While history has led humanity to many triumphant moments, inventions, and societal accomplishments, it also has a lot of dark spots. Many places on our planet are the locations of horrific tragedies or have intensely scary energy (and sometimes both) that could make even the bravest traveler check over their shoulders twice.
Here are some of the creepiest places with disturbing stories behind them.
Stanley Hotel, Estes Park, Colorado
The Stanley Hotel’s Georgian architecture and world-renowned whiskey bar have attracted travelers to Estes Park since 1909, but the hotel reached new levels of fame after inspiring Stephen King to create The Shining‘s fictional Overlook Hotel.
That eerie association aside, many other ghost sightings and some mysterious piano music have been connected to the hotel. However, the hotel leans into its reputation with nightly ghost tours and psychic consultations from the in-house Madame Vera.