01:58:34 PM
1 votes:
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 01:29:58 PM
1 votes:

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 12:24:32 PM
1 votes:
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 11:16:18 AM
1 votes:

mbillips: 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.


If you go to Vegas only for gambling, then yes, you suck and your trip sucks.

I was there for 4 days on a business trip. I spent 6 hours each day doing business stuff, 4-6 hours sleeping, and the rest of the time sightseeing, attending the live shows, and having fun. I spent 1 whole hour the entire trip gambling, and that was just to pass the time until the next show i wanted to see. Won $200 in the process.

I still didn't get to do half the things I wanted to do.

/Will be going back someday, when I can afford a trip on my own
2014-06-17 11:12:54 AM
1 votes:

APO_Buddha: So anyone ever been to Stuttgart, Germany?  I'm going to visit some friends for 8 days at the end of September.  It is during Oktoberfest, but I want to do some other things besides drinking beer.

/Don't worry Farkers, beer drinking will still happen


Stuttgart has a very decent art museum with a huge collection of Otto Dix who became famous for his brutal depiction of WW1. If you are into German History the "Haus der Geschichte Baden-Württembergs" is cool, but ... in German. Very nice exhibits on their democratic revolution of 1848 that was crushed (notable refugee from that time: later Secretary of the Interior Karl Schurz). Around the corner is Ludwigsburg with a nice baroque residence and a huge park and a kind of German "Disney Land" of the 50ies that depicts fairy tales from the "Brothers Grimm" (but be warned: it *is* 50ies and for children but not without charm and the admission is included in the park fee). The Zoo (Wilhelma) is very good. You can easily spend an entire day there. Also, Stuttgart is known for modern architecture, the most famous example (besides the train station from the 20ies), is the Weißenhof Siedlung with "model housing" from the 20ies.All the big shots of the time created their model house, a guided tour is possible and recommended.

If you want to eat like a native: Go to the "Kiste", small restaurant/pub with good Spätzle. Drink Trollinger or Lemberger (red wine) or a local beer. The one from the Stuttgarter Oktoberfest is actually quite tasty. If you want to have a look at German students: Visit the "Fischlabor" in the Feuerbacher Straße (?), that's how people try to be hip in rather staid Southern Germany. In Degerloch (sub urb) is a rather famous musical stage, but I am not into this kind of entertainment and can't comment!

For a nice scenery: Try the Killesberg. And as mentioned, there is a Porsche Museum and a Mercedes Museum.
2014-06-17 10:52:43 AM
1 votes:

DrPainMD: List fails without Bourbon Street. Yeah, the bars are cool, but they're crowded. The food is awesome, but the entire French Quarter smells like fermenting vomit and rotting urine. And check for an adam's apple on that hot chick who wants to blow you.


Why would you do that?  Don't ask questions you don't want the answer to.
2014-06-17 10:51:11 AM
1 votes:
What you think the casino will be like....

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What the casino is actually like....

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2014-06-17 09:48:47 AM
1 votes:
List fails without Bourbon Street. Yeah, the bars are cool, but they're crowded. The food is awesome, but the entire French Quarter smells like fermenting vomit and rotting urine. And check for an adam's apple on that hot chick who wants to blow you.
2014-06-17 09:32:18 AM
1 votes:

bark_atda_moon:  I have been to Houston and Galveston.  Galveston is only interesting because a lot of houses are built on stilts.


Don't forget, Galveston also has a mud beach that is usually covered by forty yards of seaweed.
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Not much of a beach.  Just where the ocean meets the land.

This, dear reader, is a beach
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Destin, Florida
\sugar white sand, blue-green waters
\\pretty busy during the summer months
\\\head there in the off-season
\\\\or, keep heading east
\\not as far as Panama City, though
// slashies are to commemorate the anniversary of the slow white Bronco ride
2014-06-17 09:22:33 AM
1 votes:

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

This.  I guess I'm kind of weird like this, but part of what I enjoy most is just seeing how people in far-off lands live.  I've been to Paris, and did the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Sacre Coeur, etc, but I think the part I enjoyed most was just wandering around the city and seeing the everyday things that Parisians do.  Same is true of London (didn't go to South London though), Munich, Edinburgh, etc.  One thing that I enjoy doing that I doubt anyone else does is just visiting foreign supermarkets - I *love* the little freewheeling buggies they have in many English supermarkets that just don't seem to exist in the U.S.. :-)

There are certainly entertaining things to do and see that are marketed towards tourists in every place, but it's fascinating to see how those who live there just go about their lives, and it really doesn't cost anything but your time.


I love going to the supermarket in Europe.  The prices are super-cheap and often the quality of meat and cheese is outstanding compared to what we're used to in an average supermarket.  I've gotten bread, cured meats, and cheese and lived off of that for several days.  It's a great way to eat cheap abroad.  That and the booze is so cheap too.
2014-06-17 09:18:32 AM
1 votes:
If you don't like to Play, don't friggin' go to Vegas! I've gone 2x a year for the last 10yrs and will be there again next month. Never seen a Show or anything like that, not interested. Grand Canyon? You fly over it on the way in, it's a big Hole in the ground. I've seen Quarries before Big Whoop! Since my 2nd trip out I always get a car and spend all day either Downtown or at different Off-Strip casinos where the table minimums are lower and the buffets are almost 1/2 of what the Tourists pay stuck on the strip. That's where you find the people that are here To play. 1st time I sat at a table for like 4hrs and commented that I just Had to get up, an older woman called me a Rookie! Damn! Players know what the odds are on a given game, we take a certain Bankroll for those activities. It's Adult Entertainment with a cost like any other, you have a Win Goal and a Loss Limit. Simple. I sunk my money into a Boat once, never do that again. I still have Fun Gambling in LV and an occasional drive up to AC for a couple days. I don't gamble at home, no desire to. Going Away to Stay and Play is the whole thing.
2014-06-17 08:58:04 AM
1 votes:

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.


yup. there aren't enough words to explain how much better the big island is

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WhiskeyBoy: But all the real fun Vegas has to offer is NOT on the strip.


i dunno, it's pretty fun to get crunk, play war at the wynn, and go to hash house a go go and eat till you pass out
2014-06-17 08:55:44 AM
1 votes:
Can we add the New Orlean's French Quarter and the whole of Cancun to that list?
2014-06-17 08:38:18 AM
1 votes:
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 08:34:20 AM
1 votes:

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 08:33:18 AM
1 votes:
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 08:32:50 AM
1 votes:
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 08:25:33 AM
1 votes:
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 08:20:57 AM
1 votes:

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 08:18:34 AM
1 votes:
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 08:18:00 AM
1 votes:

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 08:16:25 AM
1 votes:

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 08:15:44 AM
1 votes:
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 08:15:28 AM
1 votes:

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 08:11:50 AM
1 votes:
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 08:08:34 AM
1 votes:

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 08:02:48 AM
1 votes:
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 07:56:59 AM
1 votes:
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 07:55:58 AM
1 votes:
Look for this then avoid

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2014-06-17 07:48:56 AM
1 votes:
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 07:47:42 AM
1 votes:
Tourist traps are expensive and crowded with tourists? You don't say!
 
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