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13 Eerie Abandoned Places You Can Visit

Eerie Abandoned Places
Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Photo: John Van Horn)

Deserted mansions, shuttered train stations, a skeletal roller coaster whose tracks haven’t seen a rider in years: There is something beautiful about decay, something that captures our collective imagination. So we rounded up 13 especially eerie examples from all over the world—and many of these sites are open to the public.

(Note: Always obey local laws regarding trespassing and, whenever possible, take official tours rather than exploring on your own. Do not under any circumstances enter private property or abandoned areas that may be dangerous.)

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