Sure, Miami likes its beaches, and we are not here to say that the people of Miami are wrong to be proud. We’re just saying that as far as beaches go, there is very little to mess up. There’s sand, there’s water, and that’s a great place to start.
But once you add the overcrowded stretches of sand and the fact that the humidity is not for the faint of heart, the place starts to sound significantly less inviting. We’ll stick to a nice bubble bath with ocean sounds on speaker, thanks.
There are plenty of nice beaches around the world. You’re not missing much with this must-avoid.
Shell Service Station – Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Cars have been on the road for more than a hundred years, and gas company Shell has been around for almost as long. The Shell Service Station in Winston-Salem, North Carolina was made to get people talking, and the bright yellow and red shell-shaped service station is the only remaining one – it's part of the National Register of Historic Places.
You can't gas up here though, and it may be worth a few minutes to stop, but there isn't anything else to do there. It's used as a satellite office for Shell, as well as a museum for Preservation North Carolina.
It might look kind of interesting, but come on, it’s still a gas station – a must-avoid.
The Hollywood Walk of Fame
It's ranked as one of THE most overrated tourist attractions in America, but don’t let that accolade dissuade you from checking out this must-see attraction. The Hollywood Walk of Fame is essential viewing for all fans of TV and film. While it's only two blocks long, this iconic walk is laden with the handprints and names of some of Hollywood’s most unforgettable performers.
With that said, it is one of the most crowded places in L.A., and it's also brimming with pick-pockets and other seedy types – so be careful. And for those who aren’t interested, you can always locate your favorite celebs and move on.
You need to see your favorite actors' handprints at least once! It’s a must-visit.
Kirk’s Birthplace – Riverside, Iowa
Captain James T. Kirk is one of Star Trek – and science fiction's – most famous names, and you'd never guess he was born in one of the smaller states of the union. At one point, series creator Gene Roddenberry decided the town was Riverside, and fans began to flock. But there's only a single monument, stating it's the future birthplace of a fictional character.
It might not even be correct: a town mayor basically pushed Roddenberry to make Riverside the origin of this famous character, which makes it nothing more than a cash grab from frenzied fans.
Even Trekkies might struggle to justify trekking all the way to Iowa for this snoozefest of a site – a must-avoid.
Ben and Jerry’s Flavor Graveyard – Vermont
Ah, c’est la vie! Flavors — they come and they go, and no one knows this better than Ben and Jerry’s Creamery. The famous ice cream brand decided that its flavors were like old comrades lost in battle, and decided to commemorate them in a “Flavor Graveyard” outside their factory in Vermont.
One of the members is the “Makin’ Whoopie Pie”, a flavor that existed between 2002 and 2003. It's an ideal destination for ice cream enthusiasts. And let’s face it, who out there hasn’t absolutely loved a few scoops of Ben and Jerry’s in their lifetime?