The 7 Biggest Tourist Traps to Avoid in the U.S.

Waikiki Beach – Honolulu, Hawaii

Crowds and marketing await you. "It's worth a brief visit to say you've seen it, but not for surfing or lounging.

Waikiki doesn't provide authentic Hawaiian culture. For a more real experience, explore the rest of Oahu.

Times Square – New York City

Times Square attracts tourists from throughout the world. Even in a snowfall, Time Square is packed with visitors taking selfies.

The Space Needle – Seattle

It's overpriced despite its unique form and panoramic views from the summit. Adult tickets are $32.50 to $39, which feels like a rip-off for an elevator trip and city views from almost 500 feet high.

Bourbon Street – New Orleans

New Orleans' French Quarter is great, but Bourbon Street is not. "This famous street is full of stands selling expensive and saccharin drinks and lots of drunk tourists."

Niagara Falls – Niagara Falls, New York

Niagara Falls' huge waterfall draws millions of people each year. Unfortunately, its overwhelming commercialization leaves visitors with many regrets despite its majestic views and exciting experiences.

Fisherman's Wharf  – San Francisco

San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf is overdone, pricey, and touristic. The wax museum and Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum aren't typical San Francisco attractions.

Museums on the National Mall – Washington, D.C.

The Washington, D.C. mall museums are among the major tourist traps. The nation's capital and freedom draw people here. Anyone visiting DC will recommend the Smithsonian's National Museum of Biology and the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum!