Love 'Dark Tourist' on Netflix? Here Are 11 Destinations for You

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Skull on New Orleans fence
New Orleans: Haunted History and Voodoo Tours

New Orleans is can't-miss for dark tourists. In the Netflix series, Farrier visits to meet self-proclaimed vampires. Curious travelers can also learn about New Orleans' dark, mysterious tales of vampires, ghosts and voodoo through Haunted History Tours. More macabre showcases are on display at the Museum of  Death, Voodoo Bone Lady Haunted Tours and the New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum.

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New York City: Cemetery Tours

Amongst the many things dark tourists can explore in New York City, the cemeteries are some of the most fascinating. Take your pick: the tours at Trinity Church Cemetary and Mausoleum feature graves of prominent 17th-, 18th- and 19th-century socialites; Green-Wood Cemetary tours are filled with tales of mayhem, spirits and ghosts; the St. John Cemetary tours take visitors through the final resting place of notorious crime bosses like John Gotti and Charlie "Lucky" Luciano.

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JFK Assassination & Museum Tour
Dallas: JFK Assassination & Museum Tour

John F. Kennedy's assassination shocked the nation in November 1963. Today, Dallas visitors can take a tour following the former president's final footsteps. The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza is also dedicated to JFK. The museum recounts Kennedy's final days while highlighting his legacy.

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Exhibit at the Crime and Punishment Museum
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Washington D.C.: Newseum and Crime Museum

Dark tourists are typically drawn to D.C.'s Crime Museum, with its collection of crime-related artifacts like Ted Bundy's Volkswagen, OJ Simpson's infamous Bronco and one of the first electric chairs. If that's not enough, the Newseum has an "Inside Today's FBI" exhibit that includes artifacts from the Unabomber and Whitey Bulgar, America's most wanted gangster. 

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Skulls on display
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Los Angeles: Museum of Death

People have been known to faint at the Museum of Death in Los Angeles. The museum displays serial killer artwork, coroners instruments, Manson Family memorabilia and crime scene photographs.

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San Francisco: Alcatraz

Alcatraz Island is a former federal prison that jailed the nations most notorious criminals. It even served as a military defense fort during the Civil War. Travelers who take guided tours get to experience the less traveled areas of Alcatraz. During the night tours, guests can hear stories of prisoners' escape attempts and check out hidden rooms, passageways, and underground cells. 

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London: Jack the Ripper Tour

In 1888, one of the first known serial killers, Jack the Ripper, struck fear in London. The unidentified man created so much intrigue that there's a two-hour walking tour examining his crimes. The tour takes visitors down old, narrow alleyways that lead to his murder sites. The most curious visitors can dive deeper into the mystery at the Jack the Ripper Museum which displays wax figurines, newspaper clippings and crime boards from the actual police station.

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The a-dome in Hiroshima
Hiroshima, Japan

Hearing about the dark sides of war in school is one thing, but actually seeing it yourself is an entirely different experience. Hiroshima suffered the first atomic bomb in August 1945, dropped by Americans forces. The results were tragic, causing the deaths of more than 80,000 people. Today, people can tour the Memorial Cenotaph and visit the Atomic Bomb Dome (pictured).

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Catacombs in Paris
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Paris Catacombs

Head down into the ancient tunnels beneath Paris where 200 miles of skulls and bones line walls and ceilings. Visitors can walk through the tunnels and explore rooms of the Catacombs where more than six million people are buried.

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London: The London Dungeon

The London Dungeon is an immersive experience combining rides, live actors and special effects to recreate gory and macabre historical events. These events include The Plague Doctor (inspired by the Black Plague) and Tyrant Boat Ride (mixed with stories of Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII).

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Plaster casts of a victim
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Pompeii, Italy

In 79 A.D. Mount Vesuvius erupted in Italy and completely covered the Roman city of Pompeii in volcanic ash. Today, people visit the city and learn what happened that fateful day through the buildings, artifacts and skeletons left behind. People are so fascinated by the unsettling ruins—perfectly preserved just as everyone was in the moments of the eruption—that they've been touring Pompeii for centuries since its rediscovery in the 1700s. 

By Jasmyn Snipes Louis on 07/30/2018

In 2018, Netflix released a documentary , "Dark Tourist," in which David Farrier, a curious journalist interested in all things macabre, travels to various countries around the world to explore dark, disastrous and peculiar destinations. 

Over the course of eight episodes, the crew explores haunted houses, radioactive towns, serial killer tours and Voodoo festivals. This type of tourism is typically associated with areas affected by disasters and public tragedies, a controversial interest to say the least. Some travelers find it voyeuristic and thrilling while others even find it educational. 

If you have what it takes to walk in the final footsteps of JFK, hear the stories of famous serial killers or wander graveyards and catacombs, maybe you're more of a dark tourist than you think.