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5 of the Spookiest Places to Visit in the U.S.

October 24, 2012

When planning your vacation, you probably don’t normally take into account ghosts, scary stories, and haunted hotels. However, visiting some of these historical places and towns can often be exciting, fun, and add a whole new adventure to the traditional vacation. With Halloween only a week away, we have compiled a list of 5 of the spookiest places to visit in the United States.

1. Stanley Hotel. Estes Park, CO.

Serving as the inspiration for the one of the scariest horror films of all time, The Shining, the Stanley Hotel is known for its paranormal activity. From ghost children playing in the hallway to guests hearing music coming from the ballroom, the Stanley Hotel is said to have many spirits roaming its halls. Next time you are visiting Colorado, take some time out of your day to experience this historically creepy hotel.

2. St. Augustine Lighthouse. St. Augstine, FL.

As legend has it, the St. Augustine lighthouse took the lives of seven people when it was built in 1874. The lighthouse offers tours of the facility and also serves as a museum. Ever since it was featured on the “Ghost Hunters” television program, the lighthouse has become a popular destination for those fascinated with the paranormal.

3. Alcatraz. San Francisco, CA.

Alcatraz is one of the most infamous prisons in American history. As a home to some of the most historically violent criminals, these ghosts are spookier than most. During the day, Alcatraz is a popular tourist destination, but at night, watchman claim to hear, see, and feel paranormal activity constantly.

4. Savannah, GA.

This sweet, southern city has a dark side. With a history of pirates, battles, and many spooky stories, Savannah is well known for its ghosts and haunting tales. Make sure to check out the Moon River Brewing Co. that is said to be haunted by Civil War soldiers.

5. Eastern State Penitentiary. Philadelphia, PA.

If you want to hang out with some very well-known ghosts, like infamous gangster Al Capone and bank robber Slick Willie Sutton, then you definitely want to visit the Eastern State Penitentiary. Dozens of paranormal experts come to the penitentiary every year, and it is quickly becoming known as one of the most haunted places in the United States. The penitentiary currently serves as both a museum and a popular Halloween haunted house.

Next time you are planning a vacation, check to see if there are any ghost towns, haunted landmarks, or spooky tours nearby. It is sure to make for a vacation you definitely won’t forget.

Does your town have other haunted places? Tell us where your favorite place to get spooked out is!

Safe Travels,

The VacationRoost Team

2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 30, 2012 4:28 am

    Reblogged this on filmcamera999.

  2. talysin13 permalink
    December 25, 2012 12:37 am

    Savannah is certainly spooky. If you are looking for a tour, check out

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