Pigeon Forge, Tennessee And 4 Other American Places Anthony Bourdain Will Never Go

Anthony Bourdain is famous for globetrotting, eating food and sharing the stories of characters off the beaten path. He is so well traveled, it makes us wonder how he decides on new places to feature. And that got us thinking: Is there anywhere Anthony Bourdain will never go?

1. San Bernardino, California.

In 2013, Movoto ranked San Berdoo the worst city in America for foodies. Enough said.

2. Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

It's a regular trope of every Bourdain episode that he spends a few minutes taking a proverbial crap on whatever tacky, touristy thing his featured locale normally boasts about. It doesn't get much tackier than Pigeon Forge's Dollywood, but did you know it's also the home of the Southern Gospel Museum and Hall of Fame? This "museum" features a mechanized southern gospel quartet so tacky it must be seen to be believed.

3. Sublette, Kansas.


Bone-dry Kansas was one of a handful of states not to ratify the 21st Amendment ending liquor prohibition in 1993. They didn't allow drinking in restaurants until 1987 and there are still 19 dry counties in the state, including Haskell County where Sublette is located.

4. Savannah, Georgia.

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Disgraced food network star Paula Deen lives there, and isn't that enough reason for Bourdain to stay away?

5. Retlaw Plaza, Lakeland, Tennessee.


According to this one guy on Tripadvisor, the hotel there is haunted.

Or maybe he likes ghosts after all:


After a battery of tests and misdiagnoses, I was finally diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease twelve years ago, and thus began a long battle with trial-and-error medical treatments. I changed my diet several times, even though my doctors didn’t seem confident it would change much (it didn’t), went to physical therapy for pain-related issues, and took so many different pharmaceuticals I can’t even begin to recall each and every one. My days were foggy due to side effects from pharmaceuticals, such as steroids, that made me feel worse than I did before I even took them.

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