The concept of time travel has intrigued humanity for decades. But you don't have to be a scientist, or even own a Delorean to visit the past. There are places you can experience history today without worrying about irreparably altering the world as we know it. These five places appear frozen in time, offering a unique look through different decades and civilizations, no flux capacitor required.
Whether you'd rather look back at 50 years, or 500, there's a place for you to see without altering the space-time continuum.
The Amish are a religious sect that have chosen not to adopt modern technology under the belief that it is a distraction that separates them from God. You can find Amish communities all over the Northeastern United States and Canada, but Lancaster, Pennsylvania (also known as "Amish Country" or " Dutch Country") is ground zero for Amish life. Experience living in America before the advent of cars, cell phones, and power tools. Known for their quality craftsmanship, people come from far and wide to purchase their furniture. Since they still live off of the land, their food has far fewer chemicals linked to diseases in more mainstream cultures so it may be a good place for a cleanse, as well.
The city of Havana is known for its classic cars. When the U.S. enacted the trade embargo in 1960, no more American cars could be exported, essentially leaving them with what they had. Luckily, that was a time when American cars were built to last (and they don't look too shabby either)! These cars have been kept up by the Cuban people for 50 + years, turning the streets of Havana into a colorful car show. With the trade embargo recently lifted, it's hard to predict exactly what that will mean for the future of these gorgeous vehicles, but if you want to see them in all their glory, hurry to Havana.
Virginia City, Montana
The 1800s gold rush in the western United States left many ghost towns in its wake. One such town, Virginia City, Montana was discovered to be one of the richest gold deposits in North America in 1863 and within a year, was a boomtown that held between 8,000 and 10,000 residents, including their most famous local, Calamity Jane. By 1875, the gold had dried up and the town had dwindled to around 800, slowly leaving most of the town in ruin. Virginia City was restored for tourism in the 1950s and is now home to about 130 permanent residents and one of the most well preserved examples of the Victorian West in America.
Bruges is one of the most well preserved medieval cities in Europe. The Flemish town in Belgium experienced a "golden age" between the 12th and 15th centuries, and much of the original architecture remains intact. While the people of Bruges have access to every modern convenience, if you happen to stumble down an empty cobblestone street, you'll swear you're back in the Middle Ages. Not to worry though, this time chances are very slim that you'll catch the Bubonic Plague this time around.
Blists Hills, England
If you're a fan of BBC or Dr. Who, Blists Hills may look familiar as it's been part of a number of pop culture period pieces. Blists Hills is part open air museum, part working Victorian town. A cross between original buildings and recreations, visitors have the chance to experience the sights, sounds, and smells of Victorian England. Manned by costumed personnel, there is even a bank on site to exchange money for Victorian farthings and halfpennies, which can be used at any of the shops within the region.