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Most haunted U.S. cities

Where would you go if you were hoping to encounter the supernatural?

Our country’s rich—albeit bloody and sometimes morally unsavory—history provides those not-so-faint-of-heart travelers many locations that offer fright-filled folklore to slake their thirst for being spooked.

Although there is no shortage of U.S. cities that many deem haunted, here are three that appear in multiple online lists:

Savannah, Georgia

Southern Living’s Kaitlyn Yarborough cites war, disease and slave trading as primary factors contributing to its haunted past in her piece, “The South’s Most Haunted Cities.

The article references visitsavannah.com and includes some places gutsy travelers can visit to get their phantasm fix:

… The Marshal House, built in 1851, is a popular haunt you can book to stay in during your trip. It was used during the Civil War as a hospital for wounded soldiers who are rumored to still haunt the halls. Book a tour of the city’s most haunted spots with Blue Orb Tours, and if you’re feeling brave, choose their “Zombie Ghost Tour” for a mix of colonial ghost stories and frightening tales of the voodoo communities in the low-country. visitsavannah.com


SmarterTravel.com’s Jamie Moore cites the great number of lives lost in battle in the city—including casualties of the American Revolution, Civil War and War of 1812—as significant reason for its haunted designation in her compilation, “America’s 10 most haunted cities.”

Moore suggests a few spots thrill-seekers can visit to satisfy their appetite for ectoplasm:

Tour the Westminster Hall Catacombs, the final resting place of Edgar Allan Poe, who is said to haunt various locations in town. At the 18th-century Fort McHenry, apparitions of a uniformed soldier with a rifle have been reported. Walk beneath the rigging of the 1854 USS Constellation warship and feel the presence of those who have met death on her deck.

Portland, Oregon

The Pacific Northwest city made TheActiveTimes’ list of “16 of the Most Haunted Cities in America” in large part due to the Shanghai Tunnels.

The author describes the tunnels and their history, and she shares other destinations that visitors should check out to fulfill their fascination for feeling fearful:

The Shanghai Tunnels are possibly the most famous haunted location in the city. The tunnels were basements of buildings that connected to other structures through brick and stone archways that were intersected with connecting tunnels under the streets, according to ShanghaiTunnels.info. They were used by crooks, called “shanghaiiers” or “white slavers,” who sold women into prostitution. Men were sold as slaves to work on ships. Other spooky locations are the Benson Hotel where Benson’s ghost is seen in meeting rooms and Cathedral Park where a woman is heard screaming at night.

Of course, there are many additional haunted cities in the U.S., but this sampling should help you get started on envisioning and executing your eerie excursions.

Looking to work in one of these spooky cities? Here are a few current job openings from these ghostly locations:

Not the job for you? See what else we have in our weekly professional pickings:

Senior strategic communications manager—The Nature Conservancy (California)

Engagement editor, digital news—NPR (Washington, D.C.)

Communications specialist/content strategist—Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (Indiana)

Public relations manager—Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Co. (Pennsylvania)

Senior communications specialist – diversity and inclusion—Rush University Medical Center (Illinois)

Global digital marketing manager—Soho House & Co. (United Kingdom)

Media relations director—Indiana Department of Transportation (Indiana)

Internal communications director—Liberty Global (Colorado)

Marketing coordinator—Art Gallery of Ontario (Canada)

Senior director of marketing and communications—Miami University (Ohio)

General news writer—Picayune Item (Mississippi)

Communications specialist—Pabst Brewing Co. (California)

Director of marketing—Entrepreneurship for All (Massachusetts)

Corporate communications manager—Audible Inc. (New Jersey)

Director of content—vineyard vines (Connecticut)

Junior TV marketing manager—Sony Entertainment (United Kingdom)

Development coordinator, annual giving and corporate partnership—Children’s Health (Texas)

Editor—United Press International (Florida)

Managing director, media relations—American Cancer Society (Georgia)

Digital marketing leader—IBM (Spain)

Community director—WeWork (North Carolina)

Digital marketing manager—PANDORA (Canada)

Internal communications manager—Peloton Interactive (New York)

Safety content brand manager—Uber (California)

Social media coordinator—Clemson University (South Carolina)

Director of communications—Massachusetts Medical Society (Massachusetts)

Brand director, Minute Maid—The Coca-Cola Co. (Texas)

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