Worldwide icon-chevron-right North America icon-chevron-right United States icon-chevron-right The 15 best ghost tours in America

Heads up! We’re working hard to be accurate – but these are unusual times, so please always check before heading out.

Alamo in San Antonio
Photograph: Shutterstock

The 15 best ghost tours in America

Boo! The spookiest, most entertaining and overall best ghost tours in America will have you shivering in your boots.

By Tolly Wright
Advertising

After tackling the best boozy tours in America, are you now hoping to catch some spirits of a different kind? True, the U.S. is chock-full of super scary haunted houses, but if you’re looking for a truly spooky (but fun!) time, you’ll want to embark on the best ghost tours in America instead. Grab a friend (trust us: you don’t want to go solo) and get ready to shiver in your boots like never before. Who knows? Traveling to the various tours may turn out to be one of the best domestic day trips you’ll ever take in America.

Best ghost tours in America

Photograph: Michael Juliano

11. Dearly Departed Tours in Los Angeles

Leave it to Los Angeles to reinvent the classic doom-and-gloom tour. Hear the gruesome details of La La Land’s most infamous murders and mysterious deaths on a multimedia bus tour that utilizes pictures, recorded audio and more as it passes sites like Johnny Depp’s Viper Room, where River Phoenix overdosed, the Menendez Brother’s family mansion and the rumored murder house of Black Dahlia. Tourists with a morbid curiosity (likely, if you’re reading this list) should check out the Museum of Unusual Artifacts, which includes Mae West’s dentures, the hotel door of the room Divine died in and Jayne Mansfield's death car.

12. Chicago Hauntings in Chicago

Paranormal researcher Ursula Bielski and her highly qualified staff uncover the Windy City’s dark and bloody past with walking and bus tours. From the “ghost ships” that sail Lake Michigan to the tragic site of the St. Valentine’s day Massacre, Chicago is full of spooky haunts. During the walking tour, learn about the ghosts that still frequent the old courthouse where the bloody gallows once stood and about the Water Tower’s “hanging man.” Rather embark on the bus trip? Expect stops at the Hull House, which inspired Rosemary’s Baby, and the original City Cemetery Grounds.

Advertising
Alamo in San Antonio
Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Knowsphotos

13. Bad Wolf San Antonio Ghost Walk in San Antonio

You’ll have no trouble remembering the Alamo—or its many ghosts (keep your eyes peeled for Davy Crockett!)—after this 90-minute tour of downtown San Antonio. After seeing the historic battle site light up at night, walkers will hear devilishly good tales about the city’s tragic past. Get the skinny on true crime stories, spooky rituals and a few urban legends as you pass haunted hotels, theaters and mansions. Adult ghost hunters can also opt for the company’s spirited haunted pub crawl.

Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Knowsphotos

Boston
Photograph: Shutterstock

14. Haunted Boston Ghost Tour in Boston

While other tourists “ooh” and “ahh” over the beauty of the early 19th century Boston Athenaeum, the country’s oldest independent library, or Boston Common, America’s oldest public park, visitors on this evening tour are interested in the legends that haunt the iconic destinations. During the 90-minute lantern-lit experience, expect to hear the tragic and extraordinary ghost stories, legends and folktales that have been scaring residents since Colonial days.  

Advertising
Larimer Street, Denver, Colorado
Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Ken Lane

15. Banjo Billy Ghost Tour in Denver

Every October, one of the most reliable tour bus companies in Denver and Boulder, Banjo Billy, offers rides on the wilder side. The Denver tour drives by haunted spots like the Croke-Patterson Mansion, a late 19th century house that is associated to dozens of ghost stories, and the Denver Firefighters Museum, where a mischievous spirit moves around pictures of horses and rings bells. Try not to be too creeped out by Cheeseman Park, which is said to boast cold spots—people who lie on the ground have reported feeling arms embrace them. Yikes!

Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Knowsphotos

The best ghost tours and haunted spots in American cities

Advertising
Recommended

    You may also like

      Advertising