• Kathleen Fox/NYC & Company

    Tourist Traps

    These over-commercialized hot spots are swarming with sightseers, overrun with overpriced shops, and infested with bogus sideshow attractions, but are still – somehow – entirely unmissable.

  • Cosmo Condina/New Orleans Online

    Tourist Traps - Bourbon Street, New Orleans

    Bourbon Street is a tourist trap spectacle that you simply must see when in New Orleans, even if it means just strolling down the strip to people-watch.

  • Jerome Richard

    Tourist Traps - Bateaux-Mouches, Paris

    The Bateaux-Mouches cruises along the Seine River have long been a staple of the Paris tourist trap track, but the snooze-worthy prerecorded commentary can put jet-lagged travelers to sleep (yawn).

  • Jerome Richard

    Tourist Traps - El Caminito, Buenos Aires

    La Boca, a somewhat rough-and-tumble working-class nabe set off to the southeast of Buenos Aires, sees tourists make a beeline for the heartbeat of its brightly colored barrio – El Caminito.

  • Jerome Richard

    Tourist Traps - Gondola Rides, Venice

    It may be cliché, but it's still a travel sin to visit Venice and not paddle quietly along its winding canals in an iconic long black boat.

  • Stephanie Johnnidis

    Tourist Traps - Grand Bazaar, Istanbul

    The Grand Bazaar is a teeming stockpile of treasures protected by iron-willed shopkeepers – and if not approached in the right mindset and navigated properly, it can be a disappointing endeavor.

  • Mann Theatres

    Tourist Traps - Hollywood Boulevard, LA

    On Hollywood Boulevard, ignore the knockoffs of costumed Disney characters that patrol the courtyard of Grauman's Chinese Theater and catch the latest blockbuster at this classic movie palace.

  • Las Vegas News Bureau

    Tourist Traps - The Strip, Las Vegas

    Stroll the Las Vegas Strip on weekdays to avoid the biggest influx in crowds or give your feet a rest on the seven-station monorail, which runs between the Sahara and the MGM Grand.

  • Jerome Richard

    Tourist Traps - Temple Bar, Dublin

    Dublin’s Temple Bar district teems with tourists from across Europe and beyond, attempting to drink like the Irish (but mostly just getting drunk) in “authentic” pubs and raucous nightclubs.

  • Kathleen Fox/NYC & Company

    Tourist Traps - Times Square, NYC

    The most shameless tourist trap of them all, Times Square is a glitzy ground-zero for overpriced chain restaurants and flashy, carnivalesque attractions that seem more Mall of America than Manhattan.

  • Hong Kong Tourism Board

    Tourist Traps - Victoria Peak Tram, Hong Kong

    Ascending Victoria Peak via the 1,365-meter-long tram ride (billed as the world’s steepest funicular), it’s obvious that Hong Kong has capitalized on its star attraction’s “must-see” status.

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