America has a lot to offer when it comes to tourism. America is rich in culture and offers a wide range of attractions for tourists who live in and outside the country. We have numerous national parks, theme parks, museums, monuments, statues, and so much more. Some of these destinations are highly popular—enjoyed by millions every year. And when you think of tourist destinations, you might think of places like Disneyland, Yellowstone, or Washington D.C. However, there are plenty of breathtaking hidden gems in each like Mono Lake in California or the Garden of the Gods Park in Colorado–if you know where to look.
Unfortunately for you, the following tourist traps are not anything like that and should be avoided at all costs. From the downright wacky to the completely mundane, these are indeed the worst attractions in each state. Instagram user Matt Shirley polled 389,000 Instagram followers in 2020 and composed a list of The Worst Attractions in Every State. For our list of the worst attractions, we mostly pulled from this list but made our own inclusions based on our personal experiences. With that said, let's take a look!
Did you know...
- Jet lag is worse when you're traveling from west to east. That's because the changes in time zones become not only more physically apparent on your body, but they are also more culturally apparent. If restaurants close at 10pm on the East Coast, you'll just be getting hungry since it will feel like 7pm on your West Coast-adjusted body.
- Taking a vacation is good for your health! Studies have shown that a vacation can help to lower your risk of heart disease. It's also a proven way to improve your creativity. So if you have some writer's block or need to lower your stress, grab a friend and go on an adventure!
- The surface area of Pluto is just under 6.5 million square miles. The CIA Factbook lists the area of Russia to be just over 6.6 million square miles. That makes Russia bigger than Pluto (and much closer to visit). Are you still very upset that Pluto isn’t a planet anymore?
- There are over 61,000 people on a plane in the air over the U.S. at any given moment. That makes sense because the U.S. has one third of all the airports in the world. Hartsfield-Jackson Airport in Atlanta is the busiest airport in the world with over 100 million total passengers every year since 2015.
- Minnesota might say that it's the "Land of 10,000 Lakes," but Canada has it beat. The country as a whole has over three million lakes. That means Canada has 60% of the world's total number of lakes within its borders. It must seem like paradise for people who like to fish or boat!