October 23, 2012 11:55 ET Shines the Light on the World of Vampires

Get Into the Halloween Spirit With Our Top 10 Vampire Destinations

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - Oct 23, 2012) - There seems to be no getting away from the vampire craze. Hit TV shows such as True Blood and Vampire Diaries have cult-like followings and the upcoming opening night of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 is causing quite the hype. With Halloween just over a week away, the travel experts at, the online leader in finding and publishing travel deals, decided to join in on the vampire mania with their list of Top 10 Vampire Destinations for fang enthusiasts to visit around the world.

Below are five vampire destinations to make the list that were the setting of famous vampire books and movies.

  • Paris, France - There's a reason Paris is at the top of many travel lists, but there's a dark underbelly that one might not associate with a city that boasts love, crepes and the Eiffel Tower. The influence vampires had on literature in Paris goes as far back as Charles Baudelaire and Alexander Dumas. Paris was also the set for many of the very first vampire films. For the vampire enthusiast nowadays, a trip to the Musee des Vampires is an absolute necessity. The museum hosts a dinner party every night where guests get a guided tour, play vampire-related games and have the chance to engage in conversation with like-minded vampire folk.

  • New Orleans, Louisiana - Before Bella, Edward, Sookie, Bill and the rest of the gang, Anne Rice attracted the attention of vampire fans when she published her wildly successful novel, Interview with a Vampire. Situated in New Orleans, the cult classic tells the story of Louis de Pointe du Lac, a 200-year-old blood-sucking beast. While Hurricane Katrina has diluted much of the popularity surrounding these mythical beings in New Orleans, there is still plenty to do and see, including vampire shops, vampire balls, vampire tours and vampire film festivals. Need a pair of authentic fangs? Don't worry, you'll find those too.

  • Transylvania, Romania - While Transylvania might be an obvious destination for vampire lovers, there's good reason for that. Transylvania is teeming with vampire history thanks to Bram Stoker's Dracula. Visitors can see castles and sights connected to Dracula, including the infamous Bran Castle and the ancient Poenari Fortress. Vampire enthusiasts will love the medieval city of Sighisoara, which hosts loads of Dracula-themed tours and is considered the birthplace of the villainous blood-sucker.

  • Forks, Washington - If you're a fan of the fanged creatures, you know why Forks, Washington makes the list. A small, damp town in Washington State's Olympic Peninsula, Forks blew up as a tourist destination after the publication of Stephenie Meyer's Twilight Saga. Visitors looking to experience the life of Bella and Edward flock to La Push beach and eat mushroom ravioli at Bella Italia. The Forks Tourism Board has loads of information on Twilight hot spots around town, but you can also grab a guided tour.

  • Whitby, United Kingdom - The Yorkshire Coast town of Whitby is one of the settings in Bram Stoker's Dracula, something the residents of Whitby have embraced. Whitby has become a popular spot for visitors looking to get in touch with their dark side, especially during the bi-annual Whitby Gothic Weekend. The Dracula Experience, a distinctive show that takes viewers through the Dracula story and its connection to Whitby, is a must-see for vampire lovers. Plus, the Bram Stoker International Film Festival in Whitby puts on a Vampire Ball that is to die for - figuratively speaking, of course.

The destinations rounding out our list of where vampire enthusiasts can get their fix are: London, England; Sofia, Bulgaria; Prague, Czech Republic; Cachtice, Slovakia; and Los Angeles, California. Discover more details on these famous fanged-creature destinations and read's complete Top 10 Vampire Destinations at

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