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Is This the Worst Tourist Attraction in the World?

Is This the Worst Tourist Attraction in the World?

Lights! Camera! Is that Catwoman fighting Chewbacca?

A recent tourist attraction survey conducted by Stasher used a variety of data points, including TripAdvisor reviews, to determine that the iconic Hollywood Walk of Fame is actually the worst.

Attracting an estimated ten million people every year, according to the site’s Chamber of Commerce, it’s no doubt that tourists and locals alike dub this free, 15-block long walk of fame as “overcrowded” and “unsafe.”

One TripAdvisor commentor wrote: “… It might have been an elegant spot long time ago, now it’s only a dirty street with some iconic spots.”

KCAL9’s Hermela Aregawai took to the streets to ask visitors on their thoughts of the Walk of Fame. Many of the visitors Aregawai interviewed had positive reviews about the attraction, one visitor from the Philippines said it “reminds you of all the great movies you saw.”

However, another person made the astute observation that is the reality of the Walk of Fame:

“Everybody out here trapping, trying to get some money. You got the CD guys throwing CDs in people’s face. That’s probably part of the thing that’s aggravating to people,” said Khassa Selassie.

What do you think is the worst tourist attraction?

[Source: Flickr/Ken Lund]

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  1. dogcanyon

    March 4, 2019 at 7:54 pm

    My vote would go to the nearby “World Famous” Santa Monica Pier: a collection of overpriced fast-food stalls and no-talent losers with body paint posing as robots or statues and expecting money from passersby. The icing on the cake is the nasty, brown ocean water below. The average sewage treatment plant has more charm than this utterly worthless tourist trap.

  2. ND76

    March 5, 2019 at 4:08 am

    The “South of the Border” tourist trap off I-95 at the North Carolina-South Carolina border is the world’s worst “tourist attraction”.

  3. strickerj

    March 5, 2019 at 4:28 am

    My experience is limited, but I can’t argue with the Hollywood Walk of Fame as being at least among the worst. I’ve been just to grab a few pictures and say I’ve been, but I don’t really see the appeal, particularly in light of the garbage that Hollywood has come out with lately.

  4. carlosdca

    carlosdca

    March 5, 2019 at 8:17 am

    I live in LA now and when I have out of town visitors staying over and I take them to the walk of fame the reaction many times is “so is this it”?

    But, at least in LA, worse than walk of fame are the celebrity homes bus tours. All you get to do is drive around the hills and see nothing, as most celebrity homes can’t be seen from the street or anywhere and are usually surrounded by 20ft hedges, or can only be accessed through a gated winding driveway, all you can see is a the driveway. No house to see. Scam.

    The worst has to be Hitler’s Bunker in Berlin, which it does not exist and a parking lot and apartments have been built there. All you can see is a sign with some information. What a waste of time!

  5. sdsearch

    March 5, 2019 at 9:51 am

    This survey is really messed up, because it mixed too many random factors to rank the attractions. And it only has 99 attractions on the list, so “worst” is also 99th best.

    While Walk of Fame got to “worst” on terrible average TripAdvisor reviews, the “second-worst” is Machu Pichu, which actually gets good TripAdvisor reviews for the attraction itself, but they rated it second-last because of its distance from an airport!!! (They didn’t rate any attractions which require a long hike, btw.) They also rated the Great Wall in China near the bottom because of low “Instagram engagement”, but that’s because Instagram can’t be used in China!

    So it’s obviously a very goofy methodology, meant to attract business to a luggage storage company, not to actually provide useful rankings. The last ranking for the Walk of Fame was undoubtedly intentionally picked to get publicity and discussion for the survey (it was all over the media in Los Angeles) and thus to get publicity for the luggage storage company.

  6. 98103

    March 5, 2019 at 1:04 pm

    Overcrowded and people out to make money. Sounds just like any Disney Park.

  7. lokijuh

    March 5, 2019 at 8:56 pm

    You must question the methodology of a survey that rates the Statue of Liberty as easier to access (9.55) than Grand Central Terminal (9.09), Times Square (8.25) and Central Park (9.26). Not sure what makes it easier to access, given you need to catch a boat to get there vs stepping out of car, bus or subway.

  8. Mordor2112

    March 6, 2019 at 8:37 am

    The Walk of Fame is indeed a pain to visit. I had to pretend I wasn’t a tourist ’cause there were so many people offering all sorts of stuff, from CDs to tours to weed to shady bars and so on, crazy stuff. In the end I was taking pictures concealing the camera like a spy or something.

  9. Sydneyberlin

    March 7, 2019 at 3:33 pm

    There’s MUCH worse places than the Walk of Fame. I actually love it as a jogging track in the very early morning before the riff raff starts showing up- do it at least once each time I visit LA.

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