Stephen King is an award-winning author, and many turn to his books, as well as the films and television shows inspired by his stories, in order to be haunted, thrilled, and entertained. His true fans have read all of his works and watched all of the adaptations… but how many people have visited the real-life spots that inspired his writing? How many people have seen the places that served as filming locations? How many people have stood before his actual and amazing home?
For those who are looking to take their interest in the King of Horror even further, here are 10 places to visit.
10 Mount Hope Cemetery
Mount Hope Cemetery is on the National Register of Historic Places, as it is the second-oldest garden cemetery in the country. Located in Bangor, Maine, it appeared in the movie Pet Sematary. The 1989 movie was based on the book of the same name from 1983.
There was a sequel in 1992, as well as a remake in 2019, but the original is the classic version... and the version that shows Stephen King himself in this cemetery! He briefly appeared as a funeral minister, and fans can really visit this exact location.
9 Thomas Hill Standpipe
Also in Bangor is the Thomas Hill Standpipe. This landmark, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, too, is 50 feet tall, holds 1,750,000 gallons of water and was built in 1897. To Stephen King fans, it's notable for being the structure that inspired the water tower in It.
This book was published in 1986, and after that, a miniseries came in 1990, followed by two recent film versions. There is a park by the standpipe, and King is said to have sat on a bench there, writing a great deal of this book.
8 Paul Bunyan Statue
The city of Bangor is full of spots that Stephen King fans should check out, and another one is the Paul Bunyan Statue in Bass Park. Sure, this tall figure is a neat roadside attraction, but those who are familiar with the story of It will also know that a big replica of Paul Bunyan becomes super scary for the characters, mainly Richie.
So while taking a tour of King’s town, be sure to add this larger-than-life statue to the to-do list… just be careful that it doesn’t come to life...
7 The Stanley Hotel
The Stanley Hotel, which can be found in Estes Park, Colorado, helped to inspire the Overlook Hotel from The Shining. In fact, Stephen King stayed here, in Room 217, which, of course, is the room that most people ask to stay in now. The Shining was released in 1977, and the TV miniseries, which came out in 1997, was also filmed here.
If anyone is looking for a unique, exciting and spooky trip to the Rocky Mountains, stop by this locale and try to get into Room 217.
6 Canada's Wonderland In Ontario
Fans of The Dead Zone should head to Ontario for several neat sights. First up, there is the Ghoster Coaster at Canada’s Wonderland, which is a real ride and which was seen in this film from 1983. Next up is the Screaming Tunnel, a limestone tunnel that was also in this film and that is said to actually be haunted.
There was also a gazebo that was constructed for this film, which stars Christopher Walken and which was based on Stephen King’s book from 1979, and it can be found in Queen’s Royal Park.
5 Ohio State Reformatory
The Shawshank Redemption was filmed at the Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, Ohio, and this building is very popular. Weddings are held there, and according to NPR, tours can show off places like the warden's office, the library (which is used for storage now) and solitary confinement, as well as the sewer pipe that was used during Andy Dufresne’s (Tim Robbins) escape.
Another popular spot from this movie, sadly, cannot be seen any longer; the almost 200-year-old tree was located about 15 miles from the prison, but it was hit by lightning in 2011, then knocked over by wind in 2016.
4 Roosevelt Hotel
The Roosevelt Hotel in New York has been around since 1924, and over the years, it has been seen in television shows such as Mad Men and The Punisher and in films like Wall Street, Maid in Manhattan, Men in Black 3, Man on a Ledge and 1408. 1408 was originally a short story from Stephen King and from 1999, and it became a movie, starring John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson, in 2007.
A few of the outside shots of The Dolphin, the hotel in this movie, were shot using the Roosevelt Hotel.
3 McCloud River Railroad
Stand by Me, from 1986, is a movie based on Stephen King's The Body, a novella from 1982. One of the most iconic scenes from this flick involves the main characters running from a train, and this was shot at the McCloud River Railroad in California.
Four women were actually the stunt doubles for this, plywood was put on the trestles for safety reasons, and the train that was shown in the film is still in use today, on the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad.
There is one more spot that inspired It, and it is back in Bangor, Maine; a sewage drain at the intersection of Union Street and Jackson Street is said to be the one that helped Stephen King come up with the famous scene from this story… the one where Pennywise talks to Georgie and then rips his arm off.
While it doesn't look like the sewer in the TV and movie versions of It, it is still a cool place for fans to see.
1 Stephen King's House
And, of course, there is Stephen King's house. This looks exactly like the type of place the King of Horror would reside in and own. The points and curves of the architectural details, the deep red color of the structure and the intricate gate with bats on it all come together to create a creepy yet beautiful abode.
This place is also located in Bangor, Maine, and a drive by here may just cause a fan to see the author himself, walking his dog or maybe even sitting on the porch and writing his next big hit.