The most overrated tourist attractions in the world
Before you see any of these hot spots, read tips from world travellers on what to avoid – and how to make your experience better.
Taj Mahal, Agra, India
Why it’s overrated: While Natalia from My Trip Hack says the architecture of the Taj Mahal – with its ancient white marble – is awe-worthy, the long queues are not. No matter what time of year you visit, she says you’ll find a swarm of tourists crowding the area. She also notes how difficult it is to ignore the wealth disparity, too: “It’s hard not to notice a drying and polluted river, people living on the streets, scammers capitalising on the tourists just a few metres outside of this majestic monument,” she shares.
What to do instead: For a view of the palace without paying the high ticket price, go to Mehtab Bagh Gardens that lies across the Yamuna river, and provides a vanishing perspective as you walk through.
Statue of Liberty, New York, USA
Why it’s overrated: While, sure, everyone wants to witness Lady Liberty and all of her glory once in their lifetime, traveller blogger Tessa Juliette says it isn’t worth it to go up in this monument. Thanks to long lines and a lacklustre view, you might find yourself disappointed.
What to do instead: You’ll love seeing this iconic American structure, but Juliette recommends witnessing it from a boat. Even better? It’s free when you take the Staten Island Ferry. “You will also get gorgeous views of lower Manhattan, Governor’s Island, and Brooklyn Heights. For the best view of the Statue of Liberty stand on the starboard side when heading to Staten Island and on the port side when traveling back to Manhattan,” she says.