The “Best” One-Star Yelp Reviews of National Parks

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I’m endlessly fascinated by really, really bad reviews on sites like TripAdvisor, Yelp, etc. More specifically: undeserved one-star reviews, especially at places like The Grand Canyon and Yellowstone National Park.

This recent article from Mother Jones doesn’t disappoint. A sample:

Zion National Park

Zion National Park
Zion National Park © Cyril Fluck


“Scenery is grand and huge and up in the air and distant and impersonal.” ?!

Talk about missing the point.

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Mike Richard
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Mike Richard has traveled the world extensively since 2008. He's camped in the Jordanian desert with Bedouins, tracked African wild dogs in South Africa, and survived a near-miss great white shark attack in Mexico. He loves the great outdoors, good bourbon, and he (usually) calls Massachusetts home. He also enjoys speaking in the third person.

3 Responses

  1. ajdeville

    I love the bad reviews. When looking for accommodation, I will often click the ‘terrible’ on Trip Advisor just for a laugh. I’ve come across some really odd reasons for giving a place one star. Like the guy who gave one star because the room didn’t have iPod connectivity. Or the lady who thought the motel restaurant should be open 24/7… when the motel was in rural Australia.

    Keep posting these ones – they remind me of how funny and strange humans are.

    • Mike Richard
      Mike Richard

      Haha – will do, Ajdeville!

      I’m actually putting together a weekly column just to highlight these best-worst reviews because I love them so much =)


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