The Magnificent Mile in Chicago, Illinois, is one of the largest shopping centers in the United States and the world. It has endless mid-and high-end shops, but there are also famous restaurants, massive museums, and five-star hotels. It’s currently the eighth-most expensive place to rent in the US.
It’s another place that is an expensive version of almost any shopping center. Make a stop to see the sights, then move on to places like Millennium Park or Willis Tower, or any of the other numerous places in the Windy City that offer a wonderful view.
This Famous Street Has Turned Blue
One of the most significant pieces of American music history has become too bloated to be much use to anybody. Early blues players got their first starts on Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee, thanks to all the clubs and restaurants, and it also has plenty of festivals and outdoor concerts.
It might seem worth visiting, but Beale Street long ago turned corporate, which resulted in overpriced food (it will still be Tennessee barbecue, so it might be worth it anyway) and endless tourists. Locals suggest a more authentic Memphis adventure at Overton Square or Cooper-Young.
History Buffs Yes, Everyone Else No
Everybody says “Remember the Alamo,” but what if, instead, you forgot it? The Alamo is where Texas fought for independence from Mexico, and despite losing the battle it won the war. San Antonio, Texas has enjoyed a steady tourist trade because of this famous Mission, but while it might be nice to see it in person, there's not much else.
It's a handsome stone building in the middle of a park, but there's nothing else to do. Thankfully it isn't too far from the San Antonio River Walk, which espouses the natural beauty of Texas with ease.
This Museum Might Leave a Bad Taste in Your Mouth
The world-famous cola originated in Georgia, and while Coca-Cola has gone through hundreds of changes and spread all over the globe, there's no place for the Coke fan like the World of Coca-Cola in Georgia. It's bursting at the seams with memorabilia.
However, even fans have unkind things to say about this tourist attraction. Some say it's little more than a prolonged commercial (which has an admission fee), and others were unhappy with the small amount of company history they found. There is a tasting room, but it's one of the big draws so the crowds are sure to fill it. Even the gift shop has become disappointing, becoming far too commercial for some people.
The Inspiration for Monopoly has Just as Many Players
Atlantic City Boardwalk in New Jersey was one of the original tourist attractions, full of casinos, shops, and restaurants. Unfortunately, high crime rates have driven tourists and locals away, and the casinos and shops have become expensive and tacky.
Worn down and nearly empty, it went from a popular tourist spot to an area full of panhandlers, and during the non-summer months, it might as well be a ghost town. It's always been a poor man's Las Vegas, and for the traveler who wants to experience glitz and glamour, Las Vegas is certainly the right choice.