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Spooky Destinations in the U.S.

Wanderlust Wednesday:

Friday is Halloween, and in honor of this spooooky holiday, I thought I would share seven spooky destinations in the U.S. that I’m dying to visit and two that I’ve visited and definitely found spooky! Check them out… If you dare.

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Sleepy Hollow, NY

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Sleepy Hollow, New York is the setting of Washington Irving’s famous short story about the Headless Horseman. I would love to spend a weekend walking the cemetery, popping into the church and roaming the forest searching for the headless horseman himself! My cousin was just here last week and I was drooling over his Instagram photos!

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Moundsville Penitentiary- WV

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This spooky-looking gothic prison is a tour that is sure to scare you senseless. Over 100 prisoners were executed in this prison, the majority of which were hung. Apparently their ghosts still roam these halls…

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Salem, MA

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The Salem Witch Trials have made this town famous for being spooky! In the 17th century, women (and a couple of men) were tried, found guilty and executed for being witches. Not only are the cemeteries spooky, but I would LOVE to visit the witch museum and live out my Hocus Pocus dreams. Ha!

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St. Augustine Lighthouse- St. Augustine, FL

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When I went to St. Augustine in January, it was just a quick stop on my way to pick up my aunt in Orlando, so I didn’t make it to the lighthouse. When I was there, my friend asked me if I was going to look for ghosts in the lighthouse and now I totally wish I had! Apparently unexplained noises, voices, shadows have been seen by workers, AND even creepier is the appearance of several figures roaming the lighthouse.

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Clinton Road- Milford, NJ

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Just google this road and numerous ghost stories pop up about this road. It’s only 10 miles long, but this road is rumored to be where killers ditch the bodies of their victims, there are stories of ghost trucks or headlights floating down the road, that there’s a druid temple and other ghosts and creatures hanging out around this road… This is a place for a spooky midnight drive.

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Stanley Hotel- Estes Park, CO

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This interior of this hotel was used in the super spooky film- The Shining! I can picture those two creepy twins standing at the end of this hallway. Not only was it the setting of a horror film, but it also is believed to be haunted- from parties in the hallway to children running through halls- it’s safe to say you’re never truly alone in this hotel…

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Museum of Death – Los Angeles, CA

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When I found out that this museum exists, I had immediate regret that I’ve made it to LA twice without visiting! This place sounds so incredibly spooky! It features the severed head of a French serial killer, Black Dahlia crime scene photos, art made by serial killers and even more death-related topics! It’s now at the top of my LA wishlist!

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Hannibal, MO

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When Stacey and I visited Hannibal we only had Mark Twain on the brain, but after spending an afternoon doing all kinds of Twain-themed things, we turned to the Haunted Hannibal Tours to fill our evening. It was creepy! We went to this Haunted Mansion, went to several other places where murders occurred, a house that had an abortion clinic decades ago and when the house was sold found jars with fetuses in them and lastly the cemetery that allegedly inspired the cemetery scene in Twain’s classic The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Definitely give this underrated, small-town, spooky scene a shot.

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St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 – New Orleans, LA

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It is no secret that New Orleans has a mysterious quality about it, but the first time I visited New Orleans, I was sad that I didn’t visit one of those creepy cemeteries, but I didn’t make that mistake the second time around. Stacey and I visited the spooky St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 which holds the tomb of the Voodoo Queen herself!

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I hope that everyone has a super spooky All Hallows’ Eve and I would LOVE to hear what spooky destinations you’ve been to or are dying to visit! I love this spooky stuff! 

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