From Braham Stoker’s Count Dracula to Anne Rice’s Lestat, vampires have intrigued and horrified us. As Halloween horrors gather, these undead denizens of the dark draw nearer.
After ghost tours, vampire vacations tease terror for travel and fall fear fun. ITM has unearthed a coffin full of night creature inspired nightmares to consider for your feast of fall festivities this Halloween.
1. Covington Georgia
Covington Georgia is home to two tours inspired by hit shows like “The Originals” and “The Vampire Diaries.” The Originals “Stalking” tour focuses on the first four seasons of the show while the Mystic Falls “Vampire Diaries” tour takes travelers to locations like the Lakewood Mansion and entrances to tunnels seen in the series.
2. New Orleans
French Quarter Phantoms Ghost tours offers a Ghost and Vampire tour of the famous New Orleans District. The tour, billed as one of the top ten ghost tours in the world by Tripadvisor, features local history, vampire lore and stories of spirits that haunt the most haunted city in America. Wander over to their website for the devilish details.
3. San Francisco
The Vampire Tour of San Francisco offers tours on the first Saturday of each month (and Halloween). Grace Cathedral, the Nob Hill Cafe, Huntington Park, the Pacific-Union Club, the Fairmont Hotel and the Mark Hopkins Hotel are among the tour stops. Vampire lore is mixed with a mostly historic tour for this Bay area award winning experience.
Of course the ultimate undead undertaking is a trip to Transylvania. From Dracula’s castle to the creepy cool cobblestone streets of the historic town itself, this once in an un-lifetime experience excels in eerie excitement. A seven day tour package found on the Visit Transylvania website includes several spooky stopes in Bucharest, including Bran Castle, birthplace of Vlad the Impaler.
5. Paris, France
Lurking on the outskirts of Paris, France, is a small museum dedicated to the study of vampires. Within is a cluttered collection of creepy cool vampire related items from books and artwork to movie posters and Dracula toys. History and lore of night creatures are covered in detail by your tour guide. Details for this macabre museum Le Musee des Vampires is a private museum that is accessible daily, but ONLY with a reservation (which can be obtained on their website). The website is in French. Cool stuff to do in Paris offers some insight on the reservation process and more details on this marvelously macabre museum.