Take Your Pick
Eureka Springs, AR
Ghost Tours at the Crescent
Spas and more - Nestled in the rolling hills of the Ozarks, Eureka Springs is a relaxing and invigorating retreat for the bone weary sock monkey. Spas offer mineral baths and, steam treatments along with some great deep tissue massages. And if shopping is your thing, don't expect the usual chain stores. Here you will find specialty stores and small one-of-a-kind art galleries to fill your tote bags. There are other places to see too, the famously haunted Crescent Hotel and the whacky Quigley's Castle. Eureka Springs is the destination to leisurely enjoy the finer things in life in a 19th century venue.
Fall River, MA
Stay Here if You Dare
Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast - Lizzie Borden took and axe and gave her mother 40 whacks. When she saw what she had done, she gave her father 41. This is the rhyme little monkeys recite just after they hear the gruesome story of Lizzie Borden (1860-1927). Lizzie Borden's father and step-mother were brutally murdered and the only suspect was young Lizzie. Although tried, she was acquitted and set free. The Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast offers tours of this infamous murder site and if you are brave enough, you can sleep there too.
Long Beach, CA
The Historic Queen Mary
RMS Queen Mary - Sailing the North Atlantic from 1936 to 1967, the RMS Queen Mary was a luxury liner known for its speed and elegance. That speed, which could easily out-run German U-Boats, was utilized during WWII when it served as a troop transport. Today the 81,000 ton, 12 deck cruise ship is permanently docked at Long Beach serving as a museum and hotel. The ship has seven restaurants and lounges, live performances, a variety of tours (including a ghost tour), and plenty of areas to relax. It is just like cruising, but there is no chance of getting seasick.
Marfa, TX
The Ghost Lights of Marfa
Marfa Lights - The Marfa Lights or "Ghost Lights", as they are sometimes called, were discovered in 1883 by early settlers. The lights are unexplained balls of white, blue, yellow or red light hovering above the ground, dancing high in the air, and then disappearing and reappearing in the night sky near Marfa. At times they look like airplanes they ars so bright, but then they just die out. I've personally witnessed these mysterious lights with my own little sock monkey eyes and I must say, they are real and I have no explanation. The popularity of these mystery lights has prompted the Texas Department of Transportation to create a viewing area. So come see for yourself.
Mingus, TX
A Town Up in Smoke
Ghost Town - Thurber, Texas was once the largest town between Fort Worth and El Paso, boasting more than 10,000 residents. Founded in 1888, the town was entirely owned by the Texas and Pacific Coal Company. That ownership included the coal mine, company store, saloon, streets and pretty much anything else you can think of. The town also produced Thurber Bricks, which were used to pave streets all over Texas, and was the headquarters of the Texas Pacific Oil Company. Today Thurber is a certified ghost town with only five residents, a 100+ year old chimney stack and a graveyard. It does have a nice restaurant located in the old company store and an informative Industrial History Museum.
Moundsville, WV
The State Pen in Penn State
Grave Creek Mound and West Virginia State Penitentiary - Located across the street from each other in Moundsville are two very interesting attractions. The first is Grave Creek Mound, a conical shaped burial mound measuring 62 feet tall and 240 feet in circumference at its base. This impressive mound was built by the Adena People over 2000 years ago and is the namesake of the town. On site is a museum which details the history of the mound and the town. The second attraction is the West Virginia State Penitentiary. This massive castle-like structure housed some of the most violent prisoners in its 119 year run. Tours are available daily and for the brave ones - you can stay all night.
Mt Hood, OR
Come Play With Us Socko, Forever...
Mount Hood and the Timberline Lodge - Mount Hood, Oregon's tallest mountain rises 11,239 feet above the fruited valley below. This perpetually snow-capped peak is home to six ski areas, twelve glaciers and endless outdoor recreational activities. Mount Hood is part to the Cascade mountain range that runs north and south through the entire state, originating in Canada and ending in California. The Timberline Lodge, located on the south side of Mount Hood, was used for exterior shots for the fictional Overlook Hotel in the 1980 film "The Shining". It is a fantastic ski lodge and attracts nearly 2 million visitors a year.
Orrville, AL
Ghosts in the Woods
Old Cahawba - From 1820 to 1826, Old Cahawba was home to Alabama's first state capital. Due to concerns about flooding of the Alabama and Cahaba Rivers, the capital was moved to Tuscaloosa. After a slight decline in population, the town boomed again until it was seized by the Confederate government during the Civil War. The town was then used as a Union prison, housing nearly 3,000 prisoners. Shortly after the war the town was nearly abandoned. Walking the streets of Old Cahawba today you can see the site of the old prison, the picturesque Crocheron Columns, and visit the graves of Civil War soldiers. Maybe it's because it was nearly dark or because the place was eerily empty, but this monkey felt like there were ghosts watching from the woods.
Point Pleasant, WV
One Scary Dude
Mothman - From November 1966 to December 1967 a 7 foot flying man with enormous red eyes terrified the people of Point Pleasant. Over 100 residents claimed to have seen or been chased by the Mothman, with chases exceeding 100 mph. The last sighting of the creature coincided with the tragic collapse of the Silver Bridge on December 15, 1967 when 46 people were killed. The verdict is still out on whether the Mothman caused the bridge to collapse or was simply trying to warn residents of its impending destruction. The monster went Hollywood in 2001 with the Richard Gere film, "The Mothman Prophecies".
Salem, MA
The Dungeon
Salem Witch Museum - A visit to the witch capital of the world wouldn't be complete without stopping in at the Salem Witch Museum. Back in 1692 hundreds of people were accused of being a witch in Salem and twenty nine of them were convicted of the offense with nineteen of those being hung. The Witch Museum, complete with a jury room, re-enacts a trial of an accused girl and then you head down to the dungeon. The best time to visit Salem is during its Haunted Happenings month running from Oct 1st through Nov 1st. During this time the streets are filled with vendors and all sorts of spooky people.
San Jose, CA
38 Uninterrupted Years of Construction
Winchester Mystery House - Sara Winchester (1839-1922), an heir to the massive Winchester Repeating Arms Company was told by a medium that the recent loss of her husband and child were caused by angry spirits who lost their lives to Winchester guns. She was also told that the only way to appease these spirits was to build a house for them and never stop construction. For 38 uninterrupted years the hammers and saws never stopped, and the result is the Winchester Mystery House. It has 160 rooms, over 2,000 doors, 10,000 windows, secret passages, and unexplained oddities. And yes, it's said to be haunted.