With amazing attractions and roadside oddities covering the United States, it’s hard to name favorites. But we have a special love-hate relationship with these tourist stops. Have more to add to the list? Tell us about it in the comments or on Facebook and your quote could be added to the article!
Mermaid Shows, Weeki Wachee Springs, Florida 🐠
You can’t deny the mermaids of Weeki Wachee deserve a place on the list of best cliche attractions. These graceful ladies are simply splendid – they’re practically underwater showgirls, which is a title not many can boast. With performances at this attraction dating to 1947, you’ll won’t want to miss this Florida State Park!
Maid of the Mist, Niagara Falls, New York ⚓️
There’s a fine line between iconic and cliche, and somehow we think the ponchos put the Maid of the Mist boat ride over the edge. Of course, we love this attraction! It’s one of the best ways to experience the power and beauty of Niagara Falls. Share your poncho selfies with us on Instagram!
South of the Border, Dillon, South Carolina 🎢
Dating back to 1950, South of the Border is either a tourist trap or a fun road trip stop, depending on who you ask. Complete with amusement rides, restaurants and hotels, this kitschy pit stop offers Tex-Mex flair that’s undeniable. Share your road trip pics from South of the Border using #DriveTheNation!
Grauman’s Chinese Theater, Los Angeles, California 👣
“The best cliché attraction I ‘hate to love’ is the forecourt of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. What a treat, to look for the footprints and handprints of famous film stars of yesteryear. On a busy day, you have to take your time and make sure you don’t get elbowed out of the way when looking for Gloria Swanson or Clark Gable. Footprints in cement is a kid’s prank, unless the kid is immediately recognizable the world over.” – Jay Dalles, Drive The Nation writer
Hollywood Walk of Fame, Los Angeles, California ⭐️
“My favorite cliche attraction that I hate to love is the Hollywood Stars that line Hollywood Blvd. When I visit, it’s hard not to want to get my picture taken with some of my favorite celebrities…. even if it may just be with their star on the ground!” – Kimberly Devitt, Drive The Nation writer