Call me crazy, but I actually want to visit these haunted places. It might be my fascination with the unknown and history or maybe I’m a little macabre? When John asked where I wanted to go on vacation, my answer was “San Jose”. He looked at me a little odd and said, “To see the Sharks?”. I shook my head and told him that I wanted to go to the Winchester Mystery House. That place is on my bucket list!
Will he humour me and go? I don’t know. In the meantime though, I’ve dug up a few other haunted places in the USA that are worth a further look. If you’re into that sorta thing, of course!
Most Haunted Places in the USA
1. Alcatraz Island, located in San Francisco, is quite possibly one of the most famous haunted attractions in the United States. Visit Alcatraz Island and you’ll get an up close and personal look at the site of the world famous haunted penitentiary.
2. Another famously haunted location, the Stanley Hotel is popular because it was the inspiration behind Stephen King’s, The Shining. Eerily enough, guests and staff often claim to hear someone (presumed to be the owner’s wife) playing the piano, and hosting parties in the empty ballroom.
3. The Seaside Sanatorium is located in Connecticut, and is said to be haunted by past mental patients. When it was open for business, the Sanatorium had a very high suicide rate, which might explain the hauntings…
4. It’s believed that the Idaho State Penitentiary was a rather peaceful location until ghosts started haunting the place, inciting violent behavior in the inmates. Known as the most haunted prison in Idaho, this is a “must visit” if you’re looking for a real haunt.
5. If you’re feeling really brave, you can stay overnight at the Villisca Ax Murder House, for about $500 a night. If you’re unable to visit Iowa in person, you can also take an online virtual tour for free. I did, and it’s pretty creepy if you ask me! Be sure to click on the stars – they show photos of the family while they were still living.
6. Known as one of America’s most haunted homes, the Myrtles Plantation in Louisiana is a place that’s rich with history. Said to be haunted by slaves of the past, Myrtles Plantation is spooky but majestic. When you visit the plantation you’ll see why people like to take pictures – the scenery is great. Once you step inside, however, you’ll get a different feeling. Whether you’re there for a guided tour, or to stay the night at the Bed and Breakfast, you’ll get that eery vibe from the hauntings of Myrtles Plantation any time you visit.
7. One reviewer calls the Lizzie Borden House “one of the most haunted places” she’s ever stayed. It’s a Bed and Breakfast, and one of the more famous places on this list. The B&B’s website suggests the spirits are harmless and just like to make their presence known. Open to the public since 1996, the ax murderer’s house is one of the haunt’s I’d put on the “must visit” list!
8. Looking for poltergeist activity? You’ll find it at the Lemp Mansion in Missouri. The Bed and Breakfast slash Dinner Theatre has a long history of tragedy, including three suicides of Lemp family members in the building itself.
9. Pine Hill Cemetery, also known as Blood Cemetery, is where you’ll find ghosts sitting on their own tombstones – and one is even said to glow at night! You might say that all cemeteries are haunted, but with a name like this, I’d venture to guess this is a good one.
10. The Winchester Mystery House, located in San Jose, California, has many tour options available – and even an annual pass. If you’re lucky (or not so lucky?) you’ll see the phantoms lurking about the mansion while you visit!
11. Last but certainly not least, the oh-so-famous haunted Amityville Horror House is the subject of movies, books, and lots of Hollywood gossip. The entire DeFeo family – with the exception of one of their children – was shot execution style back in the 1970s.
Have you visited any of these haunted places? Which ones would you like to visit?