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Old 10-16-2014, 02:36 PM
 
Location: Orange County, CA
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1) Yosemite national park. So overrated. I can name half a dozen NPs that are much more beautiful. Yosemite is underwhelming. Quite.
Concur. Would rather spend one day in Yellowstone than five in Yosemite.
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Old 10-16-2014, 02:48 PM
 
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As a resident of a tourist destination, sometimes it's impossible for a destination to live up to expectations.
really depending on your expectation.

Cities like Edinburgh, Istanbul and Kyoto exceeded my expectations. Cities like Paris, London and Tokyo met my expectation. Other like Rome, Bangkok, San Francisco, Buenos Aires and Berlin didn't meet my expectation.

Not meeting expectation doesn't mean it is bad. It often means it doesn't live up to the hype.
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Old 10-16-2014, 02:51 PM
 
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I'm sure it's the same in Paris, Rome and the rest of the destination locations on the planet.
While Paris has a lot of tourists, its economy is not dependant on tourism.
It is just few percent of the economy. (Paris wouldn't have a $800 billion economy if it was only for tourism)
Corporate business, banking, finance... are a much more important sector of the economy.
Note that the tourism in Paris is not just people taking pictures of the Eiffel tower or visiting the Louvre, there are a lot of business vistors.
September and October are the busiest months in Paris for hotels while July and August are low season.
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Old 10-16-2014, 02:56 PM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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I like Orlando. It's a pretty interesting mid-sized city with some good museums and diverse shopping areas, and makes for a nice long weekend trip. You just have to get away from the tourist corral- the theme park-airport triangle and venture north of downtown toward Winter Park, Lake Eola, College Park, Little Vietnam etc.
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Old 10-16-2014, 03:12 PM
 
Location: Northern Ireland
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Orlando Florida
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Old 10-16-2014, 03:14 PM
 
Location: Northern Ireland
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Also Tenerife! An awful awful rocky island with nothing to do.
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Old 10-16-2014, 04:20 PM
 
Location: Seal Rock
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I'll second that, especially the BS bit.

Now I'm not the greatest fan of Stonehenge- it's fairly local to me and I prefer other ancient sites none too far from there- but to say that they had the audacity to build it ninety miles from London!

Perhaps they didn't have American tourists in mind when it was created.
Reminds me of the person complaining about Windsor Castle being built too close to the airport. I like Stonehenge a lot, especially since they got rid of the road (A360?) going past it. I find the whole Avebury, Silbury Hill, West Kennett complex a lot more interesting though.
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Old 10-16-2014, 04:57 PM
 
Location: The Great West
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I know. What's not to like? What an impressive skyline:
Lol...Toledo, Spain actually has a street called "Toledo de Ohio" in the medieval walled part.


http://www.travelsignposts.com/desti...g?m=1367129423

That's pride right there

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I wish everyone other than me disliked Yosemite the way people in this thread do so it wouldn't be crowded every summer when I go
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Old 10-16-2014, 05:01 PM
 
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Puerto Vallarta Mexico

Not a darned thing to do there but dodge vendors who follow you all over the beach!
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Old 10-16-2014, 05:23 PM
 
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How has no one mentioned Hollywood?

I remember going to the "Walk of Fame" when I was a teen, thought it was going to be glamerous. It was just a bunch of tattoo shops and homeless people along a dirty sidewalk...
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