11/30/2012 07:12 am ET Updated Jan 30, 2013

Great Alternatives To Common Tourist Traps

Name recognition is the only thing you'll sacrifice if you swap out the usual tourist attractions for these lesser-known spots. The rest is gravy: think lower prices, fewer crowds and more time spent actually enjoying the place you're visiting. Getting creative pays dividends and always leaves you with an exciting story to tell.

Be the traveler that outsmarts all the guidebooks by striking out toward these fabulous attractions.

--Condé Nast Traveler

Alternatives To Common Tourist Traps

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