A 160-acre former plantation, Savannah's largest cemetery was made extra famous by Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. The massive, moss-covered oaks and weathered tombs create an equally chilling and comforting atmosphere. Seek out the final resting place of Gracie Watson, a six-year-old girl whose site is adorned with a realistic (and creepy) sculpture of her. You’ll also find the gravesites of American songwriter Johnny Mercer and poet Conrad Aiken. And although he wasn’t six feet under, John Muir famously spent six nights sleeping among the graves in 1867, calling it “the cheapest accommodation he could find.”
Some people consider cemeteries eerie places to visit, but in reality, they are often quite the opposite: serene and full of subtle beauty. Taking in a moment of zen on these sacred grounds is a welcome departure from the busyness of everyday life.
Across America, the most beautiful cemeteries are also cultural and historical landmarks, drawing in visitors who come to appreciate the natural surroundings and prominent individuals resting beneath. In the Northeast, you can encounter some of the nation's oldest modern cemeteries that are the final resting places for American historical figures. Down south, take in enchanting moss-covered landscapes, like Savannah's Bonaventure Cemetery. And in the Midwest, stroll expansive sites such as Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis, an urban forest with over 130 tree species.
Each cemetery on our list has its own unique charm and beauty. Of course, these cemeteries can also be a bit spooky. Looking for more creepy fun? Whether it’s Halloween season or not, we recommend the best haunted Airbnbs and haunted hotels to fuel your nightmares—that is, if you can get to sleep—and for creepy ghost towns filled with the spirits of days gone by.