10 Beautiful Places That Will Haunt You
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Everyone loves a good horror story, especially on Halloween. People just can’t get away with spooky events and activities.
And for the ghost lovers out there it is the best time to haunt some spots and to experience the paranormal adventures we never knew existed.
As beautiful as some castles, forests, hotels, and other historical places around the world, it isn’t as beautiful as we always thought it would be. You will be shocked by the drastic stories behind it that some people might not take it too well.
But if you love traveling and ghosts, this list is your go-to for both paranormal and leisure!
HOIA-BACIU FOREST, ROMANIA
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One of the most haunted forests in the world. In 1968 a military technician captured a photograph of a “UFO” hovering in the forest. It is believed to be a portal that causes visitors to disappear and to those people who passed through reportedly developed anxiety, rashes, and nausea. Hoia-Baciu is also known as the “Bermuda Triangle of Transylvania”.
STANLEY HOTEL, ESTES PARK, CO
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The hotel that inspired Stephen King to create “The Shining” after having a nightmare while spending the night at the Stanley Hotel. Ghost lovers can also book specific rooms to encounter paranormal activity, specifically room 217, where King stayed the night and the ghost of Mrs. Wilson.
FAIRMONT BANFF SPRINGS HOTEL, CANADA
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This chateau-style hotel sitting by the Rocky Mountains in Banff National Park is beautifully gothic once you get inside, not by its architectural design but the resident ghost, a bride who fell off the stone staircase during her wedding and had been seen moving up and down the stairs and dancing in the ballroom.
AOKIGAHARA FOREST JAPAN
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Known as the “Suicide Forest”, Aokigahara has been the land of suicide since the 1950s. Hikers will mark trees along the way to find their way back out again. Some also blame the forest’s association with demons in Japanese mythology.
WINCHESTER MYSTERY HOUSE, SAN JOSE, CA
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Sarah Winchester built a Victorian labyrinth designed to repel the vengeful spirit taken by her husband’s gun. The mansion consists of four stories, 160 rooms, 10,000 window panes, and 47 stairways leading into the ceiling and secret passages. Winchester’s house is also opening activities for “Unhinged”, which is an “immersive horror experience”.
ISLAND OF THE DOLLS, MEXICO
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A Unesco World Heritage site for its well-preserved Aztec life it has reached internet fame for its Island of Dolls. After finding a dead girl’s body in a nearby canal, Julian Santa Barrera collected toys and displayed it in the hope to ward off evil spirits.
RMS QUEEN MARY, LONG BEACH, CA
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The RMS Queen Mary served as a luxury liner from 1963-1967. The ship’s engine room was considered as the “hotbed” of paranormal activity after a sailor was crushed to death by a door. The city of Long Beach purchased the ship in 1967 and turned it into a hotel, while the deceased passengers like children drowning in the pool get to stay for free.
LEAP CASTLE, COOLPERRY, IRELAND
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This Irish castle has seen more gruesome deaths than the Game of Thrones Wedding. During a struggle of power within the O’Carroll clan, one launched a sword into his brother -a priest- as he was doing a mass in the castle’s chapel. The room was called “The Bloody Chapel” where the priest is said to haunt the church at night. During the renovation in the 1900s workers discovered a secret dungeon with human skeletons filling three cartloads.
TOWER OF LONDON
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Best known for its bloody history as a prison execution site.Henry VII famously ordered the execution of his wife Anne Boleyn, who was beheaded after giving birth to a son. Her ghost is often seen wandering the grounds carrying her own head. King Edward IV two young princes were also imprisoned after their father’s death, they disappeared shortly in 1483 and their remains weren’t found until 1647.
TEATRO TAPIA, SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
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According to urban myth, an actress falling while performing is haunting the venue. Visitors claim to see her ghost wandering the theater grounds, mysterious footsteps, doors swinging open and shut, and unseen choir voices coming from the stage are haunting the place.