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...
- The largest pool in the world can be found at the San Alfonso del Mar resort in Chile. It has 66 million gallons (enough water to fill 100 Olympic-sized pools). It's 3,323 feet in length, over twice the length of the next biggest pool. At a cost of $3,000,000, that sounds like a pretty good deal.
- 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.
- The longest flight in the world is between Singapore and Newark, New Jersey. Depending on which way you're flying, it takes around 18.5 hours to complete the 9,534 miles of the journey. The flight is so long that it doesn't even have an economy class. Only first-class and business-class arrangements are offered.
- Even though it is spread across five time zones, the entire country of China is set to Beijing time. Having a single time zone in the United States would certainly make things easier. Currently, the USA is spread across six, but a single time zone would make things a little wonky in Alaska and Hawai'i.
- 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?