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Old 09-10-2014, 07:26 AM
 
Location: League City, Texas
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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!
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Old 09-10-2014, 07:58 AM
 
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Sometimes tacky is fun - The Roswell "International UFO Museum and Research Center". Tacky to the extreme, including life-size plastic aliens and space ships. The fact that it uses "research center" to try to legitimize the seriousness of the place is all too funny.

Sometimes tacky is just sad - just about any carribean island port stop on the cruise circuit (virgin islands, Nassau, Jamaica) are about as tacky as can be - plastic, fake, full of t-shirt shops. Very sad when these cruisers are under the illusion that they are traveling to see other cultures.
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Old 09-10-2014, 07:58 AM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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We ended up spending the night in Las Vegas last year because we were catching an early flight back home the next morning following a Grand Canyon/Zion NP trip, and as we were walking the Strip, we were discussing that it wasn't nearly as tacky as we'd feared it would be. Even the horribly overpriced adult novelty kit in our room at the MGM Grand was more reserved than we would have expected. I guess in the end, the town is fundamentally geared toward the middle aged, middle income convention crowd and has thus been made a bit bland.

But then I live 50 miles west of Panama City Beach, so my standards for tacky are pretty high (low?) in that regard.

Not sure how it is today, but 20 years ago, I thought the town of Deadwood was a lot tackier than Wall Drugs when a trip took me through that part of the country.
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Old 09-10-2014, 07:59 AM
 
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
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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!
Hmm I have wanted to visit, never got there and now I don't think I will
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Old 09-10-2014, 08:07 AM
 
Location: IL
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I have come to appreciate tackiness. Don't get me wrong, the stuff is ridiculous, but for a small part of a day, I can appreciate the chessiness of some of these places. I grew up visiting Wisconsin Dells, which has a natural appeal outside of the main strip, but the strip is full of the usual tackiness...wax museum, old time photos (which I want to get with my kids for the chessy memory), hundreds of t shirt shops, etc.
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Old 09-10-2014, 08:11 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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4 Corners
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Old 09-10-2014, 08:27 AM
 
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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
Lol, I have never been to Vegas for that very reason, I feel it is beyond tacky & I just have no interest in visiting ever. I can't really think of a tacky tourist place I've been recently, I don't do the tourist thing. I guess I'd have to go with the Wisconsin Dells which I haven't been to since probably middle or high school. Just awful place.
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Old 09-10-2014, 08:29 AM
 
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Niagra Falls has got to be up there somewhere.

Casa De Fruita, in California on the road between San Jose and LA is similar to South of the Border.
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Old 09-10-2014, 08:41 AM
 
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huh, 4 corners tacky? Are you kidding? It's a geographical beautiful and natural spot, iconic. Mother Nature doesn't do "tacky"...
Perhaps you mean the indian and western shops adjacent to it.
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Old 09-10-2014, 08:43 AM
 
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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!
I grew up in the early 1970s about 25 miles from South of the Border. As a little kid, I loved the billboards I saw as we traveled all around NC ("Chili today, hot tamale!"). But my father never took us there! He refused on the principle of it being such a tacky place. We'd drive to the beach and pass it, we kids looking forlornly as we went by.

Since '76 I've lived near Washington DC, and over the years have driven by SoB on the way to points further south, but never stopped. "I'm keeping the family tradition!" I'd think. But now my kid really wants to go (we last went by on driving to Florida) and I think why the heck didn't I just stop into it one of those times? Now I might have to make up a reason to go back down that way!

Tacky places I've been to:

Fields of the Woods Bible Park, Murphy, NC. I visited probably late 1970s, extremely tacky and boring for a teenager (as I was then) and probably any age. It's hard to imagine any parents enthusiastically declaring, "hey kids, pack up the car, we're going to Fields of the Woods!"

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And in Thailand, I was on a package tour where they decided what we visited, and one of the stops was "Mini Siam/Mini Europe", a park (not free) with miniatures of famous buildings and monuments from around the world. I remember being bored out of my skull. I guess if you never had the opportunity to go see the real thing it could be entertaining to walk around a model of the leaning tower of Pisa, but the whole thing seemed insipid to me.

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