Ghoulish Ghost Tours

Take a haunted tour to learn about the ghosts that linger in these historic American cities.
By: Jennifer Plum Auvil


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Take a haunted tour to learn about the ghosts that linger in these historic American cities.

Ghosts of Gettysburg
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Gettysburg was a key spot during the Civil War so it's little surprise to paranormal fanatics that an army of ghosts continues to haunt these former battlefields. Stroll the streets of Gettysburg by candlelight, and visit former Civil War hospitals, cemeteries and even haunted hotels where guests have been nudged awake by the disembodied arms of phantom soldiers. The ghost tour guides set off from tour headquarters for 4 different walking excursions, each covering about 3/4 mile on foot in just over an hour.

Chicago Hauntings Tour
Chicago, Illinois
Set off on the sleek black Chicago Hauntings Ghost Bus for a peek at the Windy City's most notorious haunted spots, including the setting for the St. Valentine's Day Massacre in the gangster days of Al Capone and Bugsy Malone and the house of horrors once presided over by mass murderer H. H. Holmes whose exploits were laid out in the book "The Devil in the White City." The stops vary on this 2-hour tour, but there's always a chance to get off the bus numerous times to wait for supernatural encounters. Just be sure your driver doesn't stop for any hitchhikers along Archer Avenue, where the city's legendary ghost, Resurrection Mary has been said to be spotted looking for a ride.

Haunted Vegas
Las Vegas, Nevada
Beyond the glitzy hotels and busy casinos, there's a dark side to Sin City, exposed by the Haunted Vegas ghost tour team. The ghoulish experience begins with a 30-minute stage show before guests board a bus for a spooky step back in time. Guests will hear tales of celebrity spirits, including Elvis, Redd Foxx, Bugsy Siegel and Liberace, and despondent gamblers who took their lives and then stuck around in the fanciest hotels. Guests get off the bus at Henderson's Fox Ridge Park in search of a young boy whose spirit lingers in the playground, playing on the swings. This late-night ghost tour sets off from the Royal Resort at 9:30 p.m. and doesn't wrap up until close to midnight.

Salem Historical Tours
Salem, Massachusetts
There are plenty of historical tours around Salem telling the tales of the 1692 Witch Trials, but the Haunted Footsteps Ghost Tour looks at the era's darker realities and ghostly legends. A guide decked out in period attire leads the way for a lantern-lit tour of the town's cemeteries and the former site of the Salem Meetinghouse.

Spirits of 76
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
In a little over an hour, you can hit up the spookiest spots in the city with the Spirits of 76 walking tour of Philadelphia. The tour guides spin tales of Philly's haunted history while strolling through the cobblestone streets of Old City. Look for ghosts lurking about Independence Hall, Carpenters' Hall and Pine Street. Once you've had your fill of historic ghost stories, the tour delves into the masters who continue the tradition of ghost tales with stops at horror master Edgar Allan Poe's home and movie settings from the Sixth Sense.

Tombstone Ghost Tour
Tombstone, Arizona
The Old West is filled with old-time ghosts, but Tombstone is the most haunted of these old silver-mining towns earning it the nickname "The Town Too Tough to Die." After the sun goes down, set off with a guide for a ghost tour filled with spooky stories about cowboys, bordellos and gunfights that didn't end well. Visit famously haunted locations around town including the site of the bloody gunfight at the OK Corral and the bawdy Birdcage Theater where prostitutes dressed in fancy feathers wooed men from private cages. Believers report sightings of these women as well as apparitions of the dozens of men who died here after long nights of boozing, gambling and fighting.

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