19 Of The Most Fascinating Abandoned Places In The United States

There’s something wholly unsettling about abandoned places. Ghost towns and old cemeteries, derelict buildings, and forgotten sites; these are places that have been buried in the past — both literally and figuratively. With each passing day, these forsaken locations continue their descent into oblivion, banished to obsolescence. However, there are some that remain relevant; ironically, these sites are now defined by being abandoned. And in the fall, when there’s a nip in the air and dwindling daylight, abandoned places can cause imaginations to run wild — in the very best possible way. Here are 19 of the most fascinating abandoned places in the United States. They are known because they’ve been forgotten, and so we challenge you to set forth and acquaint yourself with these extraordinary, intriguing ruins.

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Visiting abandoned places is a humbling experience that will ground you in the here and now. These abandoned places all have stories to tell, and they are all stories worth hearing. As we get into fall, plan on venturing out on your very own ghost hunt across the United States, to the places that, against all odds, simply refuse to be forgotten.

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