The mysterious Vaults of Fallout are often hard to find, and even harder to enter. Each Vault was home to hapless dwellers exposed to one of many devious social experiments.
Even in the post-apocalyptic Wasteland, it's still possible to find suitable housing in which to survive - whether your settling down for a long haul, or just looking for a place to survive for the night.
The various wrecks of airplanes and ships stand as silent reminders the day the bombs dropped - but even grounded these areas provide suitable loot for those willing to scavenge their broken depths.
Even as the ever-present radiation leaks into the soil, stubborn settlers continue to farm the land in hopes of a better and sustainable life. Growing crops like Mutfruit and breeding the two-headed Brahmin, farms still find ways to provide food and shelter even in these trying times.
For the average Wasteland scavenger, pre-war junkyards have turned into treasure troves of once worthless junk, now vital to surviving the wastes. But with the chance of treasure comes the risk of danger, as such places are rarely free of hazardous waste or worse.
People of the wasteland might not drive cars these days, but the average Truck Stop has not lost its value. Often filled with various workshops in which to modify weapons, armor, and more - truck stops can be a scavenger's dream.
The quarries of The Commonwealth have seen better days - once the site of massive excavations to supply the land with stone and more, these areas have lately become home to vicious and hazardous creatures seeking to make them their dwelling, and only the bravest scavenger should seek to explore their depths.
The military might of the United States may be no more, but the land is still littered with pre-war bases and forts - and with them, treasure troves of army surplus supplies. Various factions continue to fight over bases all around The Commonwealth, for their benefits are plain to see.
Once the pillars of pre-war civilization, the cities of The Commonwealth are often mere shells of their former glory. Ruined buildings and blown out structures are all that remain - but tenacious settlers and survivors have struggled to rebuild to make homes for themselves. Be wary, as not every structure still standing is safe from the worst of the Wasteland.
The various subway tunnels, train yards, and other travel centers sit frozen in time, and many are hardly recognizable among the wreckage and ruin. Despite this, many such places are still inhabited today - whether by settlers trying to survive, or hellish monsters crawling among the ruins.
No trip to the Commonwealth would be complete without touring Boston's iconic sights. Of course, these days, the sights are a little less iconic and a little more dangerous. Once vibrant locations have now fallen into ruin, and are often teeming with danger and destruction.
With most of the pre-war technology a distant memory, many settlers of the Wasteland turn to still standing radio towers to transmit vital communications across the land. Or catchy tunes from the 50's. Whatever is on, really.
Making up the bulk of the Commonwealth, and indeed the Wasteland at large, are the many building and ruins that mak up the skeleton of pre-war civilization. Whether they be tall towers or lowly houses, all have been laid low by the Great War. These days, one can still find relics of the past, if your willing to fight off whatever forces may dwell within.
Once the places of learning and prayer, these sites are now more often filled with death and despair. What treasures there are to be found are likely to be guarded by the worst that the Wasteland has to offer.
Don't expect any immediate medical attention when entering the hospitals of the Wasteland. It's occupants are more likely to bleed you dry than patch you up. However, for the intrepid adventurer, even derelict hospitals brim with the promise of forgotten medical supplies.
The Great War has done little to change the great outdoors. Trees still stand, rivers still run, and everything is highly irradiated. If you can get past the mutated wildlife, sleeping under the stars still looks great.
No part of the Wasteland could be complete without its share of nuclear sites. The sites of atomic bombs, disposal sites, and quagmires of irridated goop all have one thing in common - extremely high levels of radiation.
The East Coast has seen better days, as its once shining shores are now filled with radioactive junk and fallout - and the marine life has gotten pretty unpleaseant to boot. There's still treasure to be found by the shore, but there's more than one reason not to go swimming besides the lack of a lifeguard.
Many of the law enforcement offices of the Commonwealth still stand, but the last thing served in any of these establishments is justice. Brave scavengers can often find plenty of useful tools, weapons, and ammo in these departments, as long as they are willing to contend with the less than law-abiding residents.