Everybody loves a good ghost story. It’s been a tried and tested form of entertainment for decades for decades, and as rabid fans eagerly await the seventh season of Ryan Murphy’s staggeringly popular American Horror Story, it seems we’re still suckers for tales of scary monsters and super creeps in 2017. The series has covered a lot of ground over those seven seasons, including covens, mental asylums, and serial killers, but Murphy is keeping tight-lipped about the details of the upcoming adventure; nevertheless, we thought we could help you get in the mood by suggesting five terrifying day trips which are not for the faint of heart!
Haunted excursions aren’t for everyone, but some BUCKiTDREAMERS will have a taste for the occult and unusual. There are haunted places all over the world, but if you’re planning a poltergeist-themed road trip, we’ve come up with five of the most haunted places in the U.S. to put at the tip top of your bucket list (the title isn’t World Horror Story after all).
Log on to BUCKiTDREAM to see if you can uncover any other travelers with the same ghoulish curiosity, then keep that BUCKiTDREAM gripped close as we take you through the five most haunted places in America!
Get Locked Up on Alcatraz The Rock has a mythology all to its own after serving as a notorious state penitentiary for thirty-odd years, but its reputation as one of the most haunted spots in America started way before that. In fact, the Alcatraz guards, and even the prisoners – some of the worst men in the country – complained of supernatural entities interrupting their hard time. The island served as a military prison in the mid-1800s and early 1900s, and no doubt saw its fair share of toil, trouble, and death. If you’re a brave soul, you can set out on a night tour of the San Franciscan tourist spot and explore the cavernous prison in the dead black of night.
Explore the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum Harking back to AHS season two’s horrific asylum theme, Weston, Virginia’s ominous asylum opened in 1864 and has now been derelict for over twenty years. Ghost hunters and paranormal experts consider it one of the country’s premium hotbeds of other-worldly activity, due in no small part to the unshakable rumors of inhumane treatments and surgeries. These days, you can explore during the daytime for a historical take on the impressive building, or visit in October for all the Halloween fun stuff such as ghost tours and the annual Asylum Ball.
Address: 71 Asylum Dr, Weston, WV 26452
Wind Through the Winchester Mystery House Staking a claim for one of the most bizarre and disturbing buildings in the world, the Winchester mystery house is the fever-dream product of Sarah Winchester, heir apparent to the Winchester gun dynasty. Located in San Jose, California, the house was constructed after a medium in Boston – supposedly channeling the late Mr. Winchester – informed Sarah that she should move West and build a house for herself and all the spirits of the people killed by Winchester guns over the years. Needless to say, this was quite an amount of spirits. The result is a labyrinthine colossus of a building featuring a tangled maze of corridors and staircases the lead nowhere, designed in an effort to confuse the ghost. Guided tours (you’ll need them) of the Winchester mystery house are ready and waiting.
Address: 25 S Winchester Blvd, San Jose, CA 95128
Slip into the Shanghai Tunnels Back in the early 1800s, Portland was one of the most dangerous ports in the world, awash with pirates, smugglers, mercenaries and no-good brigands. A favorite industry of the less-than-desirable collection of inhabitants was human trafficking, also known as ‘shanghaiing’. The local saloons reportedly contained nefarious trap doors which could fling an unsuspecting inebriated patron into their tunnels below. There he would be held captive until he could be sold on to a visiting ship as a (no doubt overworked and underpaid) laborer. The spirits of those held captive – some of whom died down there – are said to haunt the Portland Tunnels. Walking tours dissecting the port’s morbid history are available.
Address: 120 NW 3rd Ave, Portland, OR 97209
Shriek at the Crescent Hotel Eureka Springs, Arkansas is home to the country’s most haunted hotel (there are more than a few hotels vying for that seemingly desirable title). The Crescent has played host to many sinister tales over the course of its 130-year history and remains a flagship destination for ghost hunters all over the world. Although, would you expect anything less from a hotel built upon a spooky old hospital, complete with morgue? The Crescent is still operational as a hotel, and if you’ve got the guts, you can stay a night or two and be entertained (or thoroughly spooked) by ye old Ozark ghost stories, atmospherically told around a fireplace.
Address: 75 Prospect Ave, Eureka Springs, AR 72632
If this has whet your appetite for a spooky road trip across America, then what are you waiting for? The country is crammed full of haunted spots, and if you do enough of them, odds are high that you’ll have your own up close and personal experience with a ghost or ghoul. Just make sure you share it with your fellow BUCKiTDREAMERS when you do!