The path less traveled is sometimes the most exciting and you don’t necessarily have to go far to find it. For the daring and strong of heart, there are a number of haunted locations worth exploring throughout the U.S. And the great thing about many of these is that you can even stay overnight for the ultimate thrill.
If you are looking to travel somewhere different—with a bit of an edge, then check out these top 5 scary travel destinations.
1. Villisca Axe Murder House
Villisca, IA is a small, quiet place where nothing seemingly happens. That all changed on one tragic day on June 9, 1912. The Moore family—a family of six, along with two children staying overnight, were all killed in their beds. The murderer is thought to have broken in while everyone was away and waited inside the home, looking for the perfect opportunity to kill. And he did so with an axe. The killer was never found; perhaps that’s why so many claim that the Moore family remains behind, looking for some sort of vindication.
Looking for the chance to experience the paranormal? For $428, a party of up to six can stay overnight.
2. Stanley Hotel
Everyone has heard of Stephen King’s 1977 horror novel, “The Shining.” But what some may not know is that it was inspired by true events. One night, King stayed at the Stanley Hotel and was given room 217. He was so shaken up by his experience there that it was the basis for his novel. The Stanley opened in 1909 and is rumored to have a number of ghosts—former visitors and even that of F.O. Stanley and his wife, which not only built the hotel, but also managed it for many years.
The Stanley has over 400 rooms and is still operational today. It’s a favorite destination in general and for those looking for a paranormal experience. Guest can even rent ghost hunting equipment.
3. Lizzie Borden B&B
Do you know the famous nursery rhyme?
Lizzie Borden had an axe
She gave her mother 40 whacks
When she saw what she had done
She gave her father 41
It all occurred at what is now the Lizzie Borden B&B. This location was once the home of Lizzie Borden, her father and her stepmother. One day, Lizzie’s father and stepmother were found dead—killed with an axe. Lizzie became the prime suspect, though she was never found guilty. One thing does seem clear: the spirits of all three seem to have remained in the home. Now a B&B, guests can stay in what is now regarded as one of the most haunted homes in America.
4. Myrtles Plantation
Location: 7747 U.S. Highway 61, St. Francisville, Louisiana
Old plantations often feel a bit creepy, but the Myrtles Plantation is like no other. It really is haunted. Built in 1796, it is the site of enormous tragedy and murder. It all started when Chloe, a house slave was caught eavesdropping. She was caught and for her punishment, had her ear cut off. As revenge, Chloe prepared a meal and laced it with poison. Her masters and subsequently their children all died. Chloe in turn, was hanged in the courtyard for her crime. Many say that the plantation is riddled with spirits; but either way, it is now a bed & breakfast with rooms that cost $148.00 to $400.00 per night.
5. Historic Farnsworth House Inn
Location: 401 Baltimore Street, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325
The battle of Gettysburg is regarded as one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War. The Historic Farnsworth House Inn played its part during the 3-day battle. Not only was it the site where the only civilian was killed, but it also served as a hospital to both Union and Confederate troops. According to Rene Staub, the inn’s Director of Marketing and Promotions, the house has at least 14 spirits. Today, visitors can stay in one of the historic rooms, as well as go on a ghost tour, house tour or embark on a candlelight walk.
Travel outside the box and go beyond the ordinary. You don’t have to go abroad to explore some great destinations. But before you do, be sure to protect your home with a wireless security system. Nothing beats having a peace of mind while embarking on your next adventure.