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17 of the Most Haunted Places in America

Lauren Mack

New York, NY, USA

Mysterious and spooky, ghosts have captivated the world for centuries. From ghost stories and seances to haunted tours of the most mysterious places on earth, the fascination with spirits and connecting with the departed skyrockets during autumn with cooler weather, long nights, and, of course, Halloween. The most haunted places in the U.S. are not elaborate haunted houses, but rather destinations where paranormal activity is frequently witnessed. Sounds echo down empty halls, sightings of spirits abound, and signals from the beyond have creeped out hotel guests, theater goers, pub patrons, and maybe even you?

Curious to know what goes bump in the night at the most haunted places in the US? We are too! Check out these scary haunts — if you dare.

Greet Ghosts at the Grand Canyon in Arizona

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, US.

For years, tourists and workers at Grand Canyon National Park have shared stories of ghostly greetings by Walter Peck, who opens and closes doors in an elevator shaft, and the Wandering Woman, who, after a hiking accident in the 1920s, has been seen searching for her family. Others say they hear whispers and chants or see dancing at an area that was once a Native American burial ground.

Have a Paranormal Pint at Big Nose Kate’s Saloon in Tombstone, Arizona

Big Nose Kate’s Saloon in Tombstone, Arizona, US.

It’s no surprise that a city named Tombstone is home to one of the most haunted places in the US. At Big Nose Kate’s Saloon, visitors frequently report paranormal activity. Workers and bar-goers have said they have seen “The Swamper,” a former miner who was rumored to have hid silver in the building and now protects it in the afterlife. He’s been spotted in the halls, stairways, and basement.

Say Hello to a Spirited Starlet at the Hollywood Sign in Los Angeles, California

Hollywood Sign, Los Angeles, California, US.

Back in 1932, Peg Entwistle, a struggling 24-year-old actress, died by suicide after leaping from the letter “H” of the iconic Hollywood Sign. Her tragic ending has led to reported sightings in the area over the years of a frightened blonde hiker wearing vintage clothing.

Listen to Scary Sounds at Alcatraz in San Francisco, California

Alcatraz, San Francisco, California, US.

It’s believed the late gangster Al Capone haunts the former maximum-security prison in San Francisco. Visitors to Alcatraz have said they hear the sound of banjo music in the shower room where Capone once strummed the instrument.

Say Goodnight to George at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida

Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida, US.

Folks have long shared stories of encounters with a ghost named George, who purportedly died while working on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at the Magic Kingdom. Disney cast members have shared stories of George reportedly stopping the ride, making phone calls, and even showing up on security footage. Workers say good night to George or risk ride interruptions the next day.

Detect Energy Fields at St. Augustine Lighthouse in St. Augustine, Florida

St. Augustine Lighthouse, St. Augustine, Florida, US.

The lighthouse in St. Augustine, America’s oldest port, is said to be filled with ghosts, making it one of the most haunted places in Florida. Ghost hunters can rent electromagnetic field meters during St. Augustine Lighthouse tours to search for ghosts.

See Spirits at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois

Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois, US.

A trio of folks tied to the famed baseball stadium are said to live here. Legendary broadcast announcer Harry Caray is often sighted in the press box, former team manager Charlie Grimm wanders the Wrigley Field hallways, and folk singer Steve Goodman not only has his ashes scattered at the stadium, but he has been seen sitting in the seats behind home plate.

Visit a Creepy Cave at Mammoth Cave National Park in Mammoth Cave, Kentucky

Mammoth Cave National Park, Mammoth Cave, Kentucky, US.

What was once used as a burial ground and tuberculosis hospital is now a creepy Kentucky cave at Mammoth Cave National Park where people have reported hearing coughing. others say they have seen the ghost of cave guide and slave Stephen Bishop, who was buried nearby.

See Dead People at The Omni Parker House in Boston, Massachusetts

The Omni Parker House, Boston, Massachusetts, US.

The hotel that invented the Boston Cream pie is also one of the most haunted places in America. Guests and staff have witnessed paranormal activity for years, from unexplained whispers to elevators that stop on the third floor to sightings of the late Harvey Parker, the Omni Parker House’s late founder. If you and your boo (get it?) are into exploring the paranormal together, an book a night for is an out-of-this world quintessential Boston date idea.

Seek Out Spirits in Salem, Massachusetts

Salem, Massachusetts, US.

From the town’s cemeteries to the House of the Seven Gables to The Witch House, the Massachusetts town where the Salem Witch Trials occurred in the 17th century, is said to be one of the most haunted places in the U.S.

Catch a Canine Wandering Grand Central Terminal in New York, New York

Grand Central Terminal, New York, New York, US.

Workers have claimed to see President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Scottish Terrier, Fala, walking around the iconic train station late at night. The president’s pooch frequently traveled with Roosevelt, who rode an armored locomotive on a private track underneath Grand Central Station to quickly reach the now-shuttered Waldorf Astoria Hotel during his trips to Manhattan.

Blow Kisses to a Former Actress at New Amsterdam Theatre in New York, New York

New Amsterdam Theatre, New York, New York, US.

The Broadway theater is home to a friendly ghost, Olive Thomas, a former Ziegfeld Follies chorus girl who died in 1920. Staff and theater goers have seen her crossing the New Amsterdam Theatre stage and blowing kisses. To keep Thomas happy, workers blow kisses or wave at photos of Thomas when they arrive at work each day.

Watch Wayward Spirits in Washington Square Park in New York, New York

Washington Square Park, New York, New York, US.

During the yellow fever epidemic in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, the land was used as a mass grave for paupers. Park goers have reported sightings of shadowy figures in the bustling Washington Square Park.

Listen for the Headless Horseman in Sleepy Hollow, New York

Sleepy Hollow, New York, US.

Set in a glen in Tarrytown, New York, the Legend of Sleepy Hollow is recounted each fall as locals and visitors alike have claimed to hear the trotting of the Headless Horseman: a deceased soldier who rides through town at night.

Get Spooked in Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina and Tennessee

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina and Tennessee, US.

The apparitions in the gorgeous Great Smoky Mountains National Park are aplenty. They include the bloodthirsty Spearfinger who haunts the Noland Creek Trail and allegedly feasts on wayward children, and a man who died looking for his daughter and now to lead hikers to safety.

Embark on a Frightful Night at Gettysburg Battlefield in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Gettysburg Battlefield, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, US.

It’s not surprising that the Gettysburg National Military Park, where scores of soldiers and horses died in the mid-19th century, is one of the most haunted places in America. Go after dark — if you dare — for a chance to spot spooky soldiers in the night.

Witness History in the Wee Hours at The White House in Washington, D.C.

The White House, Washington, D.C., US.

Some peculiar paranormal activities have been reported by U.S. presidents and First Ladies at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Abraham Lincoln said he saw his young son, who had died of typhoid, and then Grace Coolidge said she saw Lincoln. Others have seen former First Ladies Abigail Adams and Dolly Madison roaming The White House.