1. French Quarter Phantoms in New Orleans
The oldest, most famous neighborhood in New Orleans is also its scariest. Though dozens of competing tour companies lead visitors past grand 18th- and 19th-century homes, few can boast the story-telling skills of French Quarter Phantoms. On the Ghost and Vampire tour, which aptly departs from the Voodoo Lounge, you’ll hear about real serial killers, plagues, and fires that left death and destruction in their wake — including other-worldly spirits said to haunt the city’s streets. One stop on the 115-minute walk, the mansion of New Orleans’ most savage murderer, Marie Delphine Macarty, is sure to leave you scared stiff — luckily, you’ll regain your liquid courage by turning in your ticket for a two-for-one Hurricane Drink special.