Travel Channel Paranormal Hosts Reveal the Most Sinister Sites for a Ghost Hunt

What are the most haunted locations in America? Ask the experts. We asked Travel Channel's paranormal hosts to divulge their top picks for places to encounter ghosts, spirits and the supernatural. Here are their answers.

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The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum — Weston, West Virginia

I guess it depends on what kind of location you're looking for. Most states have their gold star ghost hunts. For me, anyplace that isn’t freezing or damp is always my favorite, but those are few and far between in the ghost hunting world. Trans-Allegheny was pretty freaky, because it’s so big and has such an ominous feeling.
Jack Osbourne (co-host of Portals to Hell and Haunted Salem: Live)

The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum — Weston, West Virginia

I guess it depends on what you're looking for as far as a ghost hunt, but I really do love Trans- Allegheny. That place is a wild place and each time I've investigated it's been so different.
Katrina Weidman (co-host of Portals to Hell and Haunted Salem: Live)

Virginia City, Nevada

Virginia City, Nevada is the perfect place for a ghost hunt because it’s literally like stepping back in time. Every building in this town is haunted and the spirits never disappoint.
Jay Wasley (co-host of Ghost Adventures)

Virginia City, Nevada

– Billy Tolley (co-host of Ghost Adventures)

Eastern State Penitentiary — Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

– Jason Hawes (Ghost Nation)

St. Albans Sanatorium – Radford, Virginia

St. Albans Sanatorium in Virginia absolutely scares the hell out of me every time I’ve explored it.
– Dakota Laden (Destination Fear)

St. Albans Sanatorium – Radford, Virginia

Destination Fear hosts Dakota Laden, Tanner Wiseman, Chelsea Laden and Alex Schroeder in the foyer of St. Albans Sanatorium.

The Lumber Baron Inn — Denver, Colorado

— Cindy Kaza (The Holzer Files and Haunted Salem: Live

Hill View Manor — New Castle, Pennsylvania

Hill View Manor. The gang and I all got so scared we had to leave the building mid-way through our overnight.
—Tanner Wiseman (Destination Fear)

Hill View Manor — New Castle, Pennsylvania

Formerly a home for the poor, aged and insane, Hill View Manor became known for numerous suicides.

Odd Fellows Compound — Liberty, Missouri

I'd have to say my favorite place to investigate in the US is the Belvoir Winery and Inn, formerly the Odd Fellows Compound, in Liberty, Missouri. You have a complex of very haunted rundown buildings consisting of an old hospital, a morgue, a nursing home, a cemetery and an orphanage. But the orphanage has been completely renovated and turned into an event space, winery and beautiful inn. So you can spend your night investigating in some of the most terrifying buildings imaginable, then walk on over and snuggle into your big fluffy bed with a great glass of wine. The place was basically made for me.
— Amy Bruni (Kindred Spirits and Haunted Salem: Live)

Odd Fellows Compound — Liberty, Missouri

This deterioriating building was formerly a home for the aged at the Odd Fellows Compound. The overall facility, including the nursery and orphanage, is reputed to be the site of more than 10,000 deaths.

See more photos of the Odd Fellows Compound here:
Ghost Adventures: Odd Fellows Asylum. 

The RMS Queen Mary

—Zak Bagans (Ghost Adventures)

The RMS Queen Mary — seen here arriving in New York harbor, June 20, 1945 — has earned a reputation as one of the most haunted structures in America.

 

The RMS Queen Mary

Today, the Queen Mary is retired and serves as a floating hotel docked off the port in Long Beach, California. It has been reported that as many as 150 different spirits may still call the Queen Mary home. Notable residents include the spirit of a crew member who was crushed to death by a watertight door and a woman dressed in all-white who dances by herself in one of the luxury suites. Visitors report drastic temperature shifts, flickering lights, the sound of slamming doors and children crying.

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Dave Tango (Ghost Nation)

The famed Civil War location was the site of the war's bloodiest battle and more than 51,000 American casualties. It is now regarded among scholars of the supernatural as one of the most active paranormal spots in the world.

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

– Chip Coffey (Kindred Spirits and Haunted Salem: Live)

The building seen here, which during the war served as headquarters for the Union Army's General Howard, was later turned into the National Soldier's Orphan Homestead. The orphanage's headmistress, Rosa Carmichael, became infamous for her cruelty to children and was eventually convicted of criminal child abuse. The building is now reputed to be haunted by the spirits of abused children and by Rosa's dark spirit, said to be present in the building's basement.

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

The statue seen here is of Jennie Wade, the only known civilian casualty of the Battle of Gettysburg. It stands outside her home where a Confederate sniper's musket ball smashed through a door on the north side of her house, killing her instantly.

The Madison Seminary – Madison, Ohio

– Chelsea Laden (Destination Fear)


The Madison Seminary, which was built and served in the 1840s as a boarding school and university, was later taken over by the Madison Ohio Township and eventually turned into a state mental facility. It is now reputed to be one of the most haunted locations in Ohio, with numerous apparitional sightings and an alleged connection with a demonic spirit.

The Madison Seminary – Madison, Ohio

I have befriended the owner and staff at Madison Seminary in Ohio. You will not only get an incredible ghost hunting experience there, but you will love the people who are so passionate at what they are doing. – Chelsea Laden (Destination Fear

Charleston, South Carolina

“Anywhere where people have died. But I tend to prefer beach vibes.” 
– Dalen Spratt (Haunted Salem: Live and Ghost Brothers: Haunted Houseguests)

Since people die everywhere, I'd say warmer climates. Searching for cold spots while you're cold doesn't sound very effective.
– Juwan Mass (Haunted Salem: Live 
and Ghost Brothers: Haunted Houseguests)

The Glebe House is one of Charleston, South Carolina's antebellum mansions. The College of Charleston purchased the building in the 1960s and, when workers entered the deserted structure, they found previous owners had sealed up some of the rooms and built confusing maze-like interiors. The building's haunted reputation has been bolstered by recent encounters with ghostly spirits.

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