The U.S. has plenty of places to explore and visit, but sometimes it’s the path less traveled that has the most excitement. If you are looking for a thrill, maybe it’s time for you to venture out, see—even stay at one of the scariest destinations in the U.S.
Just where should you go? Check the scariest 5 destinations.
1. Villisca Axe Murder House
Location: 508 E 2nd St, Villisca, IA 50864
On June 9,1912, catastrophe struck in the small town of Villisca, IA. What occurred was a gruesome murder that resulted in the deaths of eight people—two adults and four children; all bludgeoned to death by an axe. It all happened while they were sleeping in their beds. Who the murderer was is still a mystery— a cold case without any form of resolution.
Today, visitors can stay in the reportedly haunted Villisca Axe Murder house. Overnight visits (for up to six guests) cost $428. Additional guests cost an additional $74.90.
Nearly 100 years ago, on June 9, 1912, eight people were murdered in their beds—two adults and six children. The victims were Mr. and Mrs. Moore, their four children, and two kids who were spending the night. There were bludgeoned to death by an axe. The case is still unsolved; people claim that their spirits (and perhaps their murderer) have never left.
An overnight visit for 1-6 guests costs $428. Each additional guest cost an additional $74.90.
2. Stanley Hotel
Location: 333 E Wonderview Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517
Before the horror novel “The Shining,” by Stephen King was released in 1977, the author was rattled to his bones by his one night stay at the hotel. The Stanley Hotel, which opened in 1909, has whopping 420 rooms; however it was room 217 that inspired King to write the novel.
Supposedly, the Stanley has collected it share of ghosts throughout the years, including both F.O. Stanley and his wife, Flora, who built the hotel and managed it before their subsequent deaths. They apparently go about running their business as usual. Today, guests can still stay at the Stanley Hotel and there’s an option to reserve a ghost adventure package. Ghost hunting equipment can also be rented out.
3. Lizzie Borden B&B
Location: 230 2nd St. Fall River, MA 02721
A bed and breakfast traditionally appeals to people seeking some rest and relaxation. The Lizzie Borden house is anything but peaceful—all due to it’s violent and now, haunted history. In 1892, Lizzie Borden allegedly killed both her father and stepmother with an axe. Though she was never formally charged, many to this day believe her to be their true killer. All three ghosts reportedly still remain on the premises. The Lizzie Borden B&B still has rooms available to guests.
Reservations can be booked online—just be prepared to experience paranormal activity.
4. Myrtles Plantation
Location: 7747 U.S. Highway 61, St. Francisville, Louisiana
This haunted location was built in 1796 and reportedly has over 12 ghosts. The main cause of the hauntings is due to a slave in Chloe who had poisoned both her slave masters and their children. For her crime, she was hanged out in the courtyard.
The plantation has 16 different accommodations for guests to spend the night. A room can cost anywhere between $115-$400 a night. There’s also historical and mystery tours available.
5. Historic Farnsworth House Inn
Location: 401 Baltimore Street, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325
First off, you’ll notice that the location of this property is in Gettysburg, PA—the site of one of the bloodiest battles in the Civil War. During the three-day battle, it housed Confederate sharpshooters and afterwards, the house served as a hospital to both confederate and union troops. With all the pain and suffering occurring on the property, the Farnsworth House Inn reportedly has over 14 spirits.
Today’s visitors can stay in one of the historic rooms in the original home. Other attractions are offered such as candlelight walks, ghost tours and house tours.
The time to travel is now. Explore what life has to offer while you protect your home in the process. Adventure awaits!