Sleep is for the weak, right? It's not the first thing we look for in accommodations! Well, if you are a ghost hunter then probably not. From things that go bump in the night to ghostly apparitions, here are thirteen spooky places you can spend the night at. Sleep optional.
1: The Stanley Hotel, Estes Park, Colorado
Starting this list off with a bang is the hotel that was scary enough to creep out Stephen King and give him a nightmare that became The Shining. Rooms 217, 401, 417, and 428 all reported paranormal activity, such as children laughing or a tinkling piano. Ghost tours and seances are available to book if you really want to get in touch with the spirits lingering in this hotel.
2: Chillingham Castle, Northumberland, United Kingdom
Is anyone surprised that a castle called Chillingham is touted as Britain’s most haunted historic castle? The name is just asking for ghosts to linger. You can stay overnight in this 12th century castle or take a ghost tour and search for the White Pantry Ghost.
3: Villisca Ax Murder House, Villisca, Iowa
A brutal, unsolved murder involving an ax and a murderer that was never caught? That sounds like the perfect place to spend the night. Paranormal activity reported are moving objects, children laughing, and falling lamps.
4: Karosta Prison, Liepaja, Latvia
Not only does this prison boast of ghosts, but guest staying there can have an “authentic Communist era treatment” and experience life as a prisoner. It’s only 17 Euros a night, so why not be forced to exercise by guards who will then lock you in your cell? Sounds like the ghosts are the least scariest part of this.
5: Farnsworth House Inn, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
The Farnsworth House Inn is one of the most well-known haunts of Gettysburg and has been featured on many ghost-hunting TV shows. Bullet holes pepper the house’s walls and previous visitors often leave with tales of ghosts still fighting the war.
6: The Queen Mary, Long Beach, California
A luxury ocean liner from 1936, the Queen Mary is now a tourist attraction, restaurant, and hotel, staffed by workers who, after they died, never really left. Book a haunted history tour to learn about the lady in white or the children often spotted near the first-class pool. You may not even have to stray far from your room to find a ghost. They might visit you!
7: Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, Weston, West Virginia
According to the website, thousands of mentally ill patents stayed here, and many died under poor conditions during the asylum’s long history. You can book an overnight stay, but you won’t get any sleep. Instead, all your time will be spent chasing the apparitions, voices, and other weird sounds known to occur.
8: Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast, Fall River, Massachusetts
Everyone knows the rhyme: Lizzie Borden took an ax and gave her mother forty wacks. When she saw what she had done, she gave her father forty-one. But did you know you can stay at the house? Overnight visitors get an in-depth tour of the house. If you’re really brave, you can sleep in the room where one of the murders took place.
9: Heceta Lighthouse Bed and Breakfast, Yachats, Oregon
Is it the wind? The crash of water on rocks? Or Rue, the resident ghost of Heceta Lighthouse that you hear? She is morning the loss of her child and she may keep you up all night if you are a light sleeper.
10: Monte Cristo Homestead, New South Wales, Australia
You have your choice of hauntings at Monte Cristo Homestead in Australia. Is the ghost the maid of fell from the upstairs balcony? A mentally ill man who was chained in the caretaker’s cottage? Or the stable boy who was killed in a fire? You may not get any sleep for all the ghosts roaming around.
11: San Francisco Dungeon, San Francisco, California
If you want to take your haunting to the next level, forget a house and go with a dungeon. You can stay in an underground cell or sleep in the prison beds modeled after Alcatraz. Cozy up in dungeon-style pajamas as you gather around for a séance.
12: Dragsholm Castle, Zealand, Denmark
This castle may be a luxury hotel now, but that doesn’t matter to the ghosts living within its walls. There is the Grey Lady, a former servant, and the ever popular White Lady. The Earl of Bothwell, who died a prisoner chained to a pillar might still be wearing a circular groove in the stone.
13: Washoe Club, Virginia City, Nevada
The Washoe Club is another haunt made famous by ghost-hunting TV. You have three floors to explore and hunt for ghosts, such as the Lady in Blue. You can also sit down for a drink with the ghost of a whiskey-loving prospector.
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