Five American Cities to Avoid

There are at least 5 cities in the US that I have no desire to return to. Ruth & I visited them to see a single attraction or were on our way to a better place. We have no desire to return to any of these 5. Their main attractions are OK but not worth seeing a 2nd time.

Richfield is the least interesting town in Utah. Home to about 8,000 people, it’s on Interstate 98 about 60 miles west of Capitol Reef National Park, which is isolated and the least interesting of several National Parks in a state known for its outrageous beauty. Richfield was founded during the Civil War and is considered the hub city of Southwest Utah. What about St, George? Its few attractions include a historic fort, hot springs for soaking, an ATV trail created by Paiute Indians, and an old lime kiln. We saw none of these, but did want a good meal before our overnight stay. Not into Lotsa Motsa Pizza, we stopped a woman and asked her where to dine. She said we were in luck because a new and fantastic restaurant had just opened in town. We went there and it was average at best, so I did not recored its name for future use. It probably went bankrupt. If you want Asphalt Pie, however, this is the town to head to. Richfield is also a bit weird in that to go east from it you have to drive very far north to access highways headed in that direction, a small aggravation.

Kingville, TX is a one destination town. Unless you want to tour the historic King Ranch, which is fairly interesting, stay away. A town of 25,5000 souls west of Corpus Christi, Texas’ least interesting big city, Kingville was founded on flat land near The Gulf at the dawn of the ranching industry. We headed for the King Ranch early one Sunday morning and had to spend some time in this town because we were too early for a ranch tour. Its attractions include an old train depot and a saddle shop (ho hum), but absolutely nothing was opened except for a big supermarket that was not worth spending time in.

Las Cruces, New Mexico, is the largest of the 5 towns not to return to. Its populations is around 100,000. On the edge of the Chihuahuan Desert, Las Cruces invites visitors to see its roadrunner sculpture and take in the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum. We tried the later even though it looked traditional and not too interesting, but they were experiencing a mechanical difficulty that day and could not open. We suspect we were the beneficiaries. We were on our way from El Paso to Albuquerque at the time.

Pueblo, CO is a one time stop where 12,000 unlucky Coloradoans live south of Colorado Springs. Sad to say, Pueblo has a reputation as a crime ridden place and is generally known as the most dangerous city in colorful Colorado. We were not victims of crime as we explored the small, rather ordinary Arkansas Riverwalk and saw Rosemount, a historic Victorian home built by a local businessman named Thatcher. Puebloans are justifiably proud of Rosemount, but it’s like other homes of its type in a town known for boring steel production.

I am not a fan of Lake Havasu City, AZ despite the fact that someone there thought it was a good idea to disassemble and move the famous London Bridge said to be falling down to a retirement town on the Colorado River. Once you’ve driven across London Bridge, you have exhausted this area’s attractions.


About roads-rus

Since the beginning, I've had to avoid writing about the downside of travel in order to sell more than 100 articles. Just because something negative happened doesn't mean your trip was ruined. But tell that to publishers who are into 5-star cruise and tropical beach fantasies. I want to tell what happened on my way to the beach, and it may not have been all that pleasant. My number one rule of the road's disaster is tomorrow's great story. My travel experiences have appeared in about twenty magazines and newspapers. I've been in all 50 states more than once and more than 50 countries. Ruth and I love to travel internationally--Japan, Canada, China, Argentina, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, etc. Within the next 2 years we will have visited all of the European countries. But our favorite destination is Australia. Ruth and I have been there 9 times. I've written a book about Australia's Outback, ALONE NEAR ALICE, which is available through both Amazon & Barnes & Noble. My first fictional work, MOVING FORWARD, GETTING NOWHERE, has recently been posted on Amazon. It's a contemporary, hopefully funny re-telling of The Odyssey. View all posts by roads-rus

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