Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Halloween - from Gaytravel.com

Guest post: By Sophie Needelman

Editorial Coordinator, www.gaytravel.com

Halloween is nearly here, but it is never too early to do a little ghost hunting! Spirits do their haunting all year-round, so regardless of when you get your travel on there are always ghoulish ghost towns to visit. Many of the country’s top travel destinations feature their very own ghost crossings, rich in history and haunted-ness! You might even be lucky enough to have a ghost sighting of your own.

Dallas, Texas

Dallas is a relatively new city, but it definitely has its fair share of haunted hotspots. Cemataries and hotels around the city have a plethora of stories that live up to their spooky reputations. The Capitol Building, Lake Highlands High School, and the Lawrence Hotel are all known for their hall-roaming ghosts. Many of these haunted hotspots are also the best-kept secrets of Hollywood royalty. Spirit tours around the city offer both indoor and outdoor options, so whatever time of year you visit you can get your haunted fix.

San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio’s history dates back to colonial times, so it has plenty of ghost stories to offer visitors and locals alike. The Alamo was the site of the bloody and epic battle for Texas’ independence, and its historical significance keeps the ghosts coming back for more spooking! Spice up your visit with a trip to the haunted stomping grounds of spirits like Mission San Jose, the Menger Hotel, and of course The Alamo!

New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans is known as one of the most haunted cities in America, and its history is rich with ghosts and terror. According to the legends, New Orleans was used by Native Americans as a sacred burial ground because of its location on the Mississippi River. The city itself was built by prison inmates sent over from the then-King of France. Between the crime and various weather catastrophes that have struck the city over the years, New Orleans is a prime ghost town! Hotel Provincial, the Omni Royal Orleans, and the Wyndham Bourbon Orleans Hotel are a few of our haunted favorites.

Seattle, Washington

Seattle is known for being the birthplace of coffee, but it is also home to many ghosts and haunted spirits. Famous Pike’s Place Market is one of the most haunted places in the state because it was built on a Native American Tribal Cemetery. Seattle also has its share of spirit-inhabited bars and theaters. Jules Maes and Calamity Jane’s are two of the city’s oldest bars and have acquired many other-worldly visitors. The rainy weather in Seattle only puts the icing on the cake for this spooky town!

San Diego, California

San Diego is one of the most haunted cities of the West- and for good reason, too! The Hotel Del Coronado not only has its own share of ghosts, but is a beautiful place to spend an evening regardless of the season. The Whaley House is also one of San Diego’s most notorious haunted stomping ground located in the cultural Old Town district. Various other theaters and hotels around town are known for being frequented by spirits, so take some time out of your sunny visit to this beautiful coastal destination to pay homage to these haunting hotties!

Savannah, Georgia

Savannah has a wonderful elegance full of historic charm, friendly, locals, rich southern comfort food and pleasant Georgia weather. But peer behind the curtains of Spanish moss dripping from any beautiful oak and you’ll find a sure ghost town. From the slanted sidewalks framing the Gothic Revival architecture to the hallways of a haunted bed-and-breakfasts or Savannah’s many spirited cemeteries, this Southern city has plenty of scary sites to offer.

Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon has the reputation of being most haunted city of the Pacific Northwest thanks to its strange history and large number of ghost sightings throughout the years. The city’s most famous haunted houses is Pittock Mansion, where visitors have claimed to see apparitions and heard footsteps coming from empty rooms. In addition to the Pittock house, other Portland haunted places include the Bagdad theater which is a movie theater built during the roaring 20s that supposedly houses a number of spirits. For outdoor enthusiasts, Willamette River is home to a phantom rowboat that makes an appearance from time to time. Check out all of Portland’s gems, haunted and otherwise!