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The 16 Most Disappointing Places To Visit On Earth - Business Insider

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The 16 Most Disappointing Places To Visit On Earth

We write a lot of lists telling travelers the best places to visit around the world.
But how about where not to go?
In a recent Reddit thread, users were asked what was the most disappointing place they’ve ever traveled to and why.
Keep reading to see the 16 locations you never want to visit.

1. Casablanca

“The least-interesting place in a fascinating country. Really, Casablanca is just a dumpy business district on the coast. Other than one obscenely expensive mosque that the previous king had built, there’s really nothing to see.” - Matthattan 
casablanca Mosquée Hassan II
Casablanca is only known for its Mosquée Hassan II.

2. Malè, Maldives

“Malè, capital of the Maldives. What a **** hole. The rest of the Maldives was incredible.” - I_Nickd_it
male maldives capital
Malè is known for being crowded.

3. Jamaica

“They’re very in your face about tipping and expect money for everything…If you like staying in an all-inclusive resort wallowing on a beach doing nothing but laying about maybe Jamaica is for you. If you’re looking for exploration of nature and culture you’ll be sorely disappointed.” - aussydog
jamaica tourist shop
Reddit users had bad experiences with people asking for tips in Jamaica.

4. The Great Pyramids in Cairo, Egypt

“The pyramids could be seen from the Pizza Hut, so close it’s impossible to imagine them away from the city. At the pyramids themselves, you are constantly harassed by Egyptians trying to sell you stuff up to the point where you feel the need to start hitting them to get away from you. Left after just 15-20 minutes, couldn’t stand it any longer.” - Broes
Egypt dar al Salaam Pyramids Tahrir
Robert Johnson/Business Insider
It’s impossible to forget you’re in Cairo.

5. Leaning Tower of Pisa in Pisa, Italy

“It is so tiny compared to what you would have expected from pictures. The buildings around it are a lot nicer. It is overall very lame.” - happypants69
leaning tower of pisa
The buildings that surround the Leaning Tower of Pisa are more interesting.

6. Mount Rushmore in South Dakota, USA

“You drive up into the South Dakota mountains to see it, come to this enormous visitor’s center, then the ‘viewing deck’ is outside, you look up, and way in the distance is this tiny set of heads. It’s hard to say if it’s much smaller than the photos make it seem, or if the viewing deck is an absurdly long distance away, but the impression is vastly underwhelming.” - ratbastid
mount rushmore visitor's center
The visitor’s center of Mount Rushmore is very far away.

7. Stonehenge in Wiltshire, UK

“It’s smaller than you think, you can’t get close to it, and it’s hours from London (which wouldn’t matter if it was worth it).” - StallinWasAJerk
stonehenge rainy
Stone Henge is not quite what people imagine it to be.

8. Daytona Beach, Florida, USA

“Friends somehow convinced me to go a few years ago. Never again will I enter that city of my own free will. There is literally nothing to do there, aside from going to the dilapidated beach and eating at Joe’s Crab Shack.” – danecdote
daytona beach florida
Daytona Beach just isn’t that great.

9. Pompeii, Italy

“Pompeii is lame and very crowded with tourists. All of the great mosaics have been taken by museums. If you want to go somewhere much better preserved, much more interesting, and way less crowded, check out the nearby ruins of Herculaneum.” - Ecuadorable 
ruins of pompeii
Giorgio Cosulich/Getty Images
All the amazing mosaics are gone.

10. Gibraltar

“It really is just a big rock and not the country it technically claims to be…You can see everything Gibraltar has to offer in a few hours. We were stuck there for a week.” – Noneerror
Not a whole lot to do in Gibraltar.

11. Sentosa Beaches in Singapore

“It’s all fancy and hyper-developed and connected to one of the largest malls on earth (Vivo Mall), but you get to the beach via monorail and you get to the sand and look out to the ocean and all you see is oil tankers and factories spewing smoke on the horizon. It was like some sort of futuristic dystopia.” - magnora4
sentosa beach singapore
The view from one of Sentosa’s beaches.

12. Naples, Italy

“The city had piles of trash on the streets.” - GuluOne
“In the city of Naples and the surrounding countryside of Campania, Italy, the Mafia has controlled the waste-management industry for decades – dumping and burning trash across its rolling hills and vineyards. In 1994, the European Union declared the situation an official environmental emergency, and things have only gotten worse since then.” – Azertys 
trash in naples
Naples has a serious trash problem.

13. Andorra

“Looking back, I think I basically just visited the outlet mall of Europe.” – breerocks 
andora Vista di Andora dal Villaggio Olandese
Reddit users said Andora was pretty, but tiny.

14. Marrakesh, Morocco

“I’d never felt so abused before (I’m from America, there’s still sexism, but god it’s so much easier to deal with). The molestation, coupled with the obvious disrespect (male shopowners would yell at me for not buying things — full on yell and curse — and sometimes just for fun, then laugh when all the foreign girls around became upset. They wouldn’t yell at other men.) made me swear never to go back.
“I saw one shop owner ask a mother how much she would charge for her blonde teenage daughter. I’d gone through so much in a week I didn’t even register that until a guy in my group started getting really upset about it.” - probs_wrong
Marrakech morroco woman women travel
Marrakesh can be misogynistic towards women.

15. Athens, Greece

“Expected the birthplace of a great civilization. Received slums and scaffolding.” – Kuba_Khan
parthenon with scaffolding athens greece
Expect to see some scaffolding on the Parthenon.

16. Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

“I’ve been twice and while it can be fun, it’s really not worth it. The streets are filthy, there are homeless people every twenty or so feet begging, and since you can get alcohol for free people get really drunk and start fights everywhere.” - Mos_definitely
las vegas strip
Megan Willett/Business Insider
In Las Vegas, you have to walk everywhere.


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