Get Spooked – The Best Haunted Tours in America for 2019

Are you the type of person who finds the thrill of being frightened? Do you desire to seek out some dark secrets? If this is you, then you have indeed came to the right place. We are about to approach Halloween soon. So, I figured that i would take the opportunity to talk about the best haunted tours in the United States that you can take in 2019.

When people think of Halloween, they will certainly think of all these vivid orange pumpkins that glows creepily at nightfall. They will probably also think of the trick and treat in which children dresses in costumes go around the houses and seek out all those tasty candies. However, if you prefer more of an adventure, then these haunted tours will certainly do for you this year.

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New Orleans Vampire Tour

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Are you ready to face your blood thirsty foes? If you are, then good. Because in this haunted tour, vampires could very well be lurking around somewhere. The New Orleans Vampire Tour is hosted by Haunted History Tours of New Orleans. The haunted tour will meet up at St. Louis Cathedral in the French Quarter area of New Orleans. The haunted tour will leave at about 8:30pm.

Once the haunted tour starts, your haunted tour guide will be carrying around a lamplight. You will be cautiously exploring the French Quarter area of New Orleans in the darkness of night. You will be paying a visit to the famous sites to learn about true-to-life vampire-style crimes. In the course of this haunted tour, you will be heading to a creepy tavern that legends has that was a popular hangout spot for the vampires.

You will be heading to sites that were filming locations for the 1994 movie titled “Interview with the Vampire” made by Warner Bros. You will also be stopping at the Boutique Du Vampyre which, according to legends, is where the vampires go shopping. The items crafted here are from local artists. As you wander around as part of the haunted tour, you might spot vampires.

But, are those vampires real or fake? Good question, but that is for you to figure out. The New Orleans Vampire Tour will last for about two hours and will cost about $24.99 per person.

Ghosts of Charleston Walking Tour

Do you believe in ghosts? Or are you a fan of a movie or video game about ghosts such as Ghostbusters or Luigi’s Mansion? Well, this is a spooky, but fun haunted tour located in Charleston, South Carolina where you might spot some ghosts. The Ghosts of Charleston Walking Tour is hosted by Tour Charleston. The haunted tour will meet at Buxton Books and Tour Charleston Headquarters in Charleston’s historic downtown.

The haunted tour will start at one of the night times. You will want to bring a flashlight for better navigation during the darkness. The biggest highlight of this haunted tour will be a visit to the Unitarian Church Graveyard. The graveyard is not normally open to the public at night, but, as a part of this haunted tour, you will be given a special access to the graveyard at nightfall.

The graveyard is a few centuries old, having originally been built in 1772 which happens to be a few years before the United States even became an independent country. There has been tales of ghosts resembling people who were buried there, haunting people at night. So, be on the lookout for them while at the graveyard.

In addition to visiting the graveyard, you will be walking around Charleston’s historic downtown and listening to stories being told about ghosts and Charleston’s spooky past. You will walk by a variety of buildings, squares, and landmarks where the former residents used to hang out a long time ago. If you look around carefully, they still might be there, in ghost form.

The Ghosts of Charleston Walking Tour will take about one and a half hours to finish. The price for this haunted tour will be about $25 per person.

Creepy Crawl Haunted Pub Tour of Savannah

Are you into bar hopping? How about hearing creepy stories about a sinister past? If you are into both of these, then you are in luck here. This haunted tour offers a combination of these two things. The Creepy Crawl Haunted Pub Tour of Savannah is hosted by Creep Crawl Haunted Pub Tours and takes place in Savannah’s historic downtown area starting in the evening.

The haunted tour will meet and start at the Six Pence Pub. This will be your first pub as a part of this haunted tour. In addition to this pub, you will be visiting about 3 or 4 more pubs. During your visit at all of the four or five pubs during this haunted tour, you will be hearing stories about the pubs’ creepy past. You will also be given a special cup which you can take home with you as a souvenir.

You can have your special cup filled with an alcoholic drink. You will be responsible for the expense of alcoholic drinks. During your visit to each of the pubs, you will be given the opportunity to use the restroom if you need to do so. In addition to visiting each of the pubs, you will be visiting the Colonial Park Cemetery during this haunted tour.

The Creepy Crawl Haunted Pub Tour of Savannah will last for about two and a half hours. The price for this haunted tour will be about $24.99 per person. It is important to note that you must be at least 21 years of age or older in order to participate in this haunted tour.

These are the three best haunted tours that you can take in 2019. As I mentioned earlier in this post, Halloween is right upon us. So, if you are looking for a way to celebrate Halloween this week other than or in addition to participating in the trick and treat or carving out these vivid orange pumpkins to make them spooky at nightfall, then the way for you to celebrate is to take these three haunted tours.

Just so you know, these three haunted tours aren’t necessarily limited to just the day or even the week of Halloween. So, if for some reason you can’t make it to one of these haunted tours on the day or week of Halloween, then no problem. You can still take one of these any other time of the year provided that the weather is good at any given time for the haunted tour to happen as scheduled.

So, what are your thoughts? Are you brave enough to go on one of these haunted tours? Feel free to leave a comment below.

Learn the History of America’s Birthplace With This Philadelphia Walking Tour

Philadelphia is one of the United States’ oldest cities. Philadelphia was the birthplace of the country that we now know as the United States of America. If there is anything that you may know about the U.S., you will know that Washington, D.C. is the nation’s capital. However, when the United States first started as a country, Philadelphia served as the nation’s capital.

The most important event that established the United States of America as a country took place in Philadelphia. That event is the Declaration of Independence which freed the country from British rule and established itself as an independent country with 13 states on July 4th, 1776. You can explore the history with the Philadelphia walking tour called “Founding Fathers Tour of Philadelphia”.

The Founding Fathers Tour of Philadelphia is hosted by Philadelphia Urban Adventures. This walking tour will stop at various historical sites that played a role in Philadelphia’s history as the birthplace of the United States of America. Let’s go over all of the places that you will stop at during this walking tour of Philadelphia.

Betsy Ross House

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Your first stop will be at the Betsy Ross House. This is a charming house on Arch Street about a few blocks away from Independent Hall and the Liberty Bell. This is where the very first flag of the United States of America was created. The flag was created by Betsy Ross who once lived in this house.

This walking tour doesn’t include admission into the house itself. But, you can soak in the external details of the house as you pass along on the walking tour, including the U.S. flag that is neatly perched onto the house’s wall.

Elfreth’s Alley

Next, you will be walking around the narrow back alleys of Philadelphia’s Old City neighborhood, including Elfreth’s Alley. Elfreth’s Alley is the United States’ oldest residential street, having been dated to as far back as 1702 when the U.S. was still under British rule.

The houses located on Elfreth’s Alley are built in the colonial architecture style. These houses are built with brickwork and fronts the street that is made of cobblestones. The surrounding area is now home to trendy cafes, shops, and art galleries.

Christ Church

Your next stop on the walking tour will be the Christ Church. This is a historical Christian church where the nation’s founding fathers, like George Washington and Ben Franklin, once worshipped. The church also gave birth to the Episcopal Church in the country. At the time of the country’s founding, the church’s tower and steeple was the tallest structure in the country at 196 feet tall.

Depending on if the Christ Church is open and available for public tours at the time of your walking tour, you will be able to enter the church building as a part of this walking tour. Once the Christ Church stop-by is done, you will be heading to a nearby coffee shop for a short break.

This will be your opportunity to ask the guide any questions related to Philadelphia’s history. You can order snacks and/or drinks at the coffee shop if you like. Any snacks and/or drinks that you order there will be on your own expense.

Franklin Court

Once your break has ended, you will then be heading to Franklin Court. Franklin Court is a historical site that used to host the residence of Ben Franklin. Ben was one of the founding fathers of the United States. In addition to being a founding father, Ben was also a renowned inventor during the time of the country’s founding.

The residence itself is no longer there. However, the historical site hosts the archaeological and architectural remains of the residence that was once there. The location of Ben’s residence is traced with steel “ghost structures”. The site also house a museum that is dedicated to the life of Ben and his inventions.

You will be heading into the Franklin Court site as a part of the walking tour. There are two beautiful entrances to the site. One entrance is on a path made of cobblestones. The other entrance is through the original brick passageway.

President’s House

During the first decade of the United States’ existence as an independent country, Philadelphia served as the capital of the country. As a consequence of this, a residence had to be built specifically to house the President of the U.S.. This beautiful residence is known as the President’s House. The President’s House is the predecessor to the White House which is the current residence of the President of the U.S..

The President’s House was home to the first two presidents of the country. George Washington was the first resident. He lived there from November 1790 to March 1797. John Adam was the second president to live at the residence. He lived there from March 1797 to May 1800. Entrance into the President’s House is included as a part of this walking tour.

Dream Garden Glass Mosaic

The next stop on this walking tour of Philadelphia is the Dream Garden Glass Mosaic. The Dream Garden Glass Mosaic is a hidden gem that is tucked away into the lobby of an office building known as the Curtis Center. It is home to a beautiful glass mosaic mural known as the Dream Garden.

Unfortunately, the Dream Garden isn’t open during the weekends or holidays. So, if you want to enter the Dream Garden and soak in such a beautiful glass mosaic mural, I recommend that you book this walking tour on a non-holiday weekday.

Washington Square Park

You will head next to beautiful Washington Square Park. This is one of the oldest parks designed in the country. The park was built by William Penn in 1683. While you are here, you will be hearing stories about William Penn. He was the founder of Philadelphia. He found and planned Philadelphia in 1682, just under a century before the city became the birthplace of the U.S..

Tomb of the Unknown Solider of the American Revolution

The Tomb of the Unknown Solider is a graveyard located within Washington Square Park. The graveyard is the burial ground for all of the Americans who fought in the American Revolution war against British rule. There is a possibility that you will be heading into the graveyard as a part of the walking tour.

Independence National Historical Park

Your next stop on this walking tour is Independence National Historical Park. This is Philadelphia’s most notable park as this is where two of the most important events in the founding of the United States took place. Even though admission into the buildings themselves aren’t part of this walking tour, you will still get to soak in the beauty of these places from the outside.

The park contains a few places that are related to the founding of the country and to Philadelphia’s historical status as the nation’s capital.

Independence Hall

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This is the most important building, not just in Philadelphia, but also in the United States. This is where the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were signed. The Declaration of Independence freed the country from British rule on July 4th, 1776. The U.S. Constitution was ratified on June 21st 1788 in order to serve as the supreme law that governs the United States.

Congress Hall

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Congress Hall is where the U.S. Congress conducted its legislative business when Philadelphia was the nation’s capital. During that time, the U.S. Congress admitted three new states to the nation for a total of 16 states at that time. George Washington and John Adams were both inaugurated as presidents at Congress Hall. The Bill of Rights under the U.S. Constitution was ratified here as well.

Old City Hall

Old City Hall served as the United States Supreme Court during Philadelphia’s status as the nation’s capital. There were three chief justices on the bench during the time. These chief justices were John Jay, John Rutledge, and Oliver Ellsworth.

Old City Arts District

This is the last stop of this walking tour. You will be stopping at a local bar where you can enjoy a drink. The drinks will be paid for by the walking tour guide.

This concludes the Founding Fathers Tour of Philadelphia walking tour. This walking tour will last for about 2 hours overall. The price for this walking tour will be $39 per adult and about $34 per child aged 6 and up. Children under the age of 6 get to join for free. You can purchase the tour here.

What are your thoughts? Did you find anything about Philadelphia’s history fascinating? Feel free to leave a comment here.

The Two Best Parks in Chicago to Spend Time

There is a saying that Chicago is a “city in a garden”. That saying can be traced back to Daniel Burnham. He was a world-famous architect and urban planner who was responsible for the noted historical document called “Plan of Chicago” in the 1900s. The Chicago of today very much lives up to its proclamation as a “city in a garden”.

Even though there are numerous neatly designed parks in Chicago that are well worth the visit, there are two parks in particular that best captures the imagination when people think of Chicago. Grant Park and Lincoln Park are the two best parks in Chicago in which to spend time at.

Not only are these two parks expansive in size, but they are also packed with many attractions and features that allows you to get the most out of your time at the parks. These two parks also offers some of the best views of the Chicago skyline.

Grant Park

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Grant Park is a sweeping, scenic park located in between the central and south sections of the Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan. Grant Park has been called Chicago’s “front yard”. Attractions and features found here include Millennium Park, Maggie Daley Park, the Art Institute of Chicago, Buckingham Fountain, and the Museum Campus.

Millennium Park

Millennium Park is located in the northwest section of Grant Park. There are a few features here. The Cloud Gate is a giant shell-like sculpture that serves as a “mirror” that allows you to see reflections of Chicago’s skyline on the sculpture itself. The Jay Pritzker Pavilion is an outdoors concert venue artistically designed as a place for you to catch concerts, listen to music or just to relax on the lawn under the artistic bandshell.

You can also hang around in the Crown Fountain where two giant LED screens will actually spit fountain water out of the mouths of human beings (yes, really). Another feature of Millennium Park is Lurie Garden where you can find your moment of peace among the stunning, colorful gardens found there.

Maggie Daley Park

Maggie Daley Park is the newest addition to Grant Park, having only been built a few years ago. It is located just east of Millennium Park connected by the scenic BP Pedestrian Bridge. There are a variety of compelling features available at Maggie Daley Park for your enjoyment. You can hit a round at the park’s 18 hole mini golf course. There are picnic areas throughout the park for relaxation.

Those of you who want the thrill of skating, running on roller blades, and/or scooting can enjoy them at designated areas at Maggie Daley Park. If you wish to walk, run, or bike, you can do so on one of the paths that winds its way through the park. Children of all ages will find great joy in the park’s Play Garden where they will have an opportunity to play around.

Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago is located just south of Millennium Park. It is accessible from Michigan Avenue. The Art Institute of Chicago houses a large collection of artwork from across the world and spans over 5,000 years of artistic expressions. This is currently the second largest art museum in the United States of America.

Buckingham Fountain

The Buckingham Fountain is located in the east central section of Grant Park just west of Lake Shore Drive. This is a large, breathtaking fountain that is built in the style of a wedding cake. From April to October, there are regular water shows. During the evening, there are colorful fountain displays. The fountain is decorated with festival lights during the winter.

Museum Campus

The Museum Campus is located in the southeastern section of Grant Park right next to Lake Michigan. The Museum Campus is beautifully designed to bring together not just one or two, but three (!) beautiful museums together in one area for convenience.

These museums are the Field Museum of Natural History, the Shedd Aquarium, and the Adler Planetarium. In addition to the three museums, there are a network of path for you to walk, run, or bike on while soaking in the beauty of the area.

Lincoln Park

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Lincoln Park is a nature lover’s paradise in Chicago. The park, as a whole, technically extends from Ohio Street Beach in the Streeterville neighborhood all the way up to the Edgewater neighborhood where Lake Shore Drive ends.

However, it is the southern part of Lincoln Park north of the Gold Coast neighborhood and east of the Lincoln Park neighborhood that is the most packed as far as attractions and features are concerned.

Lincoln Park Zoo

By far the biggest attraction in Lincoln Park is the Lincoln Park Zoo. The zoo is located to the northwest of the interchange of Lake Shore Drive and LaSalle Drive. Admission to the zoo is free. In fact, the zoo is one of the few free zoos in the United States.

The zoo is home to over 1,000 animals from more than 200 species. Perhaps the most compelling feature of this zoo is the Nature Boardwalk where you can go for a walk around a pond and get close and personal with native wildlife including birds, frogs, fish, turtles, insects, and more. At the same time, you can take in breathtaking views of the north section of the Chicago skyline.

Lincoln Park Conservatory

To the northwest of the Lincoln Park Zoo lies the Lincoln Park Conservatory. The conservatory is an artistic glass building built in the Victorian Era style. There are four rooms in the conservatory housing many different exotic plants from all over the world.

Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool

Look directly to the east of the Lincoln Park Conservatory and you can find the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool. This scenic gem is home to a variety of native plantings throughout its garden and lily pool. The Fullerton Gate is your access point for visiting the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool.

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is across Fullerton Parkway from the Lincoln Park Conservatory. There, you can check out the wildlife from the Chicago region. One notable feature here is the butterfly house where you can observe the different butterflies that lives there.

Chicago History Museum

Lincoln Park is also the home of the Chicago History Museum. The museum is located south of the Lincoln Park Zoo on LaSalle Drive. Here, you can explore the history of Chicago and the United States.

These are the two best parks in Chicago for you to spend time at. While there are other scenic parks in Chicago for you to check out, these two parks in particular will give you the most comprehensive experiences that you can get. These parks speaks to the natural beauty that Chicago has to offer.

What are your thoughts? Does any of these two parks come to mind when you think of Chicago? Feel free to leave a comment below.

Chicago for Museums – CityPASS Is the Way to Go

Chicago is an excellent destination for many things. One of the things that Chicago is renowned for is its collection of world class museums available for you to experience. If your time in Chicago will involve multiple museums, then rejoice! For I have something exciting to share with you about this. There is a thing called the CityPASS. The CityPASS is your ticket to Chicago for museums.

In addition to visiting multiple museums, you can visit at least one tower observation deck with CityPASS. By buying the CityPASS, you can earn a saving of around 50 percent for these attractions. The CityPASS will also grant you express access to the attractions, which would allow you to avoid potentially long lines upon your arrival. There are a total of five attractions that you can go to using the CityPASS.

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Shedd Aquarium

The Shedd Aquarium offers breathtaking encounters with all kind of animals from aquatic environments. These animals range from sea otters to penguins to alligators to monkeys. The permanent exhibits here include Waters of the World, Caribbean Reef, Amazon Rising, Wild Reef, and the Abbott Oceanarium.

With the CityPass, you get access to all the permanent exhibits, animal presentations, special exhibit, stingray touching (seasonal) and a 4-D experience. The Shedd Aquarium is located east of Lake Shore Drive directly to the northeast of the Field Museum of Natural History in a beautiful, landscaped area known as the Museum Campus.

Skydeck Chicago

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Skydeck Chicago is a tower observation deck located at the top of the Willis Tower which was formerly known as the Sears Tower. The Willis Tower is currently the second tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. When you are at Skydeck Chicago, you will be treated to a sweeping 360 degree views of not only the immediate surroundings of The Loop, but also as far as four states.

You will be standing on a floor made of glass, known as The Ledge, which offers heart pounding but amazing views far down below your feet. The Willis Tower is located in The Loop on Wacker Drive.

Field Museum of Natural History

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The Field Museum of Natural History offers a massive amount of displays showcasing all the amazing wonders of nature. The Field Museum’s signature display is SUE, which is the largest, most completed, and best preserved T-Rex ever discovered.

The permanent exhibits here at the museum are Animal Halls, Evolving Planet, Inside Ancient Egypt, The Ancient Americas, Cultural Halls, Geology Halls, Underground Adventure, Working Laboratories, and SUE, the T-Rex. With the CityPASS, you get the All Access Pass which will grant you access to all the permanent and regular priced ticketed exhibits along with your choice of one 3-D movie screening.

As is the case with the Shedd Aquarium, the Field Museum is located in the Museum Campus just east of Lake Shore Drive. The Field Museum is the first museum that you encounter when entering the Museum Campus from Lake Shore Drive.

Choose One: Adler Planetarium or Art Institute of Chicago

Option 1 – Adler Planetarium

Here, you have two options to choose from for this attraction slot. The first option is the Adler Planetarium while the second is the Art Institute of Chicago. The first option, the Adler Planetarium, offers exciting hands on experiences and displays showcasing the amazing science behind the space and planets.

The list of permanent exhibits here are Mission Moon, Our Solar System, Community Design Lab, Planet Explorers, Telescopes: Through the Looking Glass, Clark Family Welcome Gallery, and Astronomy in Culture. With the CityPASS, you get admission to all the permanent exhibits, the Atwood Sphere, and your choice of two sky shows.

As with the other two museums previously mentioned here, The Adler Planetarium is located in the Museum Campus just east of Lake Shore Drive. The Adler Planetarium is the museum located to the furthest right in the Museum Campus.

Option 2 – Art Institute of Chicago

The second option, the Art Institute of Chicago, is home to the greatest impressionist collection of art outside of Paris. This museum houses the galleries of art from ancient Greece, Japan, Africa, and the Americas. With the CityPASS, you will get access to all the permanent collection of art, non-ticketed special exhibits, and an audio tour. The museum is located off of Michigan Avenue inside of Grant Park.

Choose One: Museum of Science and Industry or 360 Chicago Observation Deck

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Option 1 – Museum of Science and Industry

For this attraction slot, you also have two choices. The first choice is the Museum of Science and Industry and the second choice is the 360 Chicago Observation Deck. The Museum of Science and Industry houses a massive collection of showcases in the field of science and technology. This is the largest museum of this kind in the United States.

There are a ton of immersive permanent exhibits housed here. Science Storms, Numbers in Nature: A Mirror Maze, and YOU The Experience are just a few of the many permanent exhibits here.

With the CityPASS, you get access to all the permanent exhibits along with one timed entry experience. The Museum of Science and Industry is located in Chicago’s Jackson Park overlooking a lagoon which is about 6.2 miles south of the Museum Campus on Lake Shore Drive.

Option 2 – 360 Chicago Observation Deck

The 360 Chicago Observation Deck is a tower observation deck in a tower that was once known as the John Hancock Center, high above the famed Magnificent Mile shopping district. It offers breathtaking 360 degree views of the area stretching as far as four states.

In addition to taking in the jaw-dropping views, there is a restaurant and bar along with an enclosed moving platform called TILT. The tower is located at the northern end of the Magnificent Mile on Michigan Avenue.

All of these attractions are packed into one package with the CityPASS. The price for the CityPASS is about $108 per adult and about $89 per child. You can buy the CityPASS by going here. This ticket is valid for up to nine days. So, there is no need to rush. Just take as much time as you want.

So, what are your thoughts? Have you visited any of these museums and/or observation decks before? Feel free to leave a comment here.