The No Go List: 18 Destinations to Avoid This Year

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Lower Ninth Ward

Why it's controversial: Residents of New Orleans's hard-hit Lower Ninth Ward are sick and tired of tourists ogling at them during their years-long recovery from Hurricane Katrina. A wave of so-called disaster tourism following the storm sparked new regulations on for-profit tour buses entering the neighborhood in 2006, though residents say buses still drive through the neighborhood illegally, causing disruptions and making them feel like "animals in a zoo."

Instead go to: The Lower Ninth Ward Living Museum, a new space promoting community empowerment where visitors can explore the area through oral histories and free-to-enter exhibits.

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