Skip To Content
  • Halloween badge

17 Of The Scariest Places In The US That'll Send Shivers Down Your Spine

Are you scared yet? 😱

In honor of Halloween, we've rounded some of the creepiest destinations in the US. Whether a place has a reputation for being haunted or just celebrates all things scary, there are plenty of spots sure to send shivers down your spine.

Universal Pictures / Via giphy.com

Check them out below:

1. Winchester Mystery House — San Jose, California

Topphotoimages / Getty Images, Nnehring / Getty Images

If you thought your home renovation took a long time, wait until you hear the story of the Winchester Mystery House. It was the home of Sarah Winchester, widow of William Wirt Winchester and heir to a big chunk of the Winchester Repeating Arms fortune. After her infant daughter and husband died, Winchester moved out to an eight-bedroom farmhouse in San Jose, California. From there, construction continuously went on at the house from 1886 to 1922, turning it into a 24,000-square-foot mansion with 10,000 windows, 160 rooms, 52 skylights, 13 bathrooms, six kitchens, and more.

It's rumored that the constant building was due to Winchester's fear of being haunted by those who were killed by Winchester guns or because a psychic instructed her to do so. Whatever the case, the truly bizarre layout of the house will send shivers down your spine as your try to navigate every twist and turn.

Check out: These Guys Spent The Night In The Winchester Mystery House And Lived To Tell About It

2. Eastern State Penitentiary — Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

A view down an abandoned cellblock at Eastern State Penitentiary
Joaoscarceus / Getty Images

Eastern State Penitentiary was in operation from 1829 to 1970, and it became a US National Historic Landmark in 1965. It's now an eerie Philadelphia site with aging cellblocks that once housed notorious names like Al Capone. Lots of people believe it's haunted; over the years there have been reports of shadows, phantom voices, and footsteps roaming the crumbling grounds. The Penitentiary is often touted as one of the most haunted places in the country and has been featured on tons of TV shows, such as Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventures and A&E and Syfy’s Ghost Hunters.

Check out: 25 Things Everyone Should Do In Philadelphia Before They Die

3. Pittock Mansion — Portland, Oregon

The exterior view of the Pittock Mansion in Portland, Oregon
Timnewman / Getty Images

Originally built in 1914, Pittock Mansion is perched on a hill with sweeping views over Portland and the Willamette River. It was the home of influential couple Henry and Georgiana Pittock, who died only a few years after moving in. It's since been converted into a historic house museum, and the couple allegedly haunt the property. Visitors have reported seeing apparitions, catching objects moving on their own, and hearing footsteps caused by heavy boots.

4. The Myrtles Plantation — St. Francisville, Louisiana

5. Moon River Brewing Company — Savannah, Georgia

6. The Queen Mary — Long Beach, California

Paule858 / Getty Images, Ekash / Getty Images

Various spirits have been reported aboard the Queen Mary, including phantom children and a lady dressed in white. Stateroom B340 is believed to be the most haunted room on the ship, with guests claiming to witness the bathroom lights and taps turn on by themselves, unexplained knocking on the door during the night, and covers being pulled off the bed. The cabin was off-limits for guests for 30 years, but in 2018 it reopened for overnight stays, which include a Ouija board, tarot cards, and more. Time Magazine also named the ship one of the "Top 10 Most Haunted Places on Earth."

Note: As of October 2020, reservations are currently on hold due to COVID-19.

7. The LaLaurie Mansion — New Orleans, Louisiana

8. Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum — Weston, West Virginia

Jessica K Walters / Getty Images

The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum was built in the mid-1800s and once served as a psychiatric facility called Weston State Hospital. The property was originally designed to "house 250 souls," but at one point recorded an occupancy of over 2,400 patients who were forced to live in poor, overcrowded conditions. It ended up closing in 1994 after changes to mental illness treatments. Visitors have reported ghost sightings and other paranormal activity on the grounds, and the property was also featured on A&E and Syfy’s Ghost Hunters and Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventures.

9. Zak Bagans' The Haunted Museum — Las Vegas, Nevada

10. Lemp Mansion — St. Louis, Missouri

11. One if by Land, Two if by Sea — New York City, New York

12. The Gettysburg Battlefield — Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Civil War cannon overlooking the Gettysburg Battlefield at sunset
Hankcr / Getty Images

Once the site of the American Civil War's bloodiest fight, it's no surprise that the Gettysburg Battlefield is thought to be haunted by fallen soldiers. Thousands died during the 1863 battle, and many were never given a proper burial. Paranormal activity, like ghostly apparitions and the sounds of Civil War music, have been reported on the grounds.

13. Waverly Hills Sanatorium — Louisville, Kentucky

14. Museum of Death — New Orleans, Louisiana

15. The Stanley Hotel — Estes Park, Colorado

16. The Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast / Museum — Fall River, Massachusetts

17. St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum — St. Augustine, Florida

Do you know of some other creepy places? Share your faves in the comments!

Don't forget to check out Bring Me! for all of BuzzFeed's best travel tips and hacks, vacation inspiration, and more!

illustrated city skyline
Jay Fleckenstein / BuzzFeed