There are many ways to explore a new city. You could search Google for must-do articles, buy Lonely Planet guidebooks, or just step off the plane and wander wherever the breeze takes you. Or, you could just follow around a local dressed-up as a sheriff as he leads you through several local haunted pubs while you also sip on beers.
Sounds good, right? Then head over to one of these cities to take a haunted pub tour of your own.
Hosted by Nightly Spirits, this haunted tour starts at the Blake City Vault in downtown Denver where a local guide uncovers ghostly tales and hidden places. Be prepared for stories of brothels, prohibition and the old red light district. Stops include Oxford Hotel, Union Station and The Celtic Tavern. Tours last around 2.5 hours and cost $25 on Fridays and Saturdays, and $20 on Sundays. What’s scarier than seeing spirits in the Mile High City.
Get ready to party with some old souls in the Seattle’s Pioneer Square while hearing tales of the city’s scandals and murders. During the 90-minute tour, hosted by Spooked in Seattle, you’ll learn about Wyatt Earp, the Seattle seamstresses and how the city was changed forever. This $30 tour (which includes one drink of choice) starts at the J&M Cafe and ends at the Merchant’s Cafe – the oldest restaurant in Seattle.
Asheville native Joshua P. Warren knows a little bit about ghosts, considering he published his first book about them when he was 13. Since then he’s published 10 more books, including the regional best-seller Haunted Asheville. His book comes to life in the form of a haunted tour of taverns in Asheville. During this bone-chilling, two-hour tour, tour participants can discover the dirtiest secrets from the grave. Tours cost $20 (drinks not included) kick-off from the Asheville Masonic Temple. Other tours are also available for those with families, including the Biltmore Village Mystery Tour and the Classic Walking Tour – ghosts for all!