Top 4 Worst-Rated Tourist Sites in the World, The US Takes #1
These are the worst of the worsts.
If you have to fall into a tourist trap, you want to at least have a good time while you're there. Unfortunately, that's not always the case—many of us have endured lines, crowds, and onerous travel only to reach a famed destination and think, "Is that all there is?" Stasher recently ranked 99 of the world's most popular tourist sites according to their online ratings and determined the U.S. is home to two of the four worst vacation destinations in the world.
This Tampa Bay amusement park landed at a less-than-thrilling 96th place on the list, officially the fourth-worst attraction surveyed. A major culprit: Local hotel quality rated an anemic 6.6 out of 10.
One Google reviewer called the Florida attraction an "abusement park" in a review posted two months ago. "Many of the rides were closed and the food stands were seriously understaffed," he said. "Every employee seemed miserable and the food was not good. The park needs serious updating and is in run-down condition to say the least."
How could such a magnificent piece of architecture and world history end up the third-lowest-rated tourist attraction on the globe? Its relative inconvenience—it's 136 miles from the closest airport—apparently had a number of travelers complaining that it wasn't worth the trek.
Even though the global landmark earns an average 4.6 rating out of 5 over more than 205,000 Google reviews, the one-star reviews complain of high ticket prices, chaotic crowds, no internet access, and discomfort in hot or rainy weather.
The Grand Bazaar is the world's oldest shopping mall, packed with hundreds of vendors dealing exotic items, but many tourists have been less than impressed, giving it a safety score of 2.8 out of 5. The attraction's long distance from an airport—28.3 miles—was also a factor in its low score.
"How many jewelry, spice, Turkish delight, dishware, clothing, and trinket stores (those six and no more) can you cram into the same gargantuan structure and still get thousands of tourists to visit?," one reviewer griped on TripAdvisor this month, giving the attraction one star. "It's interesting for the first 10 minutes."
Don't tell recent honorees John Waters and Marc Anthony, but the Hollywood Walk of Fame was named the worst tourist attraction in the world. A Google Reviews score of 4.0 out of 5 was the lowest of the other attractions surveyed, with tourists describing the Walk of Fame as "dirty" and "unsafe."
"Not what we were expecting," one Google reviewer wrote last week. "Took our girls to Hollywood Blvd to check out the Walk of Fame. It's completely NOT how it's depicted in movies. Litter and homeless people everywhere. We couldn't walk a block without being bombarded by people selling souvenirs and t-shirts."