If you love the thrill of seeking out spooky experiences then this trip is for you. Get ready to experience hotel hauntings, ghost encounters and more. This thriller of a trip spans across the state of South Dakota but you can start at any point and make your way to all of them. Mark your calendar now because you need to do this ultimate terrifying South Dakota road trip.
1. Hotel Alex Johnson
A hotel so surely haunted, they actually advertise it right on their website. Come take a tour or stay at this haunted mansion. One of the main ghosts claimed to be seen here is the hotel’s namesake, Alex Johnson himself. It is said that he comes around to make sure the hotel is still running well. Treat yourself to the Ghost Package and check this haunted hotel off your must-see list: http://www.alexjohnson.com/about-us/hauntings
2. The Historic Fairmont Hotel
The second stop on our tour is in Deadwood, SD. Come and experience the paranormal activities that this hotel is known for yourself. Ghost tours are offered and the employees are super knowledgeable about the history of the hotel. Good luck sleeping after you visit this one!
3. Scotty Phillip Cemetery
This creepy cemetery located in Fort Pierre was started when five of Scotty Phillip's kids proceeded him in death. He buried them all here and was buried next to them when he passed away. The land the family was buried on then became what is presently known as the Scotty Phillips Cemetery. Visit the cemetery at night to experience the strange sounds and eerie feelings that many have claimed occur here.
4. Gitchi Manitou
Gitchi Manitou is one of the places you always hear about but can never bring yourself to visit, at least not at night. Now is your chance to challenge yourself to visit this terrifying place. While it is technically located in Iowa, the whispers of murders run rampant through Eastern South Dakota as well. In 1973, four Sioux Falls teens were murdered while camping at GItchi Manitou. If that isn’t enough reason to be wary of hauntings, add the fact that this park used to be an American Indian burial grounds. The park is technically closed after dark; but the brave still visit in hopes to prove the legends true. Are you brave enough?
5. Mount Marty College
Most of this ghost activity is centralized in Whitby Hall, where a construction worker fell to his death back in 1936. Many have spoken of a ghostly sighting of a man in a work uniform in these hallways. There are more tales of hauntings on this campus including that of a female student who was scratched by a hair pin and later died of an infection as a result. Come experience these hauntings for yourself in Yankton, SD.
For the souls that are brave enough to take on this road trip, don’t forget to let us know how it goes! What haunted places would you add to this road trip?