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Old 05-25-2012, 02:53 PM
 
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Pegion Forge...is a tourist trap, Gatlinburg too, but not as bad, I was disapointed in some parts of Charleston.
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Old 05-25-2012, 03:03 PM
 
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The constant highway signs in the original post remind of the Wall Drug in South Dakota-- signs all over I-90.

If you travel to Alaska's interior, you'll see a ton of gold panning tourist traps.
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Old 05-25-2012, 03:33 PM
 
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As is the "Redneck Riviera" on the Florida panhandle Gulf Coast. I can't think of a worse place to hang out than Panama City. It's just....tawdry.
There is a lot more to the Panhandle than Panama City.
Grayton Beach (Nice Dogs Strange People) is between Destin and Panama City and is pretty nice, as is much of So. Walton County.
But all you really need to do is head eastward to the Forgotten Coast. St Joe Beach, Port St Joe, Cape San Blas, Apalachicola....It's Old Florida, not too many amenities, but it is a lot more palatable. You get the clear water and sugar sand beaches without the honky-tonk and drunken college kids.

I think one of the most memorable tourist traps we ever visited was the Mystery Spot near Santa Cruz, California. It was completely bogus, but very well done.
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Old 05-26-2012, 02:33 PM
 
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What exactly defines a "tourist trap?" To me, there has to be something there of value or benefit, otherwise no one would stop. Wall Drug started with free water and penny donuts, so they say. It was a business venture that has morphed into what it is today, a business venture.

I've been to Gatlinburg, Rock City, John's Pass (near St. Petersburg). They are all just places where tourist congregate for the sights, be it overlooks or the beach, or maybe even just the proximity to something else. It isn't shocking that some of these places will charge, or that small businesses will pop up. To me, even Yellowstone NP is a tourist trap.
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Old 05-26-2012, 04:53 PM
 
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The constant highway signs in the original post remind of the Wall Drug in South Dakota-- signs all over I-90.
Last time I was at Wall Drug, they still had 5-cent cups of coffee. Worth the stop, tourist trap or not.
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Old 05-26-2012, 05:53 PM
 
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What exactly defines a "tourist trap?" To me, there has to be something there of value or benefit, otherwise no one would stop. Wall Drug started with free water and penny donuts, so they say. It was a business venture that has morphed into what it is today, a business venture.

... To me, even Yellowstone NP is a tourist trap.
I guess "tourist trap" means different things to different people. To me, there need NOT be anything of value or benefit to see, but the advertising lures you there to spend money. We generally call all souvenir shops tourist traps but would expand the term to include other man-made spots that entice tourists to stop and spend their money foolishly.

To me Wall Drug is a perfect example of a good tourist trap. They have road signs all over the world. I recall seeing one in the Yukon nearly 50 years ago. Crossing I-90 you're bombarded by them, to the point that you just HAVE to stop. The good thing about Wall Drug is that it needn't cost you a cent, but once you're there you're almost certain to buy something, be it food and drink, clothing or a souvenir. They actually have nice selections of certain items. I've bought Black Hills Gold jewelry there that I couldn't find elsewhere, a couple wallets, Levi's and just junk souvenirs. When my wife and I were married a decade ago, we made it a point to stop there on the way home to get "free breakfast rolls for newlyweds." I call it the grand-daddy of all tourist traps. I think it's a must-see!

The Mystery Spot.
I've been there! They're all over the country. I also went to the similar COSMOS in the Black Hills. No, I wasn't so enamored by the first one that I wanted to go to another. I happened to be with different people who insisted on stopping at both. I wasn't too impressed, but neither of them were particularly expensive and both were fun, short breaks from driving. Just don't take them seriously, as many do.

I would never consider Yellowstone Nat'l Park a tourist trap, although some of the gift shops in the park could be. The park itself is a natural wonder. The cost to enter it doesn't come close to the cost of maintaining its roads and trails and paying for rangers, etc. In fact, if you're over 62 and get your free "senior pass", entry to all national parks is free.
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Old 05-27-2012, 06:21 AM
 
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As is the "Redneck Riviera" on the Florida panhandle Gulf Coast. I can't think of a worse place to hang out than Panama City. It's just....tawdry.

Its getting bad. I travel frequently on business and PCB is one of my least favorite destinations. Used to be it was quiet for 10 months out of the year but now its starting to get crowded. Remember, Panama City and Panama City Beach are two different places. The Beach side isnt bad, but Everything East of the Hathaway bridge is run down and property values are falling. Graffiti is starting to show up and there are alot of boarded up commercial buildings. Population is primarily retirees, min wage workers and they also have a large welfare class. Military population has declined in the last few years and decent jobs are few and far between. A visit to PCB is alot of fun, great place to visit, but east of the bridge is a run down trailer park. Red Neck Riviera fits.
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Old 05-27-2012, 09:35 AM
 
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Parking fees are usually a tip-off about tourist traps. I was just reading about the Roaring Camp Railroad in Santa Cruz CA, they charge 12 bucks to park for a few hours. That smells like a tourist trap to me.
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Old 05-27-2012, 12:15 PM
 
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The World's Largest Prairie Dog!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Don't miss it!!!!!!!!!!!

In Western Kansas off of I-70. You see the signs for miles and miles.


http://s2.hubimg.com/u/1099345_f520.jpg

And here it is.....The Largest Prairie Dog:

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-5qSynaZG9s...0/IMG_6398.jpg

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Old 05-27-2012, 01:37 PM
 
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The World's Largest Prairie Dog!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Don't miss it!!!!!!!!!!!

In Western Kansas off of I-70. You see the signs for miles and miles.


http://s2.hubimg.com/u/1099345_f520.jpg

And here it is.....The Largest Prairie Dog:

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-5qSynaZG9s...0/IMG_6398.jpg


Now...that's cheesy. REALLY cheesy.

It's almost as bad as "The World's Largest Peanut" in Durant, OK. Don't bother looking for it. (It's on the grounds of City Hall).
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