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Old 11-22-2016, 09:28 AM
 
Location: Upland, CA
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San Antonio was a huge yawn... the Alamo and Riverwalk is pretty much it.
I loved living in San Antonio, but, I never understood the huge tourist numbers there, I felt the same way.
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Old 11-22-2016, 02:25 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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San Francisco -- not sure what the big deal is.
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Old 11-23-2016, 11:46 AM
 
Location: Brew City
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We have friends who don't have kids and go every year. I'm dreading it when mine start begging to go lol. I wasn't a fan as a kid so I'm guessing it's not any better as an adult.
This past spring we asked our 4 and 6 year olds where they wanted to go for Spring Break. We begrudgingly offered to take them to Disney World. They said in unison "New York City!". I am so thankful to be raising these two.
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Old 12-03-2016, 03:56 AM
 
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There's of course a difference between overrated and bad. Places like Charleston WV, Augusta ME, Lansing MI, Concord NH, Dover DE, and Trenton NJ ranked pretty low on my experience meter, but there wasn't much expectation they'd be special, either. Though surprisingly each had at least one thing that proved worth seeing (state history museums at the first four, the Victrola Museum in Dover, the state capitol building in Trenton).

Overrated for me means disappointment. For me, Las Vegas heads the list: the casinos all look the same once you get inside (note that gambling holds no appeal for me) and are very smoky, the kitsch and glitz factor in architecture and decoration is very high, and there's almost nothing in terms of traditional attractions (and the two best museums seen at the time I visited, the Liberace Museum and Wynn art collection, are now closed).
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Old 12-03-2016, 10:58 AM
 
Location: Pure Michigan!
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Las Vegas for sure, but I'm also not a gambler. To me, it was just a cesspool of tourism combined with sleaze factor x 10. People driving 15 ft. billboards up and down the strip advertising hookers for sale is not my idea of a fun place, but to each their own.

I hate to say it, in light of their recent troubles, but Gatlinburg, TN is also not what it is cracked up to be. It's like you leave the splendor and serenity of the Great Smokys National Park only to suddenly find yourself in a mecca of wall to wall T-shirt shops, cheap motels, and cheesy attractions.

I also don't think Disney World is worth all the hype. It is super expensive and it's really just a glorified amusement park that is supposed to somehow be magical because it features Disney characters and is in Orlando. Orlando itself is not a very nice city, very congested, bland, and filled with chain restaurants and stores. Outside of Disney, Orlando is in no way a tourist attraction, it is just another sprawling sunbelt city.

We have been to Washington, D.C. once and the day we were there I was literally shocked at the condition of things. The famous reflecting pool at the base of the Washington Monument was slimy and had pieces of garbage (pop cans, cardboard boxes, etc.) sitting in it. Very, very disappointing. Most of D.C. was okay, except that there were also street vendors every several yards in front of the famous historical buildings. I guess one could look at it like this is the hallmark of a capitalistic society if one wanted to be optimistic. It really just felt cheap and cluttery.
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Old 12-03-2016, 01:59 PM
 
Location: Austin
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Overrated to me means the place has a reputation much better than how I would rate it. Here are some that fit my definition of overrated;

Las Vegas
San Francisco
New York City
Boston
Orlando
Paris
London
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Old 02-02-2017, 10:46 AM
 
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San Francisco newspaper warns people to watch where they step! hyperdermic needles and poop litter streets.

http://www.city-data.com/forum/46693029-post1.html
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Old 02-02-2017, 11:13 AM
 
Location: Upland, CA
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San Francisco newspaper warns people to watch where they step! hyperdermic needles and poop litter streets.

http://www.city-data.com/forum/46693029-post1.html
Was in San Fran in December, we really liked it but saw many needles and turds!
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Old 02-08-2017, 01:47 PM
 
Location: Eastern Oregon
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Seattle - the homeless population has gotten *much* worse in recent years. The city is in a gorgeous location, but the homeless and the trash that they leave behind really ruins the beauty of the city. Plus there is the never ending traffic.

Hawaii - it doesn't have anything that other places don't have.
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Old 02-08-2017, 02:27 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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Seattle - the homeless population has gotten *much* worse in recent years. The city is in a gorgeous location, but the homeless and the trash that they leave behind really ruins the beauty of the city. Plus there is the never ending traffic.

Hawaii - it doesn't have anything that other places don't have.
Seattle native and current resident here. True on all points, gorgeous but getting dirty and the traffic is a farkin nightmare.

If visiting for things outside the city, look west to the Kitsap Peninsula for access to Puget Sound, Hood Canal, and the Olympic National forest.

Walk on to the Bremerton Ferry and walk off right into downtown Seattle for the day.

This will save you lots of money, time, and irritation.
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