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Ghost tours growing in popularity

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If you are a fan of things that go bump in the night or enjoy Halloween way more than Christmas, the growing numbers of ghost tours in the United States and abroad are tailor-made for you.

These days you can’t visit a city without finding at least one. Who knew the world was so haunted? The ghosts in residence along the Jersey Shore alone prove that people aren’t the only souls who want an ocean address. Apparently, if you are unable to find eternal peace, your spirit can haunt the beach in the afterlife. You never have to leave and you don't have to worry about finding parking.

All kidding aside, ghost tours may be a little bit hype, but more importantly they are mostly history. As visitors stroll along with their tour guide, they are treated with interesting tidbits and often titillating tales of days gone by.

Watermark in Annapolis, Maryland provides a variety of tours on land and water including a historic ghost walk. The enthusiastic guide meets patrons at a designated spot sporting period clothes and relates stories of woe and peril as you meander through the picturesque streets of one of American’s oldest cities.

Prior to the beginning of the jaunt, the guide informs participants that the initial portion of each story is based on documented facts. What follows next? Well, whether or not you believe will depend upon how you view ghosts. Are they real or a figment of people’s imaginations? You decide.

In Cape May, New Jersey, author, Craig McManus, has penned several books on the haunting of the Garden State’s shore line. As a psychic medium and a ghost investigator, McManus is a true believer on the much debated subject.

Like Annapolis, Cape May is more than just the quintessential shore town. It is deep in history as well as tragedy. Many of McManus’ books are filled with people’s accounts of their bizarre experiences along the Atlantic Ocean. McManus has compiled a large amount of research on the topic and his books make an interesting read.

Sure, visitors may sleep with one eye open after reading and taking a ghost tour. However, the experience leaves travelers with a slightly different perspective than the typical walking tour or museum visit which is the point. Maybe you won’t hear the cry of the slave girl who was left on the stone steps outside an Annapolis rooming house to freeze long ago, but you will remember her story.

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