From creepy underground tunnels to hotels with guests of the paranormal variety, Oregon is full of haunted places. If you love the thrill of seeking out spooky experiences, then this is the trip for you.
The entire trip takes nearly 13 hours of driving and spans from Battery Russel at the Northwest tip of Oregon to the Geiser Grand Hotel in Baker City and back around to Shaniko in central Oregon. With haunted hotels spaced out along the way, it’s perfect for a 3-day weekend trip.
1. Battery Russel at Fort Stevens State Park.
The historical Fort Stevens State Park is haunted by the ghost of a soldier who patrols the area at night holding a flashlight. There are many stories recounting encounters with the man, who, when approached, disappears into thin air. If you camp near Battery Russel you may catch a sight of the ghost yourself!
2. The Flavel House Museum
This mansion-turned-museum in Astoria is haunted by the ghosts of the Flavel family, who have made their phantom presence known by speaking amongst themselves and practicing music in empty rooms. A woman's ghost has been sighted in the hallway, and Mr. Flavel has been seen in his bedroom, before vanishing.
3. McMenamins Grand Lodge
The Grand Lodge, located in Forest Grove, is known as one of the most haunted places in Oregon. Staff and guests alike have reported seeing a woman with white hair, slippers, and a patterned dress. The descriptions of the ghost match the large portrait of a woman hanging on the premises. One common explanation is that the apparition is the ghost of a woman named Anna, who lived there for many years and died just before she turned 100 years old.
4. Pittock Mansion
This historic mansion in Portland is open to visitors, but beware: ghosts may be present. Visitors have heard the sound of heavy footsteps walking around in an empty room, a window has closed and latched on it's own, and one woman even reported seeing an old woman standing behind her vanish into thin air.
5. Portland Shanghai Tunnels
Said to be one of the most haunted places in America, the Shanghai Tunnels in Portland is bone-chillingly creepy. Located underneath the streets of Old Town, these tunnels were used between 1850-1941 for illegal activities including human trafficking. Many people died in the dark, dingy tunnels, leaving their ghosts behind. You can now tour these tunnels, and many have heard phantom voices talking, moaning, and screaming along the way.
6. McMenamins Edgefield
Located in Troutdale, this hotel and outdoor concert venue was once known as the Multnomah County Poor Farm. In the early 20th-century this building was a place where sick, poor, and homeless people could come to work and live for free while they got back on their feet. Since the time that it was bought by McMenamins in the '90s, and many guests have reported paranormal experiences such as seeing ghosts, hearing disembodied voices, and more.
7. Pendleton Underground
Explore the creepy tunnels beneath Pendleton on a Pendleton Underground Tour. This underground network of tunnels was once Pendleton's Red Light District, and is now said to be haunted.
8. Hot Lake Springs
This hotel is located in La Grande. The hotel was originally built in the mid 19th-century and then was converted into a hospital that was destroyed in a fire. After that it was rebuilt into an insane asylum before it was closed down, seemingly for good. Years later, the decrepit building was renovated and turned into the Hot Lake Springs Hotel. Guests have reported various ghost stories, including hearing fleeting, sourceless piano music, ghost sightings and strange clouds of fog that will suddenly appear.
9. Grand Geiser Hotel
This historic hotel and Baker City landmark is also a site of paranormal activity. People have reported seeing ghosts on many occasions, and the hotel even offers ghosts tours on Halloween. The most famous ghost who lives here is called the Lady in Blue, who has been seen walking up and down the main staircase dressed in a turn-of-the-century gown.
Shaniko is one of Oregon's best preserved ghost towns, and reportedly the most haunted of them all.