Looking to add a little spine-tingling fear to your next roadtrip adventure? Then pack up the RV and head to one of these cities for some mystery, history and just the right amount of terror.
New Orleans, Louisiana
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Voodoo, vampires, old cemeteries, haunted hotels — this city has a little bit of everything. It’s no wonder New Orleans is a favorite among ghost hunters, both amateur and professional. This is where you’ll find the LaLaurie Mansion, site of Madame LaLaurie’s infamous torture chamber, as well as Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop Bar, the oldest bar building in the United States, which also happens to be haunted. While you’re there, be sure to book a walking Haunted History Tour.
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Site of the Salem Witch Trials during the 17th century, Salem, Massachusetts, is a must-see for any history buff. Go on ghost tours, see cemeteries, walk the 1630 Pioneer Village and visit the many fortune tellers in one of America’s most famous cities.
San Fransisco Bay Area, California
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With sites such as Alcatraz Island, the Alameda Park Asylum, the Hayward Plunge and the Neptune Society Columbarium, all of which are rumored to be haunted, the San Francisco Bay area is chock full of purported paranormal activity. There are more than 100 supposedly haunted locations in this area, so plan to spend a lot of time exploring.
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From its many haunted buildings, including the Old Sorrel-Weed House, to its spooky Madison Square, where visitors have reported seeing shadowy apparitions at night, Savannah, Georgia, is one of the best-known cities among haunted-house enthusiasts. Be sure to book a ghost tour, and even join in on a haunted pub crawl if you’re up to it.
St. Augustine, Florida
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As America’s oldest city, it should come as no surprise that St. Augustine, Florida, more than its fair share of ghost sightings and haunted attractions. One of the most famous is the Castillo de San Marcos, a 17th-century fort, where ghosts of Spanish soldiers and other paranormal happenings have been reported. Enjoy the beautiful Atlantic beaches by day and tour the haunted buildings at night.
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