Top 10 Overrated Places to Visit Before You Die
I am about to kick a hornet’s nest, more or less just for the fun of it. There are so many places to see in the world, and lots of lists and books that describe them, and I am doing all I can to see as many as I can. But some places, to be perfectly honest, felt a bit like a waste of valuable time, especially when some incredible geology was nearby, being missed. These are the 10 OVERRATED PLACES TO SEE BEFORE YOU DIE!!!!
In one sense I REALLY hesitate doing something like this because some perfectly innocent and good people are eking out a living selling trinkets and souvenirs at these places, so, do consider this in poorer regions (I’m thinking of the Navajo Nation, for instance). I got the idea from a book on 101 places NOT to see, but I’m trying to be a bit more nuanced! There are some great alternatives near by!
1. Loch Ness, Scotland
People visit Loch Ness for one reason, and one reason only…to see the Great Glen fault and the wonderful Paleozoic metamorphic rocks! Oh, and there’s something about a plesiosaur or something that waited out a million years of ice ages.
2. Old Faithful, Yellowstone National Park
This is not to disparage Yellowstone National Park, it’s just that Old Faithful is, well, overrated, because it follows a schedule so well. People can time their carefully calibrated vacation visits by hanging out in the souvenir store or cafeteria, and then run out and see the eruption as scheduled, and then head back to the store or boutique or whatever. On the other hand, try and take a bunch of students to Yellowstone, and convince them NOT to see Old Faithful.