Ghost ToursBy Mike Cushing

Sometimes, your vacation needs a spooky adventure to kick it up a notch. Luckily, many cities throughout America have just the thing you need to take a haunted vacation: a late-night ghost tour.

 

Ghost tours are a great family attraction, especially if any of your kids enjoys the history of old places. Many American cities have ghost tales stretching back centuries, and it’s an easy way to sneak some education into a family vacation. While your experiences on a ghost tour will depend heavily on your guide, here are a few cities that are sure to send chills down your spine.

New Orleans, LA

Home to many years of Cajun and voodoo superstitions, New Orleans has always been a little bit on the mystic side. While it might also be known for some wild partying, New Orleans has a rich, vibrant history, going all the way back to the city’s Spanish rule in the 1700s. New Orleans has seen hurricanes, floods, fires, corruption and many more calamities – and lived through it all. As a port city, New Orleans brings a lot of new ghost stories from new visitors, so a ghost tour is a great way to get a look at the city’s haunted history.

Savannah, GA

Savannah, a city with portions built on top of several large cemeteries with thousands of graves, is a famous spot for paranormal activity. The city has a number of popular haunted spots, including the Pirates’ House – one of the oldest taverns in Georgia. Savannah is home to dozens of haunted tours that provided guided tours that give a deep look at the city’s history and its ghostly traditions.

Gettysburg, PA

Home to a three-day battle and the turning point of the Civil War, Gettysburg has a lot of history to take in –and maybe, a lot of restless spirits. This small town in Pennsylvania saw multiple small skirmishes and battles surrounding the town, offering a lot of day-time battlefield tours and some ghostly tours through the town at night.

Tombstone, AZ

Tombstone is famous as a one of the last frontier boomtowns, home to a huge silver mine and gunfighters like Wyatt Earp. Along with its rustic Old West looks, Tombstone is also famous for its ghosts. Like many of the cities on this list, Tombstone is an excellent example of history in the American West, haunted by some of its most famous residents. Together with Bisbee, AZ  about a half hour away, Tombstone offers some of the Southwest’s best spook stories.

St. Augustine, FL

As the nation’s oldest permanently occupied city, St. Augustine has had a lot of time to build up its history and its ghost stories. A Ghostly Experience, one of the first ghost tours started in the city was made as a fun, educational activity for visiting schoolchildren, making it a perfect vacation excursion. The tour’s storytellers pull you through the city’s 450 year history, including the old Spanish forts and nearby Native American villages.

About the Author

Mike Cushing is a freelance writer for Gadget Infinity, your one-stop shop for digital camera accessories including lens attachments, portable flashes and more.

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