Whether you believe in ghosts or not, some places are just creepy to hang around for too long. When you were a kid, you knew that one of the rooms in your house was haunted, so you never went in it. It just didn’t have good vibes.
There are places in the United States that you can visit if you want to experience that creepiness firsthand. These towns are all rich in history, and usually feature lots of death. Whether you see a ghost or not, some of these places can really give you the heeby-jeebies and will create some spooktacular memories. Towns like:
One of the oldest cities in the South, Savannah is rife with antique roads, architecture, and haunted zones. From homes to squares, hotels to cemeteries, Savannah has supernatural goings-on in almost every corner. Check out one of the many ghost tours that are offered or explore the town for yourself. If you want to be truly afraid, try and find parking on Tybee Island. The horror!
A ghost town is when an economy dries up and people pack up and leave. Usually they don’t take anything with them. St. Elmo, Colorado is one of those places. Located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, this town is mostly uninhabited except for a general store that’s open during a few summer months. Besides that, all you’ll find are abandoned buildings from the 1800s and a quiet that just doesn’t feel right.
A major theme in most haunted places is that a bunch of people died there. Gettysburg was the bloodiest battle of the American Civil War, and so it’s no wonder that it’s now one of the most haunted places in America. People say that they can hear ghosts mourning in the sunset, and fallen soldiers’ ghosts roaming the hillsides for peace. Shudder.
THE STANLEY HOTEN IN ESTES PARK, COLORADO
If you want to get freaked out, stop by the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado. Stephen King stayed here once, and the result was his horror novel, The Shining. Later turned into one of the greatest scary movies of all time, this hotel has supernatural phenomena oozing out of the walls...literally. Some people claim that inanimate objects will move or float all by themselves, while others just feel a great unease about the place.
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA
One of the most dynamic cities in the entire world, San Francisco isn’t without its blemishes. While the city runs at a frenetic pace during the day, at night, the ghosts come out to play. The uneasy souls of Chinese immigrants haunt the buildings where they burned to death, and tortured souls at Alcatraz howl into the night, San Francisco has plenty of things to see that’ll send a shiver down your spine
Personally, I don’t really care for being scared. It’s too scary. But if you like putting yourself in the middle of the supernatural, these are the top places to go. Other honorable mentions are Salem, Massachusetts; Charleston, South Carolina; New Orleans, Louisiana; and Virginia City, Nevada.