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The Alamo Was Listed as the ‘Worst Tourist Trap in Texas’

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If you’re at all interested in the history of Texas, making time to visit the Alamo is a no brainer. But Business Insider recently listed the site on their Worst Tourist Trap in Every State list. In fact, they recommend looking at a picture instead of actually visiting. “Spend a day at the Alamo and you’ll remember to never go back. The building’s remains are so small they consistently disappoint visitors,” they write.

Despite the reasoning behind calling the Alamo a “tourist trap,” the fact remains that this site is still representative of a turning point in Texas history. Downtown San Antonio sprouts up all around the monument, making it feel touristy, but it also creates an interesting dynamic and an obvious representation of how Texas has changed since the Alamo fell in 1836. And like Jack FM points out, there will be many changes to the site to make it more of an experience for visitors, but in the meantime, would you say the Alamo should be avoided?

We think Business Insider’s list should be taken with a grain of salt. They also include fun places like Graceland as the worst tourist trap in Tennessee and Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas. They say it’s just a “plowed field of dirt,” but recently, a little boy recently found a 7.44-carat diamond there. Sounds like most of the places listed are worth a visit if you appreciate the journey and the destination! As Texans, we hold a special place in our hearts for the Alamo, so we think the idea of calling this sacred site a “tourist trap” is just absurd. As far as we’re concerned, this is hallowed ground.

What do you think? Is it a “tourist trap,” or a sacred location that every true Texan should visit? Let us know your thoughts!