25 Most Terrifying Places in America


The vast terrains of America are not only home to beautiful natural scenery and sprawling cities but also some of the world’s most terrifying and haunted locations. From hotels with uninvited guests lurking in the hallways to battlefields that still hold the memories of the past, each location holds stories that will surely give you goosebumps. Explore these places where history and horror come together to expose the creepiest corners of America.

Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast, Fall River, Massachusetts


Where family tragedy became a grim tale of axe murders, the Lizzie Borden house invites the bravest to spend a night and experience the chill of unresolved spirits and whispered secrets of a gory double murder from 1892. Legend has it that the souls of Lizzie and her parents are still unsettled, manifesting in cold spots and ghostly apparitions.

The Stanley Hotel, Estes Park, Colorado

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The muse for Stephen King’s “The Shining,” this majestic mountain retreat holds a legacy of eerie occurrences. Its corridors are walked by past guests and employees, none of whom have ever checked out. Frequent reports of ghostly piano music and laughter suggest that the old hotel’s original owners still indulge in their eternal retirement.

St. Louis Cemetery, New Orleans, Louisiana

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Voodoo queens and centuries-old spirits wander among the above-ground tombs in this iconic resting place, making it one of the most visited and haunted cemeteries in the U.S. Many who visit claim to feel the eerie gaze of the departed, and occasionally, a touch by unseen hands amidst the narrow pathways.

The Villisca Ax Murder House, Villisca, Iowa

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In 1912, a dreadful axe murder left eight occupants dead, their murders unsolved. Visitors report children’s voices, moving objects, and a heavy dread lingering in the air. Curiosity seekers and paranormal experts often leave the small wooden house with more questions than answers, troubled by the restless energy trapped within its walls.

Alcatraz Prison, San Francisco, California


Once America’s most secure prison, Alcatraz is now a desolate landmark where the worst of criminals were once caged. Guides and tourists have reported wails and clanging bars echoing through the empty cells, suggesting that some inmates never left. The chilling atmosphere and treacherous waters surrounding the island amplify the sense of isolation once felt by its prisoners.

The Lemp Mansion, St. Louis, Missouri

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This mansion was once the home of the wealthy Lemp family, whose brewery was a pre-Prohibition staple. Now, it is haunted by its tragic past, including several suicides. It has been reported that the Lemp family members also seem restless in death.

Clinton Road, West Milford, New Jersey

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Known for its dark woods and even darker legends, Clinton Road is where phantom trucks appear from nowhere, and strange creatures roam at night. Travelers tell tales of unsettling encounters and eerie feelings that persist long after they’ve left.

Winchester Mystery House, San Jose, California


Constructed by Sarah Winchester to confuse the spirits she believed were haunting her, this sprawling mansion with stairways to nowhere and secret passages is a monument to the supernatural. Guests often feel the presence of Mrs. Winchester herself, forever building her architectural oddities.

Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Haunted by ghosts of former inmates, this crumbling prison was once the world’s most famous and expensive. Visitors hear ghostly noises and see shadowy figures, especially in the cellblock where solitary confinement drove many insane.

The Queen Mary, Long Beach, California

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Permanently docked, yet forever at sea with its past, this ocean liner turned hotel is famed for its spectral stowaways. Haunted tours of the ship reveal stories of drownings and mysterious deaths that contribute to its ghostly crew.

The Shanghai Tunnels, Portland, Oregon

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These underground passageways, once used for illicit activities, including kidnapping and smuggling, echo the whispers of the unwilling captives who passed through them. Paranormal experiences here are often of the more unsettling, touchy variety.

The Bird Cage Theater, Tombstone, Arizona

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A former saloon, theater, and gambling hall, this site retains the wild spirit of the Old West, including the ghosts of cowboys who met their ends in brawls. Laughter, music, and gunfire are reportedly heard during the quietest hours.

The Riddle House, West Palm Beach, Florida

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Originally a funeral parlor, the Riddle House was later moved and now stands as a part of a historical park where it is rumored to be plagued by an angry spirit who dislikes men, often manifesting as a violent poltergeist.

Seven Sisters Road, Nebraska City, Nebraska

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The road’s name comes from a grisly legend of seven sisters being hanged from seven different trees along the drive. The chilling screams of the sisters are said to haunt the area, with many reporting a feeling of intense sorrow and dread.

Mizpah Hotel, Tonopah, Nevada


This old hotel prides itself on being one of the most haunted in Nevada. The most famous ghost is the “Lady in Red,” who whispers in men’s ears and leaves pearls from her broken necklace in guests’ rooms

West Virginia State Penitentiary, Moundsville, West Virginia


A gothic structure that once housed some of the most notorious criminals, the penitentiary is now the scene of frequent paranormal investigations, with apparitions and voices filling the abandoned cells.

Felt Mansion, Saugatuck, Michigan


Allegedly haunted by its original owners, the Felt Mansion is where lights turn on and off by themselves, and the sounds of parties past echo through the halls as if the Felts are still enjoying their grand estate.

The Bell Witch Cave, Adams, Tennessee


Associated with one of the most well-documented American hauntings, the cave is said to be cursed by the infamous Bell Witch, whose evil spirit is reported to wreak havoc on those who dare to enter her domain.

Western Burial Ground, Baltimore, Maryland

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A cemetery where Poe’s grave lies alongside those of other notable figures, this cemetery is said to have underground catacombs where visitors have reported seeing Poe’s spirit.

House of Death, New York, New York

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This Greenwich Village brownstone is alleged to be the site of 22 deaths and is haunted by numerous spirits, including that of Mark Twain, who briefly lived there and is said to appear dressed in a white suit.

The Amityville Horror House, Amityville, New York

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Site of the infamous DeFeo murders and subsequent haunting tales that inspired books and films, the house continues to intrigue and terrify with reports of supernatural occurrences and dreadful feelings experienced by passersby.

The Entity House, Culver City, California

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This house inspired the film “The Entity” and has been the site of alleged demonic attacks on a single mother and her children in the 1970s. Despite its ordinary appearance, visitors and residents have reported experiencing intense psychological disturbances.

Waverly Hills Sanatorium, Louisville, Kentucky


Once a tuberculosis hospital where thousands died, it’s now known for ghostly sightings of former patients and a mysterious figure known as the “Creeper,” which is said to crawl along the floors and walls.

The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, Weston, West Virginia

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This former asylum reverberates with the echoes of the disturbed minds that once resided there. Ghost tours recount the apparitions seen, and voices heard in the halls often thought to be the spirits of patients mistreated during its darker days.

Centralia, Pennsylvania

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With its underground mine fire burning since 1962, this nearly abandoned town feels like walking through a real-life ghost town. Smoke and steam still rise from the cracked streets, creating an eerie, apocalyptic landscape where the past feels unsettlingly present.


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