Take a Tour of the 'Shining' Hotel — You Just Might See a Ghost

Warning: You may want to sleep with the lights on after.

The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado, which is over 100 years old, is so famous for ghost stories it inspired Stephen King to write "The Shining" after staying there in the 1970s. Today, it's still serving up frights.

Take John Mausling and his wife, Jessica Martinez-Mausling, who visited the hotel back in 2017 and left with the best souvenir they could have hoped for. While taking a "spirit tour" at the hotel, the Mausling family may have captured a photograph of two ghosts while they were stopped on a landing of the hotel's stairs. The couple took pictures along the way, and when they got home, they noticed two distinctly young-looking (but blurry) little girls on the staircase that they did not remember.

Just one problem: There were no young girls on the tour that night.

"After viewing the photos later we noticed the ghost girl walking up or down the stairs, I think the girl is walking up based on her shoes," Mausling told Travel + Leisure. "I took several photos that night, some coming out foggy, some coming out sharp. Not sure why some were clearer than others."

Stanley Hotel Ghost Colorado
Courtesy of John Mausling & Jessica Martinez-Mausling

In case you are having trouble locating the apparitions, one ghostly white-ish figure is on the stairs, looking into the landing area, on the right-hand corner. The other "ghost" is a blurry figure, seemingly going up (or down) the stairs on the left.

Those brave enough can head to Colorado for The Stanley Hotel Spirited Night Tour. Ghost stories guaranteed.

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