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Bodie State Historic Park, Bridgeport

Categories: Ghost Towns, State Parks, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots
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4.6/5 based on 750+ reviews on the web
Bodie State Historic Park takes you on a journey back to the days of Californian Gold Rush. A bustling mining community of nearly 10,000 people in the 1880s, this area was completely abandoned by the mid-20th century. This time-capsule-like slice still has about 100 original buildings. If you look through the windows, you'll see that the interiors are also intact. Head to the museum to get on one of the tours, or explore on your own. Be aware that the only facilities are a parking lot and restrooms, so bring any snacks and drinks you may want. A visit to Bodie State Historic Park represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Bridgeport vacation builder to plot your vacation.
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  • This ghost town plunges us into history. There are houses of time, kept in the State. Can be seen through the window of some inside, we discovered then wallpapers that come off and still objects the (it still sometimes feels a little staging) it is nice to walk in the 'city'. Note, the 5 last kilometers are on a road that is not tarred, but does well even with a small rental car. Count $ 8 for an adult entry, $ 5 for a child entry and $ 2 for the paper in french. The visit is not bad, but if you don't have a lot of time in the area is something that you can easily zap.
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  • Really made me visit. Buildings here is more than enough, a lot of information and really min 2 hours of time it takes to go through everything. Recommend you read about the history of the city and soak up the atmosphere. Off road it is possible to find plenty of artifacts from that era. In some buildings can be seen in the Museum's original equipment, then again to be the original objects or historical toys. For the enthusiast to the abandoned cities of duty. Indeed, even for those who pass near.
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  • Highly recommend getting the guide that is sold for $2 at the entrance. It leads you on a walking tour and explains what each of the different buildings are. There is also a guide to the cemetery that...  read more »
  • Amazing! Totally worth the drive. The first time we came it rained and to hear the rain on tons of old tin roofs was amazing.(however we also got there late and didn't have much time to look around). The 2nd day we visited it was clear skies and while it looked crowded and took us a minute to get into the park once we were there you still had tons of space to yourself. Great place for cool photo ops and neat history. Hint: if you collect national park passport stamps they have a stamp at the counter in the museum which is open until 5:30pm
  • This place was a ton of fun! It would have been nice to get up closer to the mine-works without having a tour-guide but, for safety reasons it makes sense. The buildings were fun to look into and the free map guide was extremely helpful as it guided you through the walking tour. The bathrooms were clean and the water fountains were great to have.
  • Pictures and books are great for learning history, but being immersed in an old gold mining town with the buildings still standing and many of the original items still inside is even better. I could almost see the original inhabitants strolling up and down the streets. What a COOL place! I'll be back again.
  • One of the coolest state parks I've been to. Really fun town with amusing stories about most of the houses and some interesting trivia about different landmarks all in the self guided tour. I recommend everyone purchase the self guided tour for 2$ since I would imagine the town to get boring quickly without it. Unfortunately after looking into 5 or 10 houses they do get kind of tedious and we all started to lose interest. Nonetheless worth the drive out there and would recommend the detour to anyone in the area.
  • Had a great time. Motorcycle trip. Last 3 miles is unpaved. No problem on my HD Road King. Wouldn't do it unless dry season. Washbord and gravel, not unlike some city streets! We spent 3 hours looking at the town. The brochure guided tour is the way to go. Be prepared! High elevation and warm sun and hilly terrain. Bring water snacks and a hat to cover your head. $8 per adult cash or check only. No cell service. Have a good trip!
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