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Aren't Canada and the United States very mediocre for travel and tourism?

Asked by EuphoricDysphoria (4points) July 30th, 2012

There is nothing exciting about US/Canadian cities and towns.The architecture in these two countries are not impressive. The colonial buildings try to mimic the feel in being in Europe, but instead they turn out to be kitschy and theme park-like. Old Quebec City, Old Montreal, Frankenmuth, Solvang, Helen, etc. are perfect examples of this. It’ funny when people say the Quebec in the most European of North America, when the most European areas of North America are in Mexico, Cuba and the Dominican Republic. Cities in Latin America are older and look very identical to that of Spain and Portugal.

The thing that US and Canada may have going for it are the natural beauty/scenic areas. But those tend to have a package fill to attractions there. There is often style with no substance, no layers. They also have nothing on scenic areas in other countries like Victoria Falls, Tsingy de Bemaraha Strict Nature Reserve, Avenue of the Baobabs, Longsheng Rice Terraces, Sacred Valley, Monteverde etc..

Archaeological/ancient sites/ruins in the Canada/US are not impressive. Especially when compared to magnificent ones in other countries like Teotihuacan, Great Wall of China, Angkor Wat, Colosseum, Parthenon, Machu Picchu, Timbuktu etc..

Other countries have a lot more to offer, especially without the American blandness. I genuinely feel sorry for Americans who feel content to just travel in their country.

Anyone else US/Canada to be extremely mediocre and two of the most overrated travel/tourist destination on the planet?

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WestRiverrat's avatar

No, I would explain, but you seem predisposed to discount any opinion that disagrees with you.

Blackberry's avatar

You’re assuming everyone travels to see structures. Some people do not care about this.

Some people are new travelers and may be impressed by the buildings you think are lame. It’s all subjective.

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ragingloli's avatar

Well, Canada has a lot of beautiful snow, Mounties, and it is the only democracy on the North American subcontinent.

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gailcalled's avatar

Feel free to not visit.

Canada and its 3.9 million square miles and the US with its 3.7 million square miles (not counting boring, boring, boring Hawaii) will soldier on without you.

Michael_Huntington's avatar

Archaeological/ancient sites/ruins in the Canada/US are not impressive
Because they’re not thousands of years old?

0/10. Not even mad. Step up your game, son.

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Ponderer983's avatar

Tell that to the millions that flow through the streets of NYC.

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wonderingwhy's avatar

Heh, ok, I’ll take the bait.

These aren’t direct comparisons mind you but I think anyone can see where I’m headed. And as far as package/attractions – just because they’re offered doesn’t mean you can’t strike out on your own for some personal exploration.

victoria falls ok, how about the grand canyon
Tsingy de bemaraha how about the mammoth cave system
Avenue of the Baobabs, let’s see how about the giant redwoods of California
Longsheng rice terraces (which I would argue aren’t even the best of the terraces to visit) how about the Louisiana bayou
Sacred Valley hmmm, let’s go with Yosemite Valley

As far as cultural/ancient buildings, yeah the Native Americans didn’t build quite the way some did but that doesn’t mean they didn’t know what was what. Visit crater lake, the serpent mound, the Chaokai (sp) mounds, the badlands, various petroglyph and cave dwelling locations, the medicine wheel, blessing hands rock, etc. and be sure to get their history of those places while your there.

Yes there are places too numerous to count all around the world that are worth visiting and it is a horrible shame that many people don’t think they’re worth the trip but that applies to everyone, everywhere.

Sorry to Canada, didn’t mean to leave you out (yay polar bear park!), just got on a roll. Oh and while I’m at it you also didn’t mention some absolutely amazing places internationally you didn’t name – how about Yin Xu, the M’Zab Valley, the Temple of Preah Vihear, The Darjeeling Railway? They are each amazing in their own right, hardly worth belittling them by trying to compare.

zenvelo's avatar

Victoria Falls? I’ll take Niagara.
Tsingy de Bemaraha? Boring and nothing compared to Kilaeau or Mt St Helens.
Baobabs? I’ll take Avenue of the Giants redwoods, ain’t nothing taller.
Rice Terraces? Mayacamas Vineyards
Sacred Valley? Yosemite Valley.
Monteverede? The Rain Forest of the Cascade Range

oh, I just saw @wonderingwhy is doing the same thing.

marinelife's avatar

I think your prejudices are showing. While it is true that the U.S. and Canada have nothing as old as Europe in the way of buildings, much of the natural scenery is some of the most beautiful in the world. That’s why tourists come from all over the world to see it (the U.S. is among the top tourist destinations in the world).

On Meares Island in British Columbia there are trees more than 1,000 years old, which are just incredible. In Washington State, there is the only temperate rain forest in the world. The sheer diversity of both countries is unmatched anywhere else in the world.

filmfann's avatar

If you like architecture, you would be amazed by parts of San Francisco.
Last time I checked, it was still in the United States.

dabbler's avatar

Gorgeous and/or grand cities in the two countries that never tried to look like some place in Europe include New York, Chicago, Vancouver, San Francisco.

The natural wonders in the two countries, adding to @wonderingwhy‘s lovely list, include the Yukon, the coastal range of British Colombia, the Adirondacks…

If you think the U.S. and Canada are bland you either don’t have your eyes open or you just don’t like ‘em. As @gailcalled observes, we will get along fine without you.

JLeslie's avatar

I just finished an Alaskan cruise and it was fantastic! One of my best vacations of my life. I think Vancouver is a wonderful city also if you like cities, we started the cruise in Vancouver, it was my second time there.

I also had a wonderful time in Vermont a few years ago. Lots of little businesses to take tours. Ben and Jerry’s, maple syrup, cheese making, apple cider, Von Trapp lodge and meet the Von Trapps and hear the story of how they left Austria, another wonderful trip.

Boca Raton, FL has nice beaches and great shopping, and so do other parts of FL.

We have several mountain ranges that are beautiful to spend time in, drive through, go white water rafting, horseback riding, hiking. Adirondocks, Rockies, Ozarks, Applachians, and more. Many places to feel at one with the earth.

The US is so large, varied climates and topography, so many choices, ocean, great lakes, arid, humid, tropical, mountains, desert, large city, country, NASA, Hollywood, Music cities, Broadway, National Parks, we have everything. Canada is beautiful also. True we don’t have a lot of 500 year old castles and buildings, but we have other things.

Adagio's avatar

People like what they like, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I don’t live in the US but see no sense whatsoever in your question, what does it matter that you see no value in visiting North America, don’t go there if you’re not interested, that’s all there is to it.

gailcalled's avatar

Cliff dwellings of the Pueblo people
at Mesa Verde

Dated to 600 AD.

YARNLADY's avatar

The U. S. has the most extensive, impressive natural show in the world at Yellowstone . I challenge you to find anything like that in Europe. The often overlooked Mesa Verde showcases some of the oldest architecture in the U. S. You could take a tour on the most majestic river in the U. S., the third longest river in the world, and definitely the most fun to spell, Mississippi The U.S. also has the oldest trees in the entire world and the tallest and the biggest in circumference.

You would have to go to Asia to find a cavern larger than the Carlsbad Caverns

So, I’m thinking is only your ignorance of the possibilities available that would allow you to ask this question.

zenvelo's avatar

And the Grand Canyon!

WestRiverrat's avatar

Ruby Falls underneath Lookout Mountain in Tennessee has Victoria Falls at least matched.

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gailcalled's avatar

Did anyone mention Mt. Washington and the Presidential Range in the White Mts. of NH?


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King_Pariah's avatar

Yosemite is lovely. And the US is home to the largest volcano in the world (Yellowstone) which is also very lovely, just have to ignore the smell of sulfur hither and thither.

Nullo's avatar

The majesty of the Rocky Mountains eclipses even the legendary Alps.

mattbrowne's avatar

I completely disagree with your views. The Colorado Plateau for example is very unique and you won’t find this on any other continent. The National Park system is an American invention. Show me a country that offers more tourist information and features more ranger-led programs. Many North American cities and towns are quite impressive. Why would so many people choose to visit New York City for example?

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bolwerk's avatar

For what it’s worth, small town America was also hit pretty hard by the demographic pressures that drove Americans out of cities to suburbs – and it happened a lot more quietly. Economic activity now happens in large metropolitan areas, leaving little for small towns to do. As a result, not really through any fault of its own, small town America probably is rather soulless and culture-less these days – as a result, at least in part, there is a trend toward setting up “olde”/“European” tourist amenities that are a poor fit. Oktoberfest in Strasbourg, Virginia? Italian Day Parade in Watertown, NY?

European small towns may be more interesting but, still, quite a number of medium and large North American cities have plenty to offer. That’s especially true along the east and west coasts, but it’s hard to miss Chicago and New Orleans – or for that matter a center of diversity like Toronto. Granted, the architecture may not always be as nice, but it often is nice. As for scenery, you may prefer this or that, but it’s hard to deny North America has some spectacular scenery.

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