Whether you're watching a creepy movie or you're going through a haunted house attraction, it can be a lot of fun to get scared. And one of the best ways to get a little bit scared is by visiting some real-life haunted places.
While there are haunted places all over the world, it's hard to deny that some of the creepiest places in the country all happen to be located on the west coast. If you're a true thrillseeker, taking a road trip along the west coast in order to visit all these terrifying tourist destinations would be a total dream.
To see 10 of the most haunted places on the west coast, keep reading!
10 Campbell House - Spokane, Washington
Located in Spokane, Washington, the Campbell House is known as one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Pacific Northwest for a few reasons. For one, it's known for being a unique piece of late 19th-century architecture. Aside from being a wonderful house to look at, this house is said to be haunted.
This house was the site of a grisly crime back in the early 20th century. According to stories about this home and the family that lived in it, three members of the family had their lives taken within the house before one of their children was taken. Today, this eerie house is said to be haunted by the spirits of the family.
9 Winchester Mystery House - San Jose, California
Even if you don't believe in hauntings, the Winchester Mystery House is definitely an unusual house. It was owned by Sarah Winchester, the heiress to the Winchester Repeating Arms fortune. She believed that she was being haunted by the people whose lives were taken by her family's weapons.
In order to try to appease the spirits and build a maze of a house that they could never find her in, she built the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, California. This house has doors that open outside, staircases that lead to the ceiling, and is over 24,000 square feet.
8 R.M.S. Queen Mary - Long Beach, California
Considered one of the most haunted places in the world, the R.M.S. Queen Mary is a retired ocean liner that sailed through a lot of the mid-20th century. It was retired in the 1960s and has been permanently docked off the coast of Long Beach, California for quite some time now.
Today, it's a tourist destination for people that are interested in history and for people that like to be terrified. This ship has been put on many lists of the creepiest places around the world. One suite, B-340, is said to have the highest level of paranormal activity happening within its walls.
7 Whaley House - San Diego, California
The Whaley House in San Diego, California has a long and dark history. Because of this, it's no surprise that this location has become an apparent hotbed for supernatural activity and a really popular tourist destination for anyone that wants to be scared.
The Whaley Family was seemingly plagued by misfortune. From diseases to mental health issues, multiple members of this family became ill or lost their lives over the years. But on the surface, the house they lived in was famous for its wonderful appearance. Today, it's known for being haunted and visitors have reported strange sightings and sounds in the home.
6 Pittock Mansion - Portland, Oregon
Henry Pittock became wealthy in the second half of the 19th century by investing in a lot of different industries. By the early 20th century, he decided it was time to retire. He chose Portland, Oregon as the city where he would build the mansion that he would retire in.
The mansion that he had commissioned is absolutely massive but unfortunately, Henry and his wife only got to enjoy the finished home for a few years before they passed away. Today, this historical site is said to be haunted by ghosts that walk the halls and close doors on their won. Could it be Henry and his wife, not ready to leave behind the home they built?
5 Queen Anne Hotel - San Francisco, California
The Queen Anne Hotel in San Francisco, California was built in 1890 and was initially built as an exclusive boarding school for upper-class girls to attend. But only the brave should stay here because apparently, this hotel is haunted!
Luckily, the main ghost that visitors have reported is a really friendly one! Many visitors have reported feeling a ghost adjust their blankets in the night, almost like they're being tucked in. Could it be one of the teachers that took care of the girls at this school when it was first built?
4 The Shanghai Tunnels - Portland, Oregon
For people that love history, visiting this Portland location is a definite must. Located underneath the streets of Old Town Chinatown in Portland, Oregon, the Shanghai Tunnels were built sometime in the 19th century. They were built as a way to transport goods from the docks on the coast to the hotels and restaurants in the city, but rumor has it that organized crime also found a use for these tunnels.
Because these tunnels were used so for such nefarious activities, it's no surprise some bad energy was left behind. People who have taken tours through the Shanghai Tunnels in Portland have reported seeing and hearing things that don't have a worldly explanation. Creepy!
3 Rosario Resort & Spa - Orcas Island, Washington
The Rosario Resort & Spa was built in the early 20th century. It's located off the coast of Washington on Orcas Island, one of the San Juan Islands. Rosario is a large resort with a classic, welcoming design and feel.
According to many visitors of the Rosario Resort & Spa, this location is actually haunted. Many people that have spent any time at this location report that Alice, the wife of one of the owners of the Rosario that owned the resort in its early days, haunts this location. Many people have reported seeing her figure in the resort as well as hearing footsteps from seemingly empty rooms.
2 Alcatraz Island - San Francisco, California
Alcatraz Island is located off the coast of San Francisco, California. From 1934 through 1963, this island was home to a prison that held some of the most famous inmates in American history, including Al Capone, Robert Stroud, and "Bumpy" Johnson.
Although this prison is no longer in use, it has become an infamous location because of the alleged hauntings. According to many people who have visited the former site of the prison, some of its inmates have yet to leave and their spirits still linger on the island.
1 Oregon Vortex - Gold Hill, Oregon
The Oregon Vortex is located in Gold Hill, Oregon and is a really unique place when it comes to mysterious locations on the west coast. The Oregon Vortex was allegedly built on land that people believe was sacred Native American land, something that many people believe accounts for what's going on at the House of Mystery here.
The House of Mystery was built in the early 20th century as a storage shed for miners working in the area and has since become a major tourist destination. The strange properties of the area make everything tilt to the side while people stand completely straight. And people who stand on two different sides of the house appear to be completely different heights. Could this be because of paranormal forces at work? People who visit here think yes.