Every travel destination has its significant tourist attractions that visitors flock to. These sites may range from historical museums to hiking trails, and black sand beaches. Then, there are other places that have attractions that are dedicated to all things unconventional, gruesome, racist and bloody. Despite the controversy, curious travelers still make the trek to witness these 45 tourist attractions with their own two eyes.
1. Lower Ninth Ward, New Orleans
In 2005, Hurricane Katrina battered parts of the U.S., leaving behind over $108 billion worth of damages and claiming the lives of an estimated 1,836 people in various states. The most extensive damage occurred in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans, Louisiana – a neighborhood where homes were leveled when multiple breaches in the levees of four canals caused catastrophic flooding. As the community started to rebuild, the Lower Ninth Ward became a tourist attraction for those who wanted to see the rebuilding process firsthand.
In 2006, the city council banned tour groups from giving post-Katrina tours, but that didn’t stop some companies and tourists from entering the neighborhood to gawk at the destruction. The citizens of the community said they were tired of being stared at like animals and called the experience completely “humiliating.”