Are You Brave Enough to Check Out Some of Alaska’s Spookiest Sites?


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The Great North is home to some of the scariest spots on Earth! From abandoned mining towns to haunted brothels, Alaska has whatever paranormal entities tickle your fancy.

Forget about your cheap haunted houses and explore these creepy destinations instead!

1. Gwin’s Lodge, Cooper Landing


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Sitting on the banks of the Kenai River in Cooper Landing, Gwin’s Lodge has been servicing hungry fishermen since before Alaska was even a state. Unfortunately, it also has been the site of tragedy. The previous owner of the lodge hanged himself inside the restaurant after facing severe financial troubles. Employees have reported mysterious happenings, including flickering lights and objects moving on their own accord.

2. Captain Cook Hotel, Anchorage


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There’s a bathroom located in the basement of the Captain Cook Hotel in Anchorage, where in the late 1970s a woman committed suicide. Supposedly, she still haunts the stalls today. Guests have described seeing a woman in white near the basement, and some women have even spontaneously fainted while using the washroom.

3. Golden North Hotel, Skagway


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Skagway saw an incredible population boom in the late 1800s when gold was discovered, setting off the Klondike Gold Rush. A prospector and his fiancé were in the area when misery struck; the prospector was off searching for gold when his fiancé Mary somehow died in the hotel. Visitors today often report paranormal activity happening in “Scary Mary’s” old room.

4. Alyeska Resort, Girdwood


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Over the years, there have been a few untoward incidents in this tucked-away ski resort. Located in the posh ski town of Girdwood, Alyeska houses its fair share of paranormal ghosts. As the story goes, a man committed suicide in room 721. Apparently, the ghostly phenomena was so bad that hotel staff moved the furniture to a different room, but then strange things started happening in that room, too!

5. The Dimond Center Mall, Anchorage


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The Dimond Center mall was built on top of a Native Alaskan burial ground. For whatever reason, construction workers ignored the graves and plowed on, but today the consequences are apparent. Linger too long in one store and you may start hearing someone hiss your name.

6. Begich Towers, Whittier


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Basically all 215 residents of Whittier live inside the Begich Towers Condominium. There’s even stores, churches, and public utilities for residents to enjoy without having to go outside and face the winter weather. However, this leads to some freaky sightings when the snow is too thick for locals to leave!

7. The Red Onion Saloon, Skagway



The Red Onion Saloon in Skagway was once a notable brothel during the Klondike Gold Rush. Lydia is a famous ghost staying in the saloon. Apparently, she hasn’t been able to leave since her working days. Some say they can smell perfume or hear footsteps near her old room.

8. Ship Creek, Anchorage


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In the 1980s, someone murdered a Native Alaskan woman near Ship Creek in Anchorage. She now haunts the area near the old Alaska Native Medical Center and warns other Alaskan natives about the dangers of loitering.

9. The Historic Anchorage Hotel, Anchorage


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The Historic Anchorage Hotel is the only historic hotel in Alaska’s largest city. Anchorage’s first chief of police, Jack Sturgus, was murdered outside the hotel in 1921. According to the legend, his ghost returns annually to haunt the spot of his unsolved murder.

10. Kennecott Mine, Kennecott


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The world’s largest supply of copper was discovered in the early 1900s in the Alaskan wilderness. However, copper deposits were exhausted by the middle of the 20th century, and the town became abandoned. You can tour the ghost mine today and explore the old railroad tracks that litter the area.
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