This week we're thirsty for stillness. Get ghosted in one of these abandoned towns to be transported into America's mining past.
A short jaunt from Lake Tahoe, Bodie was a star of the gold rush in the late 1800s. With over 100 structures now standing in a state of "arrested decay," there's plenty to explore and photograph. Take in the Town Jail, the Bodie hotel, the Methodist Church, and a plethora of saloons to get a feel for daily life in the Old West.
Don't go to Vegas and roll the dice; go to Nelson and watch the tumbleweeds roll instead.
At the Historical Techatticup Mining Camp in Eldorado Canyon, you can take a one-hour tour of the mine, snack at the General Store, and canoe the Colorado River without losing your life savings to the House. An added bonus -- parts of 3,000 Miles to Graceland were filmed in Nelson, so you may recognize some of the scenery. If not, you know what to add to your Netflix queue!
5. Ruby, AZ
This turn-of-the-century camp (originally dubbed the Montana Mine) was once a hub for mining gold, silver, lead, copper, and zinc - but you won't find any rubies here. The town was named after a lady!
Our engines are revved and our cooler is stocked. Time to hit the road!