This is the worst tourist trap in Georgia, according to yet another ranking

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This is the worst tourist trap in Georgia, according to yet another ranking

There are few labels worse than being pegged as “overrated,” but one Atlanta attraction has, unfortunately, been dubbed Georgia’s biggest tourist trap.

Business Insider’s INSIDER team put together a state-by-state listing of attractions they deemed “blatant attempts to make money” or “plain weird,” and included popular attractions such as Hawaii’s Waikiki Beach, California’s Hollywood Walk of Fame and Louisiana’s Bourbon Street.

Atlanta’s World of Coca-Cola, despite its Willy Wonka-esque tasting room filled with more than 100 international and domestic beverages, made the list for Georgia.

The Coca-Cola Company

This huge tourist attraction in the middle of Atlanta brings in millions of visitors every year. Guests can see how the soda is bottled, take their picture with the famous polar bear, and taste several of the company's other drinks. 

The tickets aren't too costly, with adult prices at $17 and children's at $13, but battling the overwhelming crowds and long lines just to walk through what is essentially a huge advertisement, is downright silly. 

This isn’t the first time World of Coke has been called a huge tourist trap.

In fact, Travel and Leisure magazine wrote in a 2015 article that despite the beautiful museum and tasting room, the attraction is “a bit cliché,” ranking it the second most overrated attraction in Atlanta, after The Varsity.

And of the 182 readers who voted in the 2017 Best of Atlanta poll of best Atlanta tourist attractions, only six percent voted for the World of Coke.

But despite some of the recent painful reviews, the World of Coke continues to attract huge numbers.

And to celebrate its 10th anniversary at Pemberton Place, the museum is displaying work from 10 Atlanta artists who have put their spin on the iconic sculpted Coca-Cola bottles.

When asked for comment, World of Coca-Cola marketing manager Jacquie Wansley told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution she and the company are committed to offering new, exciting features for their guests.

Here’s the full statement:

“We’re humbled by the fact that over a million guests from around the world visit World of Coca-Cola each year and tell us how much they enjoy it – and return time and again. Our team is committed to offering new features and exhibits for our guests, like our new ‘10 Artists, 10 Bottles’ installation and #ShareaCokewithATL’ Instagram gallery. We hope your readers will come experience World of Coca-Cola for themselves. We’ll have an ice-cold Coke waiting for them!” 

Alabama:Ave Maria Grotto

Alaska: The North Pole

Arizona: The Four Corners

Arkansas: Crater of Diamonds State Park

California: Hollywood Walk of Fame

Colorado: Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum

Connecticut: Wild Bill’s Nostalgia Store

Delaware: Rehoboth Beach boardwalk

Florida: Epcot

Georgia: World of Coca-Cola

Hawaii: Waikiki Beach

Idaho: Craters of the Moon

Illinois: Chicago’s Magnificent Mile

Indiana: NCAA Hall of Champions

Iowa: Captain James T. Kirk’s future birthplace

Kansas: The World’s Largest Ball of Twine

Kentucky: Ark Encounter

Louisiana: Bourbon Street

Maine: The Desert of Maine

Maryland: Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

Massachusetts: Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market

Michigan: Mystery Spot

Minnesota: Mall of America

Mississippi: Birthplace of Elvis

Missouri: Nuclear Waste Adventure Trail and Museum

Montana: 50,000 Silver $ Bar

Nebraska: Carhenge

Nevada: The Venetian Gondolas

New Hampshire: Clark’s Trading Post

New Jersey: Atlantic City Boardwalk

New Mexico: Roswell

New York: Times Square

North Carolina: The Blowing Rock

North Dakota: The Enchanted Highway

Ohio: “A Christmas Story” House

Oklahoma: J.M. Davis Arms & Historical Museum

Oregon: Undersea Gardens

Pennsylvania: The Liberty Bell

Rhode Island: Mysterious Viking Tower

South Carolina: South of the Border

South Dakota: Wall Drug

Tennessee: Graceland

Texas: The Alamo

Utah: Moqui Cave

Vermont: Rock of Ages

Virginia: Foamhenge

Washington: Gum Wall

West Virginia: The Congressional Bunker

Wisconsin: Mars Cheese Castle

Wyoming: Frontier Prison

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