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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's grave, Mount Auburn Cemetery, near Cambridge, Massachusetts  (Melanie McCue/flickr)
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3. Forest Lawn: Los Angeles, California
Forest Lawn is actually a chain of nine cemeteries, but the two most famous franchises reside 10 minutes from one another, each one impossibly rich in celebrity gravesites. The Forest Lawn in Hollywood Hills has a kitschy American-history theme and is the resting place of such Hollywood luminaries as Lucille Ball, Buster Keaton, and Stan Laurel. Bette Davis lies inside a snow-white sarcophagus etched with her epitaph: “She Did It the Hard Way.” The Forest Lawn in Glendale sprawls over 300 acres of fairy-tale green dotted with Renaissance-style statuary. Here are the mortal remains of Hollywood stars such as Clark Gable and Humphrey Bogart. Among its newest luminaries are Michael Jackson and Elizabeth Taylor, who was reputedly laid to rest nestled close to her last love letter from Richard Burton. The cemetery even has its own museum with exhibits of stained glass, paintings, bronzes, and other works of art; there’s also a labyrinth you can walk while quietly meditating.

4. Rose Hill Cemetery: Macon, Georgia
With elegant terraced lawns and lanky cypresses, Rose Hill Cemetery feels more like rolling Tuscan countryside than the red-clay terrain of southwest Georgia. Even though this cemetery is the resting place of many Southern statesmen and politicians, it’s probably most famous as the gravesite of two Allman Brothers. Duane Allman and Berry Oakley died in motorcycle accidents a year apart at the same Macon intersection. It’s said that after Allman died in 1971, a grieving Oakley had a death wish that he ultimately fulfilled. Band members spent many of their seminal years in a big old house in Macon and found inspiration in the cemetery’s transcendent environs.

5. Mount Auburn Cemetery: near Cambridge, Massachusetts
Mount Auburn Cemetery is the ideal destination for folks who prefer their celebrities to be everything the Kardashians are not. This Eden-like garden cemetery is the everlasting home to some of America’s most profound thinkers, tinkerers, and ground-breakers. Among the celebrity gravesites are the final resting places of poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow; Pulitzer prize–winning author Bernard Malamud; Renaissance man Oliver Wendell Holmes; author and abolitionist Julia Ward Howe; inventor Buckminster Fuller; and Clement Morgan, founder of the NAACP. It’s a lovely spot for contemplative strolling, sun-dappled in summer and ablaze in fiery hues in fall.

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