The United States has its fair share of haunting tales as ghost stories have been formed and passed down over the years. These incidents are spread coast to coast, residing in hotels, asylums, malls, and even homes. But where are these most haunted places in America, are the stories real and, if so, what caused them?
For some people, these hauntings are things they can’t believe until they see one. For others, the pictures and stories of these places are enough to cause a sudden bout of the chills.
Paired with beautiful architecture, scenery, and history, ghost stories land these spots on the list of the most haunted places in America.
The Stanley Hotel: Estes Park, Colorado
The famous hotel opened in 1909 by an entrepreneur seeking out a healthier life among the Rocky Mountains. It was the inspiration for Stephen King’s fictional Overlook Hotel from The Shining.
King stayed the night in room 217 (room 237 in the film), inspiring King to write his iconic book which led to Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining film (not filmed at this location. Many guests claim to have felt the spirits of past guests and hotel employees, including the owners themselves.
Thrill-seekers can book tours like the “Stanley Night Tour” to learn more about the hotel’s history and paranormal activities.
Eastern State Penitentiary: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The prison looks more like a castle on the outside, but its occupants were never treated like royalty.
According to the Eastern State Penitentiary tourism site, “Eastern State Penitentiary was once the most famous and expensive prison in the world, but stands today in ruin, a haunting world of crumbling cellblocks and empty guard towers. Its vaulted, sky-lit cells once held many of America’s most notorious lawbreakers, including “Slick Willie” Sutton and “Scarface” Al Capone.”
The building was considered an architectural wonder when it was built, with running water and central heat before the White House.