Yeah, 300 is unusual, i am not playing WoW anymore so maybe they have solved it, but when WoW launched (aside from not running at all due to 2second lag) some places, especially Ironforge were notorious for this. Lots of people waited in front of the bank/griffon/auction thing and there was always a huge commotion there. Did they move the bank or the griffon?
What you said though, nothing beats watching the sun go down in WoW at some of the elven places or traveling through the (huge) deserts. The art and the music just fit perfectly..
But yeah.. i am glad i don't play it anymore, it really is an addiction