We know most people don’t travel for Halloween but these destinations are so spook-tacular we’re thinking about taking a couple road trips, just to really get ourselves into a festive, ominous mood!
1. Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina
The post–apocalyptic Hunger Games were filmed entirely in North Carolina, and the locations spanned from the creepy, dense forest (think: the arena that hosts the games themselves) to Katniss’ home, (the sparsely populated District 12) and The Capitol (the futuristic capital city of the nation of Panem). Pisgah National Forest, along with the other “off the beaten path” destinations in the film are just as eerie in real life (although so beautiful).
2. Badlands National Park, South Dakota
Millions of years of wind, water and erosion have created the eerie chiseled spires, deep canyons and jagged buttes of the Badlands. When the Lakota first came upon the striking, moon-like landscape, they named the area “Mako Sica” or “Bad land.” Remains of ancient three-toed horses, saber-toothed cat and other prehistoric animals have been found on this sacred land of the Oglala Lakota.
3. Toroweap Point, Arizona
In a remote area just west of Grand Canyon National Park, you can find an unobstructed view with no crowds or guardrails. You’ll have to brave a washboard road for a couple of hours but once there you can sand on the edge and look straight down 3,000 feet to the Colorado River flowing below.
4. Olympic National Park, Washington
Head to Bella’s campground from the Twilight series: Olympic National Park. Often feared as the land of Sasquatch, the rainforest can spook anyone on the right day. It’s climate and fantastic trees are sure to spark the best ghost stories.
5. Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
UFOs have a history of being reported in Bryce. We recommend a hike under the full moon at this National Park and taking a moment to enjoy the solitude and terrifyingly beautiful landscape of the Canyon. You may even get a glimpse of E.T.! Just don’t get lost in these massive ridges while you hike…
6. Devil’s Stiarcase inProposed Wilderness, Oregon
This area is considered one of the most remote places, named for the rarely sighted, mythical waterfall known as “The Devil’s Staircase.” While you won’t see any chainsaws in this old-growth forest, it hosts the highest density of the threatened northern Spotted Owls in the region. A bill to protect it has been lingering in Congress for a few years, and passed the Senate this summer.
7. Mount Rainer National Park, Washington
As if the climb up Washington’s highest peak wasn’t scary enough, the mysterious mountain also has a history of Native American lore. “It is so real this mountain, yet so unreal, that one may never altogether know it, for there is a indescribable ghostliness about it, that suggests a living double personality…” –The Saga of a Mountain, Tacoma Eastern Railroad pamphlet, 1911