12 “Tourist Traps” That Actually Live Up to the Hype

The moniker “tourist trap” isn’t a complimentary term for a destination, implying it wastes money and time. But some popular sites worldwide have value despite being labeled as tourist traps.

Niagara Falls

The Niagara Falls straddles the New York and Canadian border. While most people have seen it in photos, no picture can reproduce the roar of the three waterfalls thousands of feet wide.

The Great Wall of China

If you can visit the Great Wall of China, don’t balk. This is the largest man-made project in the world, and it took over 2,000 years to build. It stretches over 12,400 miles from the east to the west.


Nowhere else in the world is frozen in time like the town of Pompeii, Italy, where the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius buried the town and its inhabitants in ash.

Alcatraz Island

Alcatraz Island is best known for its federal prison, but it also has the first lighthouse on the West Coast and the first U.S.-built fort.

Angkor Wat

This Cambodian destination is considered the largest religious structure in the world by the Guinness Book of World Records. It was built in the early 1100s as a tomb.

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