Numerous lost cities
Atlantis isn’t the only forgotten civilization buried many leagues under the sea. The remains of at least a dozen lost cities rest eerily at the bottom of the ocean near places like Greece, Japan, and India. The sunken palace of Cleopatra is one of the most fabled underwater remnants of the ancient world. It was cast into the sea of when an earthquake and a tsunami hit Alexandria, Egypt, more than 1,400 years ago. And one of the most spectacular—and shockingly intact—submerged civilizations is Shicheng, also called the Lion City, at the bottom of China’s Qiandao Lake. But this one isn’t ancient; in fact, it was purposely flooded in 1959 to make room for a dam and an adjoining hydroelectric station—after the city’s inhabitants were relocated, thankfully.
A locomotive graveyard
The state of New Jersey is known for many things, but deep-sea train wrecks are not one of them—well, not until 1985, when two rare trains from 1850 were discovered in Long Branch under 90 feet of water. The steam engines remain shrouded in mystery, as there’s no record of them being lost—or even being built. Though the locomotives were never reported missing, it’s believed they fell victim to a powerful storm while they were being transported across the Atlantic Ocean passenger-free. They remain eerily preserved under a thick layer of rust.
This Canadian resident makes a convincing case for train travel.
A fleet of military battleships
Operation Hailstone, a surprise attack on Japan’s Imperial Fleet during World War II, sunk hundreds of military battleships, air crafts, and submarines. The vehicles sank off the coast of the Caroline Islands in the South Pacific over the course of two brutal days in 1944. Referred to as Japan’s Pearl Harbor, the event killed thousands of soldiers, and the wreckage remained undiscovered until the legendary Jacques Cousteau explored it in the late 1960s. Today, it’s called Truk Lagoon, and it’s just one of many of the world’s must-see tourist attractions.