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Ghoulish getaways: Check out these haunted hotspots

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With Halloween just around the corner, it’s time to pack your bags and head to these bone-chilling destinations that promise a hair-raising adventure you won’t soon forget. Check out the list, and don’t forget to use our interactive destinations map to see the more than 50 nonstop destinations from Columbus.

Savannah, Georgia

Savannah tops the list as possibly the most haunted city in the U.S., with ghost sightings galore! Stop by the Mercer House, once home to a voodoo-practicing antiques dealer and the main character in “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.” The ghost of the man he allegedly killed in a heated argument still lingers. Get there this fall and winter with Allegiant.


Boston, Massachusetts

The Boston Strangler, one of the most infamous serial killers in the U.S., certainly adds to Boston’s fear factor. While he ravaged Boston in the 1960s, some believe the case was never quite closed. Did his spirit stick around? Boston is also just a short 45 minute drive to Salem, MA, home of the murderous Salem witch trials. Get there daily with Delta and American.


Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston is said to be haunted by the spirits of fallen Civil War soldiers. Charleston’s grim history of voodoo and pirates also contribute to its eerie vibe. The Dock Street Theater is known to be visited by several ghostly guests, including the father of President Lincoln’s assassin, Junius Brutus Booth. Get there this fall and winter with Breeze Airways. 


Denver, Colorado

Lots of conspiracies surround Denver, or at least their airport. From cursed statues to secret message inscriptions. Oh yeah, did we mention the underground escape tunnels and the extraterrestrial map coordinates? Check out their list of conspiracies and be on the lookout next time you land there. Get there daily with Southwest and United.

Other great ghostly destinations:

San Francisco, CA – Chinatown’s Cameron House holds trapped souls; Golden Gate Park has a wandering police officer, and the Queen Anne Hotel’s ex-headmistress lingers. Get there daily with United.

Chicago, IL – Eerie tales include ghostly screams at Clark Street Bridge, hauntings at the Clark Street Bar linked to Al Capone’s Valentine’s Day Massacre, mysterious figures at Oak Woods Cemetery, and the legendary “vanishing hitchhiker” on Archer Ave. Get there daily with Southwest (MDW), American and United (ORD).

Gettysburg, PA – There have been phantom sightings, cannon fire, and phantom encounters at Gettysburg, known for one of the deadliest Civil War battles. Just an hour and a half drive from Baltimore, MD. Get to Baltimore (BWI) daily with Southwest. 

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