3 of the worst tourist traps to avoid in Los Angeles County, CA

Saurabh

Los Angeles County has so many tourist sites that visiting them all would take at least a week. It is one of the most well-known tourist sites in the United States, although not all of the tourist attractions are worth seeing. This article will focus on three Los Angeles County tourism spots that are well-known for being tourist traps.

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Venice Boardwalk

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On the paved two-mile Ocean Front Walk on Venice Beach, the Venice Beach Boardwalk is a one-mile street market and a free speech zone. The major section runs from North Venice Boulevard in the south to Park Avenue in the north, with a few scattered clubs and stores going up to Rose Avenue. Permanent buildings on the east side (inland) that hold shops, restaurants, snack bars, hostels, motels, and houses, as well as private property. Just about everything, from the concrete boardwalk to the ocean, is a Los Angeles public park, which further includes the outdoor Venice Beach Recreation Center's facilities.

Although it is not the worst destination to visit, the drawbacks are too substantial to overlook if you are a tourist looking to have a good time. There are plenty of positives about the Venice boardwalk to admire but the negative is most people will be too distracted by weightlifters, unsavory individuals, homemade mixtape sellers, and grungy smoke establishments to even make it down to the sand.

The Venice boardwalk, and Venice in general, has recently been a hotspot for significant homeless encampments, raising the concerns of local residents and business owners. The tourists are also targeted by robbers and according to the statistics shared by Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) with Fox News, the number of violent robberies in the neighborhood has increased by 177 percent, and the number of incidents of assault with a dangerous weapon involving a homeless person has increased by 162 percent.

Hollywood Sign

The Hollywood sign is placed at the very end of Mount Lee Drive on Mount Lee in the Beachwood Canyon area of Los Angeles. It is a well-known and quite an iconic spot as represented in popular media, appearing in everything from television series and movies to animation as a representation of Los Angeles. In movies and television shows, actors walk up to the Hollywood sign alone and casually, which is the polar opposite of what you would experience at the sign.

The crowd is constantly on the nose and you'll be sure to get some Instagram-worthy images of the sign and Los Angeles' breathtaking panoramic shots. But you won't be the only one trying to grab a peek of this movie-famous location, especially if you arrive on a weekend. The positive aspect of this hike would be that you won't be losing any money even if it is a disappointment as visiting the sign is completely free.

Hollywood Walk of Fame

The Hollywood Walk of Fame is located at Hollywood Boulevard, Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028. It began as a Chamber of Commerce marketing gimmick, but it is now one of the most recognized tourist attractions of Los Angeles, attracting millions of tourists each year. According to a 2019 survey conducted by Stasher that took TripAdvisor ratings, Instagram popularity, and other variables into account, the Hollywood Walk of Fame was ranked the world's worst tourist attraction.

What is depicted in popular media about the Hollywood Walk of Fame could not be further from the truth; it is not something that is supposed to steal your breath away, but the disappointing atmosphere is somewhat jarring as it is one of the most famous tourist spots of Los Angeles County. It's difficult to reconcile images from the media with sights of filthy streets, street performers, celebrity impersonators, and tacky tourist shops.

When visiting this location, a sense of disappointment is to be expected. However, at the end of the day, it all boils down to personal preference and what you want to explore in your time and with your money.

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Saurabh is a Computer Science & Engineering undergraduate student pursuing his writing interests. He enjoys researching current events/news as well as Evergreen Topics and has also been writing on Medium, Quora and Vocal.

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