Have you ever traveled to a place loved by all but you just didn't love it?

Mackinac Island

There are so many better places in Michigan to visit. The no cars thing is silly, too many t shirt and fudge shops. Expensive. And it smells.

Costa Rica

Not a big fan of Vegas. I feel like every one is trying to get something from me there.

Grand Canyon. I don’t know what I was expecting, but that wasn’t it.

Austin, TX

I’ve been there at least 4 times and I like it less and less each visit. Overrated restaurants, uninspired architecture, bad traffic, very contrived personality/culture, overpriced real estate, and teeming with weird, fake “hipsters”! My husband wants to buy a retirement place there. Help!

Santa Fe
Alaska

I don’t think Vegas is one of those places “loved by all.” I would expect most people to love the Grand Canyon, but not Vegas.

That said, I’ve never been to the Grand Canyon and have no desire, though DH wants to go. So I’ll probably end up there one day.

St. Petersburg and Vegas.

Vegas is getting bashed but people don’t “love” Vegas. They go there to be entertained. Or fly to Vegas.

How about Zion? It got no mention so far. Loved by all?

I love Rome too, But I also find it hot as hell on a summer’s night. Give me a nice Spring evening instead.

You say that like that is a bad thing. :slight_smile:

I’m generally a fan of the major metropolises, but I just don’t get the appeal of LA.

“Loved by all” often means “loved to death”. Overtouristed places are miserable. I hate crowds. And I hate places that are ruined by tours and tour buses. These buses pollute the site with diesel smoke while disgorging shuffling crowds of disinterested people who feel they must see the place because it’s on the itinerary.

Gorgeous weather, beach right there, mountains right behind, relaxed feel, active culture, nice and diverse population, great produce/grocery stores, what’s not to like other than traffic?

I don’t get the appeal of Los Angeles, either, even though my sister lives there and loves it. Terrible traffic and it’s just so ugly. Also, I don’t like beaches in general, but California beaches, where people don’t swim because the water is too cold, make absolutely no sense to my East Coast mind.

Grand Canyon.
Every big city, but especially New York.

NYC

For starters, except for the grocery stores (and is that even a reason?!?!) you can get all that (and more) in HI. I can certainly understand the attraction of LA for some, but it’s just not for me. As to what’s not to like in addition to traffic (which is a huge negative and you can add the lack of, although improving, alternative transportation options? The “nice and diverse population” can sometimes have an attitude (which I will grant you is also true where I now live). The dichotomy between the have and have-nots, which certainly exists elsewhere, seem more in-your-face there.

??? We swam during xmas break in LA. “Too cold to swim” is in Maine. Beaches in Maine are cold and damp.

Ha! That applies more to NYC. In NYC, it is not in your face. Because in some circle in east coast, have-nots don’t have a face. I rather have it in my face than I don’t exist.

Grand Canyon is cool to see, but it’s hard to take part in it. You look at it; walk around the rim, but to actually do casual hiking, it’s hard. The rim is steep; and there aren’t tons of casual hiking trails that go down. It’s amazing to see; but hard to experience it.

I can’t say that there isn’t a place that I wouldn’t go back to; even Las Vegas which is my least favorite place. Of course, when we were in Vegas, we used it as a jumping off point to see things like Hoover Dam and the desert. The whole area is very different from home. The same goes for NYC. I am not a city person but I did enjoy the vibe and I had my daughter as a tour guide so we hit up different things than most tourists. Grand Canyon was an incredible experience for us but we hiked to the bottom when our kids were 8 and 10 and they both are still proud of that fact. I think when you plan a visit, you have to tailor it to things you like as Creekland did in New Orleans.

I like LA. Rarely humid or too hot and if you live on or near the beach, it’s great. But the awful downer was recently seeing what has happened to Santa Monica and Venice. Personally devastating, Hop On busses, rental bikes littered everywhere, crowded, and a sleazy feel, all the way from UCLA to the beach and down to Venice.

In my day, it was a niche. Probably downtrodden then, too, but “ours.” This is my very own personal reaction.

I’ve heard the HI discrepancy between haves and have nots is an issue to some, too. And isn’t it humid?