The Hollywood Sign, California, USA
Why it’s overrated: Yep, everyone wants a photo with one of the most famous pieces of signage ever – but travel author and blogger Leigh Ann says that’s the issue. After battling two to four hours of traffic, you’ll have to hike from a park and due to restrictions, the closest you can get is a half-mile away. And sure, an afternoon trek might sound nice in the middle of your vacay, Leigh Ann begs to differ: “The hike itself is rather unspectacular with desert bushes on either side of you and the Los Angeles pollution rising over the clouds. By the time you find yourself in a position to take a decent photo with the sign, you’ll probably be dripping in sweat, red in the face, and on the verge of a heat stroke.”
What to do instead: Enjoy this landmark from afar by visiting The Griffith Observatory where you can witness an Instagram-worthy view. Leigh Ann says to get there an hour before sunset and enjoy the city lit up afterward.
Times Square, New York, USA
Why it’s overrated: Even though traveller Justin Hussong grew up in the area, he says Times Square isn’t exactly a fun experience. “There’s not much reason to go there unless you’re going to a play on Broadway. It’s full of tourists standing in the middle of the road and gridlock traffic,” he explains. Apart from early, early morning – when everything is closed – there isn’t a time you can visit this Big Apple hotspot without pushing your way through hordes of people.
What to do instead: If you absolutely have to see Times Square – go at night. It’s much more awe-inspiring when you see all of the signs lit up from the famous red steps on 49th street. (Most Broadway shows start at 8 p.m., so head out at 8:01 to avoid the crush.) Then? See more of the local experience by visiting Bushwick, Williamsburg, the East Village and Chelsea, for bars, art, and music.
Disneyland, California, USA
Why it’s overrated: Unless you grew up a die-hard Disney fan, Hussong says Disneyland isn’t a fun option for your wallet or vacation. Not only will you spend all day waiting in line, but in comparison to Disney World, it might feel lacklustre.
What to do instead: See more of this spot in the country! Hussong recommends Six Flags, Knott’s Berry Farm, and if you’re up for the drive, San Diego Sea World or the San Diego Zoo.