Want to “See Dead People”? Check Out These Top 5 Nighttime Ghost Tours

September 2, 2013

in Haunted and Scary Places,NightLife,USA

As Halloween approaches, it’s time to think about ghosts and goblins again. And, there are plenty of the former around if you know where to look.  With this in mind, let’s take a look at the top 5 nighttime ghost tours.

5 – San Francisco, CA

Despite its modern vibe, San Francisco is allegedly home to countless souls from past eras. Haunted attractions in the city include:

  • Alcatraz: infamous prison that held legendary criminals, some of whom apparently didn’t get the memo it closed – or that they died
  • Columbarium: houses 30,000 urns and is said to be haunted by a little girl
  • Sutro Baths: site of an alleged sacrifice with spirits that appear when a candle is lit
  • USS Hornet: site of 300 deaths and numerous sightings of ghostly sailors and other paranormal activity

USS Hornet

4 – New Orleans, LA

New Orleans is best known for Mardi Gras. But, The Big Easy is also home to extra-worldly residents that scare the daylights out of travelers just like you!

One of the most prominent haunted sites in the city is the tomb of “Voodoo Queen” Marie Laveu. Laveau has been spotted walking around the St. Louis Cemetery since 1881. Laveau’s house is also said to be haunted and she has reportedly been seen walking down the street she once lived on.

Other haunted locations in New Orleans include:

  • The Lanaux Mansion: haunted by the former owner who wanders its halls
  • The Villa Convento Guest House: reported sightings of ghosts staring at guests in the night and sounds of children laughing
  • The 1891 Castle Inn of New Orleans: unexplained encounters such as footsteps, appliances turning on and off on their own and a translucent man standing on the front porch at night
  • St. Roch Cemetery: haunted by a large dog that shows in some photos and videos

St. Roch Cemetery

3 – Savannah, GA

Savannah is considered one of America’s most haunted cities for good reason. Famous haunted sites in the city include:

  • Forsyth Park Inn: allegedly haunted by a little girl named Lottie who murdered her uncle’s mistress, according to Savannah Morning News
  • Hampton Lillibridge House: Considered by some as the most haunted house in the United States
  • Moon River Brewing Company: reportedly haunted by angry spirits that attack and possess staffers
  • Seventeen Hundred Ninety Inn: allegedly haunted by a teenage girl who committed suicide after being impregnated by a sailor

According to Savannah Morning News, over 25 companies offer ghost tours in the city. In other words, it shouldn’t be too hard to spot a spirit!

Seventeen Hundred Ninety Inn

2 – Mansfield, Ohio

Mansfield, Ohio is home to The Ohio State Reformatory – an institution with a long and violent history. Naturally, that breeds paranormal activity!

The Ohio State Reformatory

According to Travel Channel, events that may have caused a surge in paranormal activity include:

  • A riot that led guards to condemn 120 inmates to 12 cells for a week without basic provisions
  • Many deaths from diseases like influenza and tuberculosis
  • Prisoners who went mad
  • Suicides

Overall, there are 215 graves just outside the prison, serving as an eerie reminder of its dark past.

Also, Travel Channel claims visitors and tour guides have been punched and pushed by unseen forces. Dark apparitions have been spotted, as well. Visitors have also claimed to hear cell doors slamming, even though the facility hasn’t held prisoners for decades.

Movie buffs will also like the prison. It has been featured in numerous films including The Shawshank Redemption and Air Force One, as well as numerous others films, music videos and television shows.

1 – Gettysburg, PA

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania is home of the legendary Battle of Gettysburg. During this Civil War battle, over 51,000 soldiers died. But, according to some, their spirits live on to this day.

Haunted attractions in Gettysburg include:

  • Devil’s Den: reportedly haunted by Civil War soldiers
  • Gettysburg College: site of numerous paranormal sightings, including a full hospital scene in the basement
  • Gettysburg National Military Park: haunted by a headless horseman, according to Yahoo! Voices
  • The Farnsworth House Inn: reportedly haunted by numerous entities, most notably a Confederate soldier named “Walter” who harms women
  • The Jennie Wade House: site of the only civilian death in the Battle of Gettysburg and said to be haunted by orphaned children

The Jennie Wade House

While several tours are available in the area, the most notable is the award-winning Black Cat Tour, offered by Gettysburg Ghost Tours. The tour visits many of the mentioned sites and more.

John Gower is a writer for NerdWallet, a site dedicated to helping consumers find home loans.

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