Tourist Spots That Aren't Worth the Visit

Unfortunately, there are some places around the world that aren't worth the visit. These could be monuments, sites, museums, cities, areas, and more. While it is definitely worth it for some people to see these places, they don't offer authentic experiences. They could be filled with tourists, misleading, polluted, or all of these plus more.

Leaning Tower of Pisa. Exploration Always

Leaning Tower of Pisa: Pisa, Italy

One of the most iconic monuments in the world, the Leaning Tower of Pisa is, in my opinion, really not worth the visit. It is much smaller than you would expect and there isn’t anything to do but look at it and walk up a few flights of stairs. What really ruins the experience however is the hundreds or thousands of tourists all doing the same thing, taking the exact same pictures. We all know somebody who has a picture where it looks like they’re holding up the tower, holding it in their hand, or something a little more explicit. I visited on a day trip from Florence in June 2021 and we weren’t there for more than twenty minutes. With that said, the actual town of Pisa is a fairly cool place but if you’re gonna go, I'd recommend staying away from the tower.



Southern Thailand city of Phuket
Phuket, Thailand. Exploration Always

Phuket, Thailand

If you want the best beach experiences in Thailand, this probably isn’t where you should go. Phuket, like many cities, is plagued with a ridiculous amount of tourists. With these tourists brings inauthentic and Westernized experiences, heavy pollution, and a large amount of scammers. While not all of Phuket it like this, many of the beach areas around the island share this problem. If you want to experience the best of Thailands beaches, I recommend Koh Samui, Railay Beach, or Koh Lanta.


Venice canals during sunset
Venice, Italy. Exploration Always

Venice, Italy

My experience with Venice was quite weird, in that I actually enjoyed it a lot. However, my visit to Venice took place within a week of reopening to American tourists. So with very few tourists, Venice can be enjoyable. However, this is almost never the case. Venice and it’s locals have been completely overtaken by tourism and they are losing their way of life. The canals have been polluted (possibly beyond repair) and prices have skyrocketed around the city. While you could go during the winter, it would likely be not as enjoyable due to the winds and temperatures for what is a primarily outside city. Venice is so overwhelmed with visitors that UNESCO even considered putting it in the category of "in danger" on their world heritage sites list. While there is hope that one day Venice will return to the authentic cultural hub it used to be, it could take quite a while.




Mt. Rushmore, South Dakota, USA. Exploration Always

Mount Rushmore, South Dakota, USA

In theory, Rushmore should be an amazing sight to behold and maybe it really was, 50 years ago. Not only is it deceivingly smaller than you would imagine, but it is filled to the brim with tourists. Maybe worst of all, people don't have much to do after visiting. Mount Rushmore is kinda in the middle of nowhere so unless you're going off season just for a day, you may want to reconsider your visit.




Times Square, New York, USA. Exploration Always

Times Square, New York City

This will be a controversial statement but in my opinion, this is the absolute worst place in the world. Constantly filled with tourists, bright all day every day, and overpriced beyond compare; Times Square is just not worth the visit no matter what time of year. I'm not the biggest fan of New York City in general and Times Square is the representation of everything I dislike about the city. Of course lots of people enjoy the hustle and city scene of Manhattan, but I truly don't understand how Times Square is attractive to anyone.


I apologize to anyone who disagrees with this piece but it’s only my opinion. It’s not to say these places have nothing to offer but from my point of view, they’re not worth the trip. Are you a fan of these places or is there any other destinations you would recommend taking off the itineraries. Comment below and check out exploringalways.com for more great content.