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10 of the Most Frightening Haunted Hotels Across the US

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When it comes to haunted hotels, these venues know a thing or two about a ghost story. This Halloween, forgo the pumpkin carving and go straight to the spooky stuff at any of these paranormal activity hot spots. From historical ghosts (hello Abraham Lincoln's wife!) to haunting musicians, these establishments provide an extra ominous time. 

Nobody said lodging couldn't be stylish and scary right? If you find yourself in ghost territory, don't forget to run!

Reporter: Scout | Location: Buck Hill Inn
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Logan Inn

New Hope, Pennsylvania
If you are looking for a run in with a colonial ghost, stay at Logan Inn and request room six. Emily, a former mother of one of the owners, has been said to cry at night. This former tavern turned hotel is one of the oldest operating inns in America and Emily is sticking around for her legacy.

Battlefield Bed and Breakfast Inn

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
The Battlefield Bed and Breakfast Inn is the historic home of the Gettysburg Battlefield. This 30-acre 1809 Civil War property has its stories. And by stories, we mean ghosts. Schedule a Paranormal Investigation during your stay and tour through their 1920s barn, which served as the field hospital during the battle. With a rumored haunted room, who will you run into in the halls?

Buck Hill Inn

Cresco, Pennsylvania
In 1990, Buck Hill Inn closed its doors and has been cursed ever since: no company or owner has been able to reopen the inn. With its abandonment came its reputation. After MTV recorded an episode of "Fear" in 2000, the abandoned building's urban legends of murder and suicide ran rampant. The Buck Hill Inn has become a place of trespassers and haunted Halloween nights. Whether you believe this place is cursed or not, one thing is certain – it seems to love being forsaken.
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The Hollywood Roosevelt

Los Angeles, California
The Hollywood Roosevelt was originally an iconic meeting point. Guests like Charlie Chaplin and Clark Gable frequented the establishment. Marilyn Monroe even lived at The Hollywood Roosevelt for two years as her modeling career was just starting out. Her spirit is said to still retreat to her old suite, 1200. Don't worry though, Marilyn shares the space quite glamorously. 

The Equinox

Manchester Village, Vermont
Vermont's breathtaking landscape looks even more luxurious from The Equinox. Don't be entirely fooled by the beauty. Mary Todd Lincoln was staying at this resort the night Abraham Lincoln was assassinated. Abraham Lincoln's wife is said to still roam the halls making this haunted house a historical ghost story.
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​Hotel Sorrento

Seattle, Washington
​​Stay in the middle of Seattle's metropolitan downtown and meet the ghost of Alice B. Toklas, the woman known for creating the pot brownie. After roaming and exploring all of Seattle's culture, roam the halls of Hotel Sorrento with Alice near room 408. You'll be in for a different sort of treat.

​Union Station Hotel

Nashville, Tennessee
Union Station brings much more than just Nashville spirit to its hotel. Known for its history as a railroad station in the 1800s, this luxury hotel is also haunted by the ghost of a woman who lost her boyfriend in World War II. Over the years, guests have recognized paranormal activity from the balcony which she threw herself off of.
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Hotel Chelsea

New York, New York
You might have heard of Hotel Chelsea through musicians Jimi Hendrix, Patti Smith or Bob Dylan, all Hotel Chelsea frequenters. What you might not have heard is that Hotel Chelsea's reopening will come this 2018 after being closed in 2011. The halls are haunted with celebrity deaths: Dylan Thomas and Sid Vicious' girlfriend Nancy Spungen. In the words of Leonard Cohen, "I remember you well in the Chelsea Hotel."
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The Stanley Hotel

Estes Park, Colorado
Beware of your movements at The Stanley Hotel; The original owners are said to still be hanging around making this hotel one of America's spookiest. In 1973, Stephen King stayed in room 217 and the hotel served as his inspiration for his novel, "The Shining." He reportedly experienced run-ins with paranormal activity during his stay. Are you brave enough to take on The Stanley Hotel's Night Spirit Tour? You might just come face to face with the original landowner of this over 100-year old property. 
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The Driskill has a timeless array of guests: former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, Bob Dylan and Sandra Bullock. It also has its fair share of timeless paranormal activity. With stories of a girl falling down the grand staircase to suicide brides, one thing is for certain: keep your eyes peeled. Ghost stories have a way of manifesting.
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