Five haunted houses across America packed with fun and fright.
Held in a retired, four-story parking garage, Erebus is one of the biggest haunted houses in the world. Participants travel through time with a mad scientist, experiencing horrific scenes through history. The attraction interacts with the audience through actors, props and animatronics, creating illusions like being eaten by a dragon and a hall of mirrors that pushes patrons into a bottomless pit.
Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia, Pa.
This historic prison is creepy enough during their day tours, but every October things get truly frightening when it become an interactive haunted house. There are six main attractions, ranging from the medical-themed Infirmary to the Saw-like Machine Shop. You can choose whether you want to observe or take part in the interactive experience, but either way this is not for the faint of heart.
RMS Queen Mary, Long Beach, Calif.
Taking place on the ocean liner, the Queen Mary, Dark Harbor is an extravagant Halloween party complete with mazes, monsters, voodoo and dancing. This historic site is also rumored to be haunted. After the Queen Mary was permanently moored in Southern California, numerous people have made reports of ghosts, ranging from crewmen who have passed away to the sounds of the children playing in the nursery to a mysterious Lady in White that roams the decks.
Fort Worth, Texas
In 2009, Cutting Edge overtook Erebus as the world’s biggest haunted attraction, and it is also the longest walk-through attraction at 55 minutes. Considered to be one of the best in America, Cutting Edge utilizes its location as an abandoned meat-packing plant. The equipment is still in use, only they feature it as a human processing area, complete with mannequins being butchered on the conveyor belts.
Founded by costume designers and creature fabricators in the film industry, Netherworld features a variety of attractions that are as elaborate as they are scary. The producers eschew traditional Hollywood themes and instead develop a unique storyline that involves actors, stunt performers, special effects and immersive stage sets.
Space tourism grew out of fantasies and unfilled promises that seemed out of reach until nearly two decades ago. In 2001, American businessman Dennis Tito spent $20 million for almost eight days with the Russian spacecraft that orbited Earth 128 times. Other million-dollar space rides followed with wealthy space tourists over the years. But will space tourism ever become more accessible, or will it always remain a bucket list adventure for the elite?
For most of us, time in the car is “me time.” You can listen to that podcast you’re captivated by, blast that pop song and sing along at the top of your lungs or listen to the next chapter in that biography e-book you’re almost finished. A road trip only amplifies those opportunities. So, next time you’re traveling by road, take the wheel and take control. Opt for a rental car on your next vacation, rather than a rideshare, taxi or public transportation, and enjoy the open road on your own terms.
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