1. Poveglia Island — Venice, Italy The tale: In the 1800s, the now-abandoned island was home to plague victims, but it was used more to exile patients than to help them get better. Rumor has it that one doctor threw himself off a bell tower and he haunts the land. Can you visit? Yes — if you’re willing to wait. No boats make regular stops to the island, and the country requires a lengthy application process.
2. Eastern State Penitentiary — Philadelphia The tale: Between the 1940s and 1970s, more than 1,200 inmates died within the walls of ESP for various reasons. Since the building was abandoned in the ’70s, ghost activity has skyrocketed, with experts citing there are “restless spirits that swirl for eternity.” Can you visit? Absolutely. It offers tours year-round.
3. Hoia Baciu Forest — Cluj-Napoca, Romania The tale: Also known as the world’s most haunted forest, visitors “report intense feelings of anxiety and the feeling of being constantly watched.” Local legend says those who enter will never return home. Can I visit? Yes. It’s literally a forest that you can just enter.
4. The Stanley Hotel — Estes Park, Colorado The tale: A night here helped to inspire a little book called The Shining, and the hotel is very proud of that accomplishment. The spirits of former owners F.O. and Flora Stanley roam the halls — they’ve even been captured on camera. Can you visit? Yes. The hotel is a very active tourist site today.