Maybe you’re touring the US as a citizen out to see your homeland. Or maybe you’re coming from afar to see what America has to offer. Either way, you probably want to make the most of your travels.
While some tourist spots across the country have become legendary landmarks that everyone should see, others are just disappointing tourist traps. Some are blatant attempts to make money, others are plain weird, but either way, they should be avoided at all costs.
Save your time, money, and sanity by skipping these 50 tourist traps.
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ALABAMA: Ave Maria Grotto
This miniature city was built out of cement and trash by brother Joseph (formerly Michael Zoettl), a hunchbacked Benedictine monk. The little village is often referred to as “Little Jerusalem,” and features 125 tiny religious statues, grottos, and holy locations.
It’s essentially a wacky, four acre holy shrine — you might be better off going to Legoland.
ALASKA: The North Pole
Did you really come this far, to one of the most beautiful, untouched, wild and untamed states, to see a fake little Christmas village?
On top of that, the North Pole is freezing in the winter, and actually really hot in the summer, and swarming with mosquitos.
ARIZONA: The Four Corners
Of course it sounds cool to technically be in New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah, all at the same time, but you’ll find yourself in the middle of nowhere, far away from anywhere you’d ever want to be, in a sweltering desert, and all you’ll have to show for it is a cheesy photo. EVEN BETTER, it’s really just a brass, CD-like disk that’s allegedly 1,800 feet from the actual intersection of those four states.