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Old 09-10-2014, 01:30 AM
 
Location: America
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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
This is a good one. I lived in this crap hole for two years. I was so excited the day I left. I'll always have to go back though because, for some reason, almost my entire family migrated there. That place is a disgusting rat hole second only to:

NYC. Trash everywhere. Exhaust pollution. Stench coming from the sewers. A god awful annoying accent. A woman could be one of the prettiest in the world but if she starts talking with that NYC/Jersey Shore accent I'm either running or looking around for duck tape. xD
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Old 09-10-2014, 02:10 AM
 
Location: San Francisco
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Here's another vote for Wall Drug.
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Old 09-10-2014, 03:07 AM
 
Location: Lake Oswego, Manhattan, Aspen
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The Castle at Raymond, Mississippi. The place is straight out of FLESH GORDON. http://static.auctionservices.com/im...3300_large.JPG I can't tell you the circumstances under which we were lured there, many years ago (I have a jaw-droppingy hot husband, and people have tried for decades, to get us "involved", or at least exploit us for some voyeuristic thrills starring my DH). But before they made The Castle "tasteful", the place was the fantasy project of a mysterious, now-deceased character we're told made his money running guns into Central America (but for all I know, he could actually have made his moola tending vending machines at state fairs). http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/g...as264Small.jpg

Okay... somebody said they wanted to sell us a Ferrari for cheap. But we were Volvo People. And teetotaling Vegans like us are not the sort of folk given to "trying-out" the "Mexican Bordello Room" at the other end of the secret tunnel from the garage. Nor were we likely to get "loosened-up" by proffered wines from behind the mirrored doors in the sixteen-sided basement "wine room" (beneath the Pseudo-Arthurian 'Round Table' round Dining Room, beneath the round-bedded Master Bedroom in the Big Round Tower... So, I guess we wasted somebody's afternoon, all those many years ago...

Stone gargoyles surely still peer into windows in the main Wedding Chapel. And, at one time, a two-storey 'cantina theatre' http://bridepopmississippi.com/wp-co...Clemmer-04.jpg had a balcony above the stage, where a special girlfriend was said to enjoy playing Rapunzel... to be rescued by various strapping young men. I have no idea whether or not clothing was involved while the rescuing was going on. But that mysterious question certainly adds to the value of the venue. Heck!: the mystique from times past adds a lot of value to the place. It's like the old hotel in The Shining: the past is the primary attraction.

Today, The Castle is used for perfectly respectable weddings. http://vaneshaphotoblog.com/wp-conte...fdrwed-153.jpg And I hear a lady who'd restored a lovely antebellum mansion was hired to oust the Coney Island King Arthur kitsch and upgrade the aesthetics to what apparently amount to a high degree of actual elegance and tastefulness. Pity. I guess this means the round master bed in one of the tower rooms, and the Larry-Flynt-style bank-vault-bedroom-door, are now gone. But 'back in the day', The Castle was reputed to be the scene of the kind of parties preferred by Copperhead Road types and career mercenaries. Lots of two-way mirrors, secret passages, secret tunnels, reputed orgy rooms... ...and a sound studio (Why does every house like this inevitably have a sound studio?) As the Original Owner left it, The Castle was sort of a White Trash Xanadu http://bridepopmississippi.com/wp-co...Clemmer-06.jpg - complete with those gargoyle street lamps you always wondered who would buy.

And yes: those big onion dome thingies on the gateposts do (or did) glow red at night.

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Old 09-10-2014, 04:58 AM
 
Location: Groningen, Netherlands
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Venice. Dirty, nasty, awful smelling, dilapidated and overcrowded city. Rotten fish, dirt and trash everywhere.
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Old 09-10-2014, 05:08 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in America
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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!
HA I was going to say South of the Border. You'd think with 8,345,215 billboards for the thing that they would clean it up at least a little. It's funny because 25 years ago it didn't look like a complete rat hole. Apparently, it took that long for the rats to take over!
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Old 09-10-2014, 05:12 AM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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Tijuana Mexico; Ghetto
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Old 09-10-2014, 05:13 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in America
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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.
Do you mean the wax museum? I was there a couple of years ago and didn't see anything 3D except for the wax figures in the museum. It's still a rather odd place! the bridge is pretty cool, but the rest is just weird.


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The tackiest tourist destination I saw was the section in the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles with the pilgrims settlers..
Pilgrims in LA?
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Old 09-10-2014, 05:32 AM
 
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In no particular order...

South of the Border
The Las Vegas Strip (I do like a nice dinner and Cirque Du Soleil for a night though)
The guys dressed like Roman Centurions outside the Forum/Colosseum charging ridiculous prices to get their photo taken
Any "authentic" luau type dinner in Hawaii, French Polynesia, etc.
The Geyser in Calistoga
Atlantic City--no redeeming qualities at all
Any Six-Flags amusement park


While I wouldn't consider them "tacky," I agree that Venice and Tijuana aren't really places I want to rush back to.
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Old 09-10-2014, 05:44 AM
 
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
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What is the TACKIEST tourist attraction and/or vacation destination you ever had the misfortune to experience?

This may include over-rated and over-hyped places. Or places that have become run down dives. Or places that are just plain silly.

I want to hear your opinions and experiences!

I'll start:

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!
LOL....I do agree

On a trip to San Diego I said to hubby we are so close why not check out Tijuana Mexico. HUGE mistake. Disgusting. Was easy getting in but took FOREVER to cross back into the US.


All though not "tacky" one of the most over rated, over hyped, expensive places on the planet I've been too was Aruba...will never return
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Old 09-10-2014, 07:23 AM
 
Location: USA
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Most of Branson, Missouri is pretty tacky.
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