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Charlotte, NC

Charlotte, NC

Charlotte, NC, is the most underrated haunted destination on our list. Charlotte has serious Southern charm, but its dark history is waiting to be discovered by travelers like you. Charlotte has ghosts that haunt restaurants all over the city. One restaurant, the Cajun Queen, was converted from a house in 1985. Supposedly, the bar is built over the lady of the house’s bedroom, and she haunts the customers that dare to drink there. Check it out on your trip. 960 1280

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Boston

Boston

Boston is a paranormal hot spot. Ghosts still linger from the bloody days of the Revolutionary War. Also, the first person persecuted as a witch was actually from Boston, not Salem. In 1648, Margaret Jones was publically hanged in Boston on the charge of witchcraft. All of Boston’s bloodshed gives it a somewhat sinister feeling after dark. Don’t be scared, though. The city of Boston is a delightful destination for any enthusiastic traveler. 960 1280

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Charleston, SC

Charleston, SC

Charleston is a staple city for supernatural thrill-seekers. Haunted sights in Charleston date back to 300 years ago and are guaranteed to give you goosebumps. White Point Garden, on the coast of the Ashley River, is a notoriously scary place. In the 1700s, the gardens hosted the hanging of 50 pirates and have been haunted ever since. Check out more wartime monuments from the Civil War while you’re in Charleston to get a dose of American history. 960 1280

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Chicago

Chicago

Al Capone and other gangsters left a bloody mark on the city of Chicago. But even before the 1920s, Chicago faced many tragedies, like the Chicago fire in 1871 and the Eastland disaster of 1915. One must-see haunted destination is the Excalibur Nightclub  (once a hospital), where victims of the Eastland disaster were taken for treatment. You’ll feel the tortured souls in this nightclub, so take a drink to soothe the nerves.   960 1280

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Washington, DC

Washington, DC

Our nation’s capital is hands down one of the most haunted places in America. The steps where "The Exorcist" was filmed are an iconic destination to visit, at 3600 Prospect St. NW. Other haunts of the city include the Octagon House and the Cutts-Mason House, where voices and apparitions habitually seem to appear. When you’re on a break from your supernatural tour, be sure to visit all of the monuments and museums that the city has to offer. 960 1280

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Fort Lauderdale, FL

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Fort Lauderdale is arguably the scariest city in Florida. Visitors of the Old Fort Lauderdale History Museum, formerly the New River Inn, claim to see ghosts and apparitions in the historic building. To this day, one ghost allegedly guards the museum at night. Walk past this historic site after dark to get the scoop. Grab some grub for your stakeout at one of Fort Lauderdale or Miami’s cheapest restaurants.   960 1280

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Gettysburg, PA

Gettysburg, PA

Gettysburg, PA, is so terrifying that your palms might start to sweat. Loaded with Civil War history, this city hosts many tormented ghosts and spirits, who are trying to communicate with the living. Don’t believe it? Check out some haunted spots in Gettysburg for yourself. Even if you don’t have a supernatural experience on your trip, you’ll still absorb a ton of history and enjoy the live Civil War reenactments.  960 1280

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New Orleans

New Orleans

New Orleans is a famously supernatural city. There are several theories as to why New Orleans is haunted, but one prevailing belief is that the city has a history of violence. In the 1700s, New Orleans’ Jackson Square was a sight for public executions. Aside from its unsettling past and spooky sights, New Orleans is a great spot for downhome cuisine. Indulge in some soul food for an unforgettable trip. 960 1280

  

Portland, OR

Portland, OR

Portland, OR, is one of the west coast’s most haunted cities. There are many scary spots from the 1920s, including the shanghai tunnels. These underground tunnels, located in Chinatown/Old Town, were used during Prohibition as a secret spot to drink booze. Now the tunnels are said to be haunted by prostitutes and drunkards of Portland’s past. On your trip to Portland, embrace the outdoors and admire the green spaces that the city has to offer. Also, check out this video on special places to visit in Portland. Want one more nugget of advice? Pack an umbrella in your bag for Portland, as the city is famous for rainy days. 960 1280

  

San Antonio, TX

San Antonio, TX

Texas is one of the most haunted states in the nation, and San Antonio is likely its most haunted city. San Antonio is home to a few haunted hotels, which have been the site of murder and mischief throughout its history. The Black Swan Inn, now a venue for wedding receptions, is a petrifying San Antonio destination to visit on your trip. Find great places to stay and eat with this amazing San Antonio Travel Guide. 960 1280

  

San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco is the hot travel destination these days. The San Francisco Bay has over a hundred haunted spots for you to check out during your trip. One place worth mentioning is Alcatraz, the famous maximum-security prison. Alcatraz hosted Al Capone, the famous Chicago gangster, during the final years of his life. To get to Alcatraz, you’ll need to take a ferry across San Francisco Bay. It’s definitely worth the trip to see this haunted prison. While you’re not checking out the spooky sights, discover fun things to do in San Francisco with this cool travel guide. 960 1280

  

Savannah, GA

Savannah, GA

Savannah, GA, is the most frightening city and seaport in all of America. There’s so much haunted history from the Civil War, which the Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventurers have explored in depth. Before dark, wander over to the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) to see innovative art exhibits, or else visit Savannah’s famous restaurants and sights. After dusk, take a ghost tour to explore the haunted streets of the city. You’ll be quaking in your boots. 960 1280

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St. Paul, MN

St. Paul, MN

St. Paul, MN, is a go-to city for a spook. One of the creepiest places in St. Paul is the Wabasha Street Caves, where people formerly hid out during the Prohibition to sneak some booze. These caves are now said to be haunted by 3 gangsters, who were murdered and buried inside the caves. After you’ve been scared out of your senses, get a bite to eat at one of these mouth-watering Minnesota restaurants. 960 1280

  

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Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris

Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris

Perhaps the most well-known gargoyles in the world hover on Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Technically known as grotesques (true gargoyles have waterspouts as mouths), these monstrous creatures glare ominously down on the City of Light. 960 1280

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Ulmer Munster, Ulm, Germany

Ulmer Munster, Ulm, Germany

Ulmer Munster’s steeple is the highest church steeple in the world, soaring 530 feet high. Dominating the skyline in Ulm, Germany, the church’s steeple is adorned with Gothic-inspired gargoyles, designed to ward off evil spirits. 960 1280

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Duomo di Milano, Milan

Duomo di Milano, Milan

The largest Gothic cathedral in the world, Duomo di Milano is one of Europe’s most impressive architectural wonders. For the hale and hearty, climb the 170 stairs to the roof for a closer look at the Gothic gargoyles. 960 1280

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National Cathedral, Washington, DC

National Cathedral, Washington, DC

Washington National Cathedral’s English Gothic architecture is adorned with gargoyles. More modern in look, these gargoyles (including one famous Darth Vader!) were carved over the last 50 years, with designs determined by their donors and artists. 960 1280

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Eastern State Penitentiary, PA

Eastern State Penitentiary, PA

Two gargoyles, Frank and Carson, are perched atop Eastern State Penitentiary in Pennsylvania. The 2 were added in 2005 to ward off the evil spirits of some of the world’s most notorious criminals who are believed to still roam the crumbling cellblocks. 960 1280

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Merton Chapel College, Oxford

Merton Chapel College, Oxford

Gargoyles peer down from the chapel roof of Merton College, one of the oldest colleges in Oxford, England. 960 1280

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Dragon Bridge, Slovenia

Dragon Bridge, Slovenia

Dragon statues guard Ljubljana’s Dragon Bridge, known by locals as the "mother-in-law" bridge due its forbidding and fiery guard. Dragons are seen throughout the capital city, as its patron saint St. George slayed dragons, according to Catholic legend. 960 1280

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Chrysler Building, NYC

Chrysler Building, NYC

Manhattan’s iconic skyscraper, Chrysler Building, was originally designed as the automobile maker’s headquarters in the late 1920s. Architectural details, such as the building's gargoyles, were modeled after Chrysler automobile products, such as the Plymouth hood ornaments. 960 1280

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Westminster Abbey, London

Westminster Abbey, London

The grotesques that hover on London’s Westminster Abbey are true gargoyles, with waterspouts for mouths. They’re also a creepy counterpoint to the statues of saints also on the church’s exterior. 960 1280

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Puente del Reino, Valencia

Puente del Reino, Valencia

Four gruesome, Gothic-inspired gargoyles stand guard at the Bridge of the Kingdom in Valencia, Spain. 960 1280

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Eikan-do, Japan

Eikan-do, Japan

The highly ornate Japanese architectural ornament “onigawara” literally means “demon tiles.” Like Western stone grotesques, they were traditionally believed to ward off evil 960 1280

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Batalh, Portugal

Batalh, Portugal

The Monastery of Batalha in Portugal is an impressive work of Gothic architecture, adorned with monstrous gargoyles and other elaborate carvings. 960 1280

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St. Vitus Cathedral, Prague

St. Vitus Cathedral, Prague

Located within the Prague Castle complex, Saint Vitus' Cathedral is an imposing Gothic church that holds the tombs of Bohemian kings and Holy Roman emperors. Beyond being utterly monstrous, the gargoyles nestled on this cathedral have a functional purpose -- they spew rainwater from the building's roof at an angle that keeps it from running down the walls. 960 1280

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