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Stunning Photos of Some of America's Most Haunted Places

haunted houses, haunted places

Haunted beauty in Colorado.

You might have been to a Halloween haunted house this year, set up to frighten you with gory set pieces and actors playing monsters or killers. But have you ever visited a real haunted place?  America is supposedly full of them, from sea to shining sea.  Or should I say “The Shining,” the Overlook Hotel that was based on the haunted Stanley Hotel (left) in Estes Park, CO.  Stephen King wrote the novel-turned-film while he was living nearby in Boulder.

Haunted places can be terrifying, but they can also be extraordinarily beautiful, as you’ll see in the slideshow below. For your viewing pleasure, I’ve assembled gorgeous shots of some of the most ghostly places across America, along with facts about the spirits that roam them. Enjoy!


  • Washington Irving’s Grave in Sleepy Hollow, NY 1 of 15
    Washington Irving's Grave in Sleepy Hollow, NY
    The final resting place of the man who wrote The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, the tale of the headless horseman. Sleepy Hollow, NY is a beautiful town in the Hudson Valley that hosts a giant celebration in the cemetery every Halloween. Photo via Flickr.
  • Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC 2 of 15
    Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC
    The home of George Vanderbilt, who is said to haunt the place today. "Many have seen his apparition reading and smoking in the 2nd floor oak sitting room," HauntSpot claims. They add, "Some have also reported hearing George and [his wife] Edith laughing and talking near the marble fireplace. Employees have remarked that they often hear disembodied footsteps." Photo via Flickr.
  • Farnsworth House in Gettysburg, PA 3 of 15
    Farnsworth House in Gettysburg, PA
    "This is a place known for ghostly cats and ghostly children and ghostly Confederate soldiers and ghostly women and, oh, yes, that one nasty spirit. It has 10 bedrooms where things sometimes really do go bump in the night." - From Paranormal Daily News. Photo via Flickr.
  • Waverly Hills Sanatorium in Louisville, KY 4 of 15
    Waverly Hills Sanatorium in Louisville, KY
    Billed as "one of the scariest places on earth," Waverly Hills was used in the early 1900s as a tuberculosis treatment center. It features a 'body chute' that was "once used to transport the bodies of deceased TB patients from the hospital to the bottom of the hill to waiting hearses or trains." Uh, yeah. Scary. Here you see a table from one of the examination rooms. Photo via Flickr.
  • The Perry Mansion in Terlingua, TX 5 of 15
    The Perry Mansion in Terlingua, TX
    Terlingua is an authentic ghost town, and visitors have spoken of its enveloping eeriness. You can actually stay here, which sounds like it would be awesome. For details, visit AirBnB, who provided the photo.
  • Fort Wayne in Detroit, MI 6 of 15
    Fort Wayne in Detroit, MI
    According to Examiner.com, "Local Indian legend says ghosts of the Yam-Ko-Desh ... still roam the site." Additionally, "There have been sightings of spectral figures of soldiers, and footsteps and voices have been heard where no one else was around." Photo via Flickr.
  • Historic Jail in Salem, MA 7 of 15
    Historic Jail in Salem, MA
    Salem, Massachusetts is known as Witch City and is definitely a spooky place. I visited there last winter and loved it! If you plan to go, you might want to stay in this B&B set in the city's historic jail. For more information, visit AirBnB, who provided the photo.
  • Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles, CA 8 of 15
    Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles, CA
    According to legend (and Wikipedia), "Marilyn Monroe stayed in suite 229 in the Cabanas, which overlooked the pool side. A mirror which once hung in her room, now in storage following hotel renovations, is said to be haunted by her spirit. A number of people also claim to have seen her ghost dancing in the ballroom of the hotel." Also, "Montgomery Clift, who lived at the Hollywood Roosevelt for three months while filming From Here to Eternity (1953), is said to haunt his old room, 928. People claim to hear him playing his bugle and see him walking the hallways of the 8th floor." I stayed at the Roosevelt once, and I wasn't haunted by a thing, because I didn't have to pay for the room. It was amazing. Photo via Flickr.
  • Haunted Bed and Breakfast in Seattle, WA 9 of 15
    Haunted Bed and Breakfast in Seattle, WA
    According to the owner, "You will hear footsteps walking upstairs over the living room almost every night when there is no one else in the house. Clocks and pictures have leaped off walls. The kitchen has had the items on the counters jump around as if they have a life of their own." Stay here if you dare! More info at AirBnB, who provided the photo.
  • LaLaurie Mansion in New Orleans, LA 10 of 15
    LaLaurie Mansion in New Orleans, LA
    The LaLaurie Mansion "tragically recounts the brutal excess of slavery in a horrifying and gruesome manner." The house is considered "the most haunted location in the French Quarter." For more on the slaves who died there and who supposedly haunt the place today, visit Prairie Ghosts. Photo via Flickr.
  • Plantation Village in Oahu, Hawaii 11 of 15
    Plantation Village in Oahu, Hawaii
    According to TheCabinet.com, "Drivers have reported seeing one or many people crossing the road directly in front of them after a bad corner, causing them to swerve off the road and into the village. When the people get out to investigate, they find no one around." Photo via Flickr.
  • Wright Square in Savannah, GA 12 of 15
    Wright Square in Savannah, GA
    Per a first-hand account on GhostEyes.com, "The square is cursed and moss will not grow on one side," since Tomo-chi-chi, the Chief of the Yamacraw Indians, was buried there. Photo via Flickr.
  • Renwick Ruin in New York, NY 13 of 15
    Renwick Ruin in New York, NY
    Reniwck Ruin is a familiar sight for any New Yorker who has ever taken the FDR Drive along the East River. Also known as the New York Smallpox Hospital, many people think Renwick Ruin is the site of a haunted former psychiatric ward. It is accessible from Roosevelt Island and looks super creepy lit up at night. Photo via Flickr.
  • Cheeseman Park in Denver, CO 14 of 15
    Cheeseman Park in Denver, CO
    "Home to a number of restless spirits," Cheeseman Park is a popular recreational area in Denver with a 150-mile panoramic view from the pavilion, shown here. Cheeseman Park was built on top of a cemetery, and most buried there were "vagrants, criminals, and paupers" according to Legends of America. They say, "2,000 bodies remain buried in Cheesman Park. It comes as no surprise that the spirits of these forgotten, looted, and sometimes desecrated bodies continue to make their presence known." Photo via Flickr.
  • The Dakota Apartments in New York, NY 15 of 15
    The Dakota Apartments in New York, NY
    The Dakota is famous for having been the home of John Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono, who still lives there. Lennon is said to haunt the building along with several turn-of-the-century children. It was built in the 1880's and is a National Historic Landmark. The Dakota is used in the horror film Rosemary's Baby as the exterior of the apartment building where Rosemary and Guy live. Photo via Flickr.

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