Times Square, New York
Flashing advertisements, obnoxious peddlers selling knockoff DVDs, chain restaurants, and hordes of lost tourists looking at maps await you in the five famed blocks of Times Square. Residents of the city go out of their way to avoid this area where personal space goes to die. We'll never understand why visitors travel all the way to New York City to buy grocery-store candy at the M&M's World store, dine at an Olive Garden, and gawk at billboards.
Instead: Check out New York's Museum Mile, a stretch of eight museums along Fifth Avenue. Less crowds, more unique things to gawk at—and there'll still be hot-dog carts for you to buy from.