LOS ANGELES (KNX) — As the countdown to summer vacations continues, a new list ranks some places you may want to reconsider visiting this summer. Two of the top 10 are right in Los Angeles.
Naturally, some of the attractions that draw people in are underwhelming or even disappointing. So instead of wasting your time and money traveling to see something that may be a letdown, the online casino MrQ ranked the top 10 most complained about attractions around the world.
The study analyzed 27 of the world's most popular tourist attractions, and recorded all of the one star and two star reviews on TripAdvisor to determine their rankings.
The Hollywood Walk of Fame comes in at the top spot for the most complained about the tourist attraction. There were 17,616 reviews of the famous Los Angeles destination, but 20% of the reviews were either one or two stars. For comparison, the Great Wall of China is the least complained about attraction, as there were only 114 one or two stars reviews out of the total of 23,785.
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There are over 2,700 stars for celebrities on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and Hotels.com says that more than 10 million people visit the attraction each year.
The Palace of Versailles in France and Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England, have over 14,000 reviews online but still managed to come in second and third, respectively, on the list. 17% of the 14,608 reviews for the Palace of Versailles were one or two stars, while Stonehenge had 8% one or two-star reviews out of their 14,498 reviews.
Back in Los Angeles, the iconic Hollywood Sign has been referenced throughout television, movies, songs, and more, making it a top attraction for visitors. Although, out of 7,675 reviews online, it received the fourth largest amount of one or two-star reviews at 6%.
The next three attractions all received one or two star reviews 5% of the time, but the number of total reviews varied. Big Ben in London has 31,783 reviews on TripAdvisor, but 5% of them are one or two stars. While the White House has 8,130 reviews with 5% being one or two stars, and the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy has 14,633 reviews with 5% at just one or two stars.
The most reviewed tourist attraction from the MrQ rankings was the Empire State Building, with a total of 92,362 reviews on TripAdvisor. But it appears the 102-story landmark isn't everything visitors think it will be, as 4% left a one or two star review. The Empire State Building website says that more than 4 million people visit each year, as many are drawn to the observation decks that overlook all of New York City.
Built in the 26th century BC, the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt attract more than 14.7 million visitors per year and were part of the original Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Despite its mysterious history, 4% of the 8,142 reviews left on TripAdvisor were one or two stars.
Rounding out the world's top 10 most complained about attractions is Buckingham Palace in London, home to the British monarchy since 1837 after being originally built in 1703. Only 3% of the 29,303 reviews were one or two stars, as more than 50,000 people visit the Palace as guests to events like banquets, lunches, and dinners, according to the Royal Family website.
The Great Wall of China and Tower Bridge in London topped the list of least complained about tourist attractions. The Grand Canyon and Niagara Falls were the best-rated spots in the United States.
Top 10 most complained about tourist attractions:
1. Hollywood Walk of Fame
2. Palace of Versailles
4. Hollywood Sign
5. Big Ben
6. The White House
7. Leaning Tower of Pisa
8. Empire State Building
9. Pyramids of Giza
10. Buckingham Palace
Top 10 least complained about tourist attractions:
1. Great Wall of China
2. Tower Bridge
3. Grand Canyon
4. Niagara Falls
5. Taj Mahal
7. Mount Rushmore
8. St. Peter’s Basilica
9. British Museum
10. Trafalgar Square