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The 7 Best Cemetery Tours in the U.S.

October 09, 2018 - 2:45 pm

As we creep into the spooky months of October, if you are traveling this fall check out some of the Best Cemetery Tours in the U.S.

According to Elite Daily here are the top 7 to tour: 

1. St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, New Orleans, LA. 

For the spookiest tour in The Big Easy, look no further than St. Louis Cemetery No. 1. The famed cemetery is home to some of NOLA's most notable historical figures, including Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau. The cemetery is so renowned, even Nicolas Cage purchased a massive pyramid-shaped tombstone there.

2. Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Sleepy Hollow, NY. 

The cemetery offers both daytime and nighttime tours, so you can tailor your experience to your scare threshold. For the ultimate thrilling experience, book the Murder and Mayhem Evening Lantern Tour to learn more about some of the darker stories of the people of the cemetery—all while guided by the light of a lantern.

3. Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Los Angeles, CA.

Hollywood is home to some of the world's biggest stars, both living and dead. Notable celebs in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery include Judy Garland, Cecil B. DeMille, and Johnny Ramone.

4. Bonaventure Cemetery, Savannah, GA.

Bonaventure Cemetery is massive, with over 100 acres within its gates. It's easiest to navigate this giant property with one of their guided tours, but if you choose to wander by yourself, they have an app to help you get around. According to their website, must-see sites include Johnny Mercer's grave and the ornate marble carvings on the Lawton plot.

5. The Burying Point, Salem, MA.
It really doesn't get spookier than the Salem witch trials, and there's no better way to learn more about (and get slightly spooked by) them than at The Burying Point in Salem. The cemetery is the resting place of some of the most notable judges from the trials, including Justice John Hathorne.

6. The Secret Charleston Life of Edgar Allen Poe, Charleston, SC. 

Offered exclusively through the King Charles Inn, the Edgar Allen Poe package offers a walking tour through some of the spooky Charleston sites that inspired some of Poe's most famous pieces of work. There's even a tour through the Unitarian Church Graveyard, which is known for its overgrown shrubs that seem to have taken over the graves.

7. Spooky Empire, Orlando, FL. 

When you've had your fill of ghosts in the cemeteries, consider checking out the Spooky Empire convention in Orlando (which takes place Oct. 26-28). Even though this experience doesn't take place in a cemetery, it can be your one-stop-shop for all things spooky and Halloween-related. According to the website, David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson from The X-Files will be in attendance, and you can even take a special effects class to learn more about how professionals do special effects makeup and props.