What Is It? Sleepy Hollow is, of course, the setting of one of the most iconic American ghost stories, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” by Washington Irving. It’s a very real town, located about 30 miles north of New York City along the eastern bank of the Hudson River and home to one of the country’s oldest cemeteries, the Old Dutch Burying Ground. Irving’s grave can be found at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery.
Why Do It? The village is one of the best places in the U.S. for fall, particularly Halloween. Throughout the month of October, the Philipsburg Manor, a restored 18th-century trading and milling living-history museum will be transformed into an eerie landscape that’s said to be ruled by ghosts, ghouls, undead soldiers, vampires, and witches that all serve the Headless Horseman.
Good to Know: If you’re into the paranormal, don’t miss the chance to take a tour of the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, with both daytime and nighttime “lantern” tours available. It’s very popular so you’ll want to book well in advance.