Ghost towns: once thriving communities that have dwindled over the decades. Some vanished entirely or were absorbed into newer settlements, but many of these towns still stand, at least in part, allowing us glimpses of what these now-abandoned places once were.
To create the map, Geotab collated lists of ghost towns in each U.S. state using a selection of the most authoritative and comprehensive websites and books available, including ghosttowns.com and roadsidethoughts.com (full sources list). The location of each town was identified to a minimum precision of county level. We then chose ten historic ghost towns to represent the phenomenon, based on the nature of the story behind each of them and their abandonment, the structural remains left on the site and the quality of photography available (factual sources; photo credits).
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If you live in Phoenix - or are just visiting the Valley of the Sun - a road trip out of town could be the next thing on your action-packed agenda. Hitting the road in the southwest United States can open up a world of new adventures and luckily, you won't be short of amazing adventures to choose from.
Why you should visit: The Old Pueblo as the locals affectionately call it is "the other big city" in Arizona although Tucson is also commonly known as America's biggest small town and is famous for its saguaro cacti.
Once you've stopped in Payson, keep on driving up towards the towns of Pine and Strawberry. The Tonto Natural Bridge State Park is on the way and has some great hiking options - bring your boots and water.
Why you should visit: A relatively short drive out of Phoenix, the towns of Prescott and Jerome are a great road trip if you want to mix seeing spectacular nature, a few historic sites and local culture.
Our highlights: The city is vibrant and young - 1 in 3 of the residents are students or staff at Northern Arizona University and you can feel the vibe as you walk around the historic Downtown or stop at one of the dozens of coffee shops for a drink.
How to get there: The directions for the road trip from Phoenix to Palm Springs are simple - get on the I-10 headed west in downtown Phoenix and come off 260 miles later as you're passing right through Palm Springs. Simple enough!
But the towns along this stretch show exactly how bored the people building the highway were. Along with Bagdad and the town of Santa Claus, you'll pass through a town called Nothing. There is literally Nothing there - here's me trying to do a scenic photo.
How to get there: Head north via Flagstaff to the town of Page in northern Arizona. Here you can stop to take a look at the Grand Canyon's Horseshoe Bend which is an incredible 180-degree bend in the canyon with an overlook that has the perfect view.
Our highlights: You will enter the Monument as you cross the border into Utah and approach Big Water but to reach some of the best sights, you'll need to loop all the way around to the town of Escalante and drive south from there.
How to get there: The road trip from Phoenix to Los Angeles is incredibly simple even if it's the best part of 400 miles' worth of driving - hop on the I-10 and sit there until you cross the Los Angeles River and find yourself in downtown L.A.
Although many cities claim to cover a big area, the combined urban area around Los Angeles might just be the largest we've ever come across as neighborhoods, towns and cities from Pasadena all the way to Laguna Beach all seamlessly merge into each other.
Our highlights: Albuquerque has a big city feel to it - there's a busy downtown with businesspeople in suits going about being busy. You'll find a small Old Town, but there's not a huge amount there and it feels a little too touristy for my liking.
Although Santa Fe is only an hour away from Albuquerque, you'll notice it feels very different. As an old colonial city, the layout is more traditional, there's more of an art and culture scene from the Wheelright Museum of the American Indian (a little drive out of downtown) to the endless art galleries along Canyon Road.
Players can find this legendary house in Alderney, and it's only a given that the creepy nature of this place is still quite intact. Players have reported everything from ghostly sightings to haunting screams... although there's no solid proof aside from player testimonies.
Speaking of well-known and creepy easter eggs, it goes without saying that the ghost of Mount Gordo would definitely make an appearance here. Players who come here in the middle of the night with a sniper rifle can look down the scope near the peak to witness the ghost of Jolene Cranley-Evans that disappears if they come too close.
I looked outside in the evening and noticed virtually no one on the road. I thought, how cool would it be to get photos of downtown and the highways in Dallas without any traffic on them. The roads are always so packed with cars, it was eerie seeing them empty.
When it was just past midnight, I went out to take photos of the Dallas ice storm. I knew it would be dangerous but there would also be a lot fewer cars on the road. I drove all over downtown, very slowly, and took photos of the empty highways, streets, and parks.
Ririka takes the tram in the morning to drive to school. Around 8:20 A.M. Ririka arrives in town as the first student next to the protagonist, goes to her shoe locker to change her shoes (on Wednesdays and Saturdays her attire as well) into indoor shoes and goes to take her classes. At 11 A.M she leaves school and takes the tram. 2b1af7f3a8