Asylum 49 (Tooele, Utah)
Via Asylum 49There are some secrets hospitals don't want to tell you, but being haunted usually isn't one of them. Asylum 49 used to be Tooele Hospital and then a nursing home before converting entirely into a haunted attraction. In the haunted house, visitors may be taken from their groups and strapped to hospital beds. If you have a heart of steel and don't find that terrifying enough, sign up for a ghost tour of the haunted hospital wings. Former nurses have shared stories about seeing dark shadows and encountering aggressive spirits, so you know it's the real deal.
Netherworld Haunted House (Norcross, Georgia)
Via NetherworldPeople come from all over the country to visit this scare fest because it's about as close to starring in a scary horror movie as you can get without actually being in one. The themes at Netherworld change every year, but their realistic scenery and high-tech special effects—created by film and television professionals—never fail to make you feel like you're the character who never knows she's being followed until it's too late. In fact, horror films like Zombieland and Halloween 2 have even included Netherworld's props and sets in production because it's so life-like.
Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Built as a haunted house inside a real state prison (which itself has been the site of many ghost stories and sightings), this lost world of crumbling cellblocks and empty guard towers stands behind the Eastern State Penitentiary’s massive 30-foot high walls. This is home to Terror Behind the Walls, ranked the “Number 1 Haunted House in the U.S.” by AOL City Guide, and labeled “perfect for Halloween” by the New York Times.
Thrillvania (Terrell, Texas)
For a true visual spectacle, travel 20 miles east of Dallas to visit one of the most decorated haunted attractions in the world. (Want authentic haunts? Read these ghost stories from the most haunted places in the world.) Spread out over 50 acres featuring eight attractions, Thrillvania frightens more than 20,000 visitors a year. The cornerstone of this fear farm is Verdun Manor, a two-story haunted house originally designed by Disney Imagineers and said to boast more props per square foot than any other haunted house in the country.
Hundred Acres Manor (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
Via hundredacresmanor.comNot to be confused with the Hundred Acre Wood from Winnie the Pooh, which is the exact opposite of the six scream-worthy attractions at Hundred Acres Manor. From the slaughterhouse that would make Sweeney Todd reel in delight to the disturbing experiments in "South Valley Slaughterhouse," each one turns more frightening and mind-bending than the next.
Nashville Nightmare (Nashville, Tennessee)
Via Nashville NightmareNashville may be one of the best cities for solo travelers, but you're not going to want to venture into this nightmare by yourself. Nashville Nightmare is consistently ranked as one of the best haunted houses in the nation, and for good reason. It has professional-grade actors, convincing sets, and chilling thrills at every turn.
The House of Horrors and Haunted Catacombs (Buffalo, New York)
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Known for terrorizing scares, the House of Horrors has zombies, demons, vampires, psycho killers, and the living dead creeping around every corner. Celebrating its 18th season, the Haunted Catacombs guarantees fear-in-your-face special effects, amazing animations, and Hollywood-style sets that will make your heart race.
The Haunted Hotel (San Diego, California)
Via Haunted HotelThe ghosts and ghouls of this haunted establishment don't follow the living's hotel safety standards. They take you plunging down the Hellevator, through zombie-infested alleys, and into the creepy Clown Subway. However, if you're just looking for thrills, book your tour of The Haunted Hotel, consistently voted one of the country's best by Haunt World Magazine.
Dent Schoolhouse (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Via Frightsite.com There are some lessons they don't teach you in school, like what to do if the school janitor is a psychopath. That's what happened at the Dent Schoolhouse in the 1950s, according to the town's legend. Students who taunted Charlie the Janitor went missing, and their bodies were discovered in his basement. Charlie's ghost is said to still haunt the schoolhouse-turned-haunted-house, so keep an eye out for him while you walk through one of the scariest attractions in the Midwest.
Woods of Terror (Greensboro, North Carolina)
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While it's not one of the best hiking trails in America, it's definitely one of the scariest. What began as a mere haunted trail 19 years ago is now one of the top-ranked haunted attractions in the country. Some 20,000 visitors a year pay to roam 20 acres of pure terror in the Woods of Terror while seeking the ultimate adrenaline rush: fear.