25 Ghost Tours Across America That Aren't for the Faint of Heart



Slide 1 of 26: If you love all things Halloween, you may be Googling "ghost tours near me" for a scare this fall. Here, we've rounded up the all-time best ghost tours scattered all over the country. Our goal is to help you befriend spirits, get the creepy-crawlies, and most importantly, learn a few scary ghost stories you won't soon forget. After all, the best tours aren't just fun and frightening; they're also downright educational. As you explore the rooms of haunted mansions and the streets of some of the most haunted places in America, you'll also get a peek into the history and vibrant culture behind many of America's most well-known cities (and some you may be unfamiliar with). While the details of each excursion differ, they're all thrilling experiences that give you the perfect excuse to visit nearby haunted hotels, scary cemeteries, eerie ghost towns, and real-life haunted houses. Choose between an early evening or daytime slot when there’s still sunlight, or make your walk even scarier by booking an after-dark option. If you have little ones in tow, pick an entirely innocuous tour. Some of the ones we've highlighted here even offer Halloween family activities in addition to their adults-only events, which means you won't have quite so many nightmares to contend with upon your return home. No matter what you choose or where you're headed, be sure to grab your tickets in advance! These popular events tend to sell out.
Slide 2 of 26: You may not know it, but there are plenty of ghosts in San Francisco! At least, that's what you'll think after enjoying a San Francisco Chinatown Ghost Walking Tour. You'll hear stories that'll haunt you long after you leave the steep streets of this West Coast city behind. Shop Now
Slide 3 of 26: Haunted hospitals make for the best—and scariest—tours. In this one, you'll explore the Traverse City State Hospital, a former state-run asylum. This is not just a haunted tour, but it'll likely give you the creeps at certain points.Shop Now
Slide 4 of 26: We're creeped out just looking at photos of this place. Take a two-hour walk on the dark side at the Ohio State Reformatory, a former prison with rumored paranormal activity and a slew of murderous tales that'll make your skin crawl. Let's just say this one might not be suitable for young kids.Shop Now

Slide 5 of 26: Spooky thrills will abound as you traverse 14 blocks of historic city streets in this eerie West Virginia tour. Book your experience through Ghost Tours of Harper’s Ferry for a chance to learn about more than just ghosts and ghouls. They'll also let you in on some Civil War history.Shop Now
Slide 6 of 26: A lighthouse on the shores of Lake Erie sounds innocent enough, right? Er, maybe not: A walk with Dunkirk Lighthouse Ghost Hunts just might have you convinced that there's some paranormal activity going on in this place.Shop Now
Slide 7 of 26: Next time you visit Savannah, Georgia, skip the typical, daytime tours (which can be blazing hot!) and opt for a thrilling evening journey with Ghost Tours City instead. With two options available—one that's family friendly and one for grown-ups only—you can pick the experience that’s best for your terror threshold.Shop Now
Slide 8 of 26: New Orleans is a mecca for all things spooky and you’ll get to explore all of it on this fun New Orleans Ghost, Voodoo, and Vampire Tour lead by Witches Brew Tours. As you walk around the historic French Quarter, you’ll learn all about the southern city’s rich history with voodoo and supernatural activity. Shop Now
Slide 9 of 26: When visiting the oldest city in America (it was founded in 1565!), a ghost tour is definitely in order. The 75-minute Secrets of St. Augustine attraction is led by Dion, a beloved 20-year expert of all things paranormal (read: you'll be in good hands if a spirit stops by). Even those who don’t like spooky sights will get a kick out of this local’s entertaining journey around the historic city. Shop Now

Slide 10 of 26: One of America’s oldest and most historically significant cities is bound to be brimming with paranormal activity, so you better come prepared! During this Haunted Boston Ghost Tour, your guide will kick things off at the Central Burying Ground Cemetery, then you'll make your way through town, and end at the supposedly haunted Omni Parker House Hotel.Shop Now
Slide 11 of 26: Formerly the home of several famous gangsters and their crews, Chicago was once a hotspot for murders and mob scenes. While this sort of activity is no more, Chicago’s "Vice District"—a graveyard for the criminals who once walked the streets—is now a must-see for visitors. Experience it all for yourself with the unique and popular Chicago Gangsters and Ghost Tour.Shop Now
Slide 12 of 26: Take a break from Rainbow Row and see a different part of Charleston, South Carolina, through a Haunted History Ghost Tour led by Ghosts of the South. During your 90-minute after-dark journey, you'll see some of its most historic spots, while also learning all about each landmark's paranormal activity.Shop Now
Slide 13 of 26: Only the bravest should sign up for a Crescent Hotel Ghost Tour. The Eureka Springs, Arkansas, icon is known as the most haunted hotel in America after it was once a "cancer hospital" led by a fake doctor (resulting in many deaths). Staffers will guide you through the 132-year-old grounds, ending your visit in the destination's morgue. Guests often experience paranormal activity during their stay, so you may even see a ghost while you're there!Shop Now
Slide 14 of 26: Both ghost hunters and history buffs will enjoy this spooky candlelit walking Gettysburg Ghost Tour. Even those who have visited the American battlefield will find new thrills during this adventure, which gives guests special access to old, abandoned buildings that are too scary for the public. Shop Now

Slide 15 of 26: Even the most beautiful destinations in America have haunted pasts, and this Ghosts and Gravestones Tour in Key West, Florida, will prove just that. Hop on their trolley for a laid-back ride around the city that will take you to some of the spookiest spots including the terrifying Artist House, which is home to the possessed doll that inspired the Chucky movies. If you love the tour, be sure to check out the same paranormal experts on one of their trips offered in Boston, Savannah, St. Augustine, and San Diego.Shop Now
Slide 16 of 26: There are so many ways to tour the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas, but an excursion lead by Sisters Grimm Ghost Tours may be the most thrilling of them all. This Texas icon is a popular spot for paranormal activity thanks to the nearby battleground and haunted Menger Hotel. You can choose from bus rides, history walks, or a spooky dinner at the hotel, plus a variety of special events offered around Halloween.Shop Now
Slide 17 of 26: During the two hour Haunted San Diego ghost tour, you'll get to see five of the city's scariest spots including The Whaley House, Villa Montezuma, Horton Grand, Horton Davis House, and El Campo cemetery. You'll arrive to each via bus, and can even go inside three of the venues along the way. Shop Now
Slide 18 of 26: Stephen King fans will love the Stanley Hotel's tour. The 109-year-old hotel, which served as the inspiration for The Shining, draws visitors every year in hopes they'll experience some of its paranormal activity first hand. In fact, several guests have shared stories—and even photos—of ghost spottings and more haunted happenings. Shop Now
Slide 19 of 26: Watch out, Salem! For centuries, this historic hub has been a stomping ground for all kinds of spirits, and you can experience it for yourself in a Williamsburg Ghost and Witches Tour. Unlike other guided trips around Williamsburg, Virginia, this one will take you to corners not often visited, but packed with unusual activity. Plus, you'll get to check out some of the most pivotal spots in Virginia's history of witch trials dating back to 1626.Shop Now
Slide 20 of 26: While most haunted tours are led by professional guides, this one-of-a-kind Seattle, Washington, trip is led by a group of real ghost hunters. Visitors can choose from their original Pioneer Square Ghost Tour, or go for an extra special experience like their Haunted Pub Tour, the How to Murder History Tour, and several more.Shop Now
Slide 21 of 26: With so many historical sites to explore in one city, the Spirits of '76 Ghost Tour is a thrilling way to see them all. During this trip, you’ll visit 20 infamous spots, including locations where Edgar Allen Poe and Benjamin Franklin’s ghosts are rumored to hang out, plus iconic Philadelphia attractions like Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, and City Tavern, all said to be rife with paranormal activity.Shop Now
Slide 22 of 26: While we all know and love this Tennessee city for its country music scene, you’ll get to discover a whole new side of the southern destination with a haunted tour from AmeriGhost. Book one of three options: the Haunted Downtown Tour, the Haunted Tavern Tour, or the Nashville Hearse Tour. All three will take you to some of the scariest spots around Nashville, and induce goosebumps galore.Shop Now
Slide 23 of 26: Over the years, Galveston Island, Texas, has become a popular place for haunted happenings due to several tragedies that took place there hundreds of years ago. Now, ghosts and spirits are rumored to hang out in the many historic buildings. During Dash Beardsley's Ghost Tour, you’ll get to visit the haunted Mayfield Manor—which once served as a morgue—and the possessed Hotel Galvez.Shop Now
Slide 24 of 26: Take your pick from four fun and varied experiences offered by this group in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Learn all about the city’s spooky history with their Original Ghost Tour, Sights and Scandals of Chattanooga Tour, Murder and Mayhem Haunted History Tour, or venture out with a guide for their Cemetery Ghost Hunt (18+ only). Shop Now
Slide 25 of 26: If you thought Asheville, North Carolina, was all tranquil beauty beneath the Blue Ridge Mountains, think again! During one of the Haunted Asheville Ghost Tours, you'll take a walk through the city where you’ll pass the Omni Grove Park Inn and Helen’s Bridge, all while learning about each destination's ghosts, ghouls, and scary spirits. History buffs will also enjoy their Biltmore Village Mystery Tour. Shop Now
Slide 26 of 26: Learn about Denver, Colorado’s many local spirits—while sipping on spirits—during this fun Denver Ghost Tour Pub Crawl (21+ only). In between stops at local haunted establishments, you’ll have the chance to try an array of sips in some of the city’s best bars. While this tour is offered nightly, it tends to sell out, so be sure to buy your tickets in advance.Shop Now

If you love all things Halloween, you may be Googling “ghost tours near me” for a scare this fall. Here, we’ve rounded up the all-time best ghost tours scattered all over the country. Our goal is to help you befriend spirits, get the creepy-crawlies, and most importantly, learn a few scary ghost stories you won’t soon forget. After all, the best tours aren’t just fun and frightening; they’re also downright educational. As you explore the rooms of haunted mansions and the streets of some of the most haunted places in America, you’ll also get a peek into the history and vibrant culture behind many of America’s most well-known cities (and some you may be unfamiliar with). While the details of each excursion differ, they’re all thrilling experiences that give you the perfect excuse to visit nearby haunted hotels, scary cemeteries, eerie ghost towns, and real-life haunted houses. Choose between an early evening or daytime slot when there’s still sunlight, or make your walk even scarier by booking an after-dark option. If you have little ones in tow, pick an entirely innocuous tour. Some of the ones we’ve highlighted here even offer Halloween family activities in addition to their adults-only events, which means you won’t have quite so many nightmares to contend with upon your return home. No matter what you choose or where you’re headed, be sure to grab your tickets in advance! These popular events tend to sell out.

San Francisco Chinatown Ghost Walking Tour in San Francisco, California

You may not know it, but there are plenty of ghosts in San Francisco! At least, that’s what you’ll think after enjoying a San Francisco Chinatown Ghost Walking Tour. You’ll hear stories that’ll haunt you long after you leave the steep streets of this West Coast city behind.

Shop Now

Twilight Tour at Grand Traverse Commons in Traverse City, Michigan

Haunted hospitals make for the best—and scariest—tours. In this one, you’ll explore the Traverse City State Hospital, a former state-run asylum. This is not just a haunted tour, but it’ll likely give you the creeps at certain points.

Shop Now

Ohio State Reformatory Ghost Walks in Mansfield, Ohio

We’re creeped out just looking at photos of this place. Take a two-hour walk on the dark side at the Ohio State Reformatory, a former prison with rumored paranormal activity and a slew of murderous tales that’ll make your skin crawl. Let’s just say this one might not be suitable for young kids.

Shop Now

Ghost Tours of Harper’s Ferry in Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia

Spooky thrills will abound as you traverse 14 blocks of historic city streets in this eerie West Virginia tour. Book your experience through Ghost Tours of Harper’s Ferry for a chance to learn about more than just ghosts and ghouls. They’ll also let you in on some Civil War history.

Shop Now

Dunkirk Lighthouse Ghost Hunts in Dunkirk, New York

A lighthouse on the shores of Lake Erie sounds innocent enough, right? Er, maybe not: A walk with Dunkirk Lighthouse Ghost Hunts just might have you convinced that there’s some paranormal activity going on in this place.

Shop Now

Ghost City Tours in Savannah, Georgia

Next time you visit Savannah, Georgia, skip the typical, daytime tours (which can be blazing hot!) and opt for a thrilling evening journey with Ghost Tours City instead. With two options available—one that’s family friendly and one for grown-ups only—you can pick the experience that’s best for your terror threshold.

Shop Now

New Orleans Ghost, Voodoo, and Vampire Tour in New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans is a mecca for all things spooky and you’ll get to explore all of it on this fun New Orleans Ghost, Voodoo, and Vampire Tour lead by Witches Brew Tours. As you walk around the historic French Quarter, you’ll learn all about the southern city’s rich history with voodoo and supernatural activity.

Shop Now

Secrets of St. Augustine Ghost Tour in St. Augustine, Florida

When visiting the oldest city in America (it was founded in 1565!), a ghost tour is definitely in order. The 75-minute Secrets of St. Augustine attraction is led by Dion, a beloved 20-year expert of all things paranormal (read: you’ll be in good hands if a spirit stops by). Even those who don’t like spooky sights will get a kick out of this local’s entertaining journey around the historic city.

Shop Now

Haunted Boston Ghost Tour in Boston, Massachusetts

One of America’s oldest and most historically significant cities is bound to be brimming with paranormal activity, so you better come prepared! During this Haunted Boston Ghost Tour, your guide will kick things off at the Central Burying Ground Cemetery, then you’ll make your way through town, and end at the supposedly haunted Omni Parker House Hotel.

Shop Now

Chicago Gangsters and Ghost Tour in Chicago, Illinois

Formerly the home of several famous gangsters and their crews, Chicago was once a hotspot for murders and mob scenes. While this sort of activity is no more, Chicago’s “Vice District”—a graveyard for the criminals who once walked the streets—is now a must-see for visitors. Experience it all for yourself with the unique and popular Chicago Gangsters and Ghost Tour.

Shop Now

Haunted History Ghost Tour in Charleston, South Carolina

Take a break from Rainbow Row and see a different part of Charleston, South Carolina, through a Haunted History Ghost Tour led by Ghosts of the South. During your 90-minute after-dark journey, you’ll see some of its most historic spots, while also learning all about each landmark’s paranormal activity.

Shop Now

Crescent Hotel Ghost Tour in Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Only the bravest should sign up for a Crescent Hotel Ghost Tour. The Eureka Springs, Arkansas, icon is known as the most haunted hotel in America after it was once a “cancer hospital” led by a fake doctor (resulting in many deaths). Staffers will guide you through the 132-year-old grounds, ending your visit in the destination’s morgue. Guests often experience paranormal activity during their stay, so you may even see a ghost while you’re there!

Shop Now

Gettysburg Ghost Tours in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Both ghost hunters and history buffs will enjoy this spooky candlelit walking Gettysburg Ghost Tour. Even those who have visited the American battlefield will find new thrills during this adventure, which gives guests special access to old, abandoned buildings that are too scary for the public.

Shop Now

Ghosts and Gravestones Tour in Key West

Even the most beautiful destinations in America have haunted pasts, and this Ghosts and Gravestones Tour in Key West, Florida, will prove just that. Hop on their trolley for a laid-back ride around the city that will take you to some of the spookiest spots including the terrifying Artist House, which is home to the possessed doll that inspired the Chucky movies. If you love the tour, be sure to check out the same paranormal experts on one of their trips offered in Boston, Savannah, St. Augustine, and San Diego.

Shop Now

Alamo City Ghost Tours in San Antonio, Texas

There are so many ways to tour the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas, but an excursion lead by Sisters Grimm Ghost Tours may be the most thrilling of them all. This Texas icon is a popular spot for paranormal activity thanks to the nearby battleground and haunted Menger Hotel. You can choose from bus rides, history walks, or a spooky dinner at the hotel, plus a variety of special events offered around Halloween.

Shop Now

Haunted San Diego Ghost Tours in San Diego, California

During the two hour Haunted San Diego ghost tour, you’ll get to see five of the city’s scariest spots including The Whaley House, Villa Montezuma, Horton Grand, Horton Davis House, and El Campo cemetery. You’ll arrive to each via bus, and can even go inside three of the venues along the way.

Shop Now

Stanley Hotel Ghost Tour in Estes Park, Colorado

Stephen King fans will love the Stanley Hotel’s tour. The 109-year-old hotel, which served as the inspiration for The Shining, draws visitors every year in hopes they’ll experience some of its paranormal activity first hand. In fact, several guests have shared stories—and even photos—of ghost spottings and more haunted happenings.

Shop Now

Williamsburg Ghost Tour in Wiliamsburg, Virginia

Watch out, Salem! For centuries, this historic hub has been a stomping ground for all kinds of spirits, and you can experience it for yourself in a Williamsburg Ghost and Witches Tour. Unlike other guided trips around Williamsburg, Virginia, this one will take you to corners not often visited, but packed with unusual activity. Plus, you’ll get to check out some of the most pivotal spots in Virginia’s history of witch trials dating back to 1626.

Shop Now

Spooked in Seattle Ghost Tour in Seattle, Washington

While most haunted tours are led by professional guides, this one-of-a-kind Seattle, Washington, trip is led by a group of real ghost hunters. Visitors can choose from their original Pioneer Square Ghost Tour, or go for an extra special experience like their Haunted Pub Tour, the How to Murder History Tour, and several more.

Shop Now

Spirits of ’76 Ghost Tour in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

With so many historical sites to explore in one city, the Spirits of ’76 Ghost Tour is a thrilling way to see them all. During this trip, you’ll visit 20 infamous spots, including locations where Edgar Allen Poe and Benjamin Franklin’s ghosts are rumored to hang out, plus iconic Philadelphia attractions like Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, and City Tavern, all said to be rife with paranormal activity.

Shop Now

AmeriGhost Haunted Tour in Nashville, Tennessee

While we all know and love this Tennessee city for its country music scene, you’ll get to discover a whole new side of the southern destination with a haunted tour from AmeriGhost. Book one of three options: the Haunted Downtown Tour, the Haunted Tavern Tour, or the Nashville Hearse Tour. All three will take you to some of the scariest spots around Nashville, and induce goosebumps galore.

Shop Now

Dash Beardsley’s Ghost Tours of Galveston in Galveston Island, Texas

Over the years, Galveston Island, Texas, has become a popular place for haunted happenings due to several tragedies that took place there hundreds of years ago. Now, ghosts and spirits are rumored to hang out in the many historic buildings. During Dash Beardsley’s Ghost Tour, you’ll get to visit the haunted Mayfield Manor—which once served as a morgue—and the possessed Hotel Galvez.

Shop Now

Chattanooga Ghost Tours in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Take your pick from four fun and varied experiences offered by this group in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Learn all about the city’s spooky history with their Original Ghost Tour, Sights and Scandals of Chattanooga Tour, Murder and Mayhem Haunted History Tour, or venture out with a guide for their Cemetery Ghost Hunt (18+ only).

Shop Now

Haunted Asheville Ghost Tours in Asheville, North Carolina

If you thought Asheville, North Carolina, was all tranquil beauty beneath the Blue Ridge Mountains, think again! During one of the Haunted Asheville Ghost Tours, you’ll take a walk through the city where you’ll pass the Omni Grove Park Inn and Helen’s Bridge, all while learning about each destination’s ghosts, ghouls, and scary spirits. History buffs will also enjoy their Biltmore Village Mystery Tour.

Shop Now

Nightly Spirits Tour in Denver, Colorado

Learn about Denver, Colorado’s many local spirits—while sipping on spirits—during this fun Denver Ghost Tour Pub Crawl (21+ only). In between stops at local haunted establishments, you’ll have the chance to try an array of sips in some of the city’s best bars. While this tour is offered nightly, it tends to sell out, so be sure to buy your tickets in advance.

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