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Best Haunted Destination (2021)

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The United States is filled with purportedly haunted locations, each with its own ghost stories and paranormal occurrences. 

  • Zak Bagans' The Haunted Museum

    Zak Bagans' The Haunted Museum
    Las Vegas

    This quirky Las Vegas museum showcases original collectibles from supposedly haunted destinations around the United States in a 1938 property that is itself believed to be haunted. Explore more than 30 rooms filled with artifacts, and keep an eye out for spirits roaming the halls.
    Photo courtesy of Zak Bagans' The Haunted Museum

  • Yuma Territorial Prison Museum & Park

    Yuma Territorial Prison Museum & Park
    Yuma, Ariz.

    Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park in Arizona has been a hub of paranormal activity. Reports include spirits of inmates on death row, a woman wandering the banks of the nearby Colorado River looking for her drowned daughter and a small child in a red dress who pinches passers-by.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / Tashka

  • Waverly Hills Sanatorium

    Waverly Hills Sanatorium
    Louisville

    Considered one of the most haunted locations on the planet, this closed sanatorium outside Louisville is believed to be haunted by the ghosts of former patients treated for tuberculosis during the early 20th century.
    Photo courtesy of Waverly Hills Sanatorium

  • Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum

    Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum
    Weston, W.V.

    Purportedly one of West Virginia's most haunted sites, the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum opened its doors in 1864. By the 1950s, the facility was operating way over capacity with inhumane conditions. Visitors can spend the night in the asylum during free ghost hunts open to the public.
    Photo courtesy of Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum

  • The Grove

    The Grove
    Jefferson, Texas

    This historic property in the riverport city of Jefferson, Texas was built in 1861 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Ghost stories at the house, now a privately owned residence open for tours, date back more than a century. Common sightings include a lady in a white dress, a man walking through the lily beds in the garden and an entity in the den.
    Photo courtesy of The Grove

  • Wood Island Lighthouse

    Wood Island Lighthouse
    Biddeford, ME

    Many visitors or residents to Wood Island Lighthouse in Maine believe ghosts roam the island and inhabit the building. A murder/suicide took place there in 1896, and many have encountered a spirit at the top of the lighthouse expressing remorse – could it be the murderer? Others have heard voices in the wind or found objects inside the lighthouse unexpectedly rearranged, while one lighthouse keeper’s wife swears she bumped into a ghost inside a closet.
    Photo courtesy of Courtesy of Shutterbugs4Charity

  • Fort East Martello Museum

    Fort East Martello Museum
    Key West

    The Fort East Martello Museum in Key West protects and preserves the unfinished remains of a fort dating back to the Civil War. The fort has its fare share of ghost stories, but none are quite as famous (or mysterious) as Robert the Doll. This handmade doll, made at the turn of the 20th century, purportedly causes electronic devices to malfunction, and staff members have reported creepy giggling in the museum and swear his facial expressions have changed.
    Photo courtesy of Fort East Martello Museum

  • West Virginia Penitentiary

    West Virginia Penitentiary
    Moundsville, W.V.

    This former state penitentiary in Moundsville opened in 1876. In the years between its opening and eventually closing in 1995, the Gothic facility saw its fair share of turmoil. from prison riots to executions. These days, visitors can tour the grounds, step inside the cramped cells or even test their mettle with a midnight tour of the supposedly haunted grounds.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / NoDerog

  • St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum

    St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum
    St. Augustine, Fla.

    Paranormal activity reported at the St. Augustine Lighthouse includes the disembodied voice of a woman asking for help. Dark of the Moon ghost tours take visitors into the lighthouse at night to learn about the spirits that may still haunt the 1876 Keepers’ House and 1874 lighthouse tower.
    Photo courtesy of St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum

  • Fort Mifflin on the Delaware

    Fort Mifflin on the Delaware
    Philadelphia

    Fort Mifflin, a National Historic Landmark, was the site of a major battle in the Revolutionary War, where hundreds of soldiers on both sides lost their lives. Some believe those spirits never left and continue to haunt the battlefield to this day. Visitors can see for themselves by joining a candlelight ghost tour, paranormal investigation or overnight stay.
    Photo courtesy of Fort Mifflin on the Delaware

The top 10 winners in the category Best Haunted Destinations are as follows:
  1. Zak Bagans' The Haunted Museum - Las Vegas
  2. Yuma Territorial Prison Museum & Park - Yuma, Ariz.
  3. Waverly Hills Sanatorium - Louisville
  4. Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum - Weston, W.V.
  5. The Grove - Jefferson, Texas
  6. Wood Island Lighthouse - Biddeford, ME
  7. Fort East Martello Museum - Key West
  8. West Virginia Penitentiary - Moundsville, W.V.
  9. St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum - St. Augustine, Fla.
  10. Fort Mifflin on the Delaware - Philadelphia

Congratulations to all these winning attractions and destinations!

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