Holidays

Abandoned Places: Ghosts of Vacations Past

by Colleen Clark

What happens when all the guests disappear, when the swimming pools dry up, when planes get grounded for good? What ghosts remain when rust creeps in and vines choke out the mirth of vacations past? Around the globe sit the ruins of abandoned hotels, amusement parks, train tunnels, museums, and resorts. In the spirit of Halloween, we're taking you to these tourism graveyards, reclaimed by nature and perhaps even haunted. Be forewarned that some of these spots may expose travelers to the dangers of trespassing, rot, and the potential for unexpected companions of the human and paranormal variety. Enter at your own risk.

Published October 2010; Pictured Asama Volcano Museum, courtesy of GaijinSeb, Flickr

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