Besides the double decker bus tours…here are reasons you might get a few locals shaking their heads at you in these cities…
Hidemi for Los Angeles, CA
Celebrity Maps (where celebrities live), Going to Hollywood period – you won’t find any stars there, not ones in person at least. Even Runyon Canyon is a bit ridiculous after the show The Hills. Venice is great, Venice beach is a nightmare.
Justin for New York, NY
Anything around Times Square aside from going to shows. Giving taxis an address rather than a cross-street (e.g. saying “30 E 10th St” rather than “10th St and Broadway”) So different from London. I remember staying on some tiny street in Knightsbridge once and getting in a random taxi at 2:00 in the morning, saying “10 Kinnerton St”, and he’d know exactly where it was and how to get there. Impressive.
Brian for Dublin, Ireland
Don’t order a car bomb…anywhere in Ireland. Temple Bar is full of tourists. The Blarney Stone – I’ve never even seen the stone even though half my family live in Blarney.
Jeff for Honolulu, HI
We avoid Waikiki like the plague. Overpriced restaurants and shops, zero parking and way too crowded. Actually the only time I ever go to Waikiki is to pick up friends who are visiting from out of town.
Drew for New York, NY
Have fun waiting in line at the Empire State Building, boating to the Statue of Liberty, or anywhere within a block of Time Square.
Inyoung for Seoul, Korea
Many visitors take a cruise ship on Han River. Locals would rather have a picnic by the river; and the most popular picnic food is chicken & beer! Visitors go up to the observatory at 63 Building. It used to be the tallest building in Seoul. But as a local, I would rather eat at a restaurant in that building than go to the observatory. And if it’s scenery you want then I think Namsan Tower is much better. Also, Insadong and Myoungdong is full of people visiting. Both are very popular neighborhoods in Seoul both for locals and visitors, but it’s getting more touristy. It has many shops and restaurants, but there are better places all around the city.
Brian for Palo Alto, CA
There’s a whole group of restaurants and bars that locals wouldn’t ever go to, example: The Cheesecake Factory. Most locals would never even drive down University Ave — they’d take side roads to avoid traffic.
Jack for Denver, CO
16th Street Mall – it’s terrible.
Claire for New York, NY
Times Square, Chinatown, the line at Grimaldi’s
Krista for Dallas, TX
JFK Grassy Knoll. For sure. Its so hard for Dallasites to be characterized by the awful time in our history and all people want to see is where Kennedy was shot.
Caroline for New Orleans, Louisiana
Bourbon St. Bars…I’d recommend going to Frenchman St. to hear local music instead. Tourist trap restaurants like The Gumbo Shoppe or spending money on cheesy souvenirs and t-shirts instead of exploring local boutiques.
Paul for San Francisco, CA
Fisherman’s Wharf, Union Square, Cable Cars…I just don’t understand why you wouldn’t prefer to check out Sight Glass, Hayes Valley, NoPa, Ocean Beach surfers, Trou Normand, Delores Park or any number of innovative things happening here.