Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum named America's best haunted destination

West Virginia facility operated from 1864 until 1994

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

  • 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. 
    Photo courtesy of AP Photo/David Smith

  • 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 Aaron Vowels / Flickr

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

    Paranormal activity reported at the St. Augustine Lighthouse includes the disembodied voice of a woman asking for help.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / laddio1234

  • Whaley House Museum
    San Diego

    The Whaley House has been many things over the years before opening as a museum in 1960. Paranormal occurrences are frequent, including encounters with a spirit named Yankee Jim.
    Photo courtesy of Joe Mabel / Wikimedia Commons

  • Villisca Axe Murder House
    Villisca, Iowa

    This old white frame house on a sleepy residential street stood witness to a gruesome crime, and some believe the ghosts of the victims remain.
    Photo courtesy of Jennifer Kirkland / Flickr

  • The Queen Mary
    Long Beach, Calif.

    This historic ocean liner in Long Beach is considered one of the most haunted places in the the nation, and even beyond. Some visitors claim to experience the ghost of a dead sailor, children who drown in the pool or a woman in white. 
    Photo courtesy of Visit California/Robert Holmes

  • Merchants Cafe and Saloon
    Seattle

    Some guests and employees at Merchant’s Café in Seattle have experienced strange encounters with a mysterious ghostly woman.
    Photo courtesy of Immortal Affliction Photography / Flickr

  • Ohio State Reformatory
    Mansfield, Ohio

    The Ohio State Reformatory is a hotspot for paranormal activity in the already notoriously haunted town of Mansfield.
    Photo courtesy of Rain0975 / Flickr

  • Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site
    Philadelphia

    Philadelphia’s Eastern State Penitentiary was one the most expensive prison in the world. Today the crumbling ruins host visitors of the mortal and ghostly variety.
    Photo courtesy of Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site

  • Winchester Mystery House
    San Jose

    This peculiar mansion in San Jose has more than 160 rooms and 2,000 doors, many that cannot be walked through. Some believe Mrs. Winchester continued modifying her home to escape the spirits of those killed by the Winchester rifle.
    Photo courtesy of Doug Letterman / Flickr

The top 10 winners in the Best Haunted Destination category are as follows:

  1. Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum - Weston, W.V.
  2. Waverly Hills Sanatorium - Louisville
  3. St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum - St. Augustine, Fla.
  4. Whaley House Museum - San Diego
  5. Villisca Axe Murder House - Villisca, Iowa
  6. The Queen Mary - Long Beach, Calif.
  7. Merchants Cafe and Saloon - Seattle
  8. Ohio State Reformatory - Mansfield, Ohio
  9. Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site - Philadelphia
  10. Winchester Mystery House - San Jose

Congratulations to all these winning destinations!

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