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The top 10 spookiest spots in the U.S. include one right here

The top 10 spookiest spots in the U.S. include one right here

Paranormal adventures aren’t just a Hollywood thing. Some travelers are obsessed with them too, eager to spot the unsettled spirits of the not-quite-departed-enough and hear haunting tales of, well, hauntings.

To slake that thirst, Travel and Leisure, the travel magazine and website, is offering up its own take on the 20 most haunted cities in the U.S. We’re not talking single-ghost destinations like Lizzie Borden’s house in Fall River, Massachusetts. These are entire cities brimming with spooky sightings.

San Francisco, for example, makes the list in the No. 15 spot thanks to its abundance of ghosts on Alcatraz Island, the magazine notes, as well as at China Camp State Park (ahem, not SF — it’s in San Rafael)  the Mare Island Shipyard (again, not SF — Vallejo ) and aboard the USS Hornet, which is in Alameda. There have been so many ghost sightings on the latter ship, Cal Tech has an entire web page devoted to the stories.

The legendary city of New Orleans tops the list with its vampires, ghosts and sightings of long-gone luminaries — author William Faulkner, midwife and Voodoo queen Marie Laveau and pirate Jean Lafitte among them.

Here’s just a peek. Find all 20, plus ghostly tales and travel tips, at www.travelandleisure.com

10 Most Haunted Places in the U.S.

1 New Orleans, Louisiana

2 Pawley’s Island, South Carolina

3 Chicago, Illinois

4 Pine Barrens, New Jersey

5 Savannah, Georgia

Forsyth Park Fountain in Savannah, Georgia (Getty Images) 

6 RMS Queen Mary, Long Beach, California

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