Abandoned Places to See Now

Ghost towns, deserted amusement parks, drifting shipwrecks, dilapidated castles — better see these disappearing places soon, before they’re gone forever. 

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Belfast, Ireland, is the epicenter of Titanic attractions, with the newly opened Titanic Belfast museum, housed in a stunning building located on the slipways where the “Ship of Dreams” was built. 960 1280

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On April 8, 2012, the MS Balmoral -- operated by Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, whose parent company (Harland and Wolff) built the Titanic -- will set sail from Southampton, UK, on what is being billed as “the Titanic Memorial Cruise.” 960 1280

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It's a long way from any ocean, but Titanic museums in Branson, MO, and in Pigeon Forge, TN, have seen more than 7 million visitors since 2006 and house some of the largest permanent collections anywhere of Titanic artifacts and memorabilia. 960 1280

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The Southampton Maritime Museum hosts a permanent exhibition on the Titanic’s crew. Visitors can find out about the Titanic crew’s roles onboard and their personal stories. The museum collection also includes audio of crewmember’s memories of the night the Titanic struck the iceberg. 960 1280

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A new exhibit, 'Titanic: 100 Year Obsession,' at the National Geographic Museum in Washington, DC, highlights the history of the Titanic and its sinking in the year 1912. 960 1280

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The Titanic Belfast attraction opened in The Titanic Quarter on March 13, 2012, in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Belfast's Titanic Quarter is a waterfront regeneration project on the original site of the Harland and Wolff shipyard, birthplace of the Titanic. 960 1280

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A century ago, tens of thousands of eager spectators lined Belfast Lough to see the Titanic, the largest moving manmade object the world had ever seen -- and the most luxurious ship ever built at the time -- set sail on her maiden voyage. 960 1280

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Prepare for seasickness with the 3-D release of James Cameron’s blockbuster Titanic. The movie’s characters Jack Dawson and Rose DeWitt Bukater are entirely fictitious. While the passenger record does list a Jack Dawson, it is entirely coincidence. 960 1280

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Museum visitors at the Titanic Branson get the boarding pass of a Titanic passenger or crewmember when they enter, and at the end of the tour, they learn whether their passenger lived or died. 960 1280

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One hundred years ago, on April 15, 1912, the Titanic struck an iceberg and sank in the icy waters of the Atlantic with as many as 1,635 people onboard -- a tragedy that continues to fascinate the world. Letters and other artifacts at the Titanic Museum, Massachusetts tell the stories of the lives lost. 960 1280

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Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park

Nestled within the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Yosemite National Park greets nearly 4 million visitors each year. 960 1280

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Arches National Park

Arches National Park

Centuries of wind and water have sculpted the Utah sandstone into over 2,000 natural arches at Arches National Park. 960 1280

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Death Valley

Death Valley

Millions come to Death Valley year-round to soak in the sun,  hike and take in the beauty of this vast, open landscape. 960 1280

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Channel Islands

Channel Islands

Just 90 miles off the coast of Los Angeles, the Channel Islands have 177 miles of coastline with rocky cliffs and beaches. 960 1280

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Columbia River

Columbia River

East of Portland, OR, the Columbia River region has one of the highest concentrations of waterfalls in the United States. 960 1280

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Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park

The first US national park, Yellowstone has 2.2 million acres of mountain scenery, animals and endless natural beauty. 960 1280

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Redwoods National Park

Redwoods National Park

Roughly 300,000 visitors come to Redwoods National Park each year to experience the grandeur of the giant redwoods. 960 1280

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Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

A magnificent example of erosion, the Grand Canyon was formed by water cutting through rocks for millions of years. 960 1280

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Mount Hood

Mount Hood

Since its last eruption 250 years ago, the beautiful Mount Hood volcano has been a paradise for hikers and skiers. 960 1280

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Carlsbad Caverns

Carlsbad Caverns

Carlsbad Caverns consist of 30 miles of vaulted halls and maze-like passages adorned with dazzling formations. 960 1280

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Jimi Hendrix (1942-1970) was a guitarist and singer-songwriter. He has been called the greatest electric guitar player of all time. Learn more about him at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. 960 1280

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Maya Angelou (born 1928) is a civil-rights activist, poet and autobiographer. Author of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Angelou was recently awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom. In October, 2010, 343 boxes of Angelou's correspondence, notes and personal papers were donated to the Schromberg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York City, and will be available to the public some time in 2012. 960 1280

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Louis Armstrong (1901-1971) was an American trumpet player and singer. He played a pivotal role in the development of jazz. Visit the Louis Armstrong House Museum in Queens, NY, to learn more. 960 1280

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Civil-rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968) remains the most iconic figure of the American civil-rights movement. He is known for his teachings of nonviolence, and a memorial to honor his life is currently under construction in Washington, DC. To learn more about Dr. King, visit the King Center in Atlanta, GA. 960 1280

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American boxer Muhammad Ali (born 1942) is considered one of the greatest heavyweight championship boxers of all time. Visit the Ali Center in Louisville, KY, to learn more about his remarkable life. 960 1280

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A television personality and philanthropist, Oprah Winfrey (born 1954) has been called one of the most influential women in the world. On an episode of her show, she mentioned that she loved angel statuettes but couldn't find any black ones. Her viewers responded and mailed her so many, that she recently donated her collection to the Angel Museum in Beloit, WI. 960 1280

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Thurgood Marshall (1908-1993), shown here with former President Lyndon Johnson, was the first African-American member of the Supreme Court. Visit the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, for a look at his personal notes and papers. 960 1280

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Michael Jordan (born 1963) is considered one of the best basketball players of all time, and is credited with helping popularize the NBA around the world. Visit the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, MA, to learn more. 960 1280

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Rosa Parks (1913-2005) was an American civil-rights activist, famous for refusing to give up her seat on a bus to a white passenger. Her arrest sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott, an important turning point in the civil-rights movement. Visit the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, MI, to get a look at the bus Parks rode. 960 1280

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Malcolm X (1925-1965) was an influential Muslim minister, autobiographer, and human-rights activist. Learn more about Malcolm X by visiting New York City's Memorial/Education Center at the Shabazz Center, the site of his assassination in 1965. 960 1280

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Aretha Franklin (born 1942) is a singer, songwriter and pianist who has been called one of the greatest singers of all time and is widely regarded as the Queen of Soul. Learn more at the new exhibit, Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power, opening in May at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. 960 1280

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Frederick Douglass (1818-1895) was a former slave who taught himself to read and write and became an author, orator and abolitionist. To learn more, take a tour of Cedar Hill, Douglass' home in Washington, DC. 960 1280

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Hank Aaron (born 1934) is considered one of the best baseball players of all time. In 1973 he broke Babe Ruth's home-run record. Visit Turner Field in Atlanta, GA, to see the fence that Aaron hit his 715th home run over. 960 1280

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Harriet Tubman (1822-1913) was an abolitionist famous for her many trips along the Underground Railroad. After escaping from slavery herself, she helped more than 70 others escape to freedom. Learn more about Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, OH. 960 1280

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James Brown (1933-2005) was a singer and has been referred to as the Godfather of Soul. Visit the Augusta Museum of History in Augusta, GA, to learn more. 960 1280

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Miles Davis (1926-1991) was a composer, trumpeter and key figure in the history of jazz. You can pay your respects at Woodlawn Cemetery in New York City. 960 1280

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Ray Charles (1930-2004) has been called one of the greatest artists of all time. He was one of the first African-American musicians to be given artistic control by a mainstream record company and is often called the pioneer of soul music. To learn more, visit the Ray Charles Memorial Library in Los Angeles, CA, when it opens to the public in 2011. 960 1280

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Jackie Robinson (1919-1972) was the American baseball player who broke the 'color line' in baseball when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. Learn more about Jackie Robinson at the National Baseball Hall of Fame, located in Cooperstown, NY. 960 1280

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Sojourner Truth (1797-1883) was born into slavery but escaped to become an abolitionist, women's-rights activist and orator. Visit Florence, MA, to see her memorial. 960 1280

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