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Moundsville, West Virginia

New Vrindaban Palace of Gold

Despite its lavish ornamentation, and wholesome lifestyle of its devotees, this mountain commune has faced its share of issues.
Kenova, West Virginia

Kenova's Pumpkin House

Thousands of jack o'lanterns light up Halloween at this historic West Virginia home.
Point Pleasant, West Virginia

TNT Area

These rows of World War II-era bunkers were the scene of some of the infamous Mothman sightings.
Oak Hill, West Virginia

Glen Jean School

An abandoned 1920s school with a mysterious history.
White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia

Congressional Fallout Shelter at the Greenbrier Resort

America's post-nuclear-attack chambers of Congress.
Point Pleasant, West Virginia

Mothman Statue

This red-eyed chrome beast pays homage to the popular modern myth of West Virginia's insectoid monster.
Fayetteville, West Virginia

New River Gorge Bridge

One day a year it is legal to jump off of this astoundingly tall bridge that spans an Appalachian gorge.
Point Pleasant, West Virginia

Mothman Museum

A small storefront museum explores the history and myth of West Virginia's famous urban legend.
Thurmond, West Virginia

Thurmond, West Virginia

Once connected to the outside world by a single train track, a boomtown-turned-ghost town.
Bloomington, Indiana

Empire Quarry

A stunning, abandoned limestone quarry in southern Indiana provided the stone to erect the Empire State Building.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Mount Moriah Cemetery

An abandoned cemetery lies in ruins as the surrounding forest swallows it whole.
Wheeling, West Virginia

Mount Wood Castle and Cemetery

This abandoned dream castle and its cemetery look out over the struggling city that once inspired their creation.
Richmond, Virginia

Edgar Allan Poe Museum

This museum devoted to the gothic author holds such interesting ephemera as his socks and walking stick.
Richmond, Virginia

The Grand Kugel

This 29-ton granite ball spins around at the slightest touch thanks to a scientific phenomenon.
Lookout Mountain, Tennessee

Lookout Mountain Incline Railway

This funicular railway rumbles along for a mile up the nearly vertical face of Chattanooga’s Lookout Mountain.
Pikeville, Tennessee

Fall Creek Falls State Park

Labor provided by Great Depression-era programs restored these 25,000 acres in Tennessee.
Hamilton, Ohio

Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park

Inside, ancient treasures. Outside, modern contradictions.
Cincinnati, Ohio

Cincinnati Observatory

This humble star-gazing center touts itself as the "Birthplace of American Astronomy."
Cincinnati, Ohio

Spring Grove Cemetery

This magnificent Cincinnati graveyard is also a popular public park.
Cincinnati, Ohio

The Cincinnati Mushroom House

What is it about mushrooms that makes people wish they lived inside of them?
Logan, Ohio

The Caves of Hocking Hills State Park

Rare recess caves fill this unbelievably beautiful Ohio park.
Columbus, Ohio

The Topiary Park

Georges Seurat’s pointillist masterpiece has been recreated in Ohio in topiary form.
Centralia, Pennsylvania

Centralia Ghost Town Church

A mine fire has been burning under the deserted town since 1962, but this church is still going strong.
Aristes, Pennsylvania

Centralia

A toxic ghost town sitting atop a massive coal fire.