For better or worse, tourist traps are part of the American landscape. Countless overhyped, colorful, quirky, and sometimes downright mystifying spots draw sightseers nationwide. Whether a given attraction qualifies as a tourist trap is often in the eye of the beholder. Travel blogger David James of The GypsyNester has his own test: Visitors usually leave feeling a little swindled.
"But we love tourist traps. David cannot pass them by," says his wife, Veronica James. "Boomers are really into this stuff because, when we were kids, that's where we went. We would pack up our station wagon and go to these places."
Some are iconic locales now overrun or overrated. Others lure road trippers out of the way of their intended destinations. They might be cheesy, inauthentic, overpriced, crowded, boring, ugly, or just plain not worth the time. We talked to travel bloggers and industry professionals and read online reviews to identify tourist traps in every state.
(Editor's note: This story has been revised since publication.)