Looking to add a little spine-tingling fear to your next road trip 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
Voodoo, vampires, new 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 newest 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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Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston is a historic oceanside town that’s rich in haunted history. Check out places like the Battery Carriage House Inn — where the ghosts of civil war soldiers are said to roam the grounds. Or, once the kids are asleep, head over to the Blind Tiger Pub— an illegal prohibition-era speakeasy that’s said to be haunted by angry spirits (no pun intended).
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The site of the Salem Witch Trials during the 17th century, Salem 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.
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San Fransisco Bay Area, California
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 seemingly endless haunted locations in the bay area, so plan to spend a lot of time exploring.
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Virginia City, Nevada
This 1800s boomtown turned (mostly) ghost town is still home to a few hundred people who own their haunted legacy. Check out their walking ghost tours and be sure to pay a ghastly visit to the Bucket of Blood Saloon.
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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 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.
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St. Augustine, Florida
As America’s oldest city, it should come as no surprise that St. Augustine has 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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Headed on a haunted road trip?
These seven haunted cities should be on your list! So book your rental RV and haunted campground, and hit the road before Halloween is over.