There is nothing quite like hitting the open road in the last frontier. As the daylight begins to fade, the darkness takes over and the temps drop to bone-chilling levels, it’s the perfect time to enjoy a spooky road trip. With hundreds of miles and millions of acres of wide open spaces, you’re sure to see a fair share of wild encounters along the way. Alaska is filled with creepy haunting stories dating back to the 1800s and ghosts from the past that linger around every corner.
The total trip takes about 11 hours of drive time and covers nearly 600 miles. We’ve included a link to the Google Map
Load up your friends and get ready to embark on a spooky themed road trip to some of Alaska's scariest places (on the road system). Go crazy and wear costumes just to get in the full Halloween spirit. Make a weekend out of it and stay in a haunted hotel or go camping and tell ghost stories around the fire.
1. Chena Hot Springs Road - Fairbanks
Between miles 8 and 12 of this road there have been suspicious reports of blue, white and orange orbs of light. Maybe just the Northern Lights? We think not. They are said to appear in the sky and even follow your car during the nighttime. It's said that this happens mainly in the wintertime and after 7pm at night.
2. Birch Hill Cemetery – Fairbanks
Local reports have said that they've seen a little girl wearing a 1900s-era white dress, a floating black figure looming from afar and a little boy dressed in 1930s attire.
3. Moocher’s Bar – Nenana
It is reported that there is an old ghost that lingers at this little bar and can be occasionally seen causing a ruckus. She is said to turn up the volume on the jukebox and slam bathroom doors. Staff members have reported that the ghost isn't evil or scary at all. Maybe it's just a really good ghost story?
4. Abandoned Igloo City Hotel – Cantwell
This abandoned hotel off the George Parks Highway is quite the display. People who have driven by at night report seeing weird lights flickering on the inside and an apparition of a faint woman looming in the distance.
5. Eklutna Spirit Houses – Eklutna
This is likely one of the most unique and unusual graveyards in Alaska. The little spirit boxed on top of the graves contain personal items from those deceased that lay in the ground. For those that practice the Eklutna religion (which is a combination of Russian Orthodox and Eskimo beliefs) believe that the souls of the dead wander for 40 days, looking for their personal items. The boxes were made in an attempt to keep their souls from wandering.
6. Ship Creek – Anchorage
At Ship Creek in Anchorage it is said that you will find the ghost of a native Alaskan named Marie, who was murdered in this area in 1987. When you're adventuring downtown, be on the lookout and be careful where you step.
7. Historic Anchorage Hotel – Anchorage
People have reported seeing a woman in a white dress in the hallways, the first police chief of Anchorage that died inside the building years back and even children. There are so many ghost sightings here, they have to keep a log in the front lobby!
8. Alyeska Resort – Girdwood
This luxury resort is certainly not known for being haunted. But it is said that a man named Chris who committed suicide here haunts rooms 721 and 515. Rumor has it that he turns the television, lights and water faucets on and off.
9. Buckner Building – Whittier
Likely the creepiest thing you'll encounter in Whittier is this old abandoned building that sits multiple stories high. A gate surrounds it today so that outsiders can't access and snoop around. This building was finished in 1953 and build so strong so that it withstand bombs from the Cold War. Today the only things that remain are spooky spirits and graffiti clad walls.
10. Begich Towers – Whittier
In this tiny town where the entire population is said to live exclusively in this building, it's a given that some pretty creepy stuff can happen. It's said that one of the many ghosts that haunt this building is found whistling for hours on end, night after night.
11. Van Gilder Hotel – Seward
The locals tell a story of a gal named Fannie who died here in the 1950s, but never left. She is said to haunt the halls and specifically room #209.