Address: 1140 Royal St.
Like Newport, Rhode Island, the ornate mansions of New Orleans are some of its most photo-worthy attractions—and each one seems to have a captivating story behind it. There’s Madame John’s Legacy in the French Quarter, one of the only homes to survive the Great Fire of 1795, which leveled most of the city’s dwellings; and 1850 House, an antebellum row house reconstructed and decorated in the style of mid-19th-century New Orleans (both of which can be toured through the Louisiana State Museum). But one of the city’s most legendary residences is the one that notorious socialite-turned-serial killer Delphine LaLaurie built, or at least lived in, and in which she tortured and murdered countless slaves. Following LaLaurie’s departure from the abode—which features such period details as iron grillwork, a carved door and black-and-white marble floors at the entrance and a mahogany-railed staircase—the home at one point has served as a public school, a music conservatory, a home for juvenile delinquents, and a luxury apartment building. It’s one of the world’s most famous haunted houses, but good luck getting a chance to get a peek inside at its history, because its now a privately owned home once again. If you were friends with alleged vampire Nicolas Cage, you may have gotten a chance to check it out after he purchased it specifically for “entertaining” purposes in 2007. But it was foreclosed on two years later, so not even being buddies with The Nic can help you get inside here today.