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Old 09-12-2014, 09:13 PM
 
Location: Cambridge, MA
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At least at one time, the Tiger Balm Gardens in Singapore had a pretty high ick factor.
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Old 09-12-2014, 10:58 PM
 
Location: Montana
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South of the Border is a good one but the signs are colorful along the highway :-) My entry is Natural Bridge in Virginia. It's not that the bridge is not pretty. It's the museum, gift shop/ amusement area on the property. 3D 'stuff' including 3D Jesus. At least that's how it was in the 80's when I was there. A friend and I were there for a conference and when we walked out of the building, we were speechless.
They've made Natural Bridge a lot better now. I went there in 2005 and while they did still have the light show, there was no more amusement park. It's more focused on historical aspects.
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Old 09-12-2014, 11:00 PM
 
Location: Montana
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Las Vegas, tacky tacky tacky and nasty nasty nasty.

Feel bad I spent more than a day there, will never go back
Loved Vegas when I went, and I didn't even gamble! Very kitschy and sloppy, but it kind of added to the appeal. If you go into the surrounding desert you won't be disappointed by natural landscape and beauty.
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Old 09-12-2014, 11:20 PM
 
Location: Montana
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I just visited this Summer and have to say that I think Orlando is not only tacky, but also gross. Firstly, the city is not geographically pretty. I mean, it was basically a big, marshy, flat piece of farmland at one point. The highways are always congested. Inside the city there is sort of a rule; The closer to Disney you get the worse it becomes. Waiting in the car for half an hour to go 2 blocks down the road is not out of the norm. Also, the sun just feels closer there. It blares in your face and reflects off of the flat pavement. Once you get out of the car you'll feel a sticky sheen of sweat go over you. And if you have a problem with foreigners then I wouldn't visit. There are tons of them around, from all walks of life. You will hear over 10 different languages in a day. I think they get drawn in by the allure of Disney or something.
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Old 09-13-2014, 12:58 AM
 
Location: University City, Philadelphia
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There was a theme park near my parents house in Winterhaven Florida called "Cypress Gardens" Going there was like being transported back to the 50s. I don't know if it qualifies as tacky or just extremely dated.
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Cypress Gardens falls in the category of Old Florida when people would actually go to smaller attractions as well as Disney/Universal/Busch Gardens. See also: the Weeki Watchee mermaids, Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park, Silver Springs, and Wakulla Springs.

Cypress Gardens hit hard times in the 90s, went through a series of owners in the 00s, including one point where Jeb! and state government used $11 million in Florida Forever funding to try to keep it going under new management as some sort of heritage site, and eventually got sold to Legoland, which has done its best to restore the core of the old botanical garden to its original glory as part of its overall plan for Legoland Florida, given many longtime Floridians an extra fondness for the Danish brickmakers.
I never thought of Cypress Gardens as being tacky per se.

There was acres of beautiful gardens and millions of flowers. It was spotlessly clean and well maintained. Oh, there were a few pretty young ladies dressed up as "southern belles" in ruffled wide hoop skirts strolling around with parasols, so I guess that might contribute to the "camp" factor.

In June I spent a week in St. Petersburg, FL and I actually enjoyed visiting The Sunken Gardens for a couple of hours. I understand it started out as a family-owned roadside attraction back in '40's and '50's, but you might say it qualifies as a real botanic garden and the trees, plants and flowers are labeled and informative. The gift shop was tacky in the extreme, though.
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Old 09-13-2014, 02:41 AM
 
Location: Portal to the Pacific
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Wall Drug!
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Old 09-13-2014, 02:45 AM
 
Location: Portal to the Pacific
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Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge Tennessee. I had first gone there years ago when they were fairly sleepy little towns at the entrance to the beautiful Smoky Mountains. Through the years, the tackiness quotient had increased, but it was tolerable, & enjoyable in a kitschy way.

We went back a couple of years ago--wow! Pigeon Forge has huge "theaters" lining the roads--HATFIELDS & MCCOYS!, LUMBERJACKS!, etc. And while Gatlinburg has has the ubiquitous Ripley's Museum for years, the town now seems to exist only for the purpose of selling nothing but FUDGE! & OLD TIMEY PHOTOS!. And the sidewalks are packed with hordes of fat, t-shirted zombies stumbling towards more Fudge Shoppes.

It was really sad. We couldn't get into the park fast enough!

OMG you aren't kidding about the hordes of fat people. Except for the lovely cabin we stayed in the fat people was my only lasting memory of that area.
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Old 09-13-2014, 06:14 AM
 
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And you missed one of the most beautiful buildings in the world. It's very hard to describe the breathtaking experience of seeing the Taj Mahal without having been there in person. Tacky? I think not.

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If lots of people do or see one specific thing in a popular city or location I do my best to avoid it unless I feel like I absolutely need to experience it. For example, I practically went right by Agra on a trip to India without stopping for for the Taj Mahal.
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Old 09-13-2014, 06:15 AM
 
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Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt.

The Red Sea is wonderful. A beautiful deep shade of pure blue, and the diving and snorkeling is amazing. But the commercial centers were nothing more than endless rows of cheap outdoor bars catering to mass market Russian and European tourists. Talk about bling bling and tattoos galore.
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Old 09-13-2014, 08:39 AM
 
Location: Way Up North
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I visited Central City, CO once. It is about 40 miles west of Denver, up in the mountains. Central City is an old gold rush town, and the entire downtown area is designed like old fashioned saloons (with casinos and restaurants in them). There were even slot machines outside. The sidewalks were actually boardwalks to keep the flavor of the old gold rush days. Two cowboys came out in the middle of the street and held a mock gun fight. There are only about 600 actual residents. It was interesting to see. We played the slot machines a little and had a nice meal, but it was really an over-the-top gold rush city.
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