Vacation spot or must-avoid tourist trap?
These spots draw crowds -- and rake in the bucks. See which ones are worth checking out and which to avoid.
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South of the Border is awesome, especially if you're a kid. I remember stopping there every year on our way back from the beach. It was a tradition to find the cheesiest souvenir possible as a memento of the trip! Besides, we got to walk around, stretch our legs from the car ride, and laugh at all the funny stuff. You don't have to ride the rides, stay in the motel etc., but you can if you want to. They have weird souvenirs there I've never seen anywhere else. It's definitely worth a stop. Besides, it's only offensive if you're easily offended.
Back when it started, Hispanics in this area were few and far between, and most people never had enough money to make it to Mexico. It was fun to say you'd been "south of the border," and watch people be confused until they caught on. It wasn't meant rudely, only as a fun joke. Nowadays, people have just lost their sense of humor.
Niagara is worth planning a vacation around. Old Fort Niagara, the old French fort, is worth seeing which is only about 20 miles away in Youngstown. Also the old colonial village of Lewiston is quite charming.. Across the Niagara River From Youngstown is Niagara on the Lake and the old British fort, Fort George. My children loved the trip.
One of the worst days ever spent was at "Magic Mountain".
105 degrees, 12 hours, 4 rides (agonizingly long lines), $8- four (4) oz warm sodas.....rivals Gitmo.
Disneyland not too far behind.
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