From haunted mansions in New England to a mist-covered mountain pass in Wyoming, from giant mushrooms in Hawaii to ice-capped peaks in Alaska, our list of the scariest places in the United States is endless. The top five on our list of the country’s top places to visit include the grizzly country in Alaska; snow-capped peaks of Montana; the Great Lakes; the Southern States including Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New Mexico; and the wilds of the West.
What most people do not realize is that each of these areas has its own unique set of haunted spots, and while some are certainly more popular than others, there is no lack of fright anywhere in the country. Some people even have an annual Halloween festival to help bring these ghostly wonders to life. There are several ways to enjoy being a visitor to one of America’s scariest places so that you can either escape reality for an evening or take a long vacation with family and friends.
One of the most famous scariest places in the country is theoky Mountains. With miles upon miles of mountains and forests, it’s no surprise that visitors have come back for more. And if the mountains aren’t enough to scare you away, what about the many ghost stories and legends that surround them? Many claims to have visited the White House while there, only to find out that it was all a dream, but other tales abound which may be true.
If the white house is too much for your blood, why not visit a historic haunted house? Some of the most popular scary sites are located in Columbus, Indiana, which is the home of the world’s largest roller coaster, Montu, as well as the U.S. Patent Office building, which is the oldest building on the planet. Another popular attraction is the Bell Tower, which is said to be haunted by poltergeists. The Bell Tower’s past is also the subject of many tales, including one that has a dark secret that has to do with the unfinished construction of the tower. The hotel where the famous outbreak of “The Bells” took place is also supposed to be haunted. If you’re up for a ghostly tingle, make your way to Hamilton, New Jersey, which is where the infamous “Seinfeld” took place.
You can visit other spooky places by checking out the many ghost stories and haunted castle locations around the country. There are even tours of these castles available from time to time. Much popular television shows air special episodes based on true-life stories of haunted places, so make sure you catch the next Halloween episode before it disappears. You might end up being the investigator who solves the mystery of the ghouls!
If you’re looking for a truly authentic experience, check out the Scary Farm in Maine. Here, visitors can get up close and personal with a variety of creepy critters, including alligators, bats, and skeletons. Another top spot for scary encounters is the Willow Tree Bed & Breakfast in Maryland, which offers tours of a purported haunted house and other dark spots in the woods. There are even “scary” tours of the Potomac River, according to the Potomac Tourist Bureau. Tourists can pay between $40 and several hundred dollars to experience all of these different tours and experiences.
Most of the best spooky moments take place in or near the United States, which is why the country is so full of the most spine-tingling attractions. In Philadelphia, visitors can visit the unnerving Conneaut Hotel, where an old man works in the window, beckoning would-be criminals from the street. In New York, the World’s largest spider, the webs that hang from the side of the Statue of Liberty, can be found just blocks from the site where John Kennedy was shot. Tourists can learn about the scary history of the Statue of Liberty, as well as what is literally lurking beneath its famous green statue.
A number of the world’s most popular and scariest places can be found in Belgium, where the world’s Scariest haunted house in Ohio is located. The Limburg castle, for example, is said to be the oldest continuously operating castle in all of Europe. Tourists can become one with the dark, when they tour the castle by dark, exploring its corridors and rooms by flashlight. Other scary sites include the Zombie Village in Limburg and the Castle of the Counts in Antwerp.
No trip to the United States is complete without at least one stop in Texas, which offers some of the country’s scariest places, including the scariest motel for pets, according to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Dark motels in Texas are known to offer tours of the various rooms, which have been stocked with supplies for a “bite” at the “nighttime”. The bites, if any, will not be fatal unless the bitten individual has sensitive skin. In addition, many of these hotels offer a “Bite Back” program that pays for the veterinarian bills of visitors who have experienced firsthand the effects of a venomous snake. Other scary places in Texas include the Big Bear Lake State recreation area, the Sea World, the San Jacinto River State Park, and the Six Flags Magic Mountain.