Best Ghost Tours of the Southeast U.S.

Some say that Southern hospitality is not always as it seems, especially after the sun goes down and the ghosts, shadow people and other spirits of the Southeast become restless with the night. For lots of fun during your visit, you can decide for yourself with one of these popular ghost tours of some of the most haunted places in the Southeast.

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    Statuary in Bonaventure Cemetery
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    Savannah, often described as charming, captivating, graceful and even sultry, has a mysterious dark side as well and has been recognized by many as America's most haunted city. Exploring the ghosts and eerie past of haunted Savannah is a favorite tourist activity and there are plenty of unique tours from which to choose, including midnight walking tours, an authentic hearse tour and more.

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    Historic Carriage Ride, Charleston, South Carolina
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    Lurking beneath the charm of one of America's most hospitable cities lives the horror of a tumultuous history, cursed by rampaging pirates, bloody wars, raging disease and a number of extreme natural and man-made disasters. Exploring the ghosts of haunted Charleston is a popular tourist activity and there are plenty of unique tours from which to choose.

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    Williamsburg, Virginia

    Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia
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    Ghosts, witches and many mysterious legends provide spooky subject matter for these popular Williamsburg evening programs:

    • Colonial Williamsburg's Evening Programs
      Colonial Williamsburg's Legends, Myths, Mysteries, and Ghosts hour walking tour explores some of the Historic Area's mysteries along shadowy streets and in candlelit rooms. If you prefer witches, the evening program Cry Witch offers participation in a re-creation of a witchcraft trial. The one-hour performance is not appropriate for young children. Reservations required for both programs. 
    • Williamsburg Private Tours: Ghost Lantern Tours
      Private lantern tours offer an evening of spooky fun on the dark streets of Williamsburg. 
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    West Virginia Penitentiary
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    Reported elevated paranormal activity at this infamous former penitentiary, one of the bloodiest prisons in American history, attracts thousands of visitors each year for regularly scheduled night tours and ghost hunts. Following guided tours, participants may stay in the building to explore in the dark until 6 a.m. Read more about the facility, tours and special events.

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    Beaufort Historic Site
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    One of the North Carolina Crystal Coast's most popular attractions, this chilling nighttime walking tour explores several legends in the historic coastal town of Beaufort, where Blackbeard once lived, ghost ships have sailed and many mysterious events have occurred. Entertaining pirate guides make this one-hour tour a favorite for families and groups. Reservations required.

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    A man looks at items at the historic Annesdale Mansion in Memphis, TN
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    Explore the most haunted sites of Memphis by lantern light as a professional storyteller and guide recounts chilling tales on the 90-minute Haunted Memphis Tour. An option for visitors aged 21 and over is a spirited Haunted Pub Crawl featuring tales of legendary Beale Street haunts.

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    A Nashville Ghost Tour stop at the Ryman Auditorium
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    The streets of Music City are filled with more than country melodies. Explore the spooky heritage of downtown Nashville on a 90-minute walking tour, lead by professional lantern-bearing guides and entertaining story tellers. Reservations recommended.

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    Alexandria, Virginia

    Historic cemetery in Alexandria, VA
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    Steeped in history, Alexandria is a great place to combine ghostly folklore with history on one of these popular tours:

    • Alexandria's Original Ghost and Graveyard Tour
      Follow an 18th century costumed guide by lantern light on this entertaining tour by Alexandria Colonial Tours. Hear ghost stories, legends and folklore before being abandoned in a graveyard at the end of the tour. Dates and times vary from mid-March through Thanksgiving weekend. Reservations suggested.
    • Alexandria's Footsteps to the Past: History / Ghost Walk and Talk
      Explore real history that will haunt you on this lighthearted hour-long walking tour of Alexandria's ghost sites, offered from March through November. 
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    Historic Virgina plantation buildings shrouded in fog
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    Follow an 18th century costumed guide by lantern light on this entertaining one-hour tour of Fredericksburg, Virginia. Hear Held on Fridays and Saturdays in September, October, and November, these 80-minute walking tours by candlelight and led by costumed guides combine history with ghostly tales of Fredericksburg's mysterious and bloody past. Reservations strongly recommended. 

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    Winter view of Parkersburg, West Virginia
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    Hear tales of the Virginia Mothman and much more during this walking tour, which lasts about two hours and covers less than two miles along the quaint but mysterious streets of haunted downtown Parkersburg, West Virginia. No reservations required for scheduled tours.