There are many people who have a sort of fascination with cemeteries: They are full of architecture, with all different types of headstones. They are full of history, with dates going back years and years. They are also (possibly) full of ghosts… and sometimes, they are full of famous people.
The 10 cemeteries that are listed out down below are pretty and interesting spots that are visited all the time. One of the biggest draws is that at least a couple of stars from the past are buried in these honorary locations, making them true destinations for some.
10 Hollywood Forever Cemetery In LA
A very known and very old cemetery called the Hollywood Forever Cemetery can be found in Los Angeles, California. It has been around since 1899, and it is a popular tourist attraction in the area. Due to its location, many actors and actresses are buried here, such as Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, and Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer. There are musicians, such as Dee Dee Ramone and Johnny Ramone of The Ramones. A famous pet memorial can be found here: Terry, the dog who played Toto in The Wizard of Oz. And there is also a famous epitaph in this place, which reads “That’s all folks” and can be found on Mel Blanc’s grave since he voiced many Looney Tunes and Hanna-Barbera cartoon characters.
9 Westminster Abbey In England
According to records, Westminster Abbey has been around since the 960s, and this Gothic-style church, which is in London, England, is another well-known spot in the world. Many monarchs are buried here, as well as several other notable people of the past. Yes, gravestones and memorials honoring Geoffrey Chaucer, Isaac Newton, Rudyard Kipling, Charles Darwin, Mary Queen of Scots, Stephen Hawking and many more can be found in the abbey. There is even a special place called the Poets' Corner, which is reserved for writers.
8 Woodlawn Cemetery In NYC
In the Bronx, visitors can find the Woodlawn Cemetery, a National Historic Landmark that has been around since the year 1863. Its array of famous plots honor stars from various industries and times, such as the following: author Herman Melville, musician Irving Berlin, journalist Nellie Bly, women's rights activist Elizabeth Cady Stanton and newspaper owner Joseph Pulitzer. People also come to this New York City-based cemetery to see and enjoy its picturesque setting, with rolling hills, large trees and intriguing memorials that feature statues and monuments.
7 Sleepy Hollow Cemetery In Sleepy Hollow
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, which is all about the Headless Horseman, is a famous tale by Washington Irving; this is a real place, and this is where this writer was laid to rest, along with several other famous people.
Yes, this is where graves belonging to Elizabeth Arden, a businesswoman known for cosmetics, Andrew Carnegie, a businessman, Walter Chrysler, founder of the Chrysler Corporation and William Rockefeller of the Standard Oil Company can be found. Located in Sleepy Hollow, New York, the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery was built in 1849, and it is on the National Register of Historic Places.
6 Trinity Church Cemetery In NYC
Another cemetery in New York is up next: the Trinity Church Cemetery. There are actually a couple of different burial grounds that make up this spot, and they each come with their own architectural and historical wonders, as well as their own lists of famous burials. Three very notable people whose graves can be visited in the Trinity Church Cemetery are Alexander Hamilton (a Founding Father of this country), Ralph Waldo Ellison (an author) and Clement Clarke Moore (who wrote the popular holiday poem A Visit from St. Nicholas).
5 Forest Lawn Memorial Park In LA
There are six Forest Lawn cemeteries in California, and one of them is Forest Lawn Memorial Park – Hollywood Hills. This is another place that honors many actors and actresses, such as the following: actress Bette Davis, actor Michael Clarke Duncan, actress Carrie Fisher, writer/director/producer/actor Garry Marshall, actress/director Penny Marshall, actress Brittany Murphy, actress Debbie Reynolds, and John Ritter. Located in Los Angeles, this memorial park is visited quite often, as it is a popular tourist attraction in the area.
4 Arlington National Cemetery In D.C.
Those in show business are not the only ones worth mentioning on this list… The Arlington National Cemetery, near Washington, D.C., honors wartime service members and U.S. presidents. For instance John F. Kennedy’s and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’ graves are here and are marked with an eternal flame.
Roger Chaffee and Gus Grissom, astronauts who lost their lives inside the Apollo 1 Command Module, are buried here. And there is The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, which is guarded and which is where the changing of the guard takes place.
3 The Texas State Cemetery In Austin
Next up is a place known as the Arlington of Texas: The Texas State Cemetery. It can be found in Austin, Texas, and it is full of plots that honor well-known Texans, such as those involved with the government, as well as veterans. The Father of Texas, Stephen F. Austin, is buried here. Cedric Benson, a professional football player, is buried here. Chris Kyle, a Navy SEAL sniper whose story was told in American Sniper, is buried here. A football player and coach, Darrell K. Royal, whose name can be seen where the University of Texas Longhorns play ball, is buried here. And George W. Bush and Laura Bush will be buried here.
2 Highgate Cemetery In London
London has what is known as the Magnificent Seven, which are very notable cemeteries in the area. One of these is Highgate Cemetery, and it is on the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens. Some of Charles Dickens’ family members were laid to rest here, such as his brother, Alfred Lamert Dickens, his wife, Catherine Dickens, and his parents, John and Elizabeth Dickens. Plots that honor famous people like writer George Eliot, scientist Michael Faraday, philosopher Karl Marx and singer George Michael can be found in this locale, as well.
1 Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park In LA
There is another notable cemetery in Los Angeles, which is called the Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park & Mortuary. People have been buried here since the 1880s, and many of them were very famous. Yes, visitors can see writers’ graves, like the ones belonging to Ray Bradbury and Truman Capote, here. Visitors can see actors' and actresses’ graves, like the ones belonging to Tim Conway, Rodney Dangerfield, Farrah Fawcett, Don Knotts, and Natalie Wood, here. And two of the most famous graves in this cemetery belong to Playboy founder Hugh Hefner and actress Marilyn Monroe.