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7 Most Haunted Places in the U.S.

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‘Ghost hunting’ shows have become an international phenomenon, as it seems all cultures are fascinated by the dead, apparitions, spirits, strange occurrences and unexplainable phenomena.

In the USA in particular there is an overwhelming interest in haunted places – and not only does news travel fast about ghost sightings and urban legends, but local residents are even proud to tell visitors about the most haunted destinations in their communities.

If you are planning a trip to the states and want the best chance to return home with a good story (or non-stop nightmares), here is our list of haunted places to visit.

Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

This nearly 200 year old prison was closed in 1971, but stories of how prisoners were mentally and physically tortured are still passed down in a vivid fashion.  This is now a popular tourist destination that offers public tours, and is easy to visit.  The question is – how quickly will you want to leave when you get there? www.easternstate.org

What you can expect: Long dark hallways; sounds of laughter; crying and weeping; sounds of people moving around; shadows; feelings of being touched

Gettysburg Battlefield in Gettysburg Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania gets two entries because it is one of the “oldest” places in the US, and many historically significant events occurred here.  One of them was of course the legendary battle during the Civil War in 1863, which took the lives of over 10,000 soldiers.  Sightings of people in uniform have been non stop ever since. www.gettysburg.com

What you can expect: Disembodied voices; disembodied screams; apparitions; Interference with cameras / electronic equipment

St. Augustine Light House in St. Augustine Florida

Legend has it that this lighthouse took the lives of seven people since being built in 1874. Today this still-functioning lighthouse is also a museum, and offers tours of its facilities.  It’s not widely publicized that it is haunted, but ever since it appeared on America’s ‘Ghost Hunters’ program this is one of the most asked about haunted places to date. www.staugustinelighthouse.com

What you can expect: Claustrophobic confined spaces; vertigo; moving shadowy figures; disembodied male and female voices; sounds of moving objects; laughter

The Queen Mary in Long Beach, California

Would you like a little bit of fear with your beautiful Southern California weather?  Then a look at The Queen Mary ship, which made its first voyage in 1936 and has been inactive for decades – that is, if you don’t count the ghosts. There have been plenty of sightings and reports here by visitors. This is also a hotel, so if you have the guts you can stay here overnight. www.queenmary.com

What you can expect: Feelings of being touched; sensation of being watched; footsteps; disembodied voices; faint music; shadows; cries of a baby

Waverly Hills Sanatorium in Louisville Kentucky

Is the last place you would ever want to visit a former hospital where over 6,000 people died of tuberculosis? Then this is the haunted place for you.  Built in 1910 to accommodate patients who had this disease that not only ravaged the body but also the mind, this place quickly went out of control – and stories of haunted occurrences have run rampant since the facility was closed in 1962. www.therealwaverlyhills.com

What you can expect: Shadows moving in rooms and hallways; cold spots; apparitions of both adults and children; sounds of doors being opened and closed; sounds of moving objects; voices

United States Air Force Museum in Dayton Ohio

It’s not hard to imagine that instruments of war end up attracting ghostly energy once they have served their purpose. Crashed planes, helicopters, bombers are all part of the display – and according to some witnesses so are the ghosts of pilots and soldiers and victims. This definitely serves as a history lesson about the perils of war as well. www.nationalmuseum.af.mil

What to expect: Shadows; mechanical sounds; ghosts in uniform; lights going on and off within planes; a ghost of a child

Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery in Midlothian Illinois

No trip would be complete without a night at a cemetery.  This one takes the proverbial cake however, thanks to its countless reports of ghost sightings, strange images appearing in photographs, inexplicable lights, sounds and even unidentified creatures. It has reliably been haunting all visitors since 1844. www.bachelorsgrove.com

What to expect: Anything goes.  This is definitely a must-see.

If you got more haunted places in the USA to add to this list tell us in the comments!

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JVBSSPZF23WYP5MNWIPGJGQN7U Andrew

    In my youth I was a tour guide on the Gettysburg Battlefield and still visit it frequently.  It’s an inspiring place, but I’ve always had this feeling that the battle itself is just a ‘wrong turn’ away.  One can feel the presence of those many men who fought and died in this beautiful place.

    It’s the only place I’ve ever been that just feels haunted.  I’m a total skeptic, but Gettysburg takes a lot of getting used to.  Other battlefields are impressive and/or beautiful – Antietam, Brandywine, Valley Forge, and others have historical interest and physical beauty. 

    Gettysburg has a psychic energy — almost undefinable but real.

  • Maddie

    I almost cried watching the travel channel when they had this ghost of a girl{don’t remember her name}that her boyfriend died in action in this war,she was very heart broken,the worse part was that she was pregnant and she never got to tell him…she was a big help to the army,but one day she was cooking and a stray bullet hit her and she died: ( and this is  where the Ghost Busters come in,they did an E.V.P  and pretty much interviewed her spirit,and they ended up asking what she would like to have told her boyfriend before she died and she answered,”That I’m pregnant..”

  • Maddie

    Oh,and it was the battle of Gettysburg  Battlefield that I talked about below if you’re wondering…
    Did you know that you sometimes see full body apparitions,on the heat cam it showed a dude walking across the railroad in a marching position then as it went to the right side of the track,it put his gun in a shooting  position  and marched to the treeline…it was creepy you could make out the hat,and riffle.Another thing is that the dude who worked at the track said that he saw 16 soldiers run out from a train car as if ducking low and stay undercover then I heard that you can hear gunshots…I mean imagine if you were in the situation that the girl below was in where you lost you boyfriend (or girlfriend if the could go into this war at this time)and you lost them it would hurt a lot !And if you heard all the moans and went to church and saw all the crowds crying about how their family died…it would make me die inside…imagine hearing all the groans and moans of injured and dying men that are most likely praying to have their families kept safe without them…imagine having to be like Clara Barton and not getting to some of the men and have them die fighting in what they believe is right for their country she would have  felt bad pretty bad about arriving to late to save their lives and now the dead soldiers can’t see their families ever again and I wouldn’t have helped because then I would have to carry that burden of not getting there quick enough!!!!!!! If you read through all of this like it and god bless you all and the lives that were lost in this battle!!! oh,and my grammer isn’t so great in my comment below…hey I’m only 11 yrs old

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  • Katelin Burton

    that is scary but i think it is waverly hills cause i been their at night and my great great great great unckle died there

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    Well, this looks scary, i don’t want to be there. I think spending one night over there is horrible experience, really haunted destinations.

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    These places sounds awesome and i am glad to found this post here.

  • Naomi

    my friend had an apparition when we went there for a field trip

  • Hopgirl2001

    at the ghettysburg battles fields

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  • anna

    can you guys put the stanley hotel on this website too? cause even though it may not look haunted it really truly is

  • anna

    can you guys put the stanley hotel on this website too? cause even though it may not look haunted it really truly is

  • Deborah

    Gettysburg , Pa. is definitely the cream of the crop for paranormal activity in the USA.
    Our family has had many personal experiences over the years when we visit, and as other posted comments have said…. You are definitely aware of the presence of ghosts. We’ve heard the cannons go off, when there are absolutely no re-enactments taking place, seen apparitions, and caught unexplainable images of people in photo’s who were not present when the photo’s are taken.(That is if/when your camera will actually work, because there are always some strange “technical” problems.) If you’re a curious skeptic, a few visits to Gettysburg will make you a believer in the afterlife. It seems that this very special place beckons you to return,between the tragic history of the battle and the charming town which is haunted,
    it leaves you a bit mystified and wanting to return.

  • Deborah

    Maddie, her name was Jenny Wade, and she was the only civilian killed during the battle of Gettysburg, while she was baking bread in the kitchen for the Union soldiers. And you are right, her fiance’ was killed not long before she was killed…. she didnt even know about his death. You did a marvelous job posting your comment, especially if you’re only 11 yrs. old. I totally agree with you about the sadness which blanketed the town of Gettysburg, thats probably why it is so haunted. Every home, building, business, which was standing was used as a hospital, and every living soul must have been traumatized by the event. So many (over 50,000 casualties in the 3 day battle), …. just so sad that it has left a living imprint on this town.

  • http://www.facebook.com/janetelaine.kilpatrick JanetElaine Kilpatrick

    The most amazing thing I have ever seen was walking through the cemetery at Gettysburg, It was early evening and as we walked past all the headstones, fire flies began rising from the grass all around us, It was like souls rising from the ground.

  • Sofia Bahling

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  • Sofia Bahling

    I’m stupid.
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  • Jacob Tobin

    I’m an idiot.

  • Jacob Tobin

    Hello. My name is Jacob Tobin. You saw me from an earlier comment. I am a idiot and I like Sofia Bahling

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  • http://mayaobrien.webnode.com/ AmosDavid

    Well, this looks terrifying, i don’t want to be there. I think investing one evening over there is awful encounter, really haunted locations.

  • A rational person

    Ghosts don’t exist

  • Qwerty

    If you or whom ever want to go or decides to go to some of the most haunted places in the USA or in the world to get the s$&@ scared out of you for what ever reason that may me I dare you and I repeat I DARE YOU to take a flight to Alcatraz in San Francisco, Leap Castle in Ireland, Queen Mary(ship) in Long Beach, CA, Resurrection Cemetery in Chicago, IL, & Auschwitzs-Birkenau Concentration Camp in Oswiecim, Poland, & Ballyg Aally Castle in Bally gally Bay, Ireland. And I promise you w/ all of my heart that if you or whom ever go there to even one of the places I gaurandamntee y’all that s$&@ will be scared to wear that I know for a fact that there is no way or a chance a chance in hell you or whom ever will ever want to come back. How do I know…..well lets just say that knowing my self being in terms of being one of thee worlds biggest stupid ass and that me being a huge paranormal freak/believer as well as in that particular moment I knew I had that one chance to witness or even experience the paranormal there. And I can tell you this at first hand that what you see, hear, & read about those places and others is the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth. I myself even don’t want to come back…..well maybe Alcatraz.

  • Qwerty

    So you ar saying that ghost don’t exist eh…..how about you prove me wrong and fly your ass to one of the places that I mentioned, or where you live, or even other places and see if there’s a tour going there or just go there and experience the paranormal there. I promis you that when you come from a place that I mentioned, where you live, or where ever…..the stupid shit that you said that you think that ghosts don’t exist…you will apologize for saying that & admit that they do exist. Paranormal is real you know

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