26 photos that show what popular tourist sites are really like

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All that glitters is not gold, and famous landmarks on your friends’ Instagram don’t usually look like that in real life.

Instagram is a heavily curated, “perfect” look at people’s lives, so don’t despair: not everything is as rosy as it may seem on your feed.

Here’s what 13 famous sites look like in real life.

The Great Wall of China snakes along for miles, beautifully devoid of anyone but you.

In reality, there are humans everywhere.

The pyramids of Giza, shrouded in mystery, beckon with wide open desert.

Not so much.

The Mona Lisa is just waiting for that perfect selfie with you.

It will be less selfie and more ussie. And one that's like 10 feet from the surprisingly small painting at that.

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Niagara Falls is all rainbows and kisses.

The Sistine Chapel is just begging to be studied in awed silence.

It's really a mosh pit with a beautiful ceiling.

What's a trip to Paris without a shot of the Eiffel Tower?

Said everyone else who's there as well.

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Manneken Pis is a must-see for anyone visiting Brussels.

But why? It's a tiny statue on the corner of a busy pedestrian street.

Versailles, a true fairytale.

Sorry, make that nightmare.

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Disney World, the most magical place on Earth...

If you don't suffer from claustrophobia, that is.

Beijing's Forbidden City looks gorgeous.

But we'll pass.

People love watching Buckingham Palace's guards change.

*A lot* of people love watching Buckingham Palace's guards change.

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Yellowstone Park, a place for the quiet contemplation of nature's beauty...

If you can find some quiet.

People from all over the world flock to Copenhagen's Little Mermaid statue.

'Flock' might be an understatement.

Picture: Simon Thomsen, Business Insider

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