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Bodie

From U.S. 395, take California 270 east. Drive 10 miles to the end of the pavement and continue three miles on a dirt road., CA
760-647-6445
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Ranked #229 of 4,845 attractions in California
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ghost Towns
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Saluzzo, Italia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

Fantastic place, worth the price (10$ for each car). Be careful about the road as it is gravy for the last miles, and rental cars cannot be driven off road unless stated in the contract.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We visited this ghost town while in California. This place is just too much for words. You can easily spend a day here. Bring a good camera because you'll need it. Depending on when you go the weather can be quite hot or freezing. We loved the authenticity of everything. The stories of the inhabitants are equally as interesting. Highly... More

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Santee, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Forgive my cynicism about anything that is operated by the state of California. Bodie is another example of an institution that this state operates for the sole purpose of extracting dollars under the name of "preserving our history" without putting any money back into it. I guess I've lived in California too long! Anyway, if you are into the ghost... More

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Wickenburg, Arizona
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479 reviews 479 reviews
300 attraction reviews
416 helpful votes 416 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

On the way from Nevada to Lee Vining we took the detour a few miles north of Lee Vining, off US 395, up to Bodie. Being from Arizona, I’ve seen ghost town galore, but Bodie is special. For one thing, it’s more than a handful of total ruins around some mineshaft, or a place like our Goldfield – just east... More

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Athens, New York
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68 reviews 68 reviews
13 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Off the main highway, 10 miles paved and 3 unpaved. So unpaved that they nickname it the 'Bodie Baja'. But this is all part of travelling back in time to a ghost town with dozens of buildings. These buildings still have many items left as it was decades ago. This is well worth the time to experience this historical site.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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103 reviews 103 reviews
37 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

The road to Bodie is still rough but it was being fixed as we drove over it. Motorcycles were able to drive over it, so no need to worry about it being a rough drive. I'm not much of a ghost town fan, but my husband is. He loved it! All the empty buildings seemed practically the same to me.... More

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Warsaw, Poland
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174 reviews 174 reviews
19 attraction reviews
149 helpful votes 149 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

Excellent location for "wild west" photo session. Best effects with blue sky background. Worth the 3 mile trip on a dusty road and $5 tossed into the box of entrance fee. Awesome atmosphere of the "ghost town" with so many houses still standing and displaying their "contents". Fantastic exploration both for adults and kids.

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Ashbourne, United Kingdom
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164 reviews 164 reviews
4 attraction reviews
215 helpful votes 215 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

Was recommended to visit here over Christmas and I am so glad I did. As others have said, it's a long way off the beaten track, but that's what makes it so special. Imagine the poor people who lived and worked here? There is actually an honesty box where you pay per person, but I'm guessing most people miss it.... More

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013

This old mining town is a good way off of the highway and then 3 miles down a bumpy dirt track, probably best to do in a 4 by 4 ! On arrival ( free entry ) there are toilets and a car park but no other amenities. The place is absolutely unique , just empty buildings left as they... More

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
6 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

Well worth a detour to see this place. Took a picnic and soaked in the atmosphere. The roads are rough but doable, just take it easy. Really interesting, free to wander around the streets and peer through Windows, back in time.. so much left behind, even jacket left hanging on a hook...

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