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Haunted Places in the U.S.

December 29th, 2012 Seasonal

If you're looking to spice up this year's Halloween festivities, why not travel to one of America's most haunted locations to see if you can scare up any ghosts? Here's a list of scary places as noted by Real Simple magazine and Haunted Places in America that you and your family may be interested in.

1. The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado. This 138 room hotel overlooking the Rocky Mountain National Park has plenty of ghost stories, none of which are violent. So it's probably safe to stay there...if you dare. Try to book room 418, which is supposed to have the most activity.

2. The Lizzie Borden House in Fall River, Massachusetts. This home witnessed the murders of Andrew and Abby Borden in 1892. Andrew's daughter Lizzie was the prime suspect, but was acquitted. Today, you can visit and stay at the bed and breakfast or just go for a tour.

3. The RMS Queen Mary. Also known as the "Grey Ghost," this huge ship is docked in Long Beach, California, and was used in WWII. You can stay in the cabins, have dinner or take a tour to find the long-dead residents.

4. The Waverly Hills Sanatorium in Louisville, Kentucky. This haunted hospital has a past filled with creepy stories and is a hot spot for paranormal investigators. Room 502 and the tunnel used to transport supplies and bodies during the tuberculosis outbreak of the early 1900s are rumored to have the most activity.

5. Alcatraz Prison in the bay of San Francisco, California. This prison is famous for its infamous prisoners and strict policies. It's now a national park where you can look for Al Capone's ghost and investigate the premises.

6. The Pirate's House in Savannah, Georgia. This bar used to be an inn for pirates before it became the local hangout for all kinds of rowdy customers. Go in for a bite to eat or take a tour - watch out for ghostly patrons.

7. Mark Twain House in Hartford, Connecticut. Samuel Clemens' humble abode is rumored to be haunted by his daughter, Susy, who died from meningitis. Go for a graveyard shift tour to hear the stories and perhaps experience a sighting for yourself.

8. The West Virginia State Penitentiary in Moundsville, West Virginia. One of the most haunted prisons in America, this place is sure to freak you out. You can take a tour and see for yourself why people report tons of sightings and weird feelings.

9. The Whaley House in San Diego, California. This house is famous for it's ghostly inhabitants, who like to create all kinds of trouble. They have Halloween tours and ghost hunting tours, so be sure to bring your camera when you go.

10. The Copper Queen Hotel in Bisbee, Arizona. This old hotel is still open for business and boasts a total of three regular ghosts who love to visit with their guests. If you're not brave enough to stay the night, at least have dinner or sign up for a ghost hunt!

11. The Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. This hotel and spa is a great place to relax...or not. Take a ghost tour or spend the night to learn more about the stories of this elegant landmark.

12. The Myrtles Plantation in St. Francisville, Louisiana. This home is rumored to be the most haunted house in America, and luckily you can stay in the bed and breakfast or take a weekend Mystery Tour. Spooky!