It’s beginning to look a lot like Halloween… Crisp air, colorful leaves and the thrill of being scared. Looking for a spooky adrenaline rush? There are lots of Netflix options, but visiting a haunted place in person is the ultimate adventure! Here is my list of 3 of the most haunted travel destinations to get in the SPIRIT!
Savannah’s sweet southern charm along with being known as “America’s Most Haunted City” make it a popular destination. With an interesting and long history filled with pirates, slaves and battles during the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, the streets and squares of Savannah hold a supernatural energy - especially at night.
For a unforgettable experience stay at the Marshall House. This house was used as a hospital and during the winter when the ground was hard, amputated parts were buried under the floor. Misty figures without limbs have been seen and your feet might get “tickled” in the middle of the night!
Savannah’s best spooky spots:
New Orleans, Louisiana
Another charming southern destination, tales of Voodoo and excessive indulgence abound here in addition to many haunted tales. The Yellow Fever Epidemic 1817-1905 killed about 41,000 people who were buried in mass graves surrounding the city.
The cemeteries, or “Cities of the Dead” in New Orleans are a definite must see on a visit there. Since the area is below sea level, the high water table in this area caused burial issues. These were solved by tombs placed above the ground in rows that look like streets.
Although there are many cemeteries to visit, the most famous would be St. Louis Cemetery 1 where the famous Voodoo Queen, Marie Laveau is said to rest. Or maybe not… There are frequent sightings of her apparition wandering the grounds in either human form or in the shape of her pet snake, Zombi.
Famous haunted spots in New Orleans:
San Francisco, California
Head west to the San Francisco Bay area for the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf and a little ghost hunting. With a history including the Bubonic Plague in 1899 and underground speakeasies, ghost sightings are plentiful.
The looming island fortress of Alcatraz looming in San Francisco Bay is the most famous of the area's haunted sites. Long before it was home to the prison, Native Americans and early explorers found the island an unsettling negative place with a disturbing atmosphere.
In 1870 the old light house station was turned into a prison. Alcatraz housed some famous inmates for the early 20th Century including Al Capone. There are stories of suicides and murders. Records of prison escapees include 6 who were shot, 2 drowned and 5 that were presumed drowned. A popular rumor is that many prisoners at Alcatraz went crazy due to claims of ghostly activity including whispering and clanking chains. Skeptical prison guards also were known to report unusual spooky activity. Schedule a visit to Alcatraz at night for some paranormal chills.
Scary spots to explore in the San Francisco Bay area:
These three haunted travel destinations are just the tip of the ghostly iceberg. Lists abound, ranging from the quirky to the macabre and everything in between. One thing is for certain: there’s a haunted place to explore in every corner of the United States.
Whether your travel interests include the supernatural, or more earthly explorations —
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