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Haunted Cities

Aug 15, 2008  My wife and I have found ourselves enamored by ghost tours along our trips, cheesy and otherwise
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This goList shares some of my favorite experiences with ghost tours and dark corners of cities around the world.

  • 1. City of the Dead Ghost Tour
    City of the Dead Tours, Edinburgh, Scotland

    Edinburgh is the ultimate of creepy cities. While it is ten years since I went on the tour here, it still resonates with me with the stories of whole neighborhoods blockaded off to avoid the plague, terror stories of kings' rage, and an ambience of foreboding, especially on a damp, foggy night.

  • 2. New Orleans Ghost Tour
    New Orleans Ghost Tour, New Orleans, Louisiana

    Hands down the best ghost tour I have ever gone on in the United States. The history of New Orleans is rich, and it truly comes out on this tour which stretches three centuries in covering its stories. The research which lay behind the tour made it particularly impressive

  • 3. Alcatraz
    Alcatraz Island, San Francisco, California

    While not on the standard tour, try to find your way into the citadel underneath the prison during the evening tour. If you find the right ranger, they may lead you down there, which is among the creepiest places I have ever found myself, all the way down to the small, dank inlets with tallies scratched into the walls.

  • 4. Candlelight Ghost Tour
    Candlelight Ghost Tour, Savannah

    Despite several claims of Savannah being the most haunted city in America, the tour proved to be a winding narrative of run of the mill stories which lacked substance behind them. While nearly every building in historic Savannah seems to be haunted, the stories behind them leave something to be desired for the tours. It was a great way to see the beautiful Savannah architecture though.

  • 5. Les Promenades Fantomes (The Original Ghost Lantern Walking Tour)
    Les Promenades Fantomes, Quebec City, Quebec

    This is a dififcult tour to keep up with, as it winds through the streets of Quebec City's most busy areas. It is also not a tour for the faint of heart, as it starts at the base of the hill and climbs to the top in rather quick fashion. The stories along the way though are well researched, and while not necessarily frightening, providing a believable background for the skeptical. Be sure to ask for the English tour, as most are in French.

  • 6. Chinatown Ghost Tour-San Francisco

    While this tour gets you into several areas of this fascinating area of San Francisco, it has little to define it as a "ghost tour". You do definitely get to see some of the darker sides of Chinatown and allows you a better understanding of this colorful section of a unique city.

  • 7. Bill Speidel's Underground Tour
    Bill Speidel's Underground Tour, Seattle, Washington

    While not technically a ghost tour, this tour does provide a unique point of view of the city of Seattle, namely on its sidewalks buried underneath the streets. These areas were used as brothels and prohibition bars as well as other questionable uses. It provides a unique historical perspective on the early years of Seattle.

  • 8. Chicago Hauntings
    Chicago Hauntings, Chicago, Illinois

    In a city which is as diverse and colorful as Chicago (my hometown-I have a soft spot for it), this tour was a bit of a let down. It is a bus tour largely, which affects the character often tied to ghost tours. It does serve as a great history tour of Chicago tragedies, introducing the histories of the Ft. Dearborn massacre, the Iroquois Theater Fire, and the St. Valentine's Day massacre, but the ghost aspect of it is hard to buy. Most disappointing is the fact that Chicago's most famous ghost, Resurrection Mary, is hardly mentioned and never visited