New Orleans is often cited as being one of America's most haunted cities. Whether you're a believer in the spirit world or not, there's something decidedly eerie walking through one of the city's famous cemeteries, their dead interred on top of the swampy ground instead of six feet under. The city served as a historic entry point for the country's slave trade, was a major stomping ground for pirates, and was the birth place of voodoo. Add in the mix of African, French and Spanish traditions and superstitions, and the stage is set for otherworldly visitors.
The city has capitalized on its ghostly population. Realtors advertise when an historic home for sale is haunted, although there's an often told story about a certain Nicholas Cage being unable to live in his famously haunted, now ex-abode in the Quarter. There are lots of tour options to explore and exploit the city's sixth sense, some running at night, many with rambles through old tombs in the famous St. Louis Cemetery #1, the final resting place of voodoo queen Marie Laveaux – or is it? Whether you like your tours over the top and theatrical or more historic, there is a tour for you. Most cater to kids and families, but some include stops for adult beverages in haunted pubs.