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Even if you are brave enough to stay overnight in a haunted hotel, there are no guarantees you'll see a ghost. Staying up all night, being in the right place at the right time, and quietly observing changes in temperature, smells, and sounds in the room can all help your odds of a close encounter with a restless spirit. Of course, if you pick one of the most haunted hotels in America, your odds may go up as well.

1. Myrtles Plantation

This plantation in Louisiana is known as "One of America's most haunted." Rumor has it that the plantation was built atop an ancient Indian burial ground a la "Poltergeist." But who needs that as a reason when ten murders have been committed in the same rooms where hotel guests now linger?

2. Queen Mary Hotel

This former cruise ship-turned-hotel in Long Beach, California celebrates its haunted past with special events, tours, and an "experience" that recreates some of the scarier moments in its history. Despite all the hype, this ship has more than its share of unexplained phenomenon, and is one of the most haunted hotels on record. Take a haunted tour of the Queen Mary.

3. Hotel Del Coronado

Paranormal investigators detected more than 37 abnormal readings in one particular guest room in a single day. The hotel is thought to be haunted by Kate Morgan, a young girl who died near the hotel a century ago. I recently visited the hotel looking for ghosts.

4. Crescent Hotel

Guests have reported sightings and other odd happenings in a number of guest rooms, the lobby, and the dining room of this historic and haunted Eureka Springs, Arkansas hotel.

5. Stanley Hotel

This haunted hotel inspired Steven King to write "The Shining" while he stayed in room 217, but it is room 418 that reports the most ghostly activity.

6. Le Pavilion Hotel

This haunted hotel in downtown New Orleans hired paranormal investigators, who identified four separate ghosts in the hotel.

7. Heathman Hotel

This haunted hotel is in Portland, Oregon. Guests staying in one of the column of rooms that end in "03" (especially room 703) have reported odd events.

8. Ramada Plaza Hotel

This haunted hotel in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, is built in an interesting spot. The underground tunnels used by Chicago gangsters to make their escapes ended in the hotel's basement. The hotel's numerous unexplained phenomenon have been well-documented by the staff.

9. Carolina Inn

Paranormal investigators visited this haunted hotel in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and collected audio and video recordings of a particular room on the second floor.

10. Sagamore Hotel

This hotel in Bolton Landing, New York, is said to be home to several spirits, including a little boy on the golf course, a couple in the dining room and a mysterious lady in white.
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