The Most Terrifying Places In America

Only in 2018 does a former horrific site have favorable TripAdvisor reviews. For a country so relatively new, America certainly has no shortage of terrifying places. Each state has something uniquely grim to offer — from cult leaders and civil war criminals to crazy men with axes and voodoo queens. Even the high San Francisco rents can’t push the ghosts out of Alcatraz, and for that we are thankful.

These 20 places across America put a whole new meaning into “land of the free, and home of the brave.” Rest assured: the White House didn’t quite make this list, but it certainly deserves an honorable mention.

The Cecil Hotel (Los Angeles, California)

Credit: TripAdvisor
Credit: TripAdvisor

In a city as populated as Los Angeles, it’s surprising that a space so haunted is still standing – and has a three star TripAdvisor rating. The Cecil Hotel was built in 1924 and remains so terrifying it inspired American Horror Story: Hotel (whose only saving grace was bringing us Lady Gaga’s acting career.)

The TripAdvisor reviews for the Cecil read like a modern day ghost story, and its past is peppered with tragedy and crime. Most recently, the hotel and hostel surfaced in the news after the mysterious death of Elisa Lam. The 21-year-old was found dead in the hotel’s water tank after guests had been complaining about funny-tasting tap water. Her harrowing, inexplicable surveillance video and the fact that guests were unknowingly drinking what was essentially cold brew corpse tea, is enough to give anyone the creeps.