America’s Most Spooktacular Travel Destinations

Oct 30, 2021
Destination Inspiration
Spooky New Orleans plantation with massive arching trees.

It’s no secret that America is full of cities with an eerie past. If you’re looking for spooky travel recommendations, keep reading for our list of America’s most spooktacular travel destinations. Immerse yourself in the Halloween season and check out our top 3 cities with spine-tingling intrigue.

Eerie gothic church in New Orleans with horse and carriage parked in front.

1.) New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans is known for a lot – amazing food, incredible culture, but especially its ghostly atmosphere. From voodoo to ghost tours, New Orleans makes for an amazing Halloween vacation. Start your spooky tour with a haunted house in New Orleans’ French quarter. The French Quarter has many haunted houses to choose from, and all are bound to have you spooked, in the best way possible. Are haunted houses not on your ideal itinerary? No problem. New Orleans still has many chilling events to thrill. Discover the magic of New Orleans’ Voodoo Music and Arts Experience, a festival encased in Halloween Spirit. For those interested in history and culture, touring New Orleans is a must. You’ll find out why voodoo is such an intricate part of the culture, as well as how New Orleans got its reputation in the first place. There’s a lot to do, and enough fun for everyone.

A dramatic view of the Salem Witch Museum in Salem, Massachusetts.

2.) Salem, Massachusetts

Get in touch with a darker side of American history in Salem. The home of the infamous Salem Witch Trials, you can walk through many museums commemorating this chapter of history. The town itself is full of Halloween cheer, from multiple witch-themed museums and tours to festivals fun for the whole family. Salem took their spooky reputation by the reins and offers many events and festivals that are unique to the area. Get crafty with DIY and Make your own witch-style broom or join in the fright at the Horror Festival. Salem even offers their own Halloween night festivities, full of spooks and fun for all ages.

Sinister black and white photo of The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado.

3. Estes Park, Colorado

Estes Park is a small town near Denver, Colorado, and comes with its very own Haunted Hotel (or so the legend goes). The Stanley Hotel is so notable that it was the setting for Stephen King’s novel, The Shining. Visit The Stanley and see for yourself why this iconic horror film was shot there. 

When Estes Park isn’t boasting its spooky side, it is a perfect location for hikers and nature lovers. The town offers many outdoor activities and amazing views. In the fall, it’s a great time to take a hike through the Rocky Mountain National Park, which Estes Park serves as an entry point to. The aspen trees and fall leaves are outstanding and should be taken advantage of!

An old pickup truck full of pumpkins surrounded by a pumpkin patch.

Make Halloween a weekend to remember

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