Halloween is prime time for those who love a good ghost story. Whether you’re a skeptic or an experienced ghost hunter, a little chill down the spine is only suitable during the year’s spookiest season.
Halloween is not the only time to enjoy spooks and spirits; after all, haunted houses don’t stop being haunted after the calendar flips over to Nov. 1.
While ghostly walking tours and haunted history attractions are most active leading up to All Hallows Eve, a spooky road trip can hit the spot anytime.
Whether you plan to take to the road before Thanksgiving or want to start planning your post-holiday season trip, those looking for a ghost-filled journey through the US have plenty of potential pit stops.
Beyond Halloween: Embracing Haunts Year-Round
1. Winchester Mystery House: San Jose, California
- The Winchester Mystery House is known for its unusual architecture and is home to the ghost of Sarah Winchester.
2. Eastern State Penitentiary: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- The Eastern State Penitentiary is one of the most haunted places in the U.S., and it housed notorious inmates like Al Capone.
3. Main Street in St. Charles, Missouri
- St. Charles, Missouri, is filled with historic places and legends of a “lost cemetery,” where lost graves are said to be haunted.
4. Jacob’s Well: Wimberley, Texas
- Jacob’s Well is a mysterious, dangerous sinkhole that has claimed many lives, making it a prime spot for restless spirits.
5. The Stanley Hotel: Estes Park, Colorado
- The Stanley Hotel inspired Stephen King’s “The Shining” and is famous for its ghostly encounters, including the spirit of Elizabeth Wilson.
6. White Horse Tavern: Newport, Rhode Island
- The White Horse Tavern, believed to be the oldest tavern in the U.S., is home to the ghosts of an elderly gentleman and a young girl.
7. Masonic Temple Detroit: Detroit, Michigan
- The largest Masonic temple in the world is rumored to be haunted by the ghost of George Mason, who went bankrupt building it.
8. Waipi’o Valley: Big Island of Hawaiʻi
- Waipi’o Valley is known for its natural beauty and numerous myths and legends involving deities, demons, and echoes from the past.
9. St. Roch Chapel, Yellow Fever Shrine: New Orleans, Louisiana
- The St. Roch Chapel is filled with prosthetic body parts offerings to Saint Roch and is believed to have healing powers.
10. Myrtles Plantation: St. Francisville, Louisiana
- Myrtles Plantation is one of the most haunted plantations in the US, with stories of an enslaved woman named Chloe and other ghostly encounters.
If you’re a fan of the paranormal, these ten haunted locations across the United States offer a year-round opportunity to explore the supernatural.
From mysterious sinkholes to historic penitentiaries and haunted plantations, these sites will surely send shivers down your spine, no matter the season.
So, whether you’re a seasoned ghost hunter or just looking for a unique road trip adventure, add these destinations to your list of places to visit for a ghostly good time.
Source: USA Today via MSN