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Old 09-12-2014, 07:57 AM
 
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Old Orchard Beach, ME, the official beach of Quebec. Not only is there plenty of kitsch, it's American kitsch made in Asia and advertised in Quebecois.

If I can add the "most anticlimactic" attraction, that would be Plymouth Rock. My family took multiple trips to Cape Cod growing up, but my wife had never been. And she wanted to stop in Plymouth and see the rock. When we got there, she just looked at me and said, "You're kidding, right?"

What did she expect? A bigger rock?
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Old 09-12-2014, 07:57 AM
 
Location: Illinois
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I don't mind kitschy, but cheap-tacky and run down places just make me sad.

I took my kid to Cave City, Kentucky a few years ago to go to Mammoth Cave NP (which is amazing, btw) and while we were there we also visited Dinosaur World. Not terrible, but pretty run down and past it's prime. And the cartoon colored dinos were pretty tacky.

Kentucky
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Old 09-12-2014, 08:16 AM
 
Location: Broomfield, Colorado
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Can't forget Wall Drug, and their endless supply of tacky billboards which span for what seems like forever... including a billboard to tell us that they have a billboard in Kenya.
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Old 09-12-2014, 08:25 AM
 
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I don't mind kitschy, but cheap-tacky and run down places just make me sad.

I took my kid to Cave City, Kentucky a few years ago to go to Mammoth Cave NP (which is amazing, btw) and while we were there we also visited Dinosaur World. Not terrible, but pretty run down and past it's prime. And the cartoon colored dinos were pretty tacky.

Kentucky
Spot on!!

Was the shop that sells "soovineers" there, then? ha ha

I was just there on Tuesday. Im sure it hasnt changed a bit since you were. That mile or two has tacky 'o plenty!!! Im going to take a motorcycle trip there and stop at all the trinket places for my Christmas gifts
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Old 09-12-2014, 10:10 AM
 
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Also, any attraction where you are shoved in front of a camera and they try to sell you your picture is tacky.
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Old 09-12-2014, 10:17 AM
 
Location: SC
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South Of The Border, off I-95 in South Carolina (that's right, it's just south of the "border" with North Carolina. A former gas station and rest stop that became a kitschy Mexican-themed gas station and rest area with restaurants, trailer campground, gift shop, and motel. See the giant Sombrero Tower! Select from your choice of 50 different South Of The Border coffee mugs! Beware of tired grouchy kids and foul smelling rest rooms!
A long time ago, they used to have a policy of automatically slapping a bumper sticker on your car when you were looking. That long with the signs 300 miles away made the place seem like much more than it was.
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Old 09-12-2014, 10:24 AM
 
Location: SC
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There is a fish restaurant in Louisiana (near I-10), has multiple billboards from far away that advertise "The Best Seafood in Louisiana." You generally have to drive out of your way to get to a small corner diner with no pizzazz and food no better than "Cap't D's."
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Old 09-12-2014, 10:39 AM
 
Location: Long Island, NY
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HA HA !! I clicked on this thread when I saw it on the "recent activity" module, just to mention South of the Border, and your post was the first I saw!
Me too!
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Old 09-12-2014, 10:43 AM
 
Location: Myrtle Creek, Oregon
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I love cheese steaks and am far from fat. In fact my doctor made a comment about how she wished every patient my age was slim and fit like I am. That said, I can eat cheese steaks because I work out every day.
And you don't eat many of them. Make it a daily thing and you will pork up no matter how hard you work out.
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Old 09-12-2014, 11:16 AM
 
Location: Beautiful Niagara Falls ON.
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That's exactly the one I was going to name.

Not so much a tourist attraction, per se, but a tourist trap, all the same - the Iowa 80 truck stop in Walcott, Iowa.
My wife and I just love the Iowa 80. We stayed there many times when we were trucking. The truck museum is really great and free to boot. I used to sit around in the food court, eat junk food that is terrible for me and just watch the parade of interesting and weird people streaming by.

PS, Iowa is a beautiful state.
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