The small city of Pripyat was home to 49,000 residents until it was evacuated and abandoned following the Chernobyl disaster in 1986. Although the area remains uninhibited, the ghost town is overrun by nature and has been deemed safe to visit. Some outfitters there offer guided tours of the site. Trees grow in schools, piles of books can be found in libraries, and dolls can still be seen in kindergarten’s floors. The theme park opened the day after Chernobyl, which occurred just several miles away; and it never opened its doors again. Thirty-one years later, radiation levels in certain parts are still high – the radioactive particles were simply washed into the soil – even though many adventurous people visit to see at least the park’s iconic Ferris wheel.