These May Be the Most Haunted Places in America
This piece originally appeared on Travel + Leisure.
There's something about the onset of fall that gets us in a mood for the supernatural. Luckily ghostly thrills can be found across the country.
Take, for example, the Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast, where, in 1892, Lizzie Borden was thought to have murdered her parents with an ax as they slept. Now a restored (and, let’s face it, pretty weird B&B), guests have reported echoes from "the other side," like loud footfalls and inexplicable gusts of wind.
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This is just one of America’s most haunted places, and you can stay in this Fall River, Massachusetts inn for a couple hundred dollars per night.
It turns out 1892 was a big year for young children leaving paranormal marks on the family home. Down the coast, in Savannah, Georgia, is an exquisite mansion where the Kehoe family lived happily ... until two children died while playing in a chimney.
Like the Lizzie Borden abode, the Kehoe House is now an upscale B&B. And despite an adults-only policy, guests often report hearing children’s laughter, and hearing light footsteps running playfully up and down the halls.
And in Estes Park, Colorado, brave travelers can bed down in one of the most haunted hotels in the world—the grand, century-old Stanley Hotel best known for inspiring Stephen King’s The Shining. Forget everything you learned from the horror movie: the spirits here are supposedly quite hospitable.
For more of the most haunted places in the country—ranging from an Idaho penitentiary to the former royal residence of the kings and queens of Hawaii—check out the video above.
Melanie Lieberman is the Assistant Digital Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @melanietaryn.