Top 10 Haunted Places In The U.S. For Thrill-Seekers

OT Staff

St. Augustine Lighthouse, Florida

The historic lighthouse on Anastasia Island has a reputation for ghostly sightings, including apparitions, shadowy figures, and unexplained footsteps. Legend has it that the daughters of the lighthouse's construction supervisor still roam the tower, seeking solace or unfinished business.

A view of the St. Augustine Lighthouse | Shutterstock

Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, West Virginia

Once a sprawling mental institution, this imposing stone structure harbours a dark past. Patients endured harsh treatments, and their tormented souls are said to linger. Visitors have encountered phantom footsteps, cries, and unsettling energy within its decaying walls.

Entrance and clock tower of Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum | Shutterstock

LaLaurie Mansion, Louisiana

Infamous for its gruesome history, this French Quarter mansion was once home to Madame Delphine LaLaurie. Her cruel treatment of slaves led to tales of torture and restless spirits. Eerie occurrences persist, making it a hotspot for paranormal enthusiasts.

A view of the LaLaurie Mansion | Shutterstock

Eastern State Penitentiary, Pennsylvania

This Gothic-style prison, abandoned since 1971, echoes the pain of former inmates. Ghostly shadows, inexplicable noises, and chilling cold spots haunt its crumbling cellblocks. Al Capone’s cell remains a focal point of spectral activity.

Al Capone’s cell at Eastern State Penitentiary | Shutterstock

R.M.S. Queen Mary, California

Once a luxurious ocean liner, the Queen Mary now hosts ghost tours. Visitors have reported encounters with spectral crew members, a “Lady in White,” and eerie happenings in the engine room.

A view of the R.M.S. Queen Mary | @RMSQueenMary2/x

Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast, Massachusetts

The site of the infamous Borden axe murders, this cosy B&B invites guests to step into the past. Visitors claim to hear phantom footsteps, whispers and even glimpse apparitions. The room where the murders occurred remains a chilling reminder.

View of the Lizzie Border murder house, now a bed and breakfast located in Fall River, Massachusetts | Shutterstock

The Stanley Hotel, Colorado

Immortalised by Stephen King’s “The Shining,” this grand hotel boasts more than scenic views. Ghostly piano music, phantom children playing in the hallways, and encounters with the original owners have fuelled its reputation as a haunted haven.

Image of F.O. Stanley Statue in foreground of Stanley Hotel | Shutterstock

The Shanghai Tunnels, Oregon

Beneath Portland’s streets lie tunnels with a dark history. Used for human trafficking and illegal activities, these subterranean passages now echo with ghostly cries, footsteps, and lingering spirits. The past refuses to stay buried.

Part of the tunnels, Portland | Wikimedia Commons

The Alamo, Texas

The site of a pivotal battle during the Texas Revolution, the Alamo stands as a testament to sacrifice. Visitors have reported hearing gunshots, glimpsing spectral soldiers, and feeling the weight of history. The spirits of fallen defenders are said to guard its hallowed grounds.

The Alamo lit up at night, San Antonio | Shutterstock

Gallows Hill, Massachusetts

Associated with the infamous Salem witch trials, Gallows Hill witnessed tragedy and injustice. Ghostly apparitions and eerie sensations persist, reminding visitors of the dark chapter in colonial America. The past whispers through the ancient trees.

Around Gallows Hill, Salem | Shutterstock

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