The Story Behind This Grand Building Was So Terrifying, It Actually Inspired A Famous Horror Film
Just five miles away from Rocky Mountain National Park stands one of the most beautiful hotels in the country. The Stanley Hotel opened its doors at the turn of the 20th century as an isolated mountain retreat that welcomed visitors and socialites from around the country. This historic landmark boasts incredible views of the Rockies and Lake Estes; however, most people know it as one of the spookiest landmarks in the country. It’s no coincidence that the Stanley inspired Stephen King’s famous novel and later horror film The Shining. Learn more about the night that led to this haunted inspiration, and why it may not have been such an unusual incident:
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Whether or not you believe the hotel to be haunted, visiting the Stanley is an experience not to be missed. Have you stayed overnight here? We’d love to hear about your experience there!
A lifelong Virginia resident, Beth loves exploring different parts of the world and currently resides in Alexandria. She holds a degree in English Literature and one of her short stories has been featured in the Shenandoah Review. Other interests include hiking, songwriting, and spending time in the mountains.