Few things are scarier than a Western New Yorker who has been told they’re from upstate—except maybe a road trip through their haunted homeland.
The website OnlyInYourState.com planned an entire haunted road trip across the upper part of New York State to its western border with Canada. The entire drive takes about 5 hours and 30 minutes from tip to tail.
The first stop is Fort Ontario in Oswego, New York. The historic fort was used in the French and Indian War, Revolutionary War and War of 1812. It was built in 1755 and burned down three times in its history. A ghost tour around the fort costs $15 and highlights spirits from when the fort was used to house victims of the Holocaust.
The next stop is the Landmark Theatre in Syracuse. Legend has it that the theatre is haunted by a woman named Clarissa. While she was alive, Clarissa apparently failed an audition at the theatre and threw herself off the balcony.
The road trip then continues through some of New York’s smaller towns, including a haunted Irish pub in Elbridge, a castle housing the spirit of an Italian opera singer in Geneva and a hill in Middlesex where cars will inexplicably roll up backwards.
The last stop on the itinerary is Buffalo—which has been called the most haunted city in all of New York. The itinerary recommends stopping at the Iron Island Museum and Buffalo Central Terminal, both known for the several unidentified spirits that pop in and out.
For an extra haunting, we also recommend poking around the H.H. Richardson complex, a former psychiatric facility that is being renovated into a luxury hotel. Until then, haunted tours still take place around the former asylum, known for its history of cruel and unusual treatments.