The 10 U.S. Destinations You Will Want to Skip

The U.S. has become a destination for exploration and famous tourist spots, but not all attractions are created equal. To help you pick suitable attractions for your trip, we created a list of 10 U.S. destinations you will want to skip.

1. World of Coca-Cola, Atlanta, Georgia

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A tour of how Coca-Cola drinks are made and packaged costs nearly twenty dollars per person. Even though the World of Coca-Cola tour is fun for a couple of hours, planning your entire Atlanta trip around it is a big mistake. Soda isn’t the only thing Atlanta has to offer.

2. Four Corners Monument, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah

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While standing in four states sounds fascinating, the reality could be more exciting. It’s a huge letdown. You travel hundreds of miles by road to get to a concrete slab with the names of all the states etched on it.

3. Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, California

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Although the pier and ocean views are unmatched, the site must meet expectations. For example, overpriced food, old rides, and overpriced souvenirs have turned the pier into a tourist trap. You can find better beaches and all those things cheaper in L.A.

4. The Alamo, San Antonio, Texas

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The Alamo is one of the most historic sites in Texas, featuring one of the most significant battles in history. However, the truth is that the Alamo can be boring as it offers little to see, and many visitors finish their tour within half an hour.

5. Hollywood Walk of Fame, Los Angeles, California

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It is one of the most popular tourist traps in the country. Landmarks like this receive many visitors but are also a huge draw for locals. In reality, it’s just a sidewalk with stars carved into it with a famous person’s name carved into it. The novelty wears off quickly.

6. Washington Monument, Washington, D.C.

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The Capitol Building and Lincoln Memorial are close but must be updated to meet the hype. Aside from great photo opportunities, there is little to do at the monument. The Lincoln Memorial is awe-inspiring, so you should check it out.

7. Empire State Building, New York City, New York

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The Empire State Building in New York City is a good experience. It’s impossible to see the iconic Empire State Building since you’re inside, so you can only get a partial view of the Manhattan skyline from here. Rockefeller Center has some of NYC’s best scenic views, so take a trip there for the best aerial view.

8. The Mall of America, Minneapolis, Minnesota

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The Mall of America’s claim to fame is that it’s the largest mall in the Western Hemisphere, according to its official site, It attracts more than 40 million tourists annually, so imagine being in a giant mall with a huge crowd and long lines. Is it worthwhile?

9. The Hollywood Sign, Los Angeles, California

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Undoubtedly, this is one of the most bizarre U.S. landmarks in existence, but it’s just a sign. The hour-long hike each way can be exhausting, and the payoff can be lacking. The view from the hill is better while driving through the hills and taking photos.

10. The Liberty Bell

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It’s a symbol of American freedom, but is it worth a visit? Maybe if you’re an all-out history buff who wants to see a unique artifact. However, despite what it symbolizes, the bell itself can be underwhelming, and your time is probably better spent elsewhere.

Know What’s Worth Your Time and Effort

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Finding what’s worth your money is easy now with this list. You can always visit and learn on your own. Remember, don’t rush into anything. Take time to explore and read online reviews. Talk to people you trust who have experience with a destination. Research the destination thoroughly before making a decision.


Author: Christopher Alarcon

Title: Journalist

Expertise: personal finance, side hustles, time management


Christopher Alarcon is a journalist with a deep passion for personal finance. He has contributed to major online publications, including MSN, Wealth of Geeks, and Business Insider.