The Creepiest Locations for Curious Travelers

Aokigahara Ohashi Bridge, Fujikawaguchiko, Yamanashi, Japan
Aokigahara Ohashi Bridge, Fujikawaguchiko, Yamanashi, Japan. Photo by Jake Weirick on Unsplash

The internet abounds with travel sites featuring articles about the ‘most beautiful’ this, and the ‘most charming’ that, typically peppered with images of crystal blue beaches or quaint European towns, distinguishable by their pastel-colored houses. Don’t get us wrong; these types of destinations have plenty to offer, but for the thrill-seeking among us, they can also be a bit mundane. To keep things exciting, sometimes we like to include some, dare we say, creepier attractions in our itinerary. Read on to learn more about some of the scariest spots for travelers around the world.

Pripyat, Ukraine

In the shadow of the infamous Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant, Pripyat has stood frozen in time since the catastrophic meltdown in 1986. The abandoned city is eerily preserved, and its decaying buildings, empty streets, and rusted Ferris wheel create an otherworldly atmosphere that serves as an everlasting reminder of that fateful night. Radiation levels are now low enough that the area is safe to visit, but only through authorized guided tours.

Aokigahara Forest, Japan

At the base of Mount Fuji, Aokigahara Forest has earned itself a reputation due to the number of people who choose it as a setting to take their own lives. Beyond its inherently tragic history, the forest is known for its dense foliage and winding paths, which, combined with its relative lack of wildlife, give it an unsettlingly quiet feel. Should you decide to venture inside, do yourself a favor and stick to marked paths.

Island of the Dolls, Mexico

Just outside the center of Mexico City, the canals of Xochimilco are dotted with thousands of little islands known as chinampas. One of these islands, known locally as La Isla de las Muñecas, is home to a chilling collection of thousands of dolls, which hang creepily from the trees. Local legend tells of a lone man who once inhabited the island and began collecting dolls as a way to pay tribute to a girl who passed away in the area.