Wednesday, October 26, 2011

BOO! 5 super-scary places to surrender your scream

Just in time for Halloween … Are you ready for an adventure steeped with spooks? These places combine the thrill of an historical experience with a slight taste of down-right spine-chilling spooky. The U.S. offers a wealth of frightening parks, haunted houses and creepy attractions. Consider, for example, these scary spots.

1. Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. One of the most famous battles of the Civil War was fought here. While visiting the park and memorial, guests have reported armies marching in step. Others have reported sad ghostly wives looking for their spouses who had fallen during battle. You can explore Gettysburg with Discovery Student Adventures. We’ll leave the haunts behind!

2. St. Augustine, Florida. This quaint historic city was the first Spanish settlement in the United States. The Castillo De San Marco is a famous tourist attraction in the oldest city where hauntings supposedly take place. Reported spooky areas of the castle include the watch tower and the dungeon.

3. Jonesboro, Arkansas. Jonesboro is the largest city in Northeast Arkansas, bordering the Ozark mountains. While visiting local Craig’s Lake, beware of the ghost of a person who drowned while swimming with three teenage friends. He is often spotted swimming in the water, yelling for help.

4. Asheville, North Carolina. Called the Paris of the south, Asheville is home to the famous Biltmore House that supposedly still houses the occupants’ ghosts. George W. Vanderbilt and his wife Edith, are often heard throughout the mansion. His wife can still be heard in the library, softly talking to her husband.

5. San Antonio, Texas. San Antonio is known as the home of the Alamo. Nearby Mission San Jose has a romantic ghost story – a stonemason fell in love with a maiden while constructing the mission. She fell ill and after dying, the stonemason built a rose window with a memorial in honor of her. If you are lucky, you can catch sight of her in the window.
Do you believe in real-life haunted houses?


  1. that is so cool were did you find those facts?? do you guys go all over the world??

  2. We did a little frightful research and turned up these spooky spots. And yes, we travel the world -- from the Artic, to China, to Australia, to Costa Rica. And we even explore domestic destinations like Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, and Washington, D.C. Students in grades 5-12 are welcome!

  3. Awesome list, thanks for sharing. I'll have to bring my nephews to Mission San Jose.


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