7 Tourist Traps You Need to Visit

There are vacation destinations and there are tourist traps. While most tourist traps subsist within legitimate cities and incredible vacation spots they are, in reality, created to grab your attention and lure you into some sort of money-sucking pit. That said, there are a few tourist attractions throughout the United States that are educational, entertaining, and well worth the visit. The following are seven of the most popular tourist traps in the country.

7. Little Italy – New York City

The View North on Mulberry Street, San Gennaro Festival, Little Italy

In New York City you’ll find the Little Italy neighborhood. This incredible Italian neighborhood sits on Mulberry Street in Manhattan and draws tourists of all nationalities. You’ll enjoy mingling with the street vendors or dining in one of the area’s finest Italian restaurants. We hear one of Frank Sinatra’s favorite restaurants was once located in Little Italy!

Waldorf AstoriaImage Credit: Chris Breeze

If you plan on staying we recommend checking out the Waldorf Astoria Hotel New York.  The elegant hotel has a reputation for offering some of the finest customer service in the city while ensuring your comfort. You’ll also find yourself in close proximity to 5th Avenue shopping, Rockefeller Center, and Radio City Music Hall.

6. La Brea Tar Pits – Los Angeles

1633 La Brea Tar Pits

In Los Angeles, California you’ll find the La Brea Tar Pits. The pits have been around for thousands of years and, sadly, have trapped hundreds of animals over the course of time. While the idea of those poor animals getting trapped is disturbing, the upside is that we have been able to extract fossils from animals that were trapped as far back as the ice age.

La Brea Tar Pits - Page Museum

The Loews Hotel Santa Monica, while not directly in Los Angeles, is an incredible and convenient lodging choice. The immaculate beachfront hotel is full of modern amenities and is close to some of the area’s most popular attractions – including Universal Studios and Muscle Beach.

5. Feneuil Hall – Boston

Feneuil Hall

The Freedom Trail in Boston is incredibly popular amongst tourists looking to learn a bit more about our nation’s history but Faneuil Hall will be the most attractive stop on your journey. The building, which now houses an open air market, was the place where James Otis and Samuel Adams gave their secession speeches.

quincy market, boston, massachusetts
There are dozens of incredible Boston hotels to choose from – some closer to the main tourist attractions than others. If you’re on a budget you might want to explore the Chinatown section of the city or opt for hotels closer to the college campuses.

4. French Quarter – New Orleans

French Quarter New OrleansImage Credit: David Paul Ohmer

We already know the people in New Orleans love to party and the French Quarter, founded in 1718, is their main party spot. You’ll love the street performers, walking tours, and people-watching opportunities!

Jammin' Boys at the French Quarter Festival- New Orleans
The Marriott Hotel New Orleans is located within the French Quarter and is a stellar choice for anyone who wants to watch the bustling city below. The spacious and comfortable guest rooms are perfect for relaxing after a walk down Bourbon Street or a trip to the Aquarium of the Americas.

3. Bellagio Fountains – Las Vegas

Bellagio's World-famous Fountains
The choreographed fountain show at the Bellagio in Las Vegas is perhaps one of the most well known attractions in the city. The show starts in the late afternoon and repeats itself every 30 minutes until 8pm; after 8 it repeats every 15 minutes. There’s no excuse for missing the fountain’s dancing water display.

Bellagio's World-famous Fountains
As tacky and elaborate as the repetitive fountain show might be, the Bellagio Resort really is a splendid hotel. You’ll enjoy a great location, luxurious accommodations, and stellar customer service.

2. Graceland – Memphis

Graceland - Elvis Vegas Costumes
Set on an astounding 13 acres of land, Elvis Presley’s Graceland estate is packed full of memorabilia celebrating the late King’s life.  You’ll get to see some of his original furniture, jumpsuits, and mirrored pillows.

Memphis area & Graceland (116)

The Quality Inn Memphis can be found on the East side of the city and is a very affordable choice – ensuring you’ll have plenty of money left to buy Elvis memorabilia with! The hotel, while inexpensive, is comfortable and conveniently located near many of the city’s most popular attractions.

1. Space Needle – Seattle

Seattle Space Needle - View of downtown Seattle with Space Needle in foreground
The Space Needle in Seattle was built back in 1962 as a main attraction for the upcoming World’s Fair. Standing 605 feet tall, visitors will enjoy SkySchool, the skyCity restaurant, and – of course- the unprecedented views of the surrounding city.

Beutiful Scenery from Space Needle

These destinations may be tourist traps but they’re definitely worth visiting at least once in your life. Who knows – perhaps you’ll find another spectacular attraction along the way!

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