Genre Travel Across the US, Part Two
I resume my review of attractions I discoverd on my trek across the nation.
Caves, Caverns and Bats, Oh My! (Section One)
Caves, Caverns and Bats, Oh My! (Section Two)
Caves, Caverns and Bats, Oh My! (Section Three)
Caves, Caverns and Bats, Oh My! (Section Four)
As you know from previous issues of The Genre Traveler, we live in quite the haunted world. So, in the capitolistic style, why not make some money off it? I found brochures about the following haunted attractions on my trip across the U.S.
Haunted Ghost Tours
Presented by America by Foot, this walking tour of Gatlinburg, Tenn., promises you’ll get paranormal pictures if you bring your camera. The tour, which is about 90 minutes long, includes stories of strange happenings in a number of hotels and buildings in the downtown area. Reservations are required. America by Foot also offeres haunted ghost tours in Asheville and Orlando, Fla., and Nashville, Tenn.
This is Gatlinburg’s oldest haunted house and features a variety of thrills and chills for the brave of heart. Winding staircases, a dungeon and a horde of creepy creatures await those who dare to enter.
Ripley’s Haunted Adventure
Located across from the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas, this attraction is open year-round. It features special effects and life actors whose sole purpose is to scare the heck out of you. And even better, you can make your own wax hands!
Although not a haunted attraction, Ghost Ranch sounded liek one, which is why I picked up its brochure. Ghost Ranch has education and retreat centers located in both Abiquiu and Santa Fe, N.M. The former includes a museum of anthropology and a museum of paleontology. The latter is nearby a variety of museums and other attractions.
New Mexico Ghost Tours
Located in Albuquerque, N.M., these tours welcome all — believers and skeptics included. There is a driving tour and a walking tour, as well as a variety of assorted special events.
Robson’s Mining World
Located in Wickenburg, Ariz., this ghost town has a bed & breakfast, the “world’s largest collection of antique mining equipment,” and more than 30 artifact filled buildings. Their slogan — “Our world begins where the pavement ends.”
Gold King Mine and Ghost Town
This 100-year old gold mining town near Jerome, Ariz., claims to be “filled with antique trucks, tractors, construction and mining equipment dating back to the turn of the century.” Attractions inlcude a walk-in mine, petting zoo, demonstrations of old equipment and more.
Goldfield Ghost Town
Claiming to be “the valley’s only authentic ghost town,” Goldfield Ghost Town is part of Arizona Scenic Railroad and Mine Tours. This attraction features food, shops, gunfights (January through April), a life reptile exhibit, gold panning and more.