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Old 04-16-2010, 05:46 PM
 
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Some of the most disappointing places I've visited is where my expectations grew wildly out of proportion, from reading all the great raves about a certain place, seeing all the pictures. The longer I waited to finally see these particular places, I was oftentimes letdown when I finally visited there.
And, God forbid, if you should arrive there on a rainy day or it's cold, cloudy and windy. That happened to me when I first went to Rome, Paris, Amsterdam and London.

Yet, at the same time, I've stumbled upon cities, areas where I hadn't researched, perhaps read of very bad reviews of the place, or just went there out of curiosity, and was bowled over. Eamples: Kathmandu, Tegucigalpa, Honduras, La Paz, Bolivia.

Even if you went to San Francisco the first time, and you picked a time when it was unusually rainy, cloudy, cold, you might very well change your flight reservations and hightail it out of there, never to return.

Glad you mentioned how much weather can affect ones preception of a city.

I found that out when checking out places for retirement/relocation in the south ( US)

I would take notes and rate them, then realized they were getting a lower grade because the weather on the 2 days we were there wasn't the greatest.

Maybe not for everyone, but for me the weather can affect my perception.
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Old 04-16-2010, 07:26 PM
 
Location: Jersey to South FL back to Jersey
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Southern California - including LA, Hollywood and Orange County.
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Old 04-16-2010, 08:45 PM
 
Location: Jonquil City (aka Smyrna) Georgia- by Atlanta
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[quote=KevK;13712025]For me it was Raleigh North Carolina. It sucks.

KevK, did you visit the N.C. Science Museum, beside the state capitol in Raleigh? It's considered the best science museum in the southeast, and has free admission, and free parking. The Raleigh-Durham metro area is one of the highest-educated in the USA. The suburb of Cary, NC is headquarters to the nation's largest privately-owned software company (SAS), has a high quality of life, and had its own special article in National Geographic magazine, several years ago.
No. Went there for a job interview. The town had no character, nothing to do- not even what you would call a downtown there. It just bored me and I was glad to get the hell outta there. I have been other places in NC that are much nicer.
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Old 04-18-2010, 01:47 PM
 
Location: Aurora, Colorado
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Miami.

I had visions of all of these pastel buildings, beautiful people, tropical plants everywhere and being able to walk for miles along the beach.

The reality was that it was full of strip malls, homeless people, very old people with skin that could be used as a cautionary tale for sunscreen, and a few pastel buildings. We were there for 4 days and after our first night of "clubbing", we started looking forward to going home. There were lots of fights, the streets felt dangerous, the traffic was insane, there was so much cocaine being done in the bathrooms it was alarming. We finally checked out early and went to the Keys and it made up for our disappointment in Miami.
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Old 04-18-2010, 01:57 PM
 
Location: Jonquil City (aka Smyrna) Georgia- by Atlanta
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Miami.

I had visions of all of these pastel buildings, beautiful people, tropical plants everywhere and being able to walk for miles along the beach.

The reality was that it was full of strip malls, homeless people, very old people with skin that could be used as a cautionary tale for sunscreen, and a few pastel buildings. We were there for 4 days and after our first night of "clubbing", we started looking forward to going home. There were lots of fights, the streets felt dangerous, the traffic was insane, there was so much cocaine being done in the bathrooms it was alarming. We finally checked out early and went to the Keys and it made up for our disappointment in Miami.
You must have been in Miami proper. Next time go to Miami Beach.
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Old 04-18-2010, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Aurora, Colorado
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You must have been in Miami proper. Next time go to Miami Beach.
No...we spent a fortune to stay in Miami Beach. There were the pastel buildings...but only a few of them (the ones that are the most photographed) and everything else was strip malls which I could have seen anywhere in the USA. They did have good food there, however...some of the restaurants were amazing (and VERY expensive).

It was when I was 26...it was for a girl's weekend/wedding (not a bachelorette party) and my friends and I were so excited. The beaches were pretty and the water was amazing (we lived in Washington State) but the visions I had of the area were not what it was like in reality. On a high note, we DID see a fashion shoot on the beach, so it did kind of live up to the "beautiful people" idea, but then of course, all along the beach AWAY from the beautiful people, there were obscenely fat people in thongs, lots of wrinkly, overly-tanned old folks, and way too many steroid dudes in thongs rollerblading.
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Old 04-18-2010, 02:18 PM
 
Location: Olympus Mons, Mars
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Most depressing place I have visited was Miami airport...horrible, it's more like a jail than an airport, they need to tear that place down and start fresh.
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Old 04-19-2010, 02:32 AM
 
Location: Ostend,Belgium....
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St Joseph's, Missouri..I was 17 and eager to see a 'real' American city..it was Sunday, raining.. I started at the greyhound bus station and was harrassed by some dude with a cowboyhat who wanted to get a room for the afternoon...after losing him and spending about 2-3 hours of finding out there's nothing to do in St Joe's on a dreary Sunday, I hightailed it out of there on the next bus.....there are other places I saw on that 6 week trip through the US that left a similar bad taste though but St Joe's, I never forgot..It really ranks up there on my negative list
rain and being harrassed by some horny local has a lot to do with it but sometimes the feel of a place is just not good...
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Old 04-19-2010, 09:23 AM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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Places that I though were disappointing:
Phoenix
Albuquerque
Every city in North Carolina except Ashville
Texas

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No...we spent a fortune to stay in Miami Beach. There were the pastel buildings...but only a few of them (the ones that are the most photographed) and everything else was strip malls which I could have seen anywhere in the USA. They did have good food there, however...some of the restaurants were amazing (and VERY expensive).
Strip Malls in Miami Beach? That is not the case. Miami Beach is urban and pedestrian friendly, at least in South Beach where all the tourists go. Everywhere you need to go as a tourist is pretty much on Collins, Ocean, Washington or Lincoln. Although I can see how the atmosphere would be a turn-off to some. Now with the rest of Miami I agree with you - lots of stip malls and run down communities down there.
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Old 04-19-2010, 09:44 AM
 
Location: Georgia
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There was a bad drought that year. I amd heading there nest week and there should be no shortage oof water with all the flooding.

Ruby Falls in Chattanooga,Highly overrated.
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