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A Journey Through Time

Every city, state and country has historic sites that tell a story, whether it’s as significant as the signing of the Declaration of Independence or as simple as the childhood of a famous author. And when you connect with those stories, you can truly connect with your destination.

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Paris' Pont de l'Alma road tunnel is where Princess Diana of Wales died as a result of injuries in a car accident. A drunk driver lost control of his car, causing the infamous crash that also claimed his life and Diana's companion, Dodi Fayed. 960 1280

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Theodore Robert "Ted" Bundy was a serial killer, rapist, kidnapper, and necrophile, who assaulted and murdered many young women between 1974 and 1978. Sometime during the evening of January 14 or early hours of January 15, 1978 -- one week after his arrival in Tallahassee, FL -- Bundy entered FSU's Chi Omega sorority house, attacking several women. 960 1280

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British socialite of German and Danish, Claus von BYlow, was accused of the attempted murder of his wife Sunny von BYlow by administering an insulin overdose in 1980. His conviction in the first trial was reversed and he was found not guilty in both his retrials. 960 1280

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James J. Lee, known for protesting Discovery Channel's environmental programming, stormed the network's Maryland headquarters carrying a handgun on Sept. 1, 2010. Lee held 3 people hostage for hours until he was shot and killed by police. 960 1280

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Jared Lee Loughner shot and killed 6 people and injured 14 others, including U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords, at this shopping center in Tucson, AZ, on January 8, 2011. 960 1280

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On Jan. 30, 1948, Nathuram Godse shot Mahatma Gandhi at point-blank range 3 times, while Ghandi was outside on the steps of a building, where a prayer meeting was going to take place. Gandhi Smriti is now a museum in New Delhi, India, dedicated to Gandhi. 960 1280

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John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th US President, was shot by Lee Harvey Oswald, on Friday, Nov. 22, 1963. The President was traveling in a motorcade in Dallas, Texas. Oswald fatally shot JFK from a building in Dealey Plaza. 960 1280

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The Audubon Ballroom in the Washington Heights neighborhood, north of Harlem in NYC, is where civil rights activist Malcolm X was assassinated, on February 21, 1965. 960 1280

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Joseph and Erik Menendez are brothers who are known for the shotgun murders in 1989 of their wealthy parents, entertainment executive Jose Menendez and his wife Mary "Kitty" Menendez, residents of Beverly Hills, CA. 960 1280

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On April 4, 1968, Civil Rights Leader Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. On June 10, 1968, James Earl Ray, a fugitive from the Missouri State Penitentiary, was arrested in London, extradited to the US and charged with the crime. 960 1280

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Natalee Ann Holloway disappeared on May 30, 2005, during a high school graduation trip to Aruba. The last time her classmates saw her was outside Carlos 'n Charlie's, a Caribbean chain restaurant and nightclub in Oranjestad. Joran van der Sloot, Satish Kalpoe and Deepak Kalpoe were arrested for her kidnapping and murder, but they were released due to insufficient evidence. 960 1280

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In 1995, O.J. Simpson was acquitted of the murder of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman, after a lengthy, highly-publicized trial. The former pro football player was arrested for the double homicide at Nicole Simpson's condo (pictured) in Brentwood, CA. 960 1280

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Scott Lee Peterson was convicted of murdering his wife, Laci Peterson, and their unborn child in Modesto, CA, in 2002. Investigators found the body of a baby boy washed ashore north of the Berkeley Marina. The next day, a partial female torso missing its hands, feet, and head washed ashore in the same area. The body was identified as Laci Peterson. 960 1280

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John Hinkley, Jr. shot and wounded President Ronald Reagan and others outside the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, DC, on Monday, March 30, 1981. The assassination attempt occurred as President Reagan was leaving a speaking engagement at the hotel. 960 1280

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Christopher Wallace, aka rapper Notorious B.I.G., was gunned down and killed by a drive-by shooter, while sitting inside his Chevrolet Suburban. The crime took place at the Petersen Automotive Museum, the site of a Soul Train awards party on March 9, 1997. No one was ever arrested for the shooting. 960 1280

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Mark David Chapman shot and killed John Lennon, founder of The Beatles, at the entrance of Lennon's home at The Dakota in NYC, on Dec. 8, 1980. 960 1280

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Andrew Cunanan shot and killed Italian fashion designer Gianni Versace at the front gates of Versace's mansion in South Beach, FL. Cunanan used the same gun to commit suicide on a boat several days later. 960 1280


The Virginia Tech massacre was a school shooting that took place on April 16, 2007, on the campus of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, VA. Seung-Hui Cho, killed 32 people and wounded 25 others before committing suicide. The massacre is the deadliest shooting incident by a single gunman in U.S. history. 960 1280

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The Maunsell Sea Forts, England

The Maunsell Sea Forts, England

The Maunsell Forts, located 10 miles offshore in the Thames Estuary in England, were built as gun emplacements during World War II. Now, these abandoned forts can be visited on boat trips, subject to tide and weather restrictions. 960 1280

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Wreck of the SS America, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands

Wreck of the SS America, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands

Off the coast of the Canary Islands lies the shipwreck of the SS America, an ocean liner built in 1939. After a long history that included carrying everyone from Nazis to Navy troops to cruise passengers, it went adrift in a thunderstorm in 1993. Today, tourists can visit Garcey Beach, where the ship’s bow is still visible.  960 1280

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Hotel del Salto, Colombia

Hotel del Salto, Colombia

With a dramatic location on a cliff overlooking Tequendama Falls, Hotel del Salto, outside Bogota, Colombia, was once a luxurious lodging catering to wealthy travelers. After Bogota River was contaminated, the area drew fewer tourists, and the hotel closed in the 1990s. The eerie, abandoned building is believed to be haunted because so many suicides have occurred there.  960 1280

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Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia

Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia

Considered to be one of the most haunted locations in the world, this 11-acre abandoned prison in Philadelphia first opened its doors in 1829. Now, it offers many different tours year-round. Or you can watch the Ghost Adventures crew investigate its ghost lore.  960 1280

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Michigan Central Station, Detroit

Michigan Central Station, Detroit

When Michigan Central Station opened in 1913, it was the tallest train station in the world. The once-grand building that was a towering symbol of Detroit’s progress closed in 1988, and now, its dilapidated remains are home to vandals and thrill seekers.  960 1280

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Chateau Miranda, Belgium

Chateau Miranda, Belgium

Chateau Miranda — also known as Chateau de Noisy, despite the fact that it has been silent and empty for 25 years — draws urban explorers and history buffs to its crumbling remains in Belgium. Built in the 19th century in the neo-Gothic style, the dilapidated chateau has suffered fires and storms and is currently in danger of being demolished.  960 1280
Six Flags/Jazzland, New Orleans

Six Flags/Jazzland, New Orleans

A Six Flags amusement park sits idle in New Orleans after it was severely damaged when Hurricane Katrina struck in August 2005. Now, the abandoned remains are a popular spot for urban explorers.   960 1280

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Kayaköy, Turkey

Kayaköy, Turkey

Once a thriving Greek village, Kayaköy, Turkey, is now an eerie ghost town after being completely deserted in 1923. The area’s 25,000 Greek inhabitants, along with more than a million other Greeks living throughout Turkey, were returned to their home country following the Greco-Turkish War.  960 1280

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Wonderland Amusement Park, Beijing

Wonderland Amusement Park, Beijing

This Disneyland-inspired amusement park — intended to be the largest in all of Asia — was being developed just outside of Beijing. The failed project lost funding and was abandoned during the Asian financial crisis in the late 1990s. Plans are underway to build a shopping center in its place. 960 1280

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New York World's Fair, Flushing, Queens

New York World's Fair, Flushing, Queens

The remains of New York’s 1964 World's Fair can be seen in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Queens. The Unisphere, a 140-foot-tall, 700,000-pound, stainless-steel globe, stands as a national treasure and a memory of this iconic moment in New York City’s history. 960 1280

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Sanzhi UFO Houses, Taiwan

Sanzhi UFO Houses, Taiwan

The Sanzhi UFO houses, also known as Sanzhi Pod City, are deserted, pod-shaped buildings in Taiwan. Once intended to be a colorful seaside resort, the project was abandoned in 1980 because of the loss of funding and strange accidents that led to speculation that it’s haunted. Currently, little remains of these unusually designed buildings, which recently have been demolished to nothing but ghost lore and rubbish.  960 1280
Holland Island, Chesapeake Bay, MD

Holland Island, Chesapeake Bay, MD

The last house on Holland Island, a marshy, rapidly eroding island in the Chesapeake Bay, fell into the water in 2010. Once 5 miles long, this island was home to a fishing community with more than 60 houses and other buildings, but the last residents left in 1922.  960 1280

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