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!
Main photo: Flickr