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Old 09-10-2014, 08:47 AM
 
Location: Myrtle Creek, Oregon
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Possibly tackier: the Boardwalk in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Lots of grossly overweight people in skimpy bathing attire, salt water taffy shops, kitschy souvenir stands, Philly cheesesteak sandwich joints, and Chinese foot massage parlors!
Philly cheese steak sandwiches and fat folks kind of go together, don't they?
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Old 09-10-2014, 08:48 AM
 
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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!
When I visited the Canadian side of Niagara Falls, it reminded me some of Gatlinburg. I, too, went through Gatlinburg several times many years ago and agree with your assessment. I remember when people would feed bears in the parking lots in the Smoky Mountain park!

Even in Thailand I ran across places with the similar types of businesses - I groaned when I saw a Ripley's Believe it or Not billboard over there!
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Old 09-10-2014, 08:54 AM
 
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Niagara Falls (Canadian Side). As a Canadian, that place is ugly as sin.
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Old 09-10-2014, 09:56 AM
 
Location: Retired in Malibu/La Quinta/Flagstaff
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Las Vegas = Disneyland with slot machines. Back in the day, Vegas had class and attracted people with class. Now, the dress code is tank tops, shorts, and flip-flops. Inhabited by low-lifes.

Wisconsin Dells. I was there in June and just drove through. I laughed the entire time. The epitome of kitsch.
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Old 09-10-2014, 10:12 AM
 
Location: Washington, DC
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Venice. Dirty, nasty, awful smelling, dilapidated and overcrowded city. Rotten fish, dirt and trash everywhere.
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  1. showing poor taste and quality.
Venice Italy is not tacky.

So much of America is explicitly tacky, I won't offer anything. For me it's more challenging to come up with international attractions that are tacky, here's trying:

* Many of the small town ski resorts in Austria are very tacky, kinda sweet but tacky.
* Lots of hotels whether US-based or not are tacky everywhere.
* Lots of the "structures and hoopla" around historic sites in Europe are really tacky, not the sites themselves.
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Old 09-10-2014, 10:31 AM
 
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Wisconsin Dells. I was there in June and just drove through. I laughed the entire time. The epitome of kitsch.

It totally is, but I love it in some ways. It can be a blast in the right frame of mind.

House on the Rock is kind of tacky, but it is meant to be. It is fun/cool tacky.
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Old 09-10-2014, 10:38 AM
 
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It totally is, but I love it in some ways. It can be a blast in the right frame of mind.

House on the Rock is kind of tacky, but it is meant to be. It is fun/cool tacky.
Do not smoke herbage & then tour House on the Rock. I repeat, do not smoke the herbage beforehand. That was the scariest, most claustrophobic, most fear of heights experience I had in a looooong time. And it lasted the entire tour into the drive home.
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Old 09-10-2014, 10:43 AM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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I'm surprised no one's mentioned Branson yet. I guess we've all worked hard to wipe the Yakhoff Smirnov Theater out of our conscious collective memory.
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Old 09-10-2014, 10:56 AM
 
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Do not smoke herbage & then tour House on the Rock. I repeat, do not smoke the herbage beforehand. That was the scariest, most claustrophobic, most fear of heights experience I had in a looooong time. And it lasted the entire tour into the drive home.

Oh no, that makes it good. Or mushrooms.

Gel caps were NOT the way to go.

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I'm surprised no one's mentioned Branson yet. I guess we've all worked hard to wipe the Yakhoff Smirnov Theater out of our conscious collective memory.

Branson was mentioned up there, and totally agreed. Tacky. Had a little fun in Silver Dollar City.
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Old 09-10-2014, 11:18 AM
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South Of The Border
Wow, this was the first thing I thought of too when I saw the title of this thread. I had the misfortune of stopping by there when my wife kept asking what those signs were about, and our friend who was driving misunderstood and thought that she wanted to go there for lunch.
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