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Are Minnesota tourist traps worth the trip?

Posted by: Kerri Westenberg under Minnesota Updated: December 30, 2013 - 5:17 PM

The editors at Smarter Travel have come up with a list of the 10 most overrated tourist traps, and what to see instead. Frankly, I think it’s the work of cynical, seen-it-all travelers. The Blarney Stone? Sure, I didn’t lean back in a death-defying pose to kiss the stone (which is required if you want to partake in that ritual), but the castle in Ireland is lovely. Stonehenge? I’d love to go, despite the fact that it is near two roads. The Pyramids at Giza? Who wouldn’t want to see those, even if there is a Pizza Hut in their shadows? But the list got me thinking. Was it really worth a drive to see the world’s largest ball of twine in Darwin, Minn.? (Yes, if only to marvel at one man’s vision and drive.) And is there a reason — overhyped attraction, overdone kitsch? — that I haven’t yet visited Paul Bunyan and Babe? One tourist destination that gets overlooked is the Jeffers Petroglyphs, a sight no one could called a tourist trap. Lovely. Tell me what you think of Minnesota “tourist traps" -- to avoid or don't miss.

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