Although some say it might be creepy to visit a graveyard while you’re on vacation, we beg to differ. Graveyards can be a history lesson, a walk through a lovely garden, or a place to see the best view of the skyline. At these nine cemeteries, you’ll find memorials dedicated to war heroes, politicians, artists, writers, and musicians where you can pay your respects and learn something new.—Teddy Minford
WHERE: Los Angeles, California
This celebrity-filled plot is worth a visit to walk through the gardens, see a great view of the city, and schmooze with the ghosts of vintage Hollywood.
Notable Ghosts: Cecil B. DeMille, Johnny and Dee Dee Ramone, Rudolph Valentino, Mel Blanc
Insider Tip: The cemetery hosts fun events like film screenings and an annual Dia de los Muertos festival.
PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor’s Los Angeles Guide
WHERE: Paris, France
Perhaps the most star-studded cemetery of them all, Père Lachaise is a shady green expanse with paths winding through mausoleums and graves where you can pay your respects to artists that changed the world.
Notable Ghosts: Jim Morrison, Honoré de Balzac, Marcel Proust, Gertrude Stein, Alice B. Toklas, Oscar Wilde, Sarah Bernhardt, Maria Callas, Frédéric Chopin, Camille Pissaro, Georges Seurat, Amedeo Modigliani, Eugène Delacroix, Molière, Edith Piaf
PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor’s Paris Guide
WHERE: Salzburg, Austria
Dating back to 1627, this beautiful cemetery is situated right at the base of Monchsberg mount. Intricately carved graves are nestled between chapels and mausoleums belonging to the city’s old elite.
Notable Ghosts: Mozart’s sister, Haydn’s brother
Insider Tip: The cemetery plays a role in The Sound of Music as the place where the Von Trapp Family hides from Nazis.
PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor’s Salzburg Guide
Lafayette Cemetery No. 1
WHERE: New Orleans, Louisiana
The oldest cemetery in New Orleans, Lafayette No. 1 has made appearances in movies like Double Jeopardy and Dracula 2000. Strolling through the cemetery, you won’t see tombstones; instead, you’ll find row upon row of above-ground mausoleums and marble coffins.
Notable Ghosts: Brigadier General Harry T. Hays, Anne Rice’s fictional Mayfair Witches, Vampire Lestat from Interview with a Vampire
Insider Tip: You can join a tour of the cemetery daily at 10:30.
PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor’s New Orleans Guide
WHERE: Brooklyn, New York
In a city where green space is scarce, Green-Wood Cemetery stands out as a leafy expanse with great views of Brooklyn and beyond.
Notable Ghosts: Leonard Bernstein, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Boss Tweed, Louis Comfort Tiffany (of stained-glass fame)
Insider Tip: If green space is at the top of your wish list, combine a visit here with a trip to Brooklyn’s Prospect Park.
PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor’s Brooklyn Guide
Cemeterio de la Recoleta
WHERE: Buenos Aires, Argentina
La Recoleta is an imposing expanse of labyrinthine alleys between mausoleums and vaulted tombs. The cemetery is made up of 6,400 tombs spread over 13.5 acres.
Notable Ghosts: Eva Perón, boxer Luis Angel Firpo
Insider Tip: It’s easy to get lost here, so don’t forget a map.
PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor’s Buenos Aires Guide
Arlington National Cemetery
WHERE: Arlington, Virginia
Arlington is the final resting place of more than 400,000 U.S. soldiers, making this one of the most patriotic places in America. Established in 1864, the cemetery is estimated to be completely filled by 2060.
Notable Ghosts: John F. Kennedy, William Howard Taft, General John Pershing
Insider Tip: There are an average of 27 funerals held here every weekday.
PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor’s Arlington Guide
Granary Burying Ground
WHERE: Boston, Massachusetts
This picturesque cemetery is filled with elaborate tombstones memorializing some of the most important figures in early U.S. history.
Notable Ghosts: Paul Revere, John Hancock, Samuel Adams
PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor’s Boston Guide
WHERE: London, England
The grounds of this impressive cemetery provide a lovely respite from London’s busy streets. In spring, the courtyards and gardens bloom alongside wrought-iron gates and impressive stonework.
Notable Ghosts: Karl Marx, George Eliot, Douglas Adams (author of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy)
Insider Tip: Visitors can freely visit the newer east side during open hours, but to visit the older west side you must join a guided tour.
PLAN YOUR TRIP: Visit Fodor’s London Guide