Boston's Slipping Tourist Appeal

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — I got a press release the other day from the fine folks at TripAdvisor, touting their annual listing of “the top travel destinations in the US,” and teasing the fact that “Boston was named one of the top destinations.”

So I read on, curious to see what it was about our beloved city that so appealed to the tourists.

“Walk the Freedom Trail” to “get a sense of this coastal city's revolutionary spirit and history.” Ok, that’s fine, but a trip to the USS Constitution and Castle Island would do the trick as well, plus you’d get a Sullivan’s hot dog out of it.

“Explore some of Boston's fine museums…and old neighborhoods like the North End,” again, fine, if a little predictable.

And then this: “You can't claim to have experienced real Boston culture, though, until you've watched a Red Sox game from the bleachers.”

Actually, watching from a dive bar will do the same trick, a lot cheaper.

But it turns out that while Boston made their list of the top 20 US cities, it was just barely.

We came in 17th, behind—ugh—Las Vegas, Washington D.C., and Nashville, just ahead of Branson, Missouri.

Really?

Let’s face it, history and old-world charm don’t seem to play as well as they used to.

And our country music scene will never match the likes of Branson and Nashville.

But don’t worry, the Everett casino is opening soon.

Why go to Vegas, when you can hit that and get the dog at Sully’s too?

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