The No Go List: 18 Destinations to Avoid This Year

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Mount Rushmore
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Mount Rushmore

Why it's controversial: An 1868 treaty gave much of the Black Hills to the Lakota Sioux, who consider the area sacred. Then, prospectors struck gold and Congress passed a new law in 1877 taking the land back. When Mount Rushmore was built here a few decades later, many Native Americans found it to be the ultimate act of desecration, a conclusion also reached by a 2012 UN Human Rights Council report urging the U.S. to return the Black Hills to the Sioux.

Instead go to: The National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. Over 12,000 years of Native American history are available in what is probably the most interesting building in D.C.

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