Ghost-hunting families and thrill-seeking kids may already know the United States has some seriously haunted cities. Plan a seasonal trip with the family and spook yourselves out in some of the country’s most haunted heavy hitters.
Home of historic massacres, Revolutionary War sites, ancient burial grounds and murder, Boston is a must-visit for haunted locales. Visit historic sites of frequent and famous paranormal activity and even sneak in a little history lesson for the kids. Between Haunted Boston, ghost tours and trolley rides, you’ll have your pick of expert guides.
Known for its haunts, history and not-so-friendly ghosts, Charleston should be on every shadow-hunter family list. Between the Old Exchange Building and Provost Dungeon (once a prison for Revolutionary War soldiers) and Powder Magazine, currently haunted by a female pirate, Charleston has a diverse lineup of spirits to track down.
With more haunted hotels than you’ll have time to stay in, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, is rife with haunted history and is a great family-friendly destination. Historically known as the site of a turning point in the Civil War, Gettysburg is easy pickings for haunted tours and activities with a full calendar of events year-round.
Learn about the haunted, sorted history of New Orleans on a myriad of tours — some from an actual hearse. In fact, there are so many haunted tour options, sites and famously spooky spots to visit, you will need to come back for more, including visits to any one of the many haunted mansions.
One thing you can count on in the South, other than the hospitality and comfort food, is the region’s many, many haunted landmarks. Savannah, Georgia, is iconic for ghost tours and creepy, dark history and rebellious residents. Visit some of the most haunted locations in the country all in one place. Go a step further and even stay in a haunted hotel, just to really get the full experience.
While some tours may be more terrifying than others and not necessarily for all ages, there are countless to choose from. Depending on your children’s ages and freak factor, you may want to take a day tour with more historic information than scary stories, or speak to an expert guide and stick to sites more family-forward and less frightening.
Cruising is among the best ways to see a region’s highlights without the hassle of driving, foreign languages or changing hotels. But veteran cruise passengers often get a lot more value from their experience than first-time cruisers simply because they know the ropes.
Flanked by the ski resort-studded Balkan Mountains and situated directly downwind from the fragrant pine forests of the Vitosha mountain, Sofia’s gorgeous landscape and strategic location between Asia and Europe put it at a crossroads where business and pleasure intermingle effortlessly. In recent years Bulgaria’s capital city has ranked as one of the top 10 best places in the world for startup businesses, and the onslaught of new tax exemptions for businesses looking to invest in the country make it an attractive option for many corporations to begin operations within the city.
While large areas of Colorado are experiencing exponential growth with far too many trees being clear-cut (it’s one of the fastest-growing states in the country), it’s still the home for great businesses striving to make the world a little greener. Those businesses include Sherpani, creators of women’s day bags, backpacks and travel bags, including a line of sophisticated, beautifully crafted items made from recycled plastic.
While urban wine country might sound like an oxymoron, it’s actually a reality at the stunning City Vineyard in New York City’s Tribeca neighborhood. The water-side venue is the perfect host for your next event — whatever that may be, from 20 to 200 guests and from cocktail party to plated dinner.
It’s been almost three years since Category 5 Hurricane Maria made landfall on Puerto Rico, wreaking havoc on the island and leaving most residents without electricity and clean water. Tourism, which accounts for 6.5 percent of Puerto Rico’s gross domestic product, took a beating, with hotels closed for year-long repairs, airlines cutting service and cruise lines shifting itineraries to other Caribbean destinations. Timing for the hurricane couldn’t have been worse, coming on the heels of the government’s announcement in May 2017 that it was unable to pay more than $70 billion in public debt and thus forced to file for bankruptcy. Large protests and a change of government would follow. Then, in January 2020, a 6.4-magnitude earthquake rocked the south side of the island, forcing San Juan restaurants to close while power was restored. And as we write this story, coronavirus runs rampant across the globe with severe economic implications for all destinations, including Puerto Rico.