This post was most recently updated on July 18th, 2020
Iconic U.S. attractions, such as the Empire State Building in New York City and the White House in Washington D.C, are certainly well known places, but are they potentially overrated? Some visitors took to Yelp to express their disappointment, and some of the comments left by disgruntled visitors were actually so hilarious that Apartment Guide is sharing them with you, along with beautiful printable travel posters you can use to decorate your home. I think you’ll enjoy these honest, funny reviews of 5 top destinations in the United States!
If you’ve been anxious to get to any of these places, maybe these funny reviews will help you reconcile with the fact that coronavirus may continue to delay travel plans. Check out some of the posters below, all of which you can download and use.
The Empire State Building, New York
Completed in 1931, this 102-story tall building offers breathtaking views of New York City from its observation deck. Despite the fact that this building was at one point the tallest skyscraper in the world, and that it attracts around 4 million visitors each year, not everyone is impressed. As one Yelp reviewer candidly stated, “This building is not as tall as it looks in photos.”
Gateway Arch, St. Louis
The iconic 630-foot arch is meant to symbolize a door to the western part of the country, as St. Louis was known as the “Gateway to the West” during the U.S. westward expansion in the 19th century. Although it attracts nearly 4 million visitors each year, one visitor thought the arch was, “Neat, but not wonderful.”
The White House, District of Columbia
In 1800, President John Adams and his wife were the first people to move into the unfinished White House. Every president since has occupied the White House, which has a whooping 412 doors, 147 windows, 28 fireplaces, 8 staircases, and 3 elevators. Despite its history and size, not everyone is overly impressed with the White House. One visitor noted on Yelp, “The tour is self guided and truthfully the rooms look old and very dated.”
Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
Located in Arizona, which of course is the Grand Canyon State, the Grand Canyon draws in approximately 5.5 million visitors from all over the world each year. Although the 1.2 million acre park is known for its jaw-dropping views, not everyone is blown away. One Yelp reviewer simplified the experience writing, “If you like rocks and lots of dirt, this is the place.” (If you’re interested in taking a road trip to the Grand Canyon, check out this post.)
Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco
Opened in 1937, the Golden Gate Bridge cost $35 million and the lives of 11 workers. It’s worth noting that in the 1930s, a rule of thumb on high-steel bridge construction projects was to expect one fatality for every $1 million in cost. The bridge is 1.7 miles long and offers sidewalks for pedestrians to stroll the full distance and take in the spectacular views. Despite the fact that it can get pretty windy on the bridge, not everyone is blown away by the experience. One visitor noted, “This “bridge” was neither golden nor a gate.” (Taking a road trip down the California coast, starting at the Golden Gate Bridge, is a must-do!)
Be sure to share these funny reviews of 5 top destinations and print out the travel posters to fuel your travel bucket list!
Love the wit, Julia! The Emperor’s new clothes meets travel reviews 🙂
Haha! That was worth a good laugh! I especially liked the review for the Grand Canyon: “If you like rocks and lots of dirt, this is the place.”
That was my personal favorite too!