How do dark alleyways, historical buildings, theatrics, moonlit walks and haunting stories sound? Fun, right? If you think so then a vampire themed vacation is just what you need. Believe it or not there are a few destinations in the states that can quench some of those vampire thirsts of yours…
New Orleans, Louisiana:
Thanks to Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles New Orleans is well known for it’s vampires. So much so that you can even go on a Vampire Tour of the French Quarter. This tour involves entering the dark and mysterious world of the undead, walking through New Orleans streets to visit the sights of real and fictional vampires, including a Vampire Tavern. Lose yourself in the wicked tales the experienced and humorous tour guide spins or in the well researched information on vampires and history delivered. The tour also boasts many photo opportunities and a chance to ask questions at the end.
For more information on times and booking go here.
(An additional FYI I have yet to see a single bad review on this tour.)
Anyone that has read Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight knows this town and as it turns out the town is real. Meyer discovered the small town of Forks by googling America’s rainiest city and Forks was her result and where she set her stories. With the massive success of the Twilight Saga is comes as no shock that the tiny town has cashed in on the publicity. While in Forks you can go on a “Twilight Tour” brought to you by the Forks Chamber of Commerce. The tour involves a well informed tour guide taking you by bus to all the well known spots in the novel, such as Forks High School, the Cullen House (which is actually an inn), the police station and many other spots. You can even get a photo with Bella’s truck. There is also a store where you can stock up on Twilight gear, such as “I Love Jacob” Christmas ornaments and even Twilight body glitter. The town is also known for it’s incredibly kind and friendly residents.
This is not a spot for all vampire lovers but the perfect vacation spot for hardcore Twilight fans.
For more information go here.
San Francisco, California:
Bright and sunny California may be the last place you would expect to find a vampire tour but it does have one. Set at San Francisco’s Nob Hill the tour is lead by character and guide Mina Harker (aka Kitty Burns). Mina’s tour is 2 hours long and guides visitors on a nighttime adventure all about vampires and history. The tour mixes fiction with fact and is meant for those that enjoy history and those with a sense of humor. In all honesty the reviews for the tour are very mixed, visitors either absolutely loving the tour or hating it. It truly depends on your love for knowledge and your love for theatrics.
More information can be found here.
Those are a few examples of where a vampire lover can go on a trip. With vampires popularity coming back full force nowadays I wouldn’t be surprised if more tourist spots pop up.
Moonlight (aka Amanda) loves to write about, read about and learn about everything pertaining to vampires. You will most likely find her huddled over a book of vampire folklore with coffee in hand. Touch her coffee and she may bite you (and not in the fun way).