25 Tourist Traps That Are Totally Worth the Money

Sure, these iconic destinations are mentioned in every travel guide. Sure, they're teeming with tourists. But we firmly believe that some spots are on the beaten path for a good reason. Here, the 25 travel classics that Budget Travelers can't (and shouldn't!) resist.

By Kaeli Conforti, Friday, Aug 7, 2015, 10:00 AM

Source Article: 25 Tourist Traps That Are Totally Worth the Money

The Great Wall of China

"The Great Wall, but off the beaten path." —Anita Ziegner

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People under the Eiffel Tower in Paris

"There's still something magical about the Eiffel Tower." —@MSNLocalEdition

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The Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy

"Pisa. Go in knowing that you're there for the obligatory picture of you pushing or leaning on the tower. Where else is there one like it?" —@amy_veenstra

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A view of Versailles from the gardens

"Versailles. I've never been but am planning to go next spring. I'm a historian though, so it is of particular interest to me." —Caroline Dover Wilson

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The Acropolis in Athens

"The Acropolis in Athens." —Cindy Ackerman Hovland

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Café du Monde in New Orleans, Louisiana

"I think Café du Monde, though touristy, in New Orleans is still worth the visit." —@JLDumont6

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Chichen Itza ruins in Mexico

"Chichen Itza. It is truly remarkable and worth the drive." —Addy Bailey

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Sunrise on Ipanema Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

"Ipanema Beach in Rio de Janeiro." —Shash Yázh

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Blarney Castle in Ireland

"Blarney Castle. The grounds around the castle are just gorgeous." —Sara O'Bryan Thompson

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The U.S. Capitol Building

"The U.S. Capitol building. Take the tour. The new video is awesome." —Terrica M. Gibson

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Hula dancer entertains the crowd on Kuhio Beach on Oahu, Hawaii

"Hit up the luaus on Oahu, Polynesian Cultural Center, Paradise Cove. You have a show and you eat traditional Hawaiian food. They're worth the price of admission." —Barbara Palaith-Newson

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Gondolas in Venice

"Gondola rides in Venice. A "touristy" thing to do but so worth it!" —JaMeka Tyler Ramnath

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Angkor Wat in Cambodia

"Angkor Wat, Cambodia. So spectacular!" —@mrsptravels

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The Roman Colosseum in the light of sunset in Rome, Italy.

"I did a tour of the Colosseum and some of the ruins. My brother was against it, but we got to see and learn about things that we otherwise wouldn't have known! Totally worth it." —Krista Martin

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The Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor

"The Statue of Liberty." —Sara O'Bryan Thompson

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Uluru Ayers Rock in the Australian Outback

"Uluru [Ayers Rock in the Australian Outback]." —Jennifer Filipowski

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Romes Trevi Fountain

"The Trevi Fountain in Rome." —Carolyn Hopkins

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Pyramids of Egypt

"The Pyramids [of Egypt]." —Kelly Hoffman

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Flowers at Elvis grave at Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee

"Graceland. Mainly because I haven't been yet (next summer!) and I'm obsessed." —Ami Kamara

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Stonehenge in the United Kingdom

"Stonehenge. Totally worth the photo op!" —Erin Roush

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Gaudis art in Barcelona, Spain

"The double-decker tour buses in Barcelona. Totally worth the long line to get on." —Kelly Schott

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The Tower of London

"The Tower of London. Been there three times with three different people and loved it every time." —Colleen Fitzwater DePietro

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The Sound of Music in Salzburg, Austria

"The Sound of Music bus tour in Salzburg (it doesn't get much more tourist trappy than that!) and I loved it!" —

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The Space Needle in Seattle

"The Space Needle in Seattle." —Crystal Wishart

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The Checkpoint Charlie Museum in Berlin, Germany

"The Checkpoint Charlie Museum in Berlin. Huge queues but worth it." —Fiona Thompson


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