"We're Over It": What are the Most Overrated Cities in the World?
The opinions of “Siena” are hers alone and don’t reflect those of Yahoo Travel.
Earlier this week I ranted about places that failed to live up to their hype for me. Readers had a lot to say about my list and added the least favorite, most underwhelming destinations of their own. They ranted about places from Sweden and Chicago to Belize City and Albania. Some I disagreed with; I happen to love New York and find New Orleans seedily charming if you know where to go. But about several cities, the readers had a point. Here are some of them, plus a few of my own not-worth-the-flight choices. Full disclosure: I haven’t been everywhere on this list.
Some readers don’t care for the City by the Bay (Photo: Thinkstock)
One S.F. native complained, “It’s a filthy city overflowing with mean homeless people… The pleasant-to-look-at richer areas, generally on tops of hills … are filled with the flaky, frightened yuppies you’d expect to find there. Insularity defines San Francisco.” I agree with that reader: Ugly class divides are spoiling the city’s waterfront beauty; now San Francisco is full of protesters haranguing Google buses. Plus, traffic is generally miserable. And while you can eat incredibly well here, prices are high and hotel rates are punishing. Also frustrating is that it’s such a one-industry town. Last time I visited, every conversation I had spiraled back to someone’s startup, his foundation, local/organic/seasonal/foraged restaurants, and ayahuasca. P.S.: It’s almost always cold.
Singapore is just a bit too orderly for some people’s taste. (Photo: Thinkstock)