Discover where to go – and where to avoid – this summer! Travellers might want to think again about heading to Stonehenge. According to one underwhelmed Rough Guides reader, the famous prehistoric monument is “just a pile of stones”.
Indeed, when Rough Guides readers were asked to name the places that left them feeling flat (as well as the world’s most underrated places), they weren’t shy about voicing their opinions. Whether you agree or not, these ratings make for fascinating reading for any travel lover.
Four of the world’s top 10 underrated places are in South America whilst the world’s most undervalued country is (shh!) incredible Indonesia. Three of the world’s 10 most overhyped tourist spots, on the other hand, are in Paris (ouch!) and the world’s most disappointing tourist attraction is right here in the UK , criticised by one reader for being “soooo small!”
Rough Guides CEO René Frey says: “I love hearing from our readers about their travel experiences – and they certainly don’t hold back! The results of our latest poll make for fascinating reading, and I’m sure everyone who loves travel will have an opinion on the rankings. The list of underrated places is the perfect source of travel inspiration for this summer’s trips. On the other hand, it’s interesting that Stonehenge left so many readers feeling unimpressed. This goes to show that Rough Guides readers are looking for authentic, immersive travel experiences, away from tourist traps – and that’s exactly what we strive to provide for them.”
Here’s the lowdown according to Rough Guides readers:
The world’s most overhyped tourist attractions
10. The Louvre
9. The Grand Canyon
8. Château de Versailles
7. The Colosseum
6. Sydney Opera House
5. Statue of Liberty
4. Niagara Falls
3. Central Park
2. Eiffel Tower
1. Stonehenge — the world’s most overrated tourist attraction
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The world’s most underrated holiday destinations
4. Angkor Wat, Cambodia
1. Indonesia — the world’s most underrated holiday destination