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coolest underwater attractions: Lake Jocassee

Marian Turcan / Alamy

Lake Jocassee, Salem, SC

The owners of the Attakulla Lodge Hotel refused to sell their land or allow its razing despite rising waters from a newly built dam. That was 1973. Fast-forward to the present, and 300 feet below in the chilly murk, its ghostly hulk rests largely unscathed right down to the peeling paint. Because of the depth, expert divers will have just enough time—maybe 20 minutes out of a 2.5-hour trip—to practice their Jordan dunk on the basketball court. In shallower waters, a nearby cemetery that was used as a location in Deliverance offers additional creepiness (and plastic skeletons).

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