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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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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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A cannon remains overlooking the Gettysburg battlefield, site of the largest and bloodiest engagement of the Civil War. 960 1280

  

The first shots of the Civil War were fired on Fort Sumter in South Carolina. 960 1280

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Robert E. Lee surrendered his Confederate forces to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House on April 9, 1865. 960 1280

  

The sun sets above graves at Arlington National Cemetery outside Washington, DC. 960 1280

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Ceremony commemorating the battle of Iwo Jima during World War II, at the Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, VA. 960 1280

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American soldiers land on the Normandy coast under heavy enemy fire on D-Day, June 6, 1944. 960 1280

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Vintage planes and ships take part in a ceremony commemorating the Allied invasion on D-Day, near Arromanches, France. 960 1280

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The USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor is the final resting place for many of the 1,177 sailors killed on Dec. 7, 1941. 960 1280

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Sailors stand outside the USS Arizona Memorial on the 63rd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. 960 1280

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The newly unveiled Spirit of Freedom Memorial honors African-American soldiers who fought during the Civil War. 960 1280

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Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron (2nd R) lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery. 960 1280

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A visitor places his hand on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Memorial Day weekend in Washington, DC. 960 1280

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Visitors look at names and pay their respects at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Memorial Day weekend. 960 1280

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Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks place hands on their hearts after laying a wreath at the National WWII Memorial in DC. 960 1280

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