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Times Square is a glitzy tourist trap, with overpriced chain restaurants and flashy attractions
Times Square is a glitzy tourist trap, with overpriced chain restaurants and flashy attractions
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Top 10 Tourist Trap Tips

Don’t get ensnared in these must-see tourist traps – instead, navigate them with finesse thanks to our insider tips

By ShermansTravel Editorial Staff

ShermansTravel.com

March 9th, 2010

Chalk it up to guilty pleasure, but even the savviest, most sophisticated travelers (not to be confused with mere tourists) can find themselves with a soft spot for an out-and-out tourist trap. We’re certainly not immune, and even though our editors concede that each attraction on this list of over-commercialized hot spots is indeed swarming with sightseers, overrun with overpriced shops and services, and infested with bogus sideshow attractions, they are still – somehow – entirely unmissable. With that in mind, we’ve pulled together 10 top tourist trap tips to help you navigate the thick crowds, whittling down the diversions to just what’s worthwhile, with tips and well-vetted picks for less-trodden haunts where you might even encounter an actual local! After all, at their very core, these tourist traps are popular for good reason (far removed from their ploy to part you with your dollars) – and from time to time, it can even be refreshing to put the jaded jet-setter aside, jumping in with the click-crazy crowds to embrace the wide-eyed tourist within. Check out our Tourist Traps Slideshow for a glance of these crowded, commercialized attractions that we just can't resist!

 

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