The Best Ruins to Explore

The Best Ruins to Explore

Sometimes the best way to figure how to build new things is to explore the things we have destroyed. Find out the best ruins to explore in North America.

Tulum Ruins

Tulum, Mexico Ruins

Found in Quitana Roo, Mexico, Tulum is the site of a Pre-Columbian Maya walled city. Perched on top of 12 meter high cliffs, these ruins overlook the Caribbean Sea. It was one of the last cities built and inhabited by the Maya and was at its peak between the 13th and the 15th century.

Serpent Mound Ruins

Serpent Mound Ruins

At approximately 1300 feet long, the Serpent Mound is a prehistoric effigy mound errected in AD 1070 by members of the Fort Ancient culture. It sits along Ohio Brush Creek in Adams County, Ohio and it is the longest serpent effigy in the world.

New Mexico’s Chaco Canyon Ruins

New Mexico’s Chaco Canyon Ruins

Chaco Canyon was a major center of culture for the ancient Pueblo peoples between AD 850 and 1250. Located in New Mexico between Albuquerque and Farmington, the buildings here were the largest buildings in North America all the way until the 19th century.

Mesa Verde National Park Ruins

Mesa Verde National Park Ruins

In Montezuma County, Colorado lies Mesa Verde National Park where some of the best preserved Puebloan archaeological sites are located. There are more than 4,300 sites including Cliff Palace which is the largest cliff dwelling in North America. Mesa Verde was inhabited as early as 7500 BC.

Palenque, Mexico Ruins

Palenque, Mexico Ruins

Palenque was a Maya city state that flourished in the 7th century. Located near the Usumacinta River in Chiapas, Mexico, these ruins contain some of the best architecture, sculptures, roof comb, and bas-relief carvings that the Maya ever created.

Kennecott, Alaska Ruins

Kennecott, Alaska Ruins

Once the spot of the richest known concentration of copper in the world, this now abandoned mining camp was dubbed a National Historic Landmark in 1986. It was built in 1911 and by the 1950’s it was completely inhabited. It is located by the Kennecott Glacier inside Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve.

Rhyolite, Nevada Ruins

Rhyolite, Nevada Ruins

The town of Rhyolite sprang to life in early 1905 in Nye County when a prospecting discovery was made in the surrounding hills. By the 1920’s the population shrank to zero and this now ghost town became a popular tourist attraction and setting for many motion pictures.

Pollepel Island, New York Ruins

Pollepel Island, New York Ruins

This island lies in the Hudson River in New York. The main attraction on the island is named Bannerman’s Castle which is now an abandoned military surplus warehouse.

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