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8 Ghost Towns Worth a Visit

Almost every major city has at least one "ghost tour" these days, and some of them are truly top-notch. But for a more up-close-and-personal spooky experience, put a ghost town rather than a ghost tour on your itinerary. Fascinating and often poignant, ghost towns offer visitors the chance to immerse themselves in the past. The eight we've listed here are particular favorites of TripAdvisor travelers.

Animas Forks, Colo.
Multiple TripAdvisor reviewers insist you need a four-wheel-drive, high-clearance vehicle to get to Animas Forks (as one wrote, it "really makes you wonder how in the heck the miners got in there with all their equipment!"). Another traveler warns, "Do not expect to find anything touristy—no food or facilities of any type." But those intrepid travelers who do make the trek to Animas Forks are rewarded with the chance to explore a small town with beautifully preserved buildings in a breathtaking mountain setting.

Bannack State Park, Mont.
"The building are all so well preserved, and you really feel like you have stepped back in time, maybe right into an old Western," wrote a TripAdvisor traveler who loved Bannack State Park. Visitors can enter the majority of buildings, which is a rare treat (just do follow the advice of the reviewer who said, "remember to close the door on your way out")...