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Bodie State Historic Park

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Address: Bodie Rd., Bridgeport, CA 93517
Phone Number: 619-647-6445
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Activities: City walk sightseeing, Driving, Group tours/walking tour
Description: One of the best preserved ghost towns.

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Visit a real ghost town! No tourist hype just real. We were surprised as it was a good sized town. From a school house to a church, residences to businesses and a cemetery. It... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 27, 2015
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bakersfield, CA.
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bakersfield, CA.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

Visit a real ghost town! No tourist hype just real. We were surprised as it was a good sized town. From a school house to a church, residences to businesses and a cemetery. It was fun to look into the windows or opened doors to view everything that was left behind. Don't forget your cameras! There was a $5 per... More 

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Georgetown, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 via mobile

I try to come yearly. Beautiful, yet dirt road drive up to town. Buy the book that tells you the history of the buildings. I like that they allow leashed dogs. Fascinating part of the American west's history. No flush toilets or vending, so bring water and food.

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Tulsa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

I've never been to a ghost town. I've always wanted to visit one and yet again, live out a Grand Theft Auto dream. In GTA: San Andreas, there's a ghost town you can go visit. It's creepy in the game, and I've always wanted to visit one in real life and see how it feels. Well, here's a ghost town.... More 

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Hayward, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

If you are interested in the history of early prospectors, this is the place for you. You can see the life style, culture, daily life of the residents- but sans people. Silver mines, equipment used, building ruins, carriages, primitive Shell gas station to name a few. Visitors center has artifact displays that shed light on the lives of the founder... More 

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Ferndale, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

This is probably one of the most forsaken places for a city on the planet, but it's worth the 13 mile drive off of Hwy 395. The first 10 miles are paved and the last three are gravel. It's a little "washboardy" but not bad at all. We took a gamble going in January, but California is still having a... More 

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Benicia, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

The finest example of a mining town cum ghost town in the West. Walkable and large, no rehab allowed. A step back in time.

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Forli, Italia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

i visited it many years ago in august, but it was a breathtaking experience, almost like being into a western film. everything was like it had been left by people, it was real, not just a reconstruction like other places around the world.

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Santa Paula, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

We lived about 45 minutes away for 7 years and made a nearly yearly pilgrimage to this site. It is great all seasons, as long as the road is passable in the winter. When we bring first-timers with us, we give our time in the town about 2 hours. By all means, bring a camera as the photo taking, especially... More 

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Pinole, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

Bodie is a remote ghost town, with remote I mean in the middle of absolutely nowhere, and the Sierra Nevada desert. The drive is not difficult at all like some reviewers said, it is fine even with a low passenger vehicle. I have been there twice now, and would still go back, during a different season maybe. Be sure to... More 

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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

This really is a ghost town, no other words for it. Tremendous value for money and a great insight unto the lives of the silver miners and their families in this abandoned town where everything is preserved, deterioration arrested so it looks like it is about to collapse but cleverly protected. Peak through the windows of homes, offices, surgeries, bars,... More 

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