(WJHL) – Appalachian GhostWalks, best known for its family-friendly, lantern-led tours is hoping to get recognition for being the best in the nation.
Recently, it was nominated for USA Today’s “10 Best Ghost Tours” of America award.
Appalachachia GhostWalks is currently #2 in the nation, but there is still time to help it get to the #1 spot.
It’s currently ranked #2 out of the 20 different tours in the running for the top 10 slot.
Here’s how to vote:
1) Visit http://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-ghost-tour/appalachian-ghostwalks-tenn-va/
2) Click “VOTE” and you’re done!
As of Friday afternoon, here are the current Best Ghost Tour Standings:
- Bulldog Ghost Tours – Charleston, S.C.
- Appalachian GhostWalks – Tenn. & Va.
- Old Bisbee Ghost Tour – Bisbee, Ariz.
- Haunted Heartland Tours – Ky., Ohio, Penn., W.V.,
- Chattanooga Ghost Tours – Chattanooga, Tenn.
- Ghost Tours of Harpers Ferry – Harpers Ferry, W.V.
- Ghosts of Gettysburg – Gettysburg, Penn.
- Blue Orb Tours – Savannah, Ga.
- Ybor City Ghost Tour – Tampa
- French Quarter Phantoms – New Orleans
- Ghost Tours of Catalina – Catalina, Calif.
- Salem Witch Walk – Salem, Mass.
- Haunted Boston – Boston
- Chicago Hauntings – Chicago
- Dash Beardsley’s Ghost Tours of Galveston – Galveston, Texas
- Haunted Haight – San Francisco
- Conch Ghost Tours – Key West
- Gunfighter & Ghost Tour – Tombstone, Ariz.
- Sheriff’s Ghost Walk – St. Augustine, Fla.
- Market Ghost Tour – Seattle
The following is more information about Appalachian Ghostwalks:
Appalachian GhostWalks’ Tennessee Smoky Mountain and Virginia Southern Highlands Ghost and History Tours are guided, lantern-led haunted historic tours presented by well trained “Mountain Mysteries Guides” who recount spine-tingling accounts of otherworldly encounters alongside real history as it verifies their findings as researchers. Everyone is invited to bring the whole family, or tour group on a haunted history adventure in what the Cherokee called “Shaconage” – the sacred land of blue smoke.
Including the NEW “Haunted Historic Elizabethton GhostWalk”, departing from Jiggy Ray’s Pizzeria located in the historic district of the town, Appalachian GhostWalks now offers sixteen different Ghost and History Tours located throughout the mountains of Northeastern Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.
“We are so very proud to introduce the newest edition in our family of walking tours, the “Haunted Historic Elizabethton GhostWalk”, opening to the general public on Friday, September 11th, 2015. The tour will be ongoing and depart nightly year-round with advance reservations required. The inaugural tour will be a limited special edition tour starting at the Covered Bridge on Thursday, September the 10th at 8:30 PM with all proceeds to benefit the Carter County Cancer Relay for Life. There will be a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony presented by the Elizabethton Chamber of Commerce at 7 PM, also at the Covered Bridge, to commemorate the occasion”, said Michael Combs, Assistant Director for Appalachian GhostWalks.
Other East Tennessee Lantern-led walking tours include: Historic Dandridge, Erwin and Unicoi County Heritage Museum, the East Tennessee State University Campus, Tipton-Haynes State Historic Site, Greeneville, Rogersville, Blountville, downtown Johnson City’s “Little Chicago GhostWalk”, Gatlinburg, and Jonesborough. In southwest Virginia, haunted historic tours presently include Historic Bristol, Virginia – now known as the “Birthplace of Country Music”, as well as Historic Abingdon, Virginia – gateway to “America’s First Western Frontier”.
As a first in North America, the “Legendary Cherokee Bigfoot Adventure” is hosted at Bays Mountain Park and Planetarium in Kingsport, Tennessee and this tour is an afternoon hiking adventure set to the beat of Native American flute and drum music, sharing over five-hundred years of Cherokee folklore history and legend. In addition, guests will discover nearly twenty years of unique and startling Bigfoot research findings from exclusive studies performed locally in the mountains of Southern Appalachia.
Appalachian GhostWalks’ Tennessee Ghost and History Tours are appropriate for ages five and up. Come and visit the “People of the Past” with each of their historically accurate tours offering a small piece of a larger puzzle of Tennessee History. Your ghost hunting guide will weave a chilly tale of our region’s vast cultural heritage coupled with true, spine-tingling ghost stories. Catering to groups as few as two people, one simple phone call will help you create a memorable evening out in one of our region’s First Western Frontier towns, or an entire family vacation!!!
Appalachian GhostWalks’ “Spook and Save” vacation packages offer the best for less! Enjoy great travel discounts on a wonderful selection of very historic and sometimes haunted bed and breakfasts, inns, and great family hotels. They offer vacation packages which combine your haunted tour experience with local area camping, white water rafting, caving, bicycle or horseback riding, gem mining, carriage rides, area museums, water parks, skiing, plays, and more. You’ll enjoy the best food with a great casual or fine dining restaurant each night. Packages feature a wide variety of interests to include both day and night time activities for visitors and local residents alike.
“These tours are designed to be an enchanting and entertaining experience for children and adults alike”, said Combs.
Rates vary according to the number in your party and advance reservations are required. Ten percent of the company’s annual profits go to benefit Saint Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital so come out and support a great cause as you enjoy the thrill, chills, mystery, history, and true ghost stories of our Southern Appalachian Mountains!!!
For additional information or for reservations visit Appalachian GhostWalks online at AppalachianGhostWalks.com or call (423) 743-WALK (9255).