It's nearly impossible to visit everywhere you want to go, especially if you have a long list of possible destinations. Work and family often occupy our time, and our dreams of seeing the world are relegated to fantasy rather than reality. In the age of technology, however, we can get the sense of experiencing a new location from behind a computer. Of course, it's not the same as actually going to a place and experiencing all that it has to offer, but there is still a sense of wonder when experiencing a new place for the first time.
Now, most of the places on this list are not on anyone's travel destination bucket list. Some of them are near impossible to get to in the first place, as they are in remote locations or harsh climates. The Google Maps Street View ability allows us to look inside some of these abandoned towns, haunted houses and otherwise creepy locations without having to make a trip across the globe. These disturbing and downright creepy destinations can give a similar sense of wonder and creeps as watching a scary movie, although in these cases, you know that the places you are visiting are actually real.
15 Thirteenth Gate House
13 Scott’s Hut
12 New Orleans Roller Coaster
11 Bran Castle
10 Pigeon Place
9 Stanley Hotel
8 Los Hoyos, Mexico
The Japanese goofsters who put on their best pigeon masks when the Google car came around weren't alone, but the parallel thinkers in Mexico took it one step creepier in their photo. The Los Hoyos residents dressed up in murderous wolf and scream masks, and stood in the middle of an active road for their snapshot. There are four people in menacing masks, which begs the question; did they plan this or were they about to commit a crime? Either way, it makes for a pretty creepy picture. Adding to the sense of unease, is one man sitting on the side of the road. It is unclear if he is involved with this picture, but his presence on an otherwise empty stretch of road adds a little extra kick to this creepy street in Mexico.
7 Ria Apartments
The Ria Apartments in Malaysia is one of the most notably haunted places in the world. The internet is littered with firsthand ghost encounters, violent inexplicable injuries, and even phantom blood stains on sheets and walls. People who have lived here advise that others find another place to stay, as this place is undoubtedly haunted. While you can't take a look inside the place (which is understandable, as it is an apartment building), you can get a good look at the ominous outside of the building. Steam seems to pour out of the windows, or even emit from the building itself, adding to the chilling lore of this haunted apartment building.
6 Wojnowice Palace
5 Stanley R. Mickelsen Safeguard Complex
4 Bodie State Park, California
3 Hashima Island
2 Howard Johnson's
1 Isla de las Muñecas
Isla de las Muñecas, or Island of the Dolls, is a small island in Xochimilco. It is a remote location, and has some pretty creepy lore attached to it. The caretaker and only dweller on the island, Julián Santana Barrera liked to keep to himself. One day, he was walking to the water when he found a girl face down, drowned. He found a doll floating near her, and hung it on a tree as a sign of remembrance and respect. Soon after this he began to hear whispers, footsteps and even screams in the night. Barrera was miles away from civilization, so there were no other people he could attribute the noises to. For 50 years, until his death in 2001, Barrera hung every doll he could find from a tree on the island. Some were missing limbs and eyes, making them even creepier. When he died, it is said that his body was in the same spot as the girl whom he had found. Tours are still given of the island, and people of the town call it “charmed” instead of haunted, but that doesn’t change the feeling that people get when they spot these smiling, lifeless dolls staring at them from atop a tree. Luckily, you no longer have to visit this island in person, and can get a similar experience from your computer chair.
Sources: StanleyHotel, 13thGate, IsladelasMunecas
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