NEW YORK (MainStreet) These are the places everybody talks about - "you have to go!" - and when you get there, maybe only silently inside, you find yourself grumbling: Why did I bother?
It's almost like the Yogi Berra line: Nobody goes there anymore it's too crowded.
Except what you are thinking is: Nobody should go there.
Why? Overpriced. Rude and self-impressed. Nothing to do, in fact. Those are key reasons that make a destination fall into the overrated category.
Understand two realities. The first is that places like Yuma, Ariz; Bakersfield, Calif.; Birmingham, Ala.; and Camden, N.J. are not on this list, because they definitely are not overrated. Ignored places definitionally cannot be overrated.
Fact two: this is a topic that breeds disputes. You may think that Berlin is overrated - overcrowded with tourists and mediocre and overpriced restaurants.
I on the other hand adore Berlin (although acknowledging the food is blah, the only people there are out-of-towners, and the ghoul factor indeed is high). But just walking along the preposterously grand Karl Marx Allee makes me want to break into song.
That's not what this list is about. The aim here is to highlight destinations with very few lovers and an awful lot of haters.