By Lauren Durden
Increase your heart rate with by visiting one of these spooky, creepy or thrilling locations on your next vacation.
Here at TWIP, we know that our Maverick Twippers like to get their blood pumping with action packed adventures when they travel. Rather than lounging on the beach, you are catching the biggest wave and riding the currents. You never back down from a challenge and love to live life on the edge, especially when you travel. What if you could get your heart racing and the adrenaline pumping through your veins from something other than activities involving bungee jumping and kite surfing? After all, you can get your thrills in many forms – especially by visiting some of the creepiest, spookiest and downright scary places in the world. Read ahead for five of our favorite spine-tingling locales to check out, and maybe even stay the night in, but don’t say we didn’t warn you.
Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast in Fall River, Massachusetts – Starting at $219 per night
In 1892, Lizzie Borden’s stepmother and father were murdered in this then private residence with an axe. Although the case has gone cold and is still unsolved, it was widely suspected that Lizzie was the culprit of the crime. Throughout questioning, Lizzie’s behavior was at time erratic and other times completely calm – though her story kept changing. As the story goes, Lizzie burned a dress in the oven of the home only a few days after the murders, though she claimed she had only done so because she spilled paint on the dress. The house is now a bed and breakfast that welcomes visitors for tours throughout the day, or overnight stays – even in the room where the crime took place. Guests are served the same breakfast that the Bordens supposedly had the morning before the crime and have reported a number of strange activity in the home, ranging from strange voices to apparitions.
Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, Weston, West Virginia – Tours range from $10 – 150 per person
The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, also known as the Weston State Hospital, was a hospital for treating patients with mental illnesses from 1864 to 1994. The hospital was rife with overcrowding and as such, the facilities suffered under poor sanitation, insufficient supplies facilities and inhumane care for the patients. Since closing in 1994, the grounds have sat vacant – aside from the many reports of paranormal activity including ghost sightings, voices and strange events. While you can visit the grounds of the abandoned hospital on 2-hour tours to the main areas of paranormal activity, those seeking an extra thrill can opt for the 8-hour, overnight tours.
The Stanley Hotel, Estes Park, Colorado – Starting at $200 per night
You may recognize The Stanley Hotel from Stephen King’s The Shining. The hotel was originally built in 1909, and even without the spookiness attributed to it from by the famous novel and movie, is believed to be haunted in its own right. The ballroom holds somewhat of an infamous level of creepiness as a hot spot for unexplained activity, even when professional ghost hunters were brought in to debunk the paranormal activity taking place in the hotel.
The property is still a fully functioning hotel, hosting events and guests throughout all seasons. You can even stay in the famous rooms 217 and 237, if you dare.
Lemp Mansion, St. Louis, Missouri – Starting at $180 per night
The Lemp Mansion was the family home of the Lemp family, who owned and operated the William J. Lemp Brewing Co. in the early 1900’s. Tragic events within the family initially began when Frederick Lemp, the favorite son of patriarch William Lemp, died of mysterious circumstances in 1901. William, perhaps out of the heartbreak of losing his son, shot himself in the home in 1904. While the brewing company enjoy success for many years as one of the top beer companies in St. Louis, as prohibition progressed and the brewing company began to lose business, many more tragedies took place in the home as daughter Elsa and son William Jr. also shot themselves inside the family home. Due to the huge amounts of tragedy that had plagued the family and the home, the mansion has a reputation for being haunted. However, despite the haunting rumors and tales of paranormal activity, the house now operates as a hotel, restaurant and event venue, where guests can stay or eat along with the spirits of the Lemp family.