These Are the Most Haunted Tourist Attractions in the U.S.

published Oct 24, 2021
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The U.S. has some of the most spectacular tourist attractions in the world. Locals may loathe Times Square, but the bright lights draw in 50 million visitors per year—making it the most-visited attraction in the whole of the United States — and The Beverly Hills Hotel is one of the most popular hotels in the world, known for its celebrity jaunts and unique history. But, did you know that some of America’s favorite tourist attractions are actually haunted?

Vacation rental search engine Holidu has found the most-searched-for haunted tourist attractions in the U.S., from real-life haunted houses to spooky walkways and celebrity haunts.

The below bone-chilling tourist traps came out on top… visit if you dare.

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5. Biltmore Hotel, Florida

Google searches over 12 months: 60,500

The Biltmore Hotel has housed many famous faces since its grand opening in 1926—Judy Garland, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Al Capone to name a few. The 13th floor of the hotel is thought to be the most haunted, with mobster Thomas “Fatty” Walsh being fatally shot. The murder yielded many ghost rumors over the years, with guests claiming Walsh’s ghost haunts the elevator, and it is said that you can smell his smoke at random moments throughout the 13th floor. 

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4. Philadelphia Zoo, Pennsylvania

Google searches over 12 months: 60,500

Philadelphia Zoo is said to be one of the most haunted places in Pennsylvania and has even been featured on an episode of “Ghost Hunters“, where they captured evidence of shadow figures disembodied voices, and doors slamming. Spooky stuff!

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3. Stanley Hotel, Colorado

Google searches over 12 months: 74,000

Stephen King used this sprawling Colorado mansion as inspiration when writing “The Shining”, but the Stanley Hotel earned its haunting reputation long before King’s arrival. Many guests have reported strange occurrences over the years, including strange shadowy figures, eerie laughter, flickering lights, and items moving on their own. The hotel has also been the subject of a few paranormal documentaries. For spooky fans, the hotel offers “Spirited Rooms“, with Stephen King’s iconic room 217 and room 401, which was a favorite among the “Ghost Hunters” team while filming.

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2. The Alamo, Texas

Google searches over 12 months: 110,000

The Alamo is one of San Antonio’s most haunted locations. The Battle of the Alamo took place in 1836, and the gruesome battle saw very few survivors. With such a bloody battle, it makes sense why the site of this historic event would have so much unrest.

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1. Brooklyn Bridge, New York

Google searches over 12 months: 110,000

An average of 116,000 vehicles, 30,000 pedestrians, and 3,000 cross Brooklyn Bridge each day, but how many of those know that it’s one of the most haunted locations in New York? The bridge’s construction took over 13 years to complete, with 20 workers dying over the course. There have been sightings of headless figures, reports of screams materializing out of nowhere, and most notably, a stampede on the bridge that tragically left 12 civilians dead after a rumor of its collapse.